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I spent the Sunday photographing The Redbull Timelaps which is a 25hr cycle race. 25 hours because this was the night the clocks went back. I really admire the riders, support crews ad organizers as it was really cold with several periods of rain during the race. It's raced in teams of 4 so you have turns out on track. It's a horrible yet strangely challenging thought to have to cycle for a couple of hours then get cold and stiff and then have to go out again.
I wanted to capture the movement and speed of the riders so I used a panning technique which blurred the background. You have to try and pan at the speed the riders pass you so you can keep them relatively sharp. Believe me there were many misses but I did manage to get quite a few shots that I'm really pleased with.
 Here's just a few so you can see the effect. I hope you enjoy them. If you know someoene who took part please point them in this direction.




There are loads more here
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Commended in Sony World Photography Awards 2017

I'm delighted and proud that my image "Fractal Leaves" has been chosen as one of the best 50 images in the motion category in The Sony World Photography Awards 2017 and was selected from 105,692 images from 192 countries.

For more information about the awards see their facebook https://www.facebook.com/WorldPhotographyOrganisation/ or website https://www.worldphoto.org/

Metal Trees With Spinning Leaves

Check out my video montage of impressions of wind turbines in Northumberland. I composed a piece of music inspired by these massive structures. I hope you enjoy. I look forward to your comments

Click here to watch the video

It's too foggy for photos!

It can be a bit difficult to get excited on a foggy dull day when the colours are washed out and there's little contrast. On the other hand it's a great opportunity to take some atmospheric shots through the veil of misty air. Here are some shots I took yesterday 1st Nov 2015.


I went out a bit later as well at dusk and took these



I hope you enjoy these. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Simon

Bending Trees

I created a image called growing towards the light. See it here using freehand movement of the camera. I wanted to revisit this concept with my new Sony A7mkii which I've now had for several months. This time, however, I wanted to use a tripod and 2 heads to give me more consistent movement. This image below is one of the results of that shoot. I had to adjust the various angles of the set up to give me the picture I wanted and this is one of the ones I really like. More thoughts on the Sony A7mkii another time.
I'd love to hear your comments.

Simon

Gold Leaf

I've just put a new picture called "Gold Leaf" in my Motion Emotion gallery. It's a piece that I created using camera movement and flash to give both blurred and sharp parts to the picture. The leaves have a great sheen to them and seem to nestle in the gold mist created by the movement.

Go to the gallery here

More thoughts on Olympus OMD EM1

I was looking through the pictures I had taken with the EM1 today and I found a couple that I liked and thought I'd share.

I've been reviewing my thoughts on this system and It's size especially with one of the Olympus prime lenses is very attractive. Also for my abstract work the shallower depth of field may actually be a benefit. A second camera with a 45mm f1.8 lens may compliment my Ricoh GR really well and give me a little more reach. I'm going to The Photography Show next Monday so hopefully I'll get to have a play with the new EM5 Mkii which looks good.