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Andrew Le Poidevin MCIJ

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The Greenman hits the Jam....
28th July 2014

More Chaos@the Jam!.... that's how it was billed and it did what it said on the tin!

The Greenman MCC where suitably relaxed and chilled after their three day headline festival a few weeks ago and this lower key affair enjoyed a lazy afternoon in the sun outside The Jamaica Inn with a line-up of acoustic sets. Perfect for a summers day.

But the evening saw things ramp up a bit as the stage moved indoors and the amps were turned to MAX... so was the temperature!! It was STEAMING HOT!!

Entry was free but true to tradition the Greenman MCC asked for a small donation for charity and the collection buckets raised a total of £314.42!

This has been split between Les Bourgs Hospice and Headway Guernsey with a donation also to Laura who works at the Jam towards her Kilimanjaro trek in aid of the Laura Groves foundation.

So, having made my donation I went on to enjoy a steaming (literally) night of music with head-liners Static Alice playing a fantastic set... I'm becoming a fan of this young band. Make sure you catch one of their outings soon.

I've added a few pics to my Galleries:
VIEW THE STATIC ALICE GALLERIES
VIEW THE DOOMSDAY PROJECT GALLERIES
Time for a few more updates....
23rd July 2014

VIEW PICS OF THE BRITISH SHOWJUMPING GUERNSEY DERBY
I am quite amazed how busy this photography 'one man band' actually is!

I'm not sure why this should be as there are more than enough photographers competing for the same business. But the fact is that I am continually booked and trying to keep up with my work. The photography I am commissioned for is amazing in its variety and I have a couple of really exciting new projects on the go... more about them later.

It is the Commercial 'Tallpictures' business that is the main side (read income) of my photography. However I don't often add pictures of this work due to the private nature of photographing property. A taster for that side of my work can be viewed here:
VIEW THE TALLPICTURES GALLERIES

This web-site mostly presents the other sides of my work - mainly all forms of Sports Photography and Festival/Gig photography.

It is these areas of work that I have been catching up with and a few more picture galleries have been added.

These small galleries feature a few pics of the recent Channel Islands Golf Championship Finals, the Full Boar Rifle Inter-insula and the British Showjumping Guernsey Derby at Chemin le Roi.

Follow the links to view the pics:

VIEW PICS OF THE FULL BOAR RIFLE INTER-INSULA

VIEW PICS OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
A grandstand view of all the action...
22nd July 2014

Spectators were treated to a Grandstand view of the spectacular Avon Tyres - TTC Group National Hillclimb Championship when it arrived in Guernsey for the weekend.

Rounds nineteen and twenty were completed in the most extraordinary, changeable weather conditions. Luckily the worst was thrown at us in the morning which allowed time for the summer sun to go to work on drying out the track.

Perhaps the perfect tarmac surface never had time to dry under the mid-hill corners but that was no dampener on the racing and by the top corners the competitors were able to push as hard as ever.

This was where the specially built raised seating area near the finish line offered a fantastic view for the lucky ones who could find a spare seat.

The added benefit was that the packed crowd played off each other to raise the level of excitement making the applause louder than I can remember for any previous Hillclimb.

Lets hope the 'stadium' returns....

I've now completed the edit for both National Hillclimbs with the final updates showing the action from Le Val des Terres in Guernsey now online.

Check-out the pics here:
VIEW PICS OF THE GUERNSEY ROUNDS OF THE NATIONAL HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP
More drama than a Hollywood blockbuster. That'll be the National Hillclimb then!
20th July 2014

WOW.... those were two amazing days of Motorsport!

When the MSA Avon Tyres - TTC Group National Hillclimb roadshow visits the two Channel Island hills we know we will be treated to top-level action... but this year had added drama that was worthy of a Hollywood film. You couldn't write it better!

We had loads of track action and excitement and also experienced all the seasons of weather.... everything from a heatwave to hail!

Of course it was Jersey who had the heatwave leaving Guernsey to supply the torrential rain and hail. However by the end of Saturday's racing we did prove that the sun does shine on the righteous Guernsey 'Donkeys'.... eventually!

We also came away from the two events with something special that the Crappo's couldn't match... not even close :-)

I have been sat down in front of my screens catching up with the two days of shooting as I have pics to select, edit, caption and submit to two National Motorsport Magazines - Autosport Magazine and Motorsport News.

Each of the publications are running Eddie Walder's race reports supported by my pics. Eddie reports and commentates on National Hillclimbs all around the UK but he certainly faces a big challenge to fit in all these meetings drama!

I've also had to submit pics to the Jersey Evening Post and the Guernsey Press.... but they are now sorted so the next priority is the website updates.

Pics of the Jersey MSA National Hillclimb are now online.....

Oh, by the way, did I forget to mention that it was a Guernseyman who won a Round of the National Hillclimb Championship in Jersey. Guernsey Donkeys are obviously fast as well as stubborn.

That's a local joke if you're not from the Channel Islands... our local arch rivals, the slower Jersey 'Crappo's' will get it ;-)

Well done to 'Guernsey's own' Darren Warwick for winning a Jersey round of the National Hillclimb Championship.

Pics from Jersey are now online. Guernsey to follow shortly:
VIEW PICS OF THE JERSEY ROUND OF THE NATIONAL HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP
Velo Club MTB 2014 Tour of Guernsey....
15th July 2014

I spent a short time on Sunday in the very pleasant surroundings of the Talbot Valley whilst photographing the first stage of the Velo Club's annual Mountain Bike 'Tour of Guernsey'.

I had been asked to cover this stage by the Guernsey Press and found that the competition was just as competitive as I remember!

There was a good field of over fifty riders who started what would be a week of varied courses around the island. By the final day the riders will have faced a variety of challenges and their stamina will have been well tested.

A small gallery of pictures has been added to this web-site. Take a look here:
VIEW PICS OF THE 2014 TOUR OF GUERNSEY
Beach time at Vazon.... cut short!
12th July 2014

After a week of beautiful blue skies the sun was reluctant to show its face today. What a shame as I had an afternoon on the beach pencilled in my diary.

In the end it wasn't quite the disappointment it could have been as a couple of other jobs came in and my time on the beach was cut short.

I did hang around for a couple of races so I do have a few pics to add to the Galleries.

Here we go.... take a look here:
PICS FROM A SHORT VISIT TO THE SAND RACING
The final Chaos pics are on-line.....
08th July 2014

No-one can accuse the Greenman of skimping on the entertainment when it comes to their Chaos Festival.

I've only just added the last of the Bands to my Galleries and that makes this the end of a pretty long list.

Try this for a line-up... and I missed several Bands!

The pictures of Bands that I captured over the three days of Chaos were:

Therapy?, Nemesis, [spunge], Sugar Slam, Blakalaska, Demise of Sanity, FlashMob, Tantale, Crazy Babies, Coastal Fire Dept, Byzanthian Neckbeard, The Recks, Brunt, Bulletproof, Stone Em All, Static Alice, To the Woods, Rick Jones, Buffalo Huddleston, Fly Casual, Blue Mountains, The Cryptics, Whose Shoes, Skid Rue and Rat Salad.

So, like I said, no-one can complain about the lack of entertainment!

I think I can also say that no-one can accuse me of not putting in a full weekend of work... and all of this was achieved with a pint in my hand!

Nice work when you can get it :-)
VIEW THE COMPLETED GREENMAN CHAOS FESTIVAL PICS
Motorsport Sunday was a great success....
07th July 2014

'Motorsport Sunday 2014' was a great success, we must hope it becomes an annual event.

The St Peter Port seafront and Salerie car-park were closed for the day to allow the many Guernsey Motorsport, Car, Bike, Historic Vehicle and Model Car Clubs to showcase themselves.

The three Emergency Services also put on an impressive showcase of their vehicles and kit.

After a wet start to the day the sun came out and so did the crowds making this new event a great success.

I'm sure many of the visitors to Motorsport Sunday would have been suprised how much racing machinery is owned and raced by local enthusiasts... and what was on show was just a tiny proportion of the whole lot!

It was great to see the many different Clubs come together to promote the scene as a whole. The usual thing is for the Clubs to operate on their own. Fostering a community spirit must be good for everyone involved.

Let's hope this first effort will grow over the next few years...
VIEW PICS OF MOTORSPORT SUNDAY 2014
Two V8's means double the fun.....
06th July 2014

What's better than the roar of a loud, racing V8 engine?

Well, TWO of course!

...and the many fans of the Guernsey Powerboat Association's Powerboat racing championship were treated to exactly that over the weekend when Martyn Robert joined Dave Corbet with another V24 Class boat:-)

The second race of the weekend offered more favourable conditions for photography... at least it was sunny! The brighter conditions have a massive impact on the vibrancy we can capture.

For a start the sea actually looks blue, rather than grey, and the race boats colours really come alive. Just compare the picture in my previous Blog to see what I mean.

I chose a different viewpoint for the Sunday as I like to vary the shots. I also had to photograph the 'Motorsport Sunday' on the seafront.

There will be another mention of this brilliant showcase of the Guernsey Motorsport scene in my next Blog.

For now though, you can check-out pics of the two days of water-based racing here:
VIEW PICS OF THE POWERBOAT RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
Fresh air and sea makes a change.....
05th July 2014

After a week of editing Chaos Festival pics it was a nice change to get some fresh air out on Richard Turk Vaudin's boat.

Thanks again for the ride :-)

The occasion wasn't a holiday, honest. No it was strictly business, honest!

I was grateful for the chance to get out to one of the distant corners of the Guernsey Powerboat Association's race-course in what weren't perfect conditions for photography.

The boat was a perfect stable platform, however as is often the case we couldn't really get close enough to the action. Also the light was grey and dull.

But the show has to go on and I captured around one hundred and fifty action pics.

It was also interesting to share the boat with three other photographers. The fact that we were all confined to the same three metre square area and we all saw the same action it will offer an interesting opportunity to compare our results... we all have our own style of shooting.

I've uploaded my edit of the race. Check the pics here:
VIEW PICS OF POWERBOAT RACE-5

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