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Autumn... time to sit in front of the telly?
26th September 2016

As the seasons change and autumn approaches we look forward to the weekends when we can lock the doors, close the curtains, stoke a glowing fire and watch this years Strictly Come Dancing.

>>>>> NO CHANCE! <<<<<


No! What this season means to me is that the live music scene gets back into it's stride after it's mini summer holiday!

Maybe you will take the lazy choice of exercising the thumb on the TV remote but I promise it is worth making the effort to search out some live entertainment.

Saturday kicked off the autumn season at the Fermain Tavern. If you missed it because your thing is more Ballroom than Band then you can see what you missed here :-)

Pics of Sugarslam & Lifejacket are online here:
SUGARSLAM - THE ALTERNATIVE TO STRICTLY COME DANCING
LIFEJACKET - ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE TO STRICTLY COME DANCING
I nearly missed the action.....
25th September 2016

Sometimes even the best plans go wrong.

That almost happened to me today when I arrived at The Track to capture Round 7 of the GK&MC Summer Kart Championship.

I was a bit later than usual as I had to finish an edit that needed to be submitted before a deadline. Normally I would still be in time to capture plenty action... but not this time!

With just two Classes racing and a meeting that that had clearly run very smoothly there were just the two finals to go.

So it was action stations and finger on the button with no time to waste.

It seemed that before you could count ten laps it was all over :-)

As I'm still trying to work out the best shooting angles for the new track layout I need all the track-time I can get.

So I've made a note in the diary for the next race meeting: 'Must not be late'.

My pics are already online here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-7 OF THE SUMMER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
Alderney motorsport weekend.... Sorted
20th September 2016

Somehow life always seems to find a natural balance... even when it comes to my funtime/worktime equilibrium.

It seems that whenever I find time for a bit of motorsport action photography there is always a payback lurking just around the corner!

This shouldn't be a surprise for me, after all I've been in this game for over a decade now.

But, like a well earned hang-over, after the fun comes the less welcome recovery.

With photography this is represented by the picture edit. An unavoidable outcome after the fun part of taking the pics.

So there we have it. I've been lucky to spend three days in Alderney photographing the motorsport weekend. So when I returned home there was no way of avoiding the extended edit.

There is good news though. I've just completed all the picture galleries and I didn't even need the help of any painkillers!

They can be viewed here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ALDERNEY FORT CORBLETS SPRINT
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ALDERNEY AIRPORT SPEED EVENT
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ALDERNEY FORT TOURGIS HILLCLIMB
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Touched by the Alderney magic.... again
19th September 2016

I'm just back from four days spent in Alderney.

Three of my days were filled by motorsport... one was all about walking, exploring and beer :-)

Once again, this year I was touched by the Alderney 'magic dust'... whatever that is?

I can't really articulate quite what it is that makes a stay in Alderney so special and memorable but at the start of every year I seem to forget the previous years and I question whether I should commit the time and money to another Alderney motorsport weekend.

I forget what a fantastic time I always have. In fact I don't actually have a decision to make. This weekend should be the first commitment in the diary!

If you've never made a visit to Alderney - it doesn't have to be for the motorsport - you have missed out on a most enjoyable experience that takes you back a few decades to a time when life seemed a lot more simple and relaxed. I recommend it to you.

But now I'm back home and the usual pressure on time and workload returns :-(

For me this means a day spent catching up with the editing.

First examples of my three days work are pics of the Alderney Fort Corblets Sprint:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2016 ALDERNEY FORT CORBLETS SPRINT
Jersey Live.... it's a slow start to the edit!
13th September 2016

It's a slow start but the BIG Jersey Live edit has begun!

But just as I get things moving I'm working away again for a few days so the updates will continue in sloooww motion.

However it is worth mentioning here that Jersey Live 2016 managed to entertain me again... and (as usual) offered a few 'new' finds together with a couple of surprises.

For example the Mungo Jerry band is much more than the 70's hits we all remember. You want the Blues... you got it!!

I'll be adding a lot more pics featuring Jersey Live 2016. You'll just have to be a bit patient :-)

The first pics are here though:
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW THE JERSEY LIVE GALLERIES ARE PROGRESSING
FIAT 500 Gathering at North Beach...
12th September 2016

Few cars have endeared themselves on drivers over the decades as successfully as the classic Fiat 500.

The original version is now a sought after vehicle which truly qualifies as an iconic motorcar.

This status encouraged Fiat to try to re-interpret the design and the success of the current Fiat 500 proves that they did a fantastic job.

Le Mont Saint Garage decided that there was an opportunity to celebrate the owners love of their cars with a chance to raise a few pounds for three important charities.

So on Sunday morning, for as little as a fiver, Fiat 500 owners could meet other owners and help the RNLI, St John and Channel Island Airsearch all at the same time.

I popped along to take a few pics....
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE FIAT 500 GATHERING
Vale Earth Fair 2016... A vintage year...
11th September 2016

2016 represented a milestone for the Vale Earth Fair Collective as it was 40 years since they first organized a small gathering of friends to enjoy live music and share similar beliefs in humanitarian causes and the care of our precious planet.

That original ethos is still strong and underlies everything the Vale Earth Fair Collective organizes.

However the Vale Castle Earth Fair has changed, evolved and grown over the intervening years and now sits as the oldest running Channel Island Festival.

It is responsible for many happy memories formed by the regular VEF supporters.

The 2016 VEF was a bit of a vintage edition... this was very fitting for such an historic year. The lineup consisted of a few favorites from yesteryears ably supported by many newcomers.

If you have somehow managed to miss all the previous Vale Earth Fairs - or maybe you haven't been for a few years - I highly recommend you add this Festival to your bucket list of things to do. You won't be disappointed :-)

I've now completed the VEF 2016 picture edit. All TWENTY Galleries :-)

These galleries should give you a feel of the vibe you get at a Vale Earth Fair.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VALE EARTH FAIR 2016 PICTURE GALLERIES
My remedy for a hangover.... NOT!
07th September 2016

I wouldn't recommend my day today as a remedy for a five-day long hangover... but it seems I have no choice :-(

I've just returned from photographing the 2016 Jersey Live Festival. This year it turned into an intense five day photoshoot and party!

The festival ticked almost all the boxes... we had lots of great performances, rain and sunshine, booze (lots), and loads of fun and pics.

But real life returns all too soon :-(

In my case this means sitting at a screen trying to focus on the backlog of edits. The list includes a Hillclimb shoot, the Vale Earth Fair (big) shoot and an even bigger two days of Jersey Live.

But before all that I have Press submissions to sort out for the Vale Earth Fair, the Motocross 2-Day meeting and a quick edit of Jersey Live!

There are also the orders that came in whilst I was away that need printing and framing.

All this is enough to send my brain into a hungover spin!

However I expect no sympathy from you as it is all self inflicted and I imagine I'll do exactly the same again next year. As long as the body holds out!

To prove that I don't give up at the first sign of a hangover I've just put up the hillclimb gallery. More to follow:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GMC&CC HILLCLIMB PICS
Holiday! What's a holiday?
30th August 2016

A couple of days ago someone asked me where I've been on holiday.

This person had (logically) assumed that as I hadn't made any major updates to this website for around two weeks that I must be lying on a beach somewhere, beer in hand, not a care in the world.

If only!!

No, the lack of updates is for completely the opposite reason. I'm stacked with work at the moment.

Now if you were to ask my missus about this she would be quite happy and content. You see, if I'm dashing around on photoshoots I can't keep a check on how much time she is spending in the summer house reading on that new Kindle I bought her for her birthday.

Now I wouldn't want you to think that I'm disliking work at the moment. Far from it. I'm someone who will always find another thing to do rather than sit around... even on the beach!

But all this activity does cause a log-jam in my picture editing and web-site updates. I have just sorted out one though. The gallery features pics of the 2-Day Motocross meeting.

There are other updates on the way (Vale Earth Fair & Hillclimb) but they will have to await my return from photographing Jersey Live together with a couple of Commercial Tallpictures jobs whilst I'm over in our sister Isle.

I must also get around to writing a Blog to celebrate the 14 MILLIONTH viewing on this website... hopefully before the counter hits 15 MILLION ;-)

View the 2-Day Motocross pics here:
VIEW PICS OF THE 2-DAY MOTOCROSS MEETING
A normal day in the office......
15th August 2016

Saturday was Hillclimb day.

Got a nice ring to it hasn't it :-)

I've lost count of how many hours I've spent crouched on the grass verges of Le Val des Terres taking pics of Hillclimbs. Or how many miles I've walked carrying a weighty backpack.

I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said weeks and a few marathons!

I'm lucky that on several weekends every year I get to call the 'Terres my workplace.

In fact if the hill could be fitted with a bar with a Real Ale pump somewhere along its length I'd be very happy to call it my office ;-)

However, for now, I have to entertain myself by trying to capture the best action pics of the racing.

Unfortunately at the end of the day I have to return to my little, dark office to complete the edit :-(

But now that I've finished the edit and uploads I can go off to my actual 'Town office'.... which incidentally does have Real Ale on tap!

Hey, it's been a long dry weekend and I deserve it :-)

You can take a look at the days work by clicking the link below.
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST HILLCLIMB PICS

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