Friday, 18 April 2014

Fingers crossed

My night photos have been entered into the night workshop competition, with MediaMG Photography, who ran the night photography workshop in Oxford. Fingers crossed, a winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Amongst the tulips

I am still surprised by the number of blog views I had here the other day. It's amazing what a little bit of publicity can do. I have never got over 100 page views in one day before. Ok, so some bloggers get thousands of page views day, but I don't go round shouting how good I think I am, I'm just not that sort of person. I also understand that, that number of page views cannot be maintained at the moment, but hopefully a few/couple of people will stick around and see what is going on.
I owe a big thank-you to Mark Rainsley (, who was the person in the back of the kayak in the last blog post, who wanted to show his friends what he had been up to on a wet Sunday in April. I think we are now equal after I fed him hot cross buns and made sure he had enough water throughout the race. I also think (hope), that some of the photos from the last post will also be used in my kayak club's newsletter. 

I am still unsure of my unique selling point, but I am happy with that. I take photos of things that capture my eye, whether it is a kayak race or a flower in the garden. Maybe at some point I will settle..... maybe. (My background keeps reminding me that I have more photos to put up from a short trip I took to London)

I also mentioned to a friend that I would mention him on here, a tiny bit of extra publicity for him (here's a link to his website). If anyone is round York this evening, he is taking part in an open mic tonight tonight. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Mission: Support a crew

Date: 6/4/14
Place: Devizes, then along the canal to Newbury
Time: 7.30am (Devizes) till 2.30pm (Newbury)
Mission: Provide snacks and drinks to two kayakers, whilst they paddle 35 miles along the canal.
Potential issues:
*Loss of boat,
*Getting the munchies and eating all the snacks,
*Getting lost,
*Car breaking down,
*Hitting wildlife,
*Falling into canal,
*Losing camera equipment down hill,
*Upsetting locals,
*Snacks being eaten by wildlife,
*Giving the drinks to the wrong crew members,
*Turning up at the wrong locks

The start

Horton bridge

All Cannings

Some of the other competitors

K1 next year Mark?

 Jen reminding support crews where to feed there crews (not on the water!)

Further down the canal in the rain

Almost there Kintbury

What the kayakers missed

*Jen and Mark for letting me support you
*The locals dogs that I met along the way for not eating the snacks
*The marshal who kept an eye on my stuff whilst I scrambled down a bank to retrieve my lens hood
*To the lady next to me who I didn't have to rescue after she stumbled on the river bank
*To Jen for informing me that I was at the wrong lock

*Mark, I filled your bottle at one point with what I thought was water, turns out it was one of Jen's electrolyte drinks
*To the poor animal that decided to cross the road in front of my car
*The crew for trying to tell them they were at the last lock, when in fact I had turned up at the wrong lock