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Now I understand golf.....
08th June 2018

It's taken a while but I think I've finally understood what the sport of Golf is all about.

The enlightenment happened whilst I was following play at the inaugural Matt Le Tissier Golf Day at St Pierre Park Hotel Golf Club.

I was walking the course with the Guernsey Press Sports Editor Rob Batiste. It was a truly glorious morning with the sun beating down. Dragonflies were skipping over the water features. There was an atmosphere of peace, calm and pleasure.

I got the feeling that the cosseted atmosphere hadn't been missed by the golfers as they wandered down the fairways.

So what did I finally 'get' about the game of golf? What amazing fact had I missed for all these years?

Well, a round of Golf definitely beats a day stuck in the office doing a days 'proper' work! I was the unlucky one as I was the one working!

Now that I've seen the light I might consider taking up the sport but for today I had to work whilst the guys enjoyed the sun... and a day away from the grindstone!

To prove that I wasn't completely distracted I've added a gallery featuring a few of my pics:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE MATT LE TISSIER GOLF DAY
Ticked all the boxes.....
04th June 2018

It's taken a day to get there but the job is done.

My weekend was busy chasing around the Island completing a list of photo-shoots.

Once again the fun and enjoyment came from the variety of the work.

The shoots included the GK&MC Sprint meeting at Vazon coast road. A Bowls competition (The Sarnia Shield) Vale Rec v Guernsey Bowls Club at the Corbet Field. Saturday ended with too many beers at the Sound in the Market gig... followed by a bus trip and walk home. Yes, I slept well after a busy day (maybe it was the beer?) :-)

Sunday started too early for my hang-over with the Triathlon Super Sprint at Grande Rocque. After a quick edit of the previous work to meet the submission deadline I was off to the Vale Earth Fair fundraising Record Fair. Finally there was a chance to enjoy the fresh air (I needed it) whilst photographing the Living Streets walk in St Peters.

So ended another packed weekend...

These links take you to some of the Galleries:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF SOUND AT THE MARKET
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE VAZON SPRINT
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE TRIATHLON SUPER SPRINT
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE BOWLS SARNIA SHIELD


..... and there's more.
31st May 2018

The Gallery updates are still coming at quite a pace....

I'm having to juggle my Commercial photoshoot work with the Sports and Events photography and having a busy Bank Holiday weekend has only made the backlog bigger!

But perseverance is usually the answer at these times. So I've devoted the day to catching up.

These are a couple of the new updates.

Firstly the Autocross Fun Meeting at Chouet... lots of pics to see.

Then there are pics of the GVC Summer Crit Series at Delancey Park... check 'em out too.
CLICK TO VIEW THE AUTOCROSS FUN MEETING PICS
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE SUMMER CRIT SERIES_ROUND-3
There's nothing to beat having a new (expensive) toy to play with....
28th May 2018

Maybe it was the sun? Maybe it was just me enjoying the Bank Holiday Motorsport?

There must have been a reason I captured many more action pics than a 'normal' hillclimb shoot... these galleries are BIG!

OK, I'll own up to why I was trigger happy for this event.... and it's a good excuse!

I've just started using my latest lens and it's always great fun trying to learn how to get the best images out of a new piece of kit. The new lens is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR. A big name for a big lens that is BIG on quality.

I've purchased it to replace my 200-400 f/4 VR which has proven to be one of my most used lenses for sports photography... it has even proven itself when photographing music festivals. Of course I've had to run the gauntlet of fellow photographers comments when using a big lens in the pit. You can guess the sort of thing... 'that's a big one you've got there, what are you compensating for?'

Maybe there's an element of truth there? But I'm not saying!

My first impressions of the 180-400mm after just half a dozen photo-shoots are very positive. I'll add a 'hands on' review when I've given the Nikon 180-400mm a real workout.

This gallery features many pics (more than a normal shoot) with many taken with the new lens at the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club Hillclimb up Le Val des Terres.

Please bear in mind that the pics in the gallery are very low web resolution (only 800 pixels wide) so they give NO idea of the detail of full size images. Lookout for the full review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR for full-size files.

However if you are interested in how this coverage of a hillclimb turned out click this link to see the pics:
CLICK TO VIEW THE HILLCLIMB GALLERY INCLUDING NIKON 180-400mm PICS
My latest idea to avoid drying the dishes.....
24th May 2018

I nearly missed this one... the Guernsey Velo Club Summer Crit Series race at Belgrave Vinery.

I was driving home when I noticed the signs for the Ian Brown's Cycles sponsored event - Round-2.

So my ever patient and tolerant missus allowed me to make a quick turn-around of the evening meal and I was soon out of the door (avoiding the washing up) allowing me to get back to photograph the Crit race.

Unfortunately as I arrived one of the racers shouted 'you'd better be quick Andy as this is the last lap!'

Not much time then to capture some action. But I was pleased I made the effort (not only because I missed having to dry the dishes) as the venue offered a change from previous photo-shoots.

A gallery of the pics is now online:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE BELGRAVE VINERY RACE
High tension for this sports photographer....
23rd May 2018

The 2018 Rossborough FA Cup Final at The Track was set for a 19:30 Kick Off. The qualifying teams were Rovers and Vale Rec. The scene was set for a competitive game.

My fear was that the score might be level at full time... an even worse scenario would be the addition of a penalty shoot-out after extra time!

Now it wasn't that I wanted to deny the fans their monies worth of action, tension and enjoyment. No, it was just that I had a very tight deadline to submit my pics for the early morning print of the Guernsey Press.

In fact, even if the game was concluded in normal time it was tight.

So I was as tense as any of the supporters when it was still 1-1 with just seven minutes of play left. To my relief it was Vale Rec who broke the deadlock and eased the pressure a bit for this 'tog.

This meant that I left The Track at 21:35 (after photographing the presentation of the Cup). I then joined the queue of vehicles (very frustrating) leaving Victoria Avenue as I headed back to my office to complete a quick edit.

There was no time to waste making a selection of pics and once they were cropped, balanced and tagged they winged their way to the Picture Desk.

All in, the job was complete - presentation pics, travel, edit, tagging and submission in 37 minutes!

I deserved that glass of red wine... it helped me chill-out and I needed it!

My edit of Rossborough FA Cup pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE 2018 ROSSBOROUGH FA CUP PICS
Maya Le Tissier for England and beyond....
23rd May 2018

Maya Le Tissier played her last game as Captain of St Martins U16's at Blanche Pierre Lane before leaving Guernsey to pursue her football career.

Maya has already Captained the England U16s and islanders are wishing her good luck in the future as she represents Guernsey and England.

I popped along to photograph Maya. There was a good turn-out of supporters at St Martins to enjoy the last opportunity to see our young star.
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF MAYA LE TISSIER
.... approaching the speed of light!
21st May 2018

I'm not sure that an association can be made between web viewings on this website to the speed of light but, hey, this is my Blog so I'll do what I like!

Purists can e-mail complaints to CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS if you think I've overstepped the obligation to be accurate and factual within the laws of physics. I imagine my wife will be first to the keyboard... and one of my sons will likely join complainants. They seem to share a liking for correctness!

For the rest of you maybe you'll just go with the flow and allow me to use this lose association as a way to describe the amazing speed that the latest ONE MILLION VIEWS have been added to this website.

Something must have come together... maybe the stars aligned in just the perfect way... for my fastest ever million views.

My guess is that no scientist will bother trying to research how this event happened to allow me to repeat it at will so I'll just enjoy it this time as it might never be replicated.

Whilst I'm here I'd like to say 'many thanks' to everyone who keeps coming back to look at my pics and say that you are now part of a previously unknown 'Law of Physics'.

You can view a few old Blogs recording past MILLION MILESTONES here:
CLICK TO VIEW PREVIOUS MILLION MILESTONES
Starting the day with a swim, cycle and run.....
14th May 2018

Sunday morning started with a leisurely 400 metre swim, followed by an 8 mile cycle then a 2 mile run for good measure.... no problem!

Not for this photographer you understand! No, all that exercise was for the participants in Guernsey Triathlon's Novice event.

For me I had to motivate myself to just get out of bed for the early start. I'd still be under the covers if I'd had to face that physical challenge.

However, once I was at the start of the Novice event it turned out to be most enjoyable (watching others do the hard bit!) as it was a beautiful morning. I didn't see any of the triathletes regret having a go at the hard-core event so I imagine quite a few will add future events to their diaries. Some people really are strange, eh!

Once my work was done at Beau Sejour I made a quick visit back to the office to edit and submit my pics for publication then it was off to Chouet for the final round of the Autocross Club's Summer Championship.

All the pics are now online:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE NOVICE TRIATHLON
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS RACING
A couple of early Lib Day shoots....
13th May 2018

I made a mention in a recent Blog that my Liberation Day this year had started early and gone on long....

It also seems like the edit of the various assignments are doing the same as it is only now that I've completed the work!

My first job of the Lib Day morning was to shoot a few pics of the 2018 Cycle Road Race at the Imperial. It was a long but pleasant drive down the west coast and the reward was some great light and action. The bonus is that I wouldn't have made the effort to get there if I hadn't been booked in to cover the event.

Following on from the Cycle Race it was a return trip up the coast to the Houmet to photograph another Lib Day Road Race... running this time!

I've added a few pics of each event to my Gallery:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2018 LIBERATION DAY CYCLE RACE
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2018 LIBERATION DAY RUNNING RACE
Liberation Day 2018.... 17 hours of fun (for me)!
11th May 2018

Liberation Day in Guernsey is celebrated as our very own Bank Holiday each year on May 9th.

Whilst first-hand memories of the actual occupation grow fewer and fewer with each passing year this special day is still a good excuse to party!

The day also has several established Sports events to go along with the traditional historic cavalcade and live music.

This year the day started early for me as I was assigned to photograph the cycle race at the Imperial…. Up at 6am, that was a shock to the system!

Once those pics were in the can it was straight on to the Lib Day road race at the Houmet, then it was me racing up to The Last Post to meet a Guernsey Press reporter for a news item.

As some of the pics were needed for Thursday’s paper I completed a quick edit and tagging of those pics in the back of my studio van/office using mobile data on my phone to submit the pics.

Then it was off into St Peter Port with things not stopping until past midnight!

It was a very long day… about seventeen hours in all – but the infectious fun combined with the fine weather, smiles and partying kept me going!

I’m working through the edit and the first pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE FIRST PICS OF LIB DAY 2018
A sunny evening warm-up....
10th May 2018

The tradition is that near the end of the winter's football season the Channel Islands have one last highlight in the form of the Muratti.

The 2018 match was due to be played in Jersey this year between the old rivals.... Guernsey v Jersey.

As part of the Guernsey squads preparation a warm-up match was arranged against Upton Park. I went along to photograph the game for the Guernsey Press and was able to enjoy a beautiful spring-time evening. This was a far cry away from some of the games I'd covered during the winter when the wind and driving rain under flood-lights made it quite a miserable place to be.

Maybe this evening game was the reward and pay-back for that discomfort? Who knows how these things work!

The pics are now online here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE GUERNSEY v UPTON PARK MURATTI WARM-UP MATCH
Now for some real horsepower.....
08th May 2018

After last year's wash-out of the Guernsey Race Club's Bank Holiday Horse Racing meeting the 2018 version can only be described as fantastic!

It was great to see the Club rewarded by a stunning, sunny day and there seemed to be hundreds of supporters at L'Ancresse to watch the racing.

Such a lot of effort (and money) is invested before each race day that the small number of Club members need praise for keeping up their enthusiasm after last year.

Hopefully they enjoyed a fantastic afternoon's racing like the rest of us... although I imagine they were still 'beavering away' behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.

May I say a big 'Thank You' on behalf of all those who chilled out at Guernsey's own 'Day at the Races'

My own day was pretty hectic as, due to early print deadlines, I spent the afternoon chasing the races around L'Ancresse then hopping into my studio van between races, editing and tagging the previous race then e-mailing them into the Press.

It was all pretty tiring in the scorching heat but well worth the effort!

This picture gallery shows some of the action....
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE BANK HOLIDAY HORSE RACING
We win some and lose some....
06th May 2018

The weekend so far has had some ups... but also some downs.

Thankfully the ups outnumber the downs so I'll say we shouldn't let the low points spoil the mood.

Firstly we must call the weather one of the ups. Come on, it's scorching hot. That has to be a high!

Next, it's a Bank Holiday weekend. That means a long weekend off work (at least if you're not a photographer like me)!

Next... the Guernsey Raiders won the Siam Cup when they beat Jersey Reds. Now you're not going to dispute me calling that as another up, are you? Of course I'm assuming that you don't live in Jersey!

But if you do then you have your own win to crow about. The Jersey Under 18's side beat the Guern's in the U18 football Muratti. That's a downer in my eyes.

I still managed to enjoy my Sunday though as I also photographed the GMC&CC Twisty Sprint at The Track. This was the 'warm-up' event of the Motorsport weekend ahead of the Bank Holiday Hillclimb at Le Val des Terres.

Pics of the action so far can be viewed at these links:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE SIAM CUP RUGBY
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE TWISTY SPRINT
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE UNDER 18s MURATTI

Let's get this sorted....
01st May 2018

I'm counting the hours till I can say that the weekend's assignments are all completed...

This work includes the selection and editing of the pics (including the important deletion of the 'fails'). But that isn't the end of the work, in fact that is just the start!

The next job on the list is to 'tag' a few with details and then submit them for publication.

The next box to tick is the uploading of pics to this website's picture Gallery.

But the job can only be marked as complete after I've backed up the images and then added all the 'keepers' (originals and the saved edited versions) to my picture database. This is an important (vital) process to ensure nothing is lost and any picture can be found very quickly in the future with just a couple of mouse clicks!

The first parts of the above list are nearly sorted, yeah!!

The cataloguing of all the pics into my searchable database is the final chore... I must have been VERY bad in a previous life as this process is a real pain. However, once it is complete the benefit of being able to search for any shot by time, date, subject.... in fact anything you could possibly think of is absolutely essential to me as it enables a very quick and easy response to requests for my pics.

Today's updates include the first Rickety Bridge Cricket game of 2018... Elizabeth College v Wanderers/Irregulars and the Channel Islands Table Tennis Finals.

View the pics here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE RICKETY BRIDGE CRICKET GAME
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS TABLE TENNIS FINALS
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A few more fom the weekend.....
30th April 2018

I'm keeping this short as I'm in full-on editing mode!

I know I've said it before but the 'after shoot' edit has to be the most boring part of my job. I've learnt over an extended period that the first thing to do to ease the pain is to take as few pics as possible in the first place.

This can be a challenge when shooting fast action sports but the discipline is good as you have to 'focus' on getting the best shot first time.

The pay-off is a quicker edit back at the studio.

But, even after trying to limit the pics taken, it is still inevitable that too much time is 'wasted' looking at a monitor.

After such a busy weekend of shooting I've had more editing to do than usual but perseverance (and hours) mean the job is nearly done.

I've just added three more galleries featuring the Inter-Insular Snooker at the Gremlin Club, Inter-Insular Darts at the Peninsular Hotel and the Hockey Upton at Footes Lane.

....more updates will follow!

These are the links to view the latest uploads:
CLICK TO VIEW THE INTER-INSULAR SNOOKER PICS
CLICK TO VIEW THE INTER-INSULAR DARTS PICS
CLICK TO VIEW THE HOCKEY UPTON PICS

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
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
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