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Ziggurat Sponsored Cycle

Very happy to support this cause for Action Medical Research and sponsors BDG architecture + design by photographing them and other riders and on day one of their 311 mile cycle across northern France over 4 days. The team of 10 from BDG raised £20,000 – We followed the team from Epsom to the edge of Portsmouth. Photo credit for the last photo to the talented Bella Bertoni

Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For 65 years it has helped pioneer ways to prevent disease and develop treatments benefiting millions of children.

https://www.bdg-a-d.com/
https://action.org.uk/events/corporate-events/ziggurat-2022www.bdg

Haringey Huskies 2022

Quite a year for the Huskies who have strengthened their squad, come second in the league and gained a well earned place in the final of the Wilkinson Cup at the close of the season. They always make a exciting evening for the spectator, and now have sizeable and loyal following. Alexandra Palace remains their home and has been filled to capacity more than a few times this year. I am delighted again to be the Huskies ‘de facto’ photographer and I am happy to share images from the 2021-2022 season here

More photographs from the 2022 season can be found here;


Huskies vs Invicta Mustangs https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzLqWW
Huskies vs Guildford Pheonix https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzGzuF
Huskies vs Guilford Pheonix https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzBCJy
Huskies vs Swindon Wildcats https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzAwdg
Huskies vs Guildford Pheonix https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzzEua
Huskies vs Cardiff Fire https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzy8fa
Huskies vs Peterborough Pantoms https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX9Kto9
Huskies vs Lea Valley Lions https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX6wdZ9

These photographs are free to use for anyone promoting the Haringey Huskies, please do credit me as photographer. For all other uses please contact me before use

London Playing Fields Foundation

So enjoyed capturing moments for our new client London Playing Fields Foundation both at their playing fields and summer London fund raising social at the Oval. Without their work London would be poorer in sporting facilities for all, and by a long way. Please check out here for more details https://www.lpff.org.uk/

All photographs are the property of London Playing Fields Foundation and UKSportpics, please contact for re-use

Vitra Campus Weil am Rhein

This is one place that you never tire of visiting. Vitra’s Campus at Weil am Rhein started in 1981 commissioning Nicholas Grimshaw to design two factory buildings, since then they have gathered a unique ensemble of contemporary architecture across the site. BDG’s invitation by Vitra to spend a few days there was something quite special.

For you technical people out there all photographs shot on an Olympus EM1 Mklll with a Leica/Panasonic 8-18mm lens

Sidecar Motocross

Another outing to test how the micro four thirds Olympus can measure up to photographing fast moving action, and personally missing sidecar motocross. This was my first opportunity to catch a round of the British Championship this year. This event was round six at staged at Milton Malsor in Northamptonshire, a compact, interesting and accessible track. Previous visits have all been to Canada Heights which is a wonderful woodland setting with lots if elevation, Milton Malsor looks like a good contender for more visits.

For the photographers, I partnered the Olympus EM1 with the 40-150 zoom and 300 f4, both performed better than I expected, excellent focus tracking and lens stabilisation meant no need for a support and made shooting much simpler allowing me to test out a wide range of angles and approaches.
Shutter speeds between 1/1600-1/2000 to capture the action and 1/40 for the panning shots. I also set a couple of the custom modes beforehand to easily switch between shooting styles whilst at the track, I recommend this so as not to miss shots
After a few races to check the best vantage points, I found on almost all locations a lower viewpoint* offered the best approach and the opportunity to get level with the sidecar passengers eyes. The abundance of wild grasses and flowers provided a further element of interest to the foreground.

* with any fast moving sports, make sure your shooting position is safe and only ever one knee on the ground.

Maunsell Forts

The extraordinary Red Sands Maunsell Forts in the Thames Estuary have been on my list to visit for some years. These were designed by the civil engineer Guy Maunsell and built during WW2 to help protect London from air raids against enemy aircraft flying up the Thames estuary. On a clear day these are visible from the north Kent coast, and just under an hour away by motor launch. For a little more information try https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2020/06/16/maunsell-sea-forts/

Very fortunate with the weather, not so many challenges from a photography perspective. My favourite travel lens the 12-100mm Zuiko performed exactly as expected. Not so much need for the image stabilisation due to light levels though welcome to manage the boats pitching in the shots from a distance. A polarising filter was used on all shots.

Olympus 300 f4

I’ve owned this lens for a little while and not truly recognised its capabilities, sharing here after 9 months some examples, mostly bare some with the 1.4 2X extenders . Its quite an extraordinary lens, well done Olympus!

This photograph of a squirrel was shot a few days ago and is the equivalent of 1200mm (35mm style) using the 2x extender and stopped down to f10 and shot at 1/400 hand held with just a bean bag for support. I’m more than impressed it can deliver images like this.
For context the shot below this one is from the same vantage point using a 35mm equivalent, with a keen eye you can just make out the squirrel half way up the tree trunk.