Well it was along day but not as long as most of the rowers with racing from 8:30-18:30 without break. I took a slightly more relaxed time of arriving at 9:30 ish.
Was certainly nice being back on a river bank with nice views of the the Palace and surprisingly nice weather.
Seems I missed a launch modifying a 4 but did see a large Gin Palace snare its self on a mooring line. I did wonder why it took so much effort to drag it to the bank, then I saw the anchor that had been used.....
Well rather a lot of pictures to process but part one done and nearly time to head out to Hertfordshire to chase some bikes around a gravel pit. A team trial will e a bit different. More pictures will be loaded this evening.
Well its been an challenging few months visiting family in hospital but life looks like it is getting back to normal. Just need paying work to pickup a little.
The weather at start of year caused many and event to be cancelled with a consequence I did not get out to many events other than a few local trials.
Hopefully I can get back to the river bank and photograph a few regattas starting this weekend.
On the positive side, holiday is booked and we are heading back to South Africa to chase the wildlife and relax a little. Hopefully even meet up with a few old colleagues over a few beers.
Well after the rain the pleasant challenge of bright sunshine. Firstly at Vesta Scullers head, shooting into the sun from the start at Chiswick bridge. Then on Sunday in the dappled sunshine in Howe Woods near Watlington. At least in woods I can use a flash which hopefully does not anoy the riders too much.
So lots of pictures all thankfully sorted now even if some dirt in the camera caused a few focusing problems for Scullers pictures. Probably time it went back to Olympus for a service after the abuse I have given it over last few years.
Well the trip to Kingston on Thames for the small boats head took a bit longer than I expected and arrived just before first boats arrived. Actually it was finding place to park that took the time. Fortunately the rain stayed away and a wander through park into town provided some interesting colours to the background. for Division 2 a more restful spot on Hart Marina added a bit of variation even if a little unstable at times.
Before i could get all the pictures labeled it was time to head out on Sunday to North Berks MCCs Downland trial. Always good to see so many old bikes in action, although some have some rather new looking parts on them. With blue skies and wonder autumn colours in the woods it was a real pleasure to be out. Also good to meet up with other photographers in during the few quieter times in between the 120 or so bikes. Always interesting to find out where we have visited since previous events.
Well after cursing at a stubborn car it was good to wander over to Bourne End railway bridge and photograph Marlow Long distance sculls. `The sun even showed its self a little. Mind you by end of day it was rather cold. Then Sunday was a longish walk down to start of Upper Thames 4s and small boat head. Alway nice to get down there in autumn and get the nice background colours form Henley Business college. Next it will be back to Henley for the sculls.