Saturday 28 April 2007

Thank goodness! A Win!

The Witches recorded their first league win of the season on Thursday night - a huge relief all round and all the more so with the return to form of our Captain Chris Louis, and also a first home race win from the young man pictured above - Marcin Rempala.  Another night out on the centre for me......I've had every home meeting I've attended out there so far this season which has been great - I know my shots are improving as a result as once I've got the first few heats out of the way to make sure there's something for the website and something for the programme, I can experiment with settings and try out different ideas.  

It's still a huge thrill for me being "involved" even just in a small way during meetings. Years ago when I used to take a camera to speedway I would have been astonished if anyone had told me that in a few years time I'd be a regular centre green 'tog and getting shots printed in the programme every week - amazing! Off to Wolverhampton on Monday night - I got approved for centre green access there last year so am hoping I can pull off the same again this time.


Tuesday 24 April 2007

More macro...

Another shot from my attempts at macro at the weekend. I wasn't too keen on this one when I first looked at them, but the more I look at it, the happier I am with it. I'm pleased at the level of detail I've managed to get in the petals. The flowers were set up on our balcony in fairly bright sunshine with  no additional lighting - with hindsight a light to the right hand side and slightly above might have brough out even more detail - one to consider trying next time! The camera was mounted on the tripod and the shots were taken using three different lenses - the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8m the Canon 50mm f1.8, and the Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro.


Monday 23 April 2007


Well the holiday was excellent and there will be some shots from that to follow on here in a while.  In the meantime though I'd like to share this - one of my first serious attempts at a macro style shot.  Technically it can't be a true macro shot unless taken using a "proper" macro lens (macro lenses are capable of 1:1 reproduction) - this was taken using the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 which has good close focusing capabilities.

I think that a macro lens might have to go onto the wish list....!