Wheels

Bit of a mixed bag of a weekend. Went to a stag, fired a gun, threw some axes, shot some arrows, went for a wander and saw a bit of a huge motorbike show on the seafront.


Against my better judgement, given that I currently have tennis elbow and golfer's elbow, but it turned out to not be that bad.


There were some crazy bikes on show. I absolutely love motorbikes but I also love going fast so having one seems like a bad idea.


Something about this caught my eye. Dunno what but it doesn't fit the theme at all!


Aimless and wandering

Spent the afternoon wandering around Brighton and catching up with a friend I haven't seen for ages. We covered the seafront, pier, Laines, Churchill Square, out towards Hove just chatting and shooting.

I love taking pictures with other people. Everyone's got such a different process; it's interesting watching how people approach scenes to try and get what they're looking for.

I left my bag at the office and brought the Canon with 70-200mm to try and learn it a bit better. My main take-away is that this is an incredible lens and I get why people love it so much. It's so fast, and you get such great reach that you can get close to some lovely moments that you'd just disturb with other lenses. I would never have considered 70-200 for street, and it is a massive piece of glass, but it's hard to complain about the results.


This lady was chasing a seagull trying to get a picture, and the seagull wasn't having any of it. I wish it had a different background, but the seagull's little strut makes me very happy

The basketball courts down near i360 are so busy. I could take pictures of people playing all day

I am in love with this picture, and the Full English headline on the back encapsulates the British seaside atmosphere perfectly.

I loved watching this woman playing violin. That disinterested look on her face, and the way the wind's caught her dress.

Another from the basketball courts. The sun was low in the sky, and these guys were on each other like glue. Couldn't have timed this better for the light


When I have a good day taking pictures like this, it makes me want to go straight back out and keep going. I'm so happy with some of the portraits I got today.


Oops

Not sure how this happened on a bank holiday Sunday, but it was quite spectacular.


Brighton Pier

Now that Tabitha is tall enough, we went to the pier to go on the more grown-up rides. It took longer than I thought to get round to it but the weather has been pretty unpleasant recently.

I grew up with a mop fair on my doorstep once a year so I'm pretty familiar with these fairground-type rides. I understand why people don't like them - they feel pretty sketchy at times, and when I'm hanging upside down I can't help but wonder how often they're checked for safety, and what year they were made.

There's something classically British about a seaside fair, to me. I loved doing this with her, and she had a great time too. She'd been looking forward to it for so long!

It was incredibly expensive, though.


A good feeling

I'd wager that one unexpected message from someone who means a lot to you is worth more than all the cold, anonymous social media interaction the internet could fling your way.


My leg hurts. I fell on the ice and I think I've hurt my ankle, but I've been ignoring that and trying to carry on as normal, which I shouldn't have done.

Today we walked to the marina because I wanted to close my activity rings in the easiest way possible, and the sea was super rough. I also wanted to get some photos of the waves crashing from a different perspective. I like the way it looks, actually, but flying in those winds was pretty nervewracking thankyouverymuch.


My leg hurts.