New Kit

After quite a few years of photographing with my trusty Nikon D5300, this week I took the plunge to spend some money (that I possibly shouldn’t have – but hey) on the new Nikon D500. I’ve been doing some live music photos and some sport and this camera is supposed to be excellent for high shutter rate and dealing with low light.

I’ve yet to test it in low light but today I tried it out on the kite surfers at St Mary’s Bay in Kent. The camera performed excellently… Now to bring the user up to speed ūüôā

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Source Skate Park, Hastings

Some snaps (they were quickly taken) from the local camera club visit to Source Skate Park. I like the way the lines of the metal pipes and the patterns on the plywood create graphical backdrops for the riders.

The monochrome image is my entry for Leanne Cole’s monochrome challenge this week.

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Submission for Leanne’s MMC
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Hastings Half Marathon 2016

It’s the 32nd Hastings Half Marathon and the event¬†gets more popular every year. Three and a half thousand people, athletes and fun runners collecting money for charities ran the 13.5 miles today.

Nice, positive coverage by ITV here

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12 minutes for the first 3 mile climb – crazy!
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Don’t blink or you miss him.
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First Hastings runner home in 3rd place.
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Fun runners
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Club runners
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3500 entrants.

 

The Source skate park

They opened a new BMX/skate park and. although really not in the age range they are probably targeting, I had to go and take a look. What a fantastic resource for our youngsters – and for the town.

It’ll be a great place to go and practice sports photography – I’m quite pleased with these shots as it’s something that I’ve not done a lot of, but…. maybe could do better.

Well done to this up and coming local business – I hope you go from strength to strength.

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Revisiting f-stops

I assume there will come a day when depth of field becomes a controlled variable rather than pot luck. This image was taken from a close point of view Рabout 18 inches from the main subject which was as close as my Nikon 18-55 would allow me to get whilst maintaining auto-focus. How focused would I want the background bicycles to be? And what about the focus on the pebbles? I hope with practice, these variables will become purposeful.

Bexhill Lions Triathlon

Firstly, I have to say how much more relaxing it was to photograph rather than compete in¬†the annual Bexhill Lions Triathlon this year. It’s a great event where everyone has a¬†good time with¬†friendly people and… It raises money for a¬†worthy charity. Secondly, as some of these images are slightly more interesting in black and white, they have given me an entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness

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Monochrome Madness on the Medway

I’ve done quite a bit of photography on film this week, and providing the black and white one develops successfully, my entry next week should be analogue rather than digital.

The consequence of taking the old analogue Fujica out this week¬†is that I don’t have such a wide range of digital shots to choose from for this weeks entry to Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenge. These pictures of the river Medway at Yalding were taken last weekend on our travels.

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