Monday, 29 February 2016

Howick Military Tattoo 2016

On Sunday our local community held its annual Military Tattoo.

Generally consists of a few local bands performing, some dance acts, re-enactments and highland games.

Pretty good fun for a Sunday afternoon. Except for a Sunday afternoon where the humidity was 90% plus! At least the rain stayed away!

I just ran with my trusty 70 - 200mm and, again, just set it to f2.8 to blur out the crowds. I played around with a few shots using a low shutter speed to catch some blur in the dancing / highland games, but they didn't turn out so well. I think I was pushing a little too low. Still all good fun.

Converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro presets.

Fencible Corp (NZ Maori Wars) -

I finally got the big ball of muzzle fire... not once, but 3 times even! :-)

The games!

Throwing big weights and giant rocks, caber toss, lifting huge rocks. I'll stick with Crossfit thanks... :-)

 This guy just made it all look too easy -

Some general shots -

WW1 Re-enactment:

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Friday, 26 February 2016

Crossfit Craziness

Firstly, apologies to all my gaming related followers as this is another photography post (although there's a couple of pics in here for you Fran :-) ).

More Crossfit craziness.

Last Saturday saw a competition first with the entire comp being held outdoors. Weather was looking dicey during the week, but it cleared up and became quite a scorcher on the day. Some red athletes at the end of the day!

I popped along to photograph the guys from the box (Raw Strength) that I train at, but I also snapped off a few from throughout the day.

Most of the shots are with my 70 - 200mm. I decided just to shoot on Av and set it to f2.8. I wanted to blur out the crowd / other athletes and try to draw the focus on to one athlete (in most cases). I did open the aperture up in a few to show the wider event.

Anyway, enjoy:

"Dead Legs"

 Oh, and none of you are too old for this craziness. I think this guy is probably older....

"Syncro Sucks"

"Team Dynamics"

 "Army Relay"

 "That winning feeling...."

Thought for next time... use a slow shutter speed to try for good background blur with the sprints.

Thanks for reading.