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Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial Gardens Preview Photos – New York

I was lucky enough to get into the preview of the 9/11 Memorial Gardens a few weeks ago on a trip to New York. The size of the two pools, the footprint of the two towers, really brings home the scale of the disaster. Today seems as good a day as any to upload them.

 

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The Men’s Olympic Time Trial 2012. Walton on Thames, Surrey

As I said in my last post, the crowds were huge where I was watching, although less than at Hampton Court. I was at the corner of Burwood Road and the Seven Hills Road, a sharp left-hand bend, which was where the halfway split was taken.

It was Wiggo mania! The crowd was split into four distinct groups:

  1. Diehard Cyclists and cycling fans
  2. People who lived locally and thought they’d pop down to see what all the fuss was about
  3. People who had failed (or had been failed by the ticketing system) to get any Olympic tickets and just wanted to see an Olympic event, any event
  4. People who didn’t even know what a bike was but had heard this guy Wiggins was quite handy!

It made for a cosmopolitan bunch, some explaining the rules and procedures to the unsure who seemed to be more interested in their picnic! Others in full cycling gear arrived early to pay homage to the elite of the sport. The Olympic volunteers were really good, giving the crowd information, what rider should be next etc. The whole thing had a sense of community, maybe it was the fabled “Olympic Spirit”.

I was so glad I went.

Here are a few shots I took of the Time Trial.  I hope you like them.

If you like them or have constructive comments, please leave a message.

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The Women’s Olympic Time Trial 2012. Walton on Thames, Surrey

As well as the road race, I was lucky enough to have the Men & Women’s Olympic Time Trial courses come within a few miles of where I live.

As you can imagine with the spotlight on Bradley Wiggins, the crowds were always going to be as big as the Road Race, if not bigger. Even with arriving well before the Women’s time trial the prime spots were all taken so I had to be a bit creative. Not wanting to do the standard square-on shots, I thought I’d go to the inside of the track near a bend. The aim was to get riders cornering or at least at a slight angle.

The beauty of the time trial is that you have a few chances at getting the shot. As a result I was able to change lens from a 12-24mm to a 24-105mm after I’d got a few shots exploring the wide-angle distortion. I also used fill-in flash on some of the shots as I was shooting into the strong sunlight.

The balance was trying to capture these very fast-moving cyclists without having static images, shot at 1000/sec. To me they don’t convey the feeling, so I slowed down the shutter speed to try to get a bit of movement.

Anyway here are a few shots I took of the women’s Time Trial. 

If you like them or have constructive comments, please leave a message.

The images I took of the Men’s Time Trial will be posted shortly.

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The Women’s Olympic Road Race 2012. West Byfleet, Surrey

I was lucky enough to have the Men & Women’s Olympic Road Race and Time Trials come within a few miles of where I live.

Here are a few shots I took of the women’s road race. The rain stopped just in time for the peloton to pass through. Considering the timeframe to get some good images (not long as they were moving!), I’m quite pleased with the results.

The images I took of the Time Trials will be posted shortly.

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The Men’s Olympic Road Race 2012 Passes through West Byfleet, Surrey

I was lucky enough to have the Men & Women’s Olympic Road Race and Time Trials come within a few miles of where I live.

So having watched the Tour and other big races (remember the Milk Race?) since the 1980’s, it was too big an opportunity to miss.

As a result the next few posts will just be a few photos from each race. Each event seemed to gel the local community and the police where doing their bit posing for photos and “high fiving” the kids as the passed by.

It was great to see the elite of cycling pretty much pass the end of your road!

 

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Movember 2011 Update: BNI Elmbridge members ‘show the Mo!’ to raise money to treat male cancers

Movember 2011 with ngd Agency.

Movember 2011. Photography by Victoria B Photography: http://www.victoriab.co.uk

 

It’s Day 25 and we’re all feeling quite proud of our efforts.

A few of us who are members of BNI Elmbridge are raising money, so the wonderful photographer Vicky suggested we have some shots taken to record our sterling efforts.

It’s all to raise money to treat and research in to male cancers. So if you feel inclined to give money then please go over here where you can donate.

Vicky’s work can be seen here on her website , here on her facebook page or talk to her here on Twitter. From baby shoots to corporate headshots, Vicky will do you proud.

Thanks for your interest and pop back in a few days time for a MO update!

Filed under: Charity, Movember, Photography

A Personal Photography Project: ‘From behind the mask’ photographing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a cruel, cruel disease. With no visual clues, you basically watch the person disappear from within, gradually replaced by a childlike other self. This is what I’ve witnessed over the past decade with my father. He’s a fighter, most sufferers last less than 5 years, so you have to be grateful in some way. The moment he doesn’t recognise his own home, his son… still hurt even though you know they’re coming. It’s the inevitability of it all… like a truck rolling down a hill, your just waiting for the crash..

As my father’s disease has worsened, I’ve wanted to take a set of photographs to try to capture the moment, the brief moment when my dad pops out from behind the mask of Alzheimer’s. Not necessarily to take beautiful pictures but to see if I can wind back time, capture a glimpse of the past and his struggle with the disease. Funnily I think I’ve got all those things!

As a note it is very difficult to shoot someone who keeps forgetting where he is and why he’s there!

They’re going to be printed and framed slightly larger than life-size. The colour image is stand alone with the black and white forming a set called ‘From Behind The Mask’

Anyway, tell me what you think, I’d be interested to hear?

Colour portrait of Reginald Godwin

Colour portrait of Reginald Godwin


‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 1 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 1 of 4
‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 2 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 2 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 3 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 3 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 4 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 4 of 4

 

 

As a note, my father deteriorated suddenly a few days after this shoot and had to be placed in full time care.

 

That person who was at the shoot has changed yet again. Photography really does capture fleeting moments.

 

 



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