La Plagne with my friends

Skiing is really important to me. It has to be my favourite sport.

I am lucky that my friends are all into it, and more importantly, my wife also loves it.
So every year, we make sure to get to the mountains, and enjoy the snow as much as possible.

For me La Plagne is special as I have made, over time, many friends over there..

So when I had to decide of a destination for my stag do, and since most of my male friends are mostly into it, it was an easy call…

Obviously the stag do was not about photography, but I did take the camera out for a day on the slopes…

I particularly like this shot, for it’s sense of speed..

Rainy TT race

A few friends were taking part in a time trial road bike race, which happened to be going right past my house… So I grabbed the camera and took a couple of snaps…

That day was missable, raining, cold, windy, one of those days you would rather stay in bed and do nothing..

Anyway, I was up and off out with the camera and tripod, but the light was so poor, that no landscapes would be good enough.. So I ditched the tripod, set my camera to a slower exposure, got myself ready for some panning action, and waited for these guys to turn up..

I didn’t realise how fast they were… Perhaps my exposure was a little slow, and risky..
But a few turned out nice I think…

I think that these sort of shots stand out more than the average, and the fact that they are risky, and require a lot of practice makes it worth doing…

Rozel harbour on a beautiful morning

 

Rozel is a small village, harbour, at the north of the Island of Jersey.

I have always wanted to shoot this place, just because it’s such a pretty place…
The tricky thing for me is to to get the right conditions.
The light needs to be right, I wanted a certain sky, and more importantly wanted to be at a certain level along the beach.

This time,the tide was just right and after a couple of tries of going up there for 5am, the sky was finally playing ball with me.

I find what I came home with to be unique, and I am happy with it.

The fun part of this day was that I was looking after a four legged friend, who was great at looking after himself until he decided that falling in one of the pools full of water would entertain me.

It did….

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St Clement coastline by night

I have lived in St Clement with my newly wife for about 2 years.
I fail in love with the place very quickly, but a problem about the coast around there is that just like most land marks in Jersey, it is shot left right and center…
That night, I went out to take something different.

I walked along the beach, to a particular point, and I let the tide surround me as the light disappeared.
I was then stock on top of a rock for four hours, in pitch black, taking photos of blackness, without seeing what was around me, hearing the sound of the sea clapping on the rock keeping me dry…
It was a little …. Scary….

Thanks to long exposure, trial and errors, I finally got it right, and thanks to a few exposures, this is the result.

I hope you like it… It is one of the shots hanging in my own home.

Archirondel, jersey beach

This beautiful spot in Jersey gets first light in the morning… Facing the east of the island, it is the spot for catching a sun rise…
I have been to this beach a few times but always failed to grab anything nice…

This morning, with the help of multiple exposures, and some nice light, I managed to keep some details, whilst keeping the sun in the frame.
It is not the shot that I had in mind but I think that it works.

Jersey Harbour by night

I have always been interested by Jersey harbour. The industrial look, combined with its easy access, can be so peaceful at night, but yet so nice to look at.

It is not something I have ever seen photographed in Jersey, or at least not at night… So I went out on a freezing night, and gave it a try.

I really like the feel of the result, the colours, and peace of this place.

Big Maggys by night

I may have mentioned “Big Maggys” in a different post. These guys run a bike shop, with a brilliant concept, idea, in the town of St Helier, Jersey, a service that doesn’t exist elsewhere on our island.
But they are also friends we ride MTB with, and meet for coffees….

I happened to be nearby that evening, with my tripod, so I planted it outside their shop, and clicked away.

I am hoping that they will find some of the shots useful one day.