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10,000,000... now that's a proper milestone :-)
26th August 2015

10,000,000 has a nice ring to it doesn't it?


How nice it would be to have that many Pounds in the Bank.... even Dollars would be OK for me!

However the chances of a professional photographer ever making that sort of money are pretty unlikely :-(

So when TEN MILLION features anywhere in my working life it will always feel a bit special... and that number has just shown up.

I've been running this web-site since 24th October 2010. It replaced what is now my very dated original web-site (still on-line for nostalgia only).

This means that it's still a couple of months short of five years since www.guernseymotorsport.com went live.

I'm incredibly proud to say that (since the start) this web-site has been viewed an amazing TEN MILLION times!!

The first MILLION views took one year - almost to the day. This current year will see over THREE MILLION views and I am thinking that this is probably where the level will settle... but who knows?

My decision to work full-time as a photographer came about ten years ago when I was 50 years old after I sold a business.

I tried retirement but that was horrible! It might sound like a good idea but I'm someone who has to be creative and challenged. So I turned a hobby into a job... and it has certainly been challenging!

However I have loved nearly every single hour of it... and there are many more hours put into photography than I ever gave to my old 'proper job'. How did that happen?

It must also be said that in the decade that I have relied on photography for my income the whole industry has been shaken up and changed beyond recognition. It now seems that everyone who has a DSLR and a Facebook page is a 'Photographer'.

But I've never regretted the decision to give it a try and I've now established a loyal following and a good sized base of regular Commercial customers for TALLPICTURES.com.

My thirty-five years spent as a retailer have stood me in good stead to respond to competition and (after a short period when I questioned the future viability) I now realise that it isn't what other people are doing, it is about what you do for yourself that either 'makes or breaks' a business.

There's also lots of room in the marketplace for every-one.

I'm now privileged to make an income out of my passion and I genuinely thank all the visitors to this web-site and the many customers who buy pictures.

So that now brings me to the future.

Well I have a couple of very exciting new developments on the way. More about those later :-)

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Busy, busy, busy......
24th August 2015

I currently have a very full diary... mostly involving my Commercial Photography, so things seem to be going very well.

I also have a few new Commercial ideas in development. More information will follow :-)

What all that means is I'm struggling to keep the regular Galleries up-to-date.

Or when the Galleries are updated I've been slow to add a message and link in this Blog for the new pics.

Luckily I have a missus who keeps me away from too many distractions!

However she has failed this week as I've been putting together the spec for a new 'every bell & whistle' PC. This will be so powerful that NASA have already been in touch to see if I can take on some of their processing load!!

My choice of supplier/Custom builder will once again be Mesh Computers. I will keep you informed of progress in future Blogs.

But back to the Gallery updates.

I actually added the latest pics of the final Powerboat races of the season to the Gallery a couple of days ago... this is the delayed link:
VIEW PICS OF THE FINAL POWERBOAT RACES
Vale Castle Sprint Galleries are now complete...
18th August 2015

My previous Blog commented on my busy weekend of Motorsport photography that included a Sandracing Championship meeting and the second running of the Vale Castle Sprint.

Of course, once the event photography has been captured the job is only half-finished for the photogs!

We then have to complete the edit :-(

This can be a chore at the best of times but when the sun is shining it really needs discipline to keep the nose to the monitor.

However it does help to have a missus standing behind you ensuring that you don't get distracted (too much) by the research you want to make about the new photo-editing computer on your wish-list!

Thankfully the missus can't hang around my office all day ;-)

I've just about managed to maintain the concentration on editing and the job is now complete.

The Vale Castle Sprint pics are now on-line. Hurray!

Check 'em out here:
VIEW PICS OF THE VALE CASTLE SPRINT
A busy weekend for the GMC&CC....
16th August 2015

This weekend there was no rest for the organisers who put in all the work behind the scenes at the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club.

The Club offered two days of Motorsport to its members with another round of their Sandracing Championship on Saturday followed by an impressive Sprint meeting at Vale Castle on Sunday which gave the racers more runs than I could count!

Both events enjoyed dry conditions, but it was the Vale Castle Sprint that really brought out the crowds who enjoyed some fantastic racing.

The fastest man along the very twisty Sprint course was Darren Warwick in his Moore Stephens Dallara. The speed and commitment that Darren showed was incredible. He was timed through the speed trap at over 100 mph! WOW!

This event has already established itself after just two years and is a great example of how hard the local Motorsport Clubs work to offer members so much varied competition.

Well done to all those involved.

I've just added pics of the Sandracing to my Galleries. The Vale Castle Sprint will follow:
VIEW PICS OF ROUND-7 OF THE SANDRACING CHAMPIONSHIP
Hillclimb pictures... sorted
09th August 2015

If you judge the quality of a Hillclimb by the amount of records broken then the latest Guernsey Kart & Motor Club Hillclimb at Les Val des Terres was a great success.

I'll find the time to go through the final results to collect the official number of new records... there were certainly quite a few.

These included new records from Darren Warwick, Zef Eisenberg, Jordan Caradeuc, Chris Guille, Tony Simon and Andy Digard.

But it wasn't just the number of new records... it was the size of the chunk of time removed from some Class times.

That was another memorable day of Guernsey Motorsport :-)

I've been tied up with a couple Elevated photoshoots all day today so the Hillclimb pics have only just been edited. I've still got to edit the Karting pics.

But, for now, I've sorted the Car and Bike Classes and uploaded them to a new gallery.

*UPDATE*: The Karting pics have now been added to the Gallery.

Take a look at the first pics by clicking this link:
VIEW THE LATEST GK&MC HILLCLIMB PICS
Sandracing with style....
04th August 2015

I had a brief chat with Clint Blondel between bouts at the Open Air Boxing.

We had both had a bit of rush to get down to The Track in time for the early start of the fighting.

This was due to the fact that we'd both just left Vazon beach after the latest round of the Sandracing Championship.

However I was the lucky one as after a quick wipe of my cameras and lenses I was ready to rumble :-)

Clint, on the other hand, had to transport his Sidecar outfit and his Grasstrack car back home... and then give them a clean.

But he made it to ringside in time to see all the action.

I complimented Clint and Ross Young on their improving 'style' riding the Sidecar. They really are looking like they are ready to 'mix it' with the big names. The team have just been over to the mainland to race a couple of Grasstrack meetings and the extra track-time really shows! Well done guys.

Saturday saw three sidecar outfits on the beach. They are fast and exciting to watch. We must hope that a few more will take part in the 2016 season.

I've added a new Gallery of pics here:
VIEW PICS OF THE SANDRACING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-6
Spectators and Boxers make use of the Bels football pitch....
03rd August 2015

This time it was the spectators and boxers who made use of the Bels football pitch....

D&C White Collar Warrior, Belgrave Wanderers FC & Power Constructions presented 15 Bouts of Open Air Boxing at The Track last Saturday.

For the second time I was invited down to The Track to capture some of the action and atmosphere.

This year the Boxing ring was set up closer to the stand which gave an option of buying a 'cheap seat' in the stands but the majority of spectators chose the comfy seats... together with a table for the mandatory beers!

Over a thousand people made the early evening stroll down Victoria Avenue whilst enjoying the mild August evening. The gates opened sharp at 5pm so there was a full evening to look forward to.

Their relaxed mood was soon turned around when the fast-paced action started in the ring. By the end of the night the punters had been entertained to 15 bouts of White Collar Boxing!

The evening had been organised in support of Charity with the Bels FC also earning a few bob towards the re-building of their stand.

So every-one was a winner... the Charities, the Bels, the bout winners and the punters enjoyed a night out with a difference.

I think we can look forward to more of the same another year.

I've added a few pics of each bout to my galleries:
VIEW PICS OF THE OPEN AIR BOXING
Chaos sorted for another year.......
27th July 2015

That's it. Sorted.

The 2015 Greenman Chaos Festival is already just a memory. We now have to wait until 2016 for the fun to continue.

But we do have the pictures to jog our memories and I've just completed the galleries for 2015 with the last of the Band pics.

Final updates are for Near Bliss, the ever popular The Recks and Sunday's headliners FlashMob.

So until we meet again in a field up at Pleinmont next year... keep it loud, keep live and keep it green, man :-)
VIEW THE FINAL GREENMAN CHAOS 2015 GALLERIES
Sunny days at The Track....
26th July 2015

Guernsey Kart & Motor Club decided to bring Round 5 of their Summer Kart Championship one day forward to Saturday afternoon and make it a social event as well.

What a good move...

I say this on Sunday morning (the usual race day) whilst uploading a few pics of the racing to my Galleries... and it is pouring down outside! Whatever happened to the Summer?

Unfortunately, due to family commitments, I couldn't hang around for the social after the racing. But I'm sure it was fun and I know it definitely benefited from the sunny Saturday!

I've added a few pics to the gallery including some taken with my wonderful Nikon 400mm f2.8 lens. Every time I use it I tell myself that it should be taken out of its hard case more often. Shame it is such a monster to hand-hold.

Photographers who look at the gallery wont need to be told which pics were taken with the 400mm :-)
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-5 OF THE SUMMER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
Its all about the fun.... Biker style......
24th July 2015

Sunday afternoon at Chaos is the traditional time for fun and games... biker style!

Everyone is chilled and tired after two days of partying so there is no rush... just time to chill and have a bit of fun.

The trike is sure to make an appearance with its weird steering. Never an easy ride when your sober... add a few beers and its great entertainment :-)

The Tug of War proves that adults and kids are not so different after all :-)

Then the industrial grade Chilli eating contest separates the men from the boys...

Whilst the Greenman Chaos Festival 'headlines' that it is all about the bikes and the bands I think it is all about the general vibe and inclusive atmosphere. I haven't been on a motorbike since my teens (if I did get back in the saddle I think I would quickly become a statistic!) however the Greenman is always welcoming.

Next year you must pay it a visit...

My latest updates to the Chaos galleries are here:
TRIKES - CHILLI & TUG OF WAR... BIKER STYLE

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