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.

Woburn Toadstool

Went all the way to Center Parcs in Woburn Forest to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday and managed to get a photo of a toadstool. That was pretty much it, we spent the rest of the time enjoying ourselves and I forgot to get my camera out!!! :D


Ah well, I had a great time anyway. It was so relaxing to get away and very much needed.

Formula E New and Interesting

Hi peeps! I just thought I’d dive on here and throw my opinion on the internet for everyone to bore themselves with!

The first ever Formula E race was held today in Beijing and on the whole was a pretty interesting race to be honest. Obviously the first thing you notice is the sound of the cars (if you can ignore the music soundtrack on the race coverage) it’s like a jet (very quietly) taking off, a kind of whine but not a bad sound at all. I quite like it. Hearing the tyres squeal is always a treat for a motor racing fan if they’re watching at home, you hear it when you watch races at the tracks but not so much on TV. Some of the chicanes had the cars and their tyres singing. Really good.

As with all motorsports there is occasional rubbing or other impacts between the cars which although fun to watch in tin tops, its not really on with open wheel racers because of the exposed tyres. Putting aside “that incident” there were other cases where the cars were making contact, mostly without much damage. This is the nature of a street based racing series the track is simply too narrow to allow two cars squirming as much as these Formula E ones were to fit. Its something I’m sure they’ll iron out in time but it worries me slightly that even in the first race there was a pretty massive shunt. That Nick Heidfeld managed to walk away from that crash is a testament to the solid construction of this first season’s car. The roll structures, bodywork and survival shell worked flawlessly to protect Nick as he was launched into the air for a few pirouettes before landing awkwardly inverted on the run off area in the last corner.

I’m struggling to see why Nicolas Prost seems to have escaped any punishment BUT it is obvious it wasn’t intentional in his defence. The move was daft and dangerous if you know somebody is attempting an overtake. If you watch the playback, he turned the wheel without knowing where his opponent was. Do the mirrors on those cars need looking at? Street tracks are far more bumpy than the purpose built ones they used for the tests. Time will tell how this pans out.

All in all though a very enjoyable inaugural race for the series. I hope more  like that follow for the rest of the season.