Short break in the Isle of Wight

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Spent the last week on a short break to the Isle of Wight… went there a fair few years back when the kids were much younger but this time only my youngest came with us…

We stayed in a ‘comfort’ chalet at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park… was ok to be honest but then you only tend to sleep in places like that if you are doing your holiday right πŸ™‚

Short break in the Isle of Wight

The roads took a little getting used to and the sat nav would take use all over the place for the ‘quickest’ route which included some iffy single track lanes etc… the high hedgerows made reading the undulating/twisting roads quite tricky and so spent most of my time at 30/40mph even when there was a national speed limit as you would be constantly breaking for blind corners!.. doesn’t help that I have no sense of direction and seem to lose the ability to recall left from right when under pressure to make a spontaneous turn!! πŸ™‚

Ah well… a good time was had by all at the end of the day so here are a few select pics from the week… I tried not to spend too much time hunting for photo opps as the ladies would get bored waiting so took mostly ‘holiday’ pics but did try to get at least one slightly ‘creative’ shot a day…

Day 1… Sandown..
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

The beach presented an opportunity for a long exposure shot…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…tweaked the shot for a B&W…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…not sure which I like best but happy with the results… (B&W one obvs lol)

Day 2… Went to Ryde… weather was a bit dull and kinda made the place seem a little dreary tbh but grabs some shots anyway…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

The hovercraft were cool but sadly far too many people were in the way to get a decent shot as I really wanted one of it leaving or arriving for the drama of the spray etc…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

The girls went off to find the beach…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…and then had a sit down waiting for some pillock with a camera…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

A little disappointed with Ryde we headed back to Whitecliff Bay and stopped off at the Bembridge Windmill on the way…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

I wanted to try for a sunset (as I do) and left the girls at the pub πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…took a walk down the coastal path to try to capture the beach… the sun wouldn’t be in frame unfortunately but was hoping it would colour the skies enough… didn’t work out as I had planned but got some shots anyway…

Pre sunset…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…sunset long exposure…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…managed to grab some proper colour though once I had walked back to the holiday sites pub…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…and then sat down with the girls to finish the evening off with a drink πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Day 3… Blackgang Chine, Freshwater Beach and a quick trip to the Needles…

Word of warning… Blackgang Chine is primarily for families with young children and its not cheap… Β£20 a head!… bit more than I recall tbh but ponied up anyway… did I mention its suited for families with young children?

Anyhoo… grabbed a few snaps…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Made a new friend though… thought I might get him a job as my personal assistant so he can discuss ‘requirements’ with the business πŸ˜‰
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…so… you want to change the requirements on the report again? lets sit down and talk about that shall we?
Short break in the Isle of Wight

This little dude was catching some rays…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…seemed like a good idea…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Views were nice…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Next we moved onto Freshwater Bay… the drive was epic!… the coast road was a revelation compared the inland roads…

While the girls chilled on the beach…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…I went off togging πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

…my little beach babe πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Wrapped up the day chasing a sunset at The Needles… sadly it looked like more of a trek than I anticipated to get the shot I had planned… ended up with some a little more average than I wanted :/
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Day 4… Trip to Ventnor then on to Shanklin Beach…

Had a quick walk around Ventnor to find a beach…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Found it…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

..little un wanted sand… so we made our excuses and left and went on to Shanklin… she was happy… the wife not so much as she hates sand lol…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

When we got back to the holiday park I nipped down to the beach to see if I could catch a moonrise…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…however the sea had a low level mist so all I got was a few ships…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Shame as it was our last night in the chalet… so grabbed a parting shot from the chalets decking..
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Day 5… Last day on the island… trip to Cowes and The Needles before catching the ferry back to the mainland..

Cowes was nice but unless you are a yachtist not much happening…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

We then went back to the Needles to check out the glass blowing and sweet shop πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

We managed to catch an earlier ferry, I managed to take us round the houses a little with my ‘excellent’ navigation skills but we got home in one piece…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Feeling rather tired, not walked so much in one week lol…

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

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After the rather nasty off in race 2 you would be forgiven to think that it might take a while to get things sorted… as it happens… no it didn’t!…

After a rather impressive turn around from Craig at Darkside Customs we had the car back looking straighter than it did from the last excursion into Tower corner…
Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

The day started off ok… weather was looking iffy at best and then it started spitting with rain in qualy… Bill got 7th on grid with a 1.16.320… not too bad considering the greasy track and a few nerves hoping the brakes will hold up this time…

Not everything was going as well though… Keepo had started the weekend with issues managing to break off a bleed nipple from one of the front calipers… after sorting that out the alternator bracket came adrift and the oil cooler split during qualy… keepo was not having a good day..

This was compounded by the heavens opening and then would you believe it!!.. the solar panel farm caught fire!!!..

It was a very eventful day… the race proved to be even more eventful… very very very wet but Bill did good… held 3rd place right up to the last lap… then aquaplaned into… you guessed it… Tower!!!…

There was a short period of panic and disbelief as the commentators weren’t exactly sure what was happening with car 55 at Tower so we walked back to the paddock only to find a very straight looking Badgerwagon parked up… thankfully there was a new ‘tyre’ wall installed at Tower that pretty much cushioned his entry in… there was a small dent in the rear from contact with another car on the way in and a broken door mirror…

Best bit of it was that he finished 3rd in class after making his way back on track!!… result πŸ™‚

Anyway… as the weather was crap and I care far too much about my camera kit I didn’t take too many pics… here are a few of the ones I did though…

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

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Last post of 2016…

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Been a funny old year… relatively uneventful from my perspective I guess other than my nan passing on but the lasting thought of 2016 has got to be the number of celebrity deaths…

Lets hope 2017 is a little better in that respect :/

Anyhoo… not posted for a little while so bit of an all in one update type thang…

Managed to break the S3… something is not happy at the back and shakes the car fairly badly when I go over 15mph… I have bought a replacement diff/haldex/controller for not a lot of money so will just chuck that in (after painting it of course)

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Will deal with that in the new year…

My dad lent me the use of one of his cameras… not just any camera but a film camera… been a while since I have used film so looking forward to playing with it… couldn’t see the point in doing colour images with film as there is nothing it really offers over digital for hold any interest to me but black & white is a different matter…
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The Nikon F-501 is a little more advanced than ye-olde film cameras having a built in light meter and AF (albeit very rudimentary) but I love the feel of the camera and that you have to think a little harder about taking a shot… its a little frustrating waiting to see the results and I am about half way through the roll of film but hopefully I will have some decent results from it..

Looking forward to trying to up my game with motorcross shots in the new year… 70-200 f2.8 should hopefully net me some decent captures assuming I can get into a decent position… I like the subject isolation f2.8 can provide so will be hopefully getting some nice candid shots from it…

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Had a nice two week break over Christmas so rebuilt the drip rig to try and make it more stable and easier to setup…
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Should make results more consistent and now have triple splash capability… that side of it needs work though as I need to play with the valve positioning to ensure they all hit at the same time… in the mean time I took a few images to get the rig dialled in on one valve..
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Another little project I played with over Christmas was flower macro’s… as always with things like this I tend to learn loads from the exercise and this time it was to go to a florist rather than Tesco for flowers…

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As I mentioned before my Nan passed away… she was two weeks off her 100th birthday so we celebrated it anyway…
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Was nice to meet up with family I hadn’t seen for a while and decided to capture an image to help me remember her by… We have always told our children that when someone dies they become a star in the night sky so I waited for a clear night and took a picture I call ‘Chatting with Nan’…
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To finish up, here are a few random pics I have taken since my last post…
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Happy new year πŸ™‚

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Audi Driver International 2016

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Little bit late posting this up I know as the show was mid October but been very busy at work and not done much photography of late…

So… the lead up to ADI was mostly me detailing the S3… in fairness I haven’t done a full detail on her for a fairly long time and she has picked up a few scratches along the way..

Audi Driver International 2016

So proceeded to snow foam, wash and fall out clean the car… followed by a clay bar of the panels I was working on…

Started on the wings and bonnet first… used 3M Fast Cut Plus with a yellow pad rather than a green pad to get rid of the marring.. then used a green spot pad to work out the deeper scratches.. then finished off with 3M Ultrafina on a blue pad…
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Not clay bar’d the roof for a while… it showed!
Audi Driver International 2016

But came up ok once I had de-marred with Fast Cut and topped off with Ultrafina…
Audi Driver International 2016

I use the Carlack Acrylic system as my protection… works rather well on silver cars giving a nice wet look…

Doors next… which again seemed to be glad of a good clay bar lol..
Audi Driver International 2016

Worth the effort though…
Audi Driver International 2016

All in all I did the whole car over the period of just over a week working on a panel a day…

Was worth the effort seeing her on the day…
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Didn’t take many pics that day either to be fair so here are the couple I did take..
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

And probably the most awesome car there (the car that really got me into Audi’s)
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Was a good day though… met up with friends I haven’t seen for a while and generally chilled..

Hopefully will be back behind the camera again very soon πŸ™‚

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7 day ‘Nature’ photography challenge

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I am not big on Facebook viral challenges… the ones where you have to do something then nominate one or more of your friends to do the same… however… I got nominated to post a picture a day for 7 days on the theme of ‘nature’… seeing as I have a vague interest in photography and at least seven friends (or people unfortunate enough to have accepted my friend request) I gave it a go…

Please note that I used the definition of ‘nature’ fairly loosely πŸ™‚

Day 1 – Rodborough Common
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 1

Day 2 – Some houses cleverly disguised as trees…
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 2

Day 3 – Last minute image containing green things and a waxing crescent moon (as I was more interested in capturing the sunset)
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 3

Day 4 – Sunrise on Minchinhampton Common
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 4

Day 5 – The Moon (was inevitable really)
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 5

Day 6 – Lovely country lane… with a slight twist..
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 6

Day 7 – Fields of gold (two images to finish with a flourish)
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 7

7 day Nature photography challenge Day 7

Was actually a lot of fun to do to be fair and actually had to put some thought and effort into a couple of the shots which added to the challenge.

Hope you like them πŸ™‚

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VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

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Badger 5 outing to Castle Combe on Saturday for a VW/Audi trackday… was a little quiet to be honest which I suspect was partly due to it conflicting with one of the biggest shows of the year AITP (Audi’s in the Park)… never mind, meant the track would be relatively clear πŸ™‚

Bill brought the Badgerwagon, the 402hp Lupo and his Mk2 Leon Cupra to use on track and y00f (one of Bill’s mechanics) brought his rather battle weary looking MX 5.

Was a good day though and despite a few little issues with the Badgerwagon losing a little oil pressure and the Lupo blowing (yet another) inner CV fun was had by all especially y00f who was like a pig in poop!… he run out of fuel and wore out a set of brake pads throughout the day and would have gone back out but couldn’t get another set of pads in time…

Here are a few images from the day πŸ™‚

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

And finally a little shot of whats actually powering the ‘R8’… a turbocharged 2ltr valver engine (Mk3 Golf for those that weren’t aware! πŸ˜€ )
Dialynx R8

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Golden Hour fun and games….

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Been a little while since I have had a chance to grab a golden hour image but after my recent success with the Milkyway (blog post here…) I was up for some sunset/rise action..

The weather report suggested that the night would be clear after nightfall so thought I would try and get the double (sunset and MW shot) at South Cerney lakes so fired up PlanIt! and checked it out…

Golden Hour fun and games....

Unfortunately when I got there I found that particular lake was surrounded by a 6 foot hedge and locked up for the night making access a little interesting to say the least… I clearly wasn’t going to get much choice composure wise so made the best of it by poking the camera through the gate…
Golden Hour fun and games....

The MW shot wasn’t going to happen due to the only angle I could get a clear shot with… the left of my shot was obscured by a building and to the right was a wheelie bin… so took these instead…
Golden Hour fun and games....

Golden Hour fun and games....

Worked out better than I thought πŸ™‚

Feeling motivated from those results I was up a little earlier than usual the following day and took a slightly different route to work across Minchinhampton and Rodborough common and captured these…
Golden Hour fun and games....

Golden Hour fun and games....

All in all a good few days photoging

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