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More box ticking........
20th April 2018

The latest updates include a couple more 'newbies' for me... the list of sports in the gallery gets longer!

The third update records another 'first'... well, for about ten years. Apparently it's about that long since there has been a women's Island Snooker champion. I popped along before the start of play to photograph the two contenders.

But back to my first comment. The two new sports (for me) added to the Gallery are Table Tennis and Dodgeball. The Table Tennis was great fun to photograph as the timing is critical to a fraction of a second.

Dodgeball is a bit of an odd one to capture. There is no interaction of teams as each side keeps to their side of the court and there is really only one 'action'... the throw of the ball!

OK, I'll admit that there are other possible shots... for example it would be great to capture an amazing avoidance move by a player but from what I found on this first photoshoot those moments won't come often.

The new Galleries are here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TABLE TENNIS GALLERIES
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DODGEBALL GALLERIES GALLERIES
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WOMENS SNOOKER GALLERIES
I've ticked another box...
15th April 2018

I love it when I can tick another photographic box. One of the joys of being a self employed pro photographer is that I'm free to work when and where I choose... as long as someone will buy my pics!

Luckily for me an opportunity came on Saturday to photograph a sport that, somehow, I hadn't covered before... and I was getting paid to do it! Tick that box.

Perhaps just as importantly this 'new' sport was a great challenge as the action came fast - and close, more about that later.

As part of a very busy weekend one of my assignments was to cover the women's and men's Volleyball Inter-Insular's at Beau Sejour.

Actually, to be correct, I was only asked to photograph the first game but I was having so much fun trying to follow the action that I stayed on to photograph the men's game too. That was even faster and challenging!

It was during this game that the play got a bit too close. I was following the sports photographers mantra of 'get as close to the action as possible and safe... then take one step closer'!

One of my viewpoints was standing near the net. This was working for me as so much of the game centers on that part of the court. However as play switches from side to side so quickly it is impossible to twist around to follow the play. I found it best to concentrate on one team/side at a time.

What I hadn't considered was that whilst keeping my Nikon D5 firmly to my eye I was giving myself a blind spot to what was happening on the other side of the net.

I soon paid the price as a Jersey player... I'm sure he wasn't just having a go at a Guern... overshot the sideline after lunging at the ball then powered into my ribs! It was quite a shock I can tell you!

It was a jolt that I didn't need as I'm currently very tender with a touch of suspected pleurisy... ouch. Now everyone say 'ah, poor thing'!

Now I'm fully dosed up with antibiotics and painkillers I've edited the Volleyball pics and they are now online here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE VOLLEYBALL INTER-INSULAR
Four wheels followed by two....
10th April 2018

As part of my Sunday assignments I photographed some 'four wheeled' racing followed by a more sedate two-wheeled event.

In fact the first event of the day was actually another 'two-wheeler' but I've already Blogged about the MTB XC race (see below).

What followed the MTB's was Round 4 of the Karting Championship at a damp 'Track' The conditions were quite challenging and produced some great racing... and certainly more overtaking than an F1 race!

The next event was a bit more sedate but still showcased great skills. In fact the word from the Trials bike riders was that the combination of damp rocks and grass with the slippery foliage of bluebells made some sections at St Germain very treacherous... but that's Trials I guess!

Pics are now online from those two events:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE KARTING
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE TRIALS
Bikes and boats, an unusual mix.....
10th April 2018

Bikes and boats... you don't find that mixture very often... unless you live on an island!

I suppose when so many people live on a small island whilst pursuing their separate hobbies and leisure activities we are bound to 'overlap' occasionally.

As we all (well most of us!) try and get along together there is rarely any conflict... in fact I believe it is a very healthy way for a community to live. It is a good thing to share our 'space' with others as we get a better understanding of the way our fellow Guern's spend their time.

There was a good example of this last Sunday when the Guernsey Velo Club visited Beaucette Marina for another round of the Ian Brown Cycle Shop Winter Mountain Bike Cross Country Series.

The racing took place surrounded by all shapes and sizes of cruise boats, gin palaces and yachts and as it was a Sunday morning there were quite a few boat owners preparing their vessels for the new season. I chatted with a few of them and they were enjoying watching the racing.

There was also an opportunity for me to capture a few pics featuring the unusual setting. They're now online here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE MTB RACING AT BEAUCETTE MARINA
More Easter Motorsport action.....
03rd April 2018

A very short Blog simply to let you know that pictures of the Guernsey Motor Cycle and Car Club Hillclimb at Le Val des Terres are now online.

Traditionally Easter-time kicks off the Tarmac motorsport season... so why break the habit?

The GK&MC held a Sprint meeting at Vazon on Saturday. There was a brief trip to the sands of Chouet beach on Sunday for the Banger racing with a return to the hard stuff on Easter Monday.

Sadly the first two tarmac events were somewhat spoilt by the rain... but we still had fun!

This is a link to the first Hillclimb of 2018:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE EASTER HILLCLIMB
An all action Easter weekend.....
01st April 2018

It's been Motorsport, Motorsport, Motorsport....

The first Sprint meeting of 2018 was held at a very damp Vazon Coast Road today.

Truthfully it was a miserable place to be because everyone's hopes and enthusiasm had been slowly heating up with anticipation of the new tarmac race season ahead.

Many competitors had spent the winter months tweaking their machinery and this should have been the 'proving ground' that valuable tenths of a second had been found.

But a damp surface ended any chance of a worthwhile result. With that being obvious before racing started some competitors decided to leave their kit in the garage... in the dry!

Luckily for me, as I needed a few pics to submit for publication, some of the most hardcore racers weren't put off. Amongst them were the Meerveld brothers, Grant and Brent.

These two guys love their racing and track days and support many local events. What makes them different is that they are in the enviable position of owning some of the most exotic Supercars ever made.

Over the years they've turned up with top-of-the-range Ferrari's, McLaren's and Lamborghini's... at least one car on everyone's 'wish list'.

My respect has always been for how they are prepared to actually race such expensive and exotic wheels. Too many of these cars are left locked up in air conditioned garages... where's the fun in that?

Today they arrived with matching Lamborghini Huracan Performantae's... in the rain. How do you top that!!

One day later... and it was dry! Yipee.

I was on Chouet beach photographing Round-2 of the Autocross Banger racing championship. Spectators get about three hours of guaranteed entertainment - for free... although I hope you support the Club by dropping a couple of quid into the bucket?

The long weekend will be completed by tomorrow's Hillclimb at Le Val des Terres.

You can view my pictures of the Vazon Sprint and the Banger Racing now. The Hillclimb pics will follow on Tuesday.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE VAZON SPRINT
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-2 OF THE AUTOCROSS SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP
Sounds good to me....
29th March 2018

The March edition of SOUND took place at the Fermain Tavern on the eve of the schools Easter break.

What a great reason to have a party!

The SOUND crew had invited a top line-up of bands and I was there to capture a few pics.

Tantale headlined the gig and were supported by Watercolour Matchbox and Seven Day Riot

Follow these links to view the pictures:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF TANTALE PLAYING AT THE MARCH SOUND GIG
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF WATERCOLOUR MATCHBOX PLAYING AT THE MARCH SOUND GIG
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF SEVEN DAY RIOT PLAYING AT THE MARCH SOUND GIG
....another varied day
27th March 2018

The weekend offered me another varied day of photographic work :-)

First there was a Commercial shoot for pi-top at The Digital Greenhouse.

Pi-top is an international innovation award winning company which produces a build-it-yourself laptop powered by the Raspberry Pi. I photographed the pilot event which saw young people gaining access to over £10,000 of state of the art inventor equipment.

I was very impressed by how quickly the young students grasped the flexibility and power of this modern teaching aid. The Digital Greenhouse offered a fantastic, bright and modern 'backdrop' to the photo-shoot.

When that was all done and dusted it was off to the Motocross track for the latest round of the championship... I told you the day was varied!

Then to complete the day there was an evening shoot where I photographed the Guernsey Island Snooker Championship at the Gremlin Club.

Here are a few pics:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE GUERNSEY ISLAND SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
T'was chilly but OK if you kept ducking and diving!
19th March 2018

Yes it was chilly... but if you kept ducking and diving, sheltered from the bitter wind, climbing cliff slopes, running around Trials sections... all between warming up in the studio van - it was possible to keep warm!

That was my plan of action before leaving home last weekend to capture action at several outdoor events.

Broadly speaking it all went according to plan. It was proof that if you dress for the weather you soon forget about any discomfort and just get on with the job! In fact it was thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.

I've already put a link up to my 2-day Trials pics. I've now added a couple more picture galleries featuring the first Round of the 'Summer' (you've got to be joking, eh!) Autocross Championship together with pics of Round-2 of the Guernsey Velo Club's MTB Downhill Championship at Pleinmont.

These are the links:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-1 OF THE SUMMER AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-2 OF THE MTB DOWNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP
Snow would have made things worse....
18th March 2018

Sometimes you just have to count your blessings and be thankful as things could have been much worse.

That's how I feel about the weather and conditions which the riders completed this year's 2-day Trials meeting in. Saturday saw many sections with nearly zero clears due to especially slippery mud after overnight rain.

I spoke to several 'old-timers' who reckoned that in some sections the surface was about as bad as they could remember!

The coastal sections on day two did offer more grip... but that wind was bitterly cold making it very unpleasant for Observers on the most exposed sections.

However the bonus was that the threatened snow never arrived!

In the end I think that there was a sense of relief that things went so well! It could have been much worse!!

Now that I've thawed out I've added a gallery featuring action from both days....
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2-DAY TRIALS

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