21. August 2010 20:36
Wow what a terrible event this year, the weather hasn't helped one single bit! I think the best day for weather was Thursday, and I decided to camp out at Bournemouth Airport
Weather was changable, but over all good light for shooting aircraft.
While waiting for the F-16 to fly in, I had overheard a couple of people talking about the Vulcan coming in and staying at Bournemouth Airport, I turned to them and said that the Vulcan never stays here. But sure enough the rumour was true and a little later than advertised, she came in to land.
Half way down the runway she deployed her huge parachute to help her deceleration.
After that I was looking forward to seeing the show on the Friday. I had booked a boat ready to shoot with the sun this year instead of against it.
Friday came, and the weather looked bleak, mind you the morning on Thursday had started in a similar way. I was ever optomistic that the weather would improve!
So I drove down into Poole, where the boat was leaving from. Once there I quickly headed to the boat, I didn't want to have a lower deck seat.. Everything seemed fine, weather wasn't too bad, the water seemed relitively calm. That all changed once we left Poole Harbour (the worlds 2nd biggest natural harbour in the world). The water became extremely choppy and the weather started to close in.
People were falling over on deck when they went up for refreshments etc. It wasn't looking good.
Once we had reached our desitnation. The capitain lowered the anchor and told us to stay seated until they had settled the boat. The swaying improved a little, well enough to stand without falling over all the time. I had no idea what I was gong to do, Shooing at 1/125 of a second to capture the blur of Rotors and stand up on 2 feet.
5 hours of being chucked around in a boat isn't really the best way to take shots of aircraft. These are the best of a bad lot.. Hopefully next year will yeild better results.
12. August 2010 18:45
What am I talking about?
Last Sunday it was Rachel's brother's birthday and the whole family went to Moors Valley
and rode on the train (I can't fit on the train), I thought it would be good to get a shot of everyone on the train waving. So off I ran to the bridge that crosses over the rails just after the station, set my camera and waited.
Then as the train drew toward the bridge, Max bless him shouted "now" and everyone started to wave, I rattled off a shot or 4 and a quick look at the back showed that I'd nailed exposure and had good framing.
However what I didn't see until I downloaded the cards was a man with his daughter just behind Dave flipping the bird throughout the series of shots! I had no idea the local hospital had let the retards out on day leave..
If this had been a family who had come down from up north, or the family was scattered all over the country and had met up, these shots would have been ruined because of a thoughtless idiot..
Good job that I know Photoshop inside out!
So there are 2 ways to deal with this, you can Crop the image and remove the offending person.
The other way is if you want to keep your original framing, and involves some careful manipulation of the original photograph.
One new nose and bent finger later.
11. August 2010 13:49
Yeah! right and monkeys might fly out of my butt! Are you crazy? put my camera down???
Weather was pants, but then what holiday in the UK doesn't come with its share of overcast and rain.. The kids had a blast and I vaguely got some rest?
Some of the highlights from the holiday.
Post card sent out to family and friends.
No holiday in Cornwall is complete without fish and chips down on a quay.
This one legged Gull was quite a character, very aggressive against the other Gulls though.
Day 2 of the holiday was greeted by rain. Luckily there was an indoor play area near by and the kids had a blast with the indoor crazy golf.
Rachels diabetic complications reared their ugly head on Monday, so I took the kids for a walk along the local beach.
What I thought was an unusual butterfly, is actually a Moth. The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae.
Tuesday day 4 and Rachel is feeling well enough to come out for a trip. Lanhydrock, a National Trust country house in Bodmin.
For Lunch we ended up at Mevagissey a small fishing town. Rachel has fond childhood memories of crab fishing here. So this was our first attempt at crab fishing, we didn't actually catch anything.
Rachel's Dad and his wife came down and stayed at a B+B and we met up with them at The Eden Project. This is such an amazing bit of construction. We first visited 6 years ago. It was still under construction then, so it was good to see it complete.
After the camera and lenses had climatized to the rainforest dome, I took a few photographs. This was part of the Vietnamese area.
It felt so good to get out and have a break in the restaurant before heading into the Mediterranean dome. It has some amazing flowers.
There were so many people, that in order to get a photo of just Rachel I took a photo with people in different positions and then merged them together in Photoshop to remove the people from the photograph.
And some interesting statues. This is one that was explaining that the Romans used to put lead in their wine. There were a whole group of these statues including one of a bull.
Outside was this amazing sculpture made from waste electronics.
We headed up to Newquay on day 5. First stop, Newquay Zoo. A family of Azara's Agouti.
Asian Otters are the cutest things ever!
Awww Meercats, aren't they so cute.. Then they show their other side!
After the zoo, we headed into Newquay for some shops - Women! need their retail fix..
After the shopping spree, we headed back to camp and had dinner. Afterwards I took the kids to a little port round the corner - Charlestown for some evening crab fishing.
It didn't take long and Maisy caught her first crab of the holiday. She was very pleased! We caught 3 crabs in total that evening, Maisy 1 Max 2.
On the walk back to the car I got this shot of the port.
Ok so Friday, Day 6 and effectively the last day of the holiday as we needed to vacate our place by 10am on the Saturday. All week I had wanted to go to Adrenalin Quarry and take Britains' longest zip line. The brochure looked really good and with it promising that "Anyone can do The Zip" I didn't even think about checking through the small print for maximum weight limit. After all they'd already said Anyone can do The Zip, that's right Anyone.
It's a fair old trek to get there. Everyone is excited, the kids can't wait, I'm all this is going to be so cool etc. Then when we're just about to fill in the disclaimer forms, the lady behind the desk says, there's a minimum weight limit of 15KG and maximum of 115KG..
I couldn't believe it.. "but I'm about 125KG" I said. "Sorry that's too heavy, but please feel free to step on our scales to check" she said. Balls! 137KG. So that was my holiday treat scuppered.. The nice lady did say that they had this information in the brochure. And there it was plane as day when she pointed it out in small black writing under the address at the back! What a crock! whoever put the brochure and website together - YOU SUCK! how about, where you have NO AGE LIMIT, NO EXCUSES, you have *Weight Limits Apply ?
So that was that, off to Looe then for some more retail therapy and crab fishing. While sitting eating lunch, these 2 Sea Gulls were having a fight over what looked like a chunk of squid. I wish I'd gotten the camera earlier, one had his bill around the others neck! quite a fight!
This was taken with my 28-75 2.8 and then heavily cropped after (got to love the quality of image from the 28-75 and 50D), I didn't want to be burdened with Lenses when fishing with the kids.
Maisy was very pleased with her haul of crabs. Under her you can see what we used as bait, it was extremely effective vs using the bait of fish from the local shops.
Bucket of crabs. Success rate was about 80% per throw the net.. Sometimes you'd get a really big one hanging on then just as you pulled the net out of the water, they'd let go.
An escapee. He made it all the way off the side of the quay into the water (I'm not sure we didnt catch him in the end).
After coming back from her retail fix, even Rachel caught crabs.
Nice close up of one of the crabs in the bucket.
So that was our holiday, kids had a blast, and I always have fun with the kids!