May 2016 (2)

May 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

In the end I chose not to meet with Doug at the Team Cambridge cycling time trial on 11th May but instead tried to take a few shots panning the cyclists to show their speed by blurring the background.  Its a tricky technique and one that I have been playing around with for a few weeks and inevitably you do not get it right every time.  I did however achieve some success and a couple of the results have found their way into my portfolio.  I will hopefully catch up with Doug when the club return to Hardwick late in June.

Last weekend proved to be very busy with the Waterbeach Running Festival on Saturday and Snetterton stage rally on Sunday.  The Waterbeach event seemed to be a great success and I hope the organisers make it an annual event.  They should be applauded for their hard work in putting on more than the one race and thus attracting entries from all age groups in a safe traffic free environment.  

I have to say I was slightly disappointed with Snetterton.  I know safety is important but it was quite difficult to get close to the action and with nearly all of the racing being done on tarmac, I was struggling to get the action shots I was hoping for.  Again I have added a couple to my portfolio but I am hoping that the Wales Rally in October will yield far better results.

I finally managed to get to Histon Tennis Club to take a few photos of the Mens first team as they played David Lloyds first team last Monday.  I was made to feel very welcome at the club and although I was having a few problems with a recently purchased tele-converter during the shoot, I managed to get a few acceptable shots.  

This weekend, I am at Wilberforce Road in Cambridge for the next round of the Southern Athletics league.  Judging from the weather forecast it may well be wet at times again  It cannot possibly be as cold this time though...can it?  Sunday afternoon will see me on the towpath of the River Cam for the Champion of the Thames rowing club head of the river event for 8's...I understand that there will be quite a few college crews taking part so no doubt there will be some very quick boats.  Looking further ahead I hope to be at Cambridge parkrun on the 28th May and 4th June before going back to Wilberforce Road for another track and field event on the 5th.  On the whole, June will be much less hectic for me as I am on holiday for two of the weekends.  I am hoping to return with at least a few bird photos...but that's not exactly sport photography, so I shall need to keep an eye out for some local sport whilst we are away.

John

  

 


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