Red Bull Air Race at Royal Ascot - 05.09.2014

Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

I recently went to the Red Bull air race at Ascot race course, my first time seeing air racing. I wasn’t initially convinced I would enjoy it, but it is a really interesting sport to watch, I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance.

Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

The course was quite expansive, which meant it could be a little hard to see what was going on in the far distance behind the trees, however this meant you did get quite a cool perspective of the planes coming out from behind the trees into the air again.

Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

Race finish Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

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The day was interspersed with other shows such as the chinook display.

Breitling Wingwalkers at Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

The Breitling wing walkers were also in attendance.

Breitling Wingwalkers at Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

 

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Overview of the grand stand at Ascot

Red Bull Air Race 2014 at The Royal Ascot Race Course

 

Portraits on the London Eye - 22.08.2014

Editorial photo for Merlin Entertainments, on their attraction the London Eye

One of the things I really enjoy about taking photos is the interesting locations you (sometimes) get to shoot at. I was asked to take some portraits for Merlin Entertainment on location at the London Eye, and it doesn’t get much better than that!

Each rotation takes about 25 minutes so I had to get setup, pose the group in various different configurations, and get group and individual photos all in that time. Added to that the desired background, the Houses Of Parliament would only be in shot for a fraction of that time…

From a technical perspective I knew that I would not really have time to set up a lot of lights inside the capsule, so I used on camera flash and a large foldaway silver reflector to illuminate the subjects against the background, this helped to separate them from the background.

Big thanks to Lauren for sorting this out!

Jeff Beck at The New Theater, Oxford - 04.07.2014

 

Jeff Beck playing at the New Theater, Oxford. 17th May 2014

Jeff Beck is one of my guitar heroes, so it was a pleasure to see him play in Oxford, he is one of those players who performs at least as well as he records and only recording what he is interested in… I would love to have seen him at a venue as small as Ronnie Scotts’s in Soho as he did so in 2008, yet it was still intimate at the New Theatre, Oxford despite the large stage size, almost adding to the feeling, no fancy stage backdrops, just two Marshall stack amps.

Red Arrows Flypast for the Trooping the Colour parade – London 2014 - 01.07.2014

Red Arrows Flypast for the Trooping the Colour parade - London, 2014

Visions of Barcelona Jan 2014 - 09.03.2014

Jib sea wall air Barcelona

A combination of the endless, driving English rain and the fact I had to use up some hotel vouchers dictated that a trip abroad was needed. Barcelona seemed the obvious choice. so flights were hastily booked and Jib and I found ourselves on a flight to the bmx/skate mecca.

Jib and Ed Barceolna 2014

I had been to Barcelona only once before, back in college without my bike. So I was pretty excited to be finally taking a trip there with it. The number of spots is truly un-believable. Every street has a ledge or a bank or some other weird and wonderful feature.

Jib sea wall ride Barcelona 2014

This to me has to be the most iconic bmx spot in the world so I was pretty blown away to finally see it in person. The size and scale of them is mind blowing. Jib going mach 10 above.

Landscapes of Barcelona

We were staying  just round the corner from La Sagrada Famíli, pretty amazing place to wake up next to for a few days.

Landscapes of Barcelona

We visited Gaudi’s Park_Güell and the hill nearby has the most amazing view over Barcelona.

Robert playing the steel slide blues, Barcelona 2014

A man named Robert was playing steel slide blues on top of the hill in stark contrast to the romantic Spanish guitar music being played through-out the gardens nearby.

Landscapes of Barcelona

Landscapes of Barcelona

The Olympic park is one of the places I remember being stunned by last time I visited. This time the weather really put on a good show for us as day turned into night.

Landscapes of Barcelona

Landscapes of Barcelona

We had the place pretty much to ourselves minus a few local Spanish kids using it as a make-out spot. We had been dodging the rain all day, but this meant we got the Hollywood wet floor reflections and stormy picturesque skies for miles.

Landscapes of Barcelona

 

Landscapes of Barcelona

I am sure this photo has been taken 1000x times before but it really is a lovely piece of architecture.

Landscapes of Barcelona

As the sun set it was time to head back into town and find out what the night had in store.

Landscapes of Barcelona

The weekend was over and it was time to head back to reality minus my phone which had been pick pocketed. I knew it was sketchy out there, but I couldn’t believe just how bad it was…

Sunset Barcelona

Anyone who hasn’t been to Barcelona, whether they ride BMX or not should make the trip. Just be wary of the thieves… I knew it was bad, but believe the hype! A guy speaking in a British accent from Manchester distracted me and then some kids managed to get my phone out my pocket in a split second. Be safe!

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