Monday, 19 September 2011

sneak preview - Out There festival

Hello!!
Just wanted to blog a couple of lines before I sit down to the mammoth task of sifting through about 2.5k images I and my partner, Paul took at the Out There festival in Great Yarmouth this weekend.

Fantastic spectacle of arts and circus that was, just not sure the locals appreciated the richness of this great, and totally free event held here.

I'm just blogging the first three photos I've post processed, two of which I sent and were published by the EDP and Yarmouth Mercury this morning. 

The first image is from the  act, a trio of graceful Alien blue birds from the Close Act performers, who moved through the crowd in St Georges' park, engaging both children and adults alike.



The second set of images is from the NoFitState circus, whose impressive performance, 'Barricade' was the highlight of the events on Saturday.




Hope you like the work and look forward to hearing from you if you were one of the performers this weekend.

Look forward to be posting updates with more images as I post process them! :) x

Saturday, 17 September 2011

the Out There festival

Don't think I've blogged about this before but I've been appointed as the official photographer for Out There which is the largest free circus and performers festival in the East of England.

I'm nearly ready to go off for my weekend's shooting but thought it would be good to put down a couple of lines and tell you about this event, should you have some free time this weekend :)  If the weather holds it will be a great couple of days out for both kids and adults alike.

Below is a quick iPhone photo of a day's work yesterday, planning a timeline and a coverage plan for myself and my partner Paul who will be my right hand for the day.  


Good event coverage is not only about the images and the kit but also about having a good plan of what to do on the day, making sure no important happenings are missed.  The style of work will mostly be documentary, and I hope to be planning a sneak preview in a couple of days.

Hope you have a great weekend and come and say Hi if you're around! :) x

Sunday, 11 September 2011

The European FIA Drag Racing Finals 2011

This weekend has seen the 5th and final round of the FIA Drag Racing Championships held at Santa Pod.  Having been to the Easter Thunderball event (photos from which I still have to post process and blog!!), we decided it was worth the trawl to Bedfordshire for this event as some of our friends were competing. 

I've mentioned in passing earlier on in my blogging that I have a history in motorsport that includes Drag Racing.  Whereas I competed in full race Minis and a Marcos, my brother raced a BDX rear engined spaceframe Mini for a while.  Dad was president of MDRA (Malta Drag Racing Association) for a number of years and therefore the drag raceway at Halfar turned out to be our second home, for a number of years as we visited the racing strip for different reasons. 

Hence it was only logical, that when we heard there was going to be a strong Maltese contingent this time at Santa Pod, that we were tempted to go watch the event.

It wasn't the first outing at Santa Pod for Maltese dragracers as the Mr Whippy Team and the Elbros team fought things out for a championship place back in 2001.  There has been a continued presence over the years from the Maksar Racing Truck team and also from Simon Giordimaina in his modded Hayabusa.  We were therefore quite keen to go and support our old friends during this latest venture as well as have a catchup with how things were going back home.

Initial doubts on whether we would be recognised, quickly erased themselves as we were welcomed to a nice cup of coffee and lots of smiles from the Joe Carabott and his Mr Whippy team.  Good to see dad's expression glow as he rekindled memories of his good (and often difficult and worrisome) times managing the Halfar raceway with Joe Carabott, who unfortunately confirmed things had changed a lot over the years and the carefree years of racing me and my brother enjoyed when we were younger were now things of the past.



My son, Matt, could not immediately understand why he was being introduced to so many Maltese speaking people who were grinning at him.  He later confided he had no idea my dad was so involved and that everybody in that circuit knew us well (pity you forgot Matt!).  

I managed to take a few photos of my dad, brother and Matt with Joe and his car/team, however as space was restricted (and I still mainly use my beloved 50mm 1.4) I sought a better perspective using a ladder they had.




Below are some action shots from the day, limited by the fact I was in a packed grandstand for the day. 

Some of the general racing...




and some of the Mr Whippy run, whilst we were surrounded by flags and general enthusiasm! :)








Well done Manty for the 5.5s run!  See you guys next year, hopefully!



Sunday, 4 September 2011

Exciting times!

I was left quite dumbfounded a few weeks ago when my son Matt announced he was taking up AS level photography for Sixth Form.  I must say I didn't see that coming!  Not that Matt isn't interested, far from it, but I would'nt have thougth he'd actually choose that subject as one of his choices for continued study.

You see, for many years Matt has been really convinced that his way forward is that of a game designer.  Unflinchingly, he has been researching every aspect of this business and is well aware of how multiskilled you have to be to get there. Marketer, business man, character builder, designer, 3D design, animation, knowledge about multiplayer and networking games etc etc (Matt will probably add a dozen more roles in there if I let him!!

I was actually introduced to this multiskilled aspect of the gaming designer about a year ago through Matt via the work of Extra Credits, some of which you can see here  The voice over on the videos is a bit naff but these animations are educational and thought provoking (which I like!)

Undoubtedly photography will be very useful to Matt in his perusal of Game Design excellence in whatever role he choses to be working in.  Knowledge of how light works, perspective, composition etc will be invaluable.  

For this reason, I have been giving Matt some tuition in basic principles of photography, which he seems to have grasped with ease.  We have been, for some years now, dissecting light and composition in cinema and film whenver we are looking at stuff together and he has developed essential skills :)

I was really pleased when he said he needed to work on a portfolio topresent to his photography tutor to be accepted into Photography class, and I have had to kick his backside somewhat to get him out on the road to get this done.  To be honest he prefers doing reseach as well as online gaming to gettting out and about!  However, he's done pretty well (see below) - I hope his tutor will agree - and I'm pretty chuffed as he is already showing signs of developing a personal style!


I am sure Matt will be my right side in the future when it comes to post processing and a multitude of technical issues we photographers face as technology advances.  He will be my assistant for as long as he will and can and even though his career will take him on a completely different path, I am sure we will keep an open collaboration for both of our benefit.

Good luck Matt!

x

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