A Bit of Stability at Ferrari

Although I’m disappointed the Bottas rumours didn’t pan out I’m happy Ferrari decided to keep Raikkonen in their race seat for next season. Although the results haven’t been forthcoming so far this season is not for lack of effort from Kimi. Mechanical failures and accidents happen to drivers in groups and it seems Raikkonen has had his share.

With all the upheaval of the last season or so, it’s good to see some continuity at Maranello for a change. Let’s see what can be done with the remainder of the season. With Spa this weekend and Monza coming up there’ll be some good racing to watch. :)

Alicia Witt at The Borderline London

Alicia and MeWell, I did it! I got to meet Alicia Witt at her London gig (which was freakin awesome by the way!). I’ve been a fan of her since I saw her playing Cybill Shepherd’s daughter in the sitcom Cybill in the 90s. When I discovered years later that she was now writing her own music and performing I always thought it would be cool to go see her in LA. My “very large concern” about flying aside, going to LA just to see one person do a gig seemed a little far fetched.
When I heard she was going to play a concert in London in June I was both excited for the opportunity to see her live and overwhelmed when I was trying to work out the logistics.
The concert tickets would be about a tenth of the total cost when I looked at trains and hotels. I’d pretty much given up on making it work so I regrettably came to the conclusion it wasn’t going to happen. As the date of the concert grew closer, I was thinking more and more about how I might be able to work out a solution. Being the clever stick Her Majesty is, she knew I was preoccupied about something and did what she always does when she sees my runaway brain belting off into the sunset!

We sat down together and went systematically through the options until we found one that worked. Within 20 minutes, I’d booked the tickets for the entire weekend. Sometimes you need somebody else to sanity check your work!

The night was absolutely brilliant, Alicia is as good live as she is recorded (in some cases even better) and she performed a cover of one of my favourite songs, a bonus! Anyway, I’ll stop boring you with details and just say that I’m looking forward to the next time Miss Witt is in blighty, I think it’s pretty certain I’ll be attending. :)

Been a While

Hey guess what?
It’s been a thousand years since I last updated my blog. I know, shocker isn’t it? It’s not like I leave this poor thing for months at a time, ever!

In the spirit of my latest addiction to buying camera gear, taking photos and posting them here, I thought I’d let you know about my new one… Yes, another camera. Why are you looking at me like that, I totally NEEDED a new camera. This one was second hand and a Canon, not my usual Pentax purchases. I switched systems I’m a big boy now.

The image below was shot on a Canon 550D (yes, I know the 700D exists) using a Tamron 70-300mm zoom. In lens stabilisation isn’t something I’ve had before so its been a refreshing adventure learning about how to use it. Anyhow enjoy the image!


Boats in Gloucester Docks

OK, this one is one of my favourites as it was one of those shots where you look at something, move, look again and it’s about a thousand times better. When I first looked at these boats, the water was being agitated by a few gusts of wind that had been whistling through the gaps between the Victorian warehouses dotted about the place. Speaking of the warehouses, they’re all shops, pubs, flats or offices now. So much better than when I was a kid and the whole area looked like a film set for a crappy neighbourhood in Gotham!

Anyhow, back to the point. I went off and found some other stuff to shoot as I was experimenting (unsuccessfully) with a few depth of field tricks. By the time I was making my way back, the water was much more calm and the sun had really got it’s act together causing the reflections to pop. I had to take this photo!

The final image was cropped to 16:9 format as it worked better than the 4:3 aspect my MX-1 shoots natively. It can do 16:9 but I prefer to crop after the photo has been taken, more choice.

Boats, Gloucester Docks - Sep 14

Tower Bridge at Night

Carrying on the theme of publishing photos here I thought you might like this one too. This is Tower Bridge from the South bank, if I panned left, you’d be able to see the tower of London but everyone takes that shot!

This one is more about how gorgeous it looks when lit up and the reflection (towards the bottom of the image) on the marble rail.

Tower Bridge
Just thought you might like it. I’ve got one more that I really want on here so stay tuned, I’ll publish that in a short while.