I always enjoy cricket

29/05/2016. Middlesex Cricket Club v Hampshire Cricket Club. John Simpson

29/05/2016. Middlesex Cricket Club v Hampshire Cricket Club. John Simpson

I always enjoy photographing cricket, usually because it means that the weather has turned for the better & that I get to sit down all day whilst taking photographs, what is not to enjoy.

29/05/2016. Middlesex Cricket Club v Hampshire Cricket Club.

29/05/2016. Middlesex Cricket Club v Hampshire Cricket Club. Hampshire’s McLaren

Quite Impressed

28 May 2016.  Hayling Island Beach

28 May 2016. Hayling Island Beach

Having had a Canon 16-35mm F2.8L for a number of years, I have to say that the lens that I replaced it with, the 17-40mm F4L handles flare significantly better, may be my eyes are less critical as I get older, but even frames with the Sun in the picture show no sign of flare, which is nice.

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July 2003 Rhodes Sunrise

Attempted Murder

12/05/2016 Ongoing Police Incident in Burpham, Guildford

12/05/2016 Ongoing Police Incident in Burpham, Guildford

The incident that I covered on Thursday night turns out that it was a confrontation between several people that escalated when one of them decided to use a transit van as a weapon. As a result 4 people from Guildford have been arrested, 1 charged with attempted murder & various other offences, 3 have been bailed.

I never thought

 

IMG_0030If you’d have asked me at the turn of the millennium I would never have dreamt that I would be ordering 32GB CF cards. In the late 1990s I was shooting with a DCS3 (1.3megapixels) and 170mb Viper cards. By the time I moved to DCS520 bodies (2.0 megapixels)  I was using 340mb Microdrives and the when the EOS 1D arrived I think I was shooting with 1Gb cards, so then fast forward to 2016 and now 32GB card are order of the day.

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Having a couple of hours

11 May 2016 Calshot, Hampshire

11 May 2016 Calshot, Hampshire

Travelled to Southampton to pick up a background rig & had some time to kill so wandered off to Calshot on the South Coast, I have never been there before, I just looked on the map to find somewhere on google maps that might be interesting. It wasn’t actually that interesting, and the sunshine was intermittent. There were lots of beach huts, but there was only about 5 people on the beach, including me.

11 May 2016 Calshot, Hampshire

11 May 2016 Calshot, Hampshire

Quite Impressed

_PBA3151The old 16-35mm F2.8L will be in the post to the lens doctor at some point during the week, when I can find a suitable box for it to be shipped in. I am really quite impressed with the 17-40mm F4L lens that have purchased to temporarily replace it. So much so that rather than sell it when the old lens comes back I may use it for behind the goal photos at football games.   A shall give an more extensive test over the next few days as I have a wedding to photograph at the beginning of next month, that will require it a lot.

I must admit that I am quite excited about the work that the Lens Doctor offer, and I shall report back on how the refurbishment goes, I am also interested by the remanufacturing process that they carry out on some old Canon lenses, also intrigued by the custom conversion of old MF lenses to fit EF mount bodies. Had I known about their services before I might have kept a few of my old FD mount lenses.

Old Age

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The old 16-35mm F2.8L USM has probably worked it’s last day, something seems to have gone awry and it is apparently no longer serviceable by Canon, so it may have to ship off to a specialist elsewhere.

In the meantime as I can’t live without a wide in the bag I have purchased a 17-40mm F4L to stand in for the short term at least. it certainly makes my 16-35mm look tired, but then 15 years of hard work will do that to one.

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A Weekend of Election Counts

06/05/20 Dorking Sports Centre. Scene of the election count.

06/05/20 Dorking Sports Centre. Scene of the election count.

Friday night at Dorking Sports Centre for the PCC & Council Elections followed by Saturday (the hottest day of the year so far) at the Elmbridge Borough Election count at Sandown Race Course.

07/05/20 Elmbridge elections the count at Sandown Race Course

07/05/20 Elmbridge elections the count at Sandown Race Course

I Love Brilliant Customer Service

19/03/2016.. Brentford v Blackburn

On the 23rd April  the catch on the laptop section of my Think Tank  Airport Accelerator V2.0 gave up the ghost…. a little plastic lug sheared off. Meaning that the section couldn’t be locked. A quick tweet to colleagues to see if they a knew of a solution, within a few hours both the UK importer & the manufacturer got in touch, the manfacturer messaged to say send us your address we will ship a replacement. Today (May the Fourth be with you)  a parcel from the US arrived complete with not one, but two replacement buckles.

The result 10 minutes later with the aid of a swiss army knife the broken part was replaced, in fact I think it took me longer to open the jiffy bag it was shipped in than to did to swap out the damaged component.

19/03/2016.. Brentford v Blackburn

19/03/2016.. Brentford v Blackburn

Always Nice

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25/04/2015. From Paul Burgman Near Guidlford Clandon House National Trust Property is in flames

It is always nice to sell a photo, even if it will not be seen by very many people, limited commercial use print run of 10,000 for a fire safety equipment company. Taken almost exactly a year ago to the date of the re-sale. At the time of the fire it was used, by The Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Metro & others including the local Surrey Advertiser.

My third, er fourth er whatever

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30/04/2016 Woking V Eastleigh

Arsenal struggled to beat Norwich today, Palace lost against Geordie Scum, Guildford City didn’t have a game, Brentford won against Fulham & Woking won against Eastleigh. So today I was at my fifth team. When Woking beat Eastleigh the hard work was done in the first half but they took their foot of the gas in the second half.

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