Archive for April, 2011
29th Apr 2011 Posted in: Music and Performance, People 0

Well, this is something I’d never even heard about never mind be asked to take photos of but early in April we were asked to take some photos at an Opera Gala event being held by the London Jing Kun Opera Association (LJKOA). The event was being held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which is part of the University of London on a lovely Spring evening.

25th Apr 2011 Posted in: Sport 1

I’ve competed at a few of the local Thames Turbo Triathlon races over recent years and enjoyed every one of them – from the first time that I took part on a mountain bike, to a borrowed road racing bike and then my own road bike. They are friendly brilliantly organised events and on a day like today, where the sun was out and the temperature set to rise into the 20′s I planned to pop along on the bike (it’s only about four miles away) to support friends taking part and to get a few photos.

Starting with the pool swim shortly after 7am the first piece of pool ‘carnage’ was a head-on collision between the first two competitors!  The second chap was clearly at fault but no harm was done…

Once the leaders had headed out onto the bike leg (which I chose not to go and watch) I went into Bushy Park to set up position where I thought would create a lovely background to the photos of the leading men and women as they ran the 5k course.  I got exactly what I wanted.

Here’s a small selection of the photos and for a full set please check out the rest of the gallery (or tag your friends in the set that’s over on Facebook). I only hung around for the first few runners as I was in need of a coffee by that point so headed back to the pool.

22nd Apr 2011 Posted in: Sport 1

I’m a big fan of the London Marathon and took part in the race in 2009 (I blogged about it on my personal running blog).  It was a fantastic day out (if you forget about the pain in my legs for a few days afterwards!) and I plan to do it again in 2012 along with my wife Sharon.

For the last couple of years I’ve gone along and supported friends who were taking part and also snapped a few frames on the camera.  It is a superb event to watch/support and photograph as you get a whole array of subjects to photograph.

From the initial setup of the race and streets with just spectators and no runners in sight, to the wheelchair athletes, then the elite women, shortly followed by the elite men, the super fast (running) ‘club’ members and then the ‘masses.’

The weather was perfect (at least for supporting and taking photos) with beautiful Spring sunshine and a barely any wind. We chose a spot along Narrow Street (shortly after 14 miles) – which is, er, narrow and great to spot people. Once the number of runners started thinning out we jumped to around 21 miles, then back to 16, and then 19! By the end of the day we felt like we’d walked our own mini-marathon!

Here’s a few of my favourite photos from the day and you’ll find a full set online in the photos section of the site. My photos from 2009 are also available.

Some fantastic (and rather large and no doubt 'hot to run in') costumes made an appearance

Some fantastic (and rather large and no doubt 'hot to run in') costumes made an appearance

Double Olympian Liz Yelling heads into sight.  This was unfortunately not her day on the road today

Double Olympian Liz Yelling heads into sight. This was unfortunately not her day on the road today

Just before 15 miles in, with another 11.2 to go, things are looking tough!

Just before 15 miles in, with another 11.2 to go, things are looking tough!