Anne and I were fortunate to be able to spend a week in the Norwegian Fjords a week or so ago. It is a beautiful place made very much better by the fact that we were incredibly lucky with the weather. After three weeks of rain in some of the places we visited, it started to dry up a couple of days before we arrived, and we didn’t see a drop of rain and had blue skies and warm sunshine throughout.
Simon and I went to Coventry Motofest on Sunday to watch the boy racers. Last year I was lucky and found a gap in the fence to poke my lens through. In case it wasn't there this year Simon carried a pair of steps for me, we did feel a daft and got some funny looks from people. The steps weren't really high enough and eventually my gap became free. I tried fast shutter speeds 1/250s and slow panning 1/15 -1/30s. The most successful shots have something to convey movement, either blur or smoke. Otherwise the cars look like they were parked, not whizzing by.
I spoke to the wife of the SCR car; she pinched my space to video him. I sent them some of my pictures of his car. I was thrilled that he liked them and wants to put some on his social media. He suggested I watermark them and add copyright details, so I have done that this morning in Lightroom. Fortunately my photo magazine had an article on how to do it this month. I took inspiration for my logo from Gary's that I saw on the DVD he made for my friend Geeta after the portrait day.
Free event, £1 to park. What is not to like? Noise, smoke and getting covered in rubber dust!
Thanks to Pat Osborne for posting the images of Skomer –
some lovely memories.
By coincidence Anne and I were also in
Pembrokeshire over the May Day bank holiday weekend, and did a few walks along
the stunning coastal path. One walk took us from the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy
to Porthgain. The Blue Lagoon is an old slate quarry that was intentionally
‘opened’ to the sea by blasting a number of years ago. It is now a 25 metre
deep lagoon which is used for the Red Bull Diving Championships (well worth
checking out on YouTube), and has also featured in a number of films and TV
programmes. Porthgain is still a small working harbour, and also has a rich
industrial heritage with further slate mines and the remains of an old, but
substantial brick works. Another of our walks took us to Slebech Park, which is
a private estate with a small boutique hotel and a terrace looking on to the
estuary where you can have an incredibly peaceful lunch