Automotive, Photography

Playing with water drops

There’s a great added benefit to looking after your car, keeping that paint in the best condition with some careful detailing. Not only does it keep a 13 year old car looking fresh, but it also creates great effects after a burst of rain. That wax suspends the water as nicely formed drops above the paint surface, somehow holding them in place.

If you have a soft top roof, using a product like Autoglym’s Soft Top Care kit will do the same for that fabric too.

Why am I telling you this? Simple, this morning after a little rain in the night I was presented with exactly this formation of water drops on my car. I grabbed my 5D, 24-70 2.8 and a couple of cheap-as-chips macro tubes to get some shots before the sun rose too high and the sparkle was lost.


The good old Mk1 Canon 24-70 f/2.8 is still a strong piece of glass, with great bokeh, although you can still see the 8-blade aperture shape on this shots.


As for car care products, on this car I’ve used the Autoglym soft top kit on the roof, for the paintwork it’s been hand polished with Menzerna P085RD and waxed with Poorboys Natty Paste Blue. Now to get out and drive it rather than snapping the close ups….

Motorsport, Photography

MotoGP hits Silverstone – 25th Aug 2017

The Friday of a Grand Prix weekend always offers the best mix for photographers. You have the most track time to play with, but without the need to be paying too much attention to the live results. This goes for both MotoGP and F1, where the Saturday is a much more serious affair and if you’re at the track as a fan it’s a day where you need to be paying attention to the actual performances and not just watching the action through your camera’s viewfinder.

Today was pretty damn perfect at Silverstone. The conditions were very warm with literally no wind. The centre of the circuit was far more open than usual, allowing photo opportunities at the loop and on the infield section of the Becketts complex. Then to top it off, home hero Cal Crutchlow put his LCR Honda at the top of the timesheets followed by Valentino Rossi in 2nd place. It’s like you’re reading the perfect recipe for a British GP weekend.MGP17 (7 of 21)

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Here’s a very quick set of shots from today, with a mix of locations. You’ve got The Loop, Becketts, Luffield and the Pit Straight.

Shot on a mix of Canon EOS 5D Mk iii, Canon EOS 7D Mk ii, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 and a 1.4x Extender Mk III.



In the studio for a model shoot

Whilst my main type of photography tends to concentrate on cars, bikes and racing, I’m always looking for side projects in other types of photography. On the weekend I joined a few photographers at a studio in Stratford for a morning shoot with model Ria.

I took the chance to compare three different lenses while there, starting off with the excellent but heavy 70-200 f/2.8 IS ii, then moving to the 24-105 STM and finishing up with the 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Canon 5D Mkiii with 70-200 f/2.8 IS ii
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Canon 5D Mkiii with 24-105 STM
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Canon 5D Mkiii with 85mm f/1.8

The studio session was courtesy of Gabriel Niti’s meetup group on

Our model for the day was Ria Fantastic, who you can find for bookings on Purple Port.