Monthly Archives: September 2011

The lighter side of the Bupa Great North Run

It’s not all pain and suffering at the Great North Run (Well maybe a little!). Once all the scarily thin uber-serious runners have passed by along come the club, charity and ‘fun’ runners. From the enthusiasts, hoping to set a good time to the lunatics who for some reason decide that just running isn’t enough and decide to don all manner of wierd and wonderful outfits (such as the penguins pictured above). All in the name of charity of course!

It’s certainly a spectacle to watch!


Bupa Great North Run 2011

Apart from the occasional shower, today saw almost perfect conditions for the 31st Edition of the Bupa Great North Run. In addition to over 30,000 ‘fun’ runners Elite runners and wheelchair athletes from across the globe too part with great results being posted in all categories.

The elite men’s event was won by Kenyan Martin Mathathi in a time of 58mins 56secs for the 13.1 mile (half marathon) course, setting a new course record in the process. In the elite women’s event Lucy Kabuu took the win to create a kenyan clean sweep of the elite categories.

In the wheelchair event the women’s category saw a British winner in the form of Shelly Woods while the men’s title went to Canada’s Josh Cassidy.

Eventual Winner Josh Cassidy leads the wheelchair race over the Tyne Bridge

Eventual Winner Josh Cassidy leads the wheelchair race over the Tyne Bridge

Shelly Woods (green top) takes shelter behind another rider before making an early break for glory
Shelly Woods (green top) takes shelter behind another rider before making an early break for glory

more photos to follow from the ‘fun’ event over the next few days!


Photo of the day #14 – Sun Halo, Aguile du midi, Chamonix, France

I guess this could be classed as cheating today seeing as this photo is already on my flickr page (and at the top of this blog!). But I love this photo and felt is deserved it’s moment of glory as today’s PotD!

As the title suggests this was taken while I was on the Aguile Du Midi at the top of the Mont Blanc Cable Car. This was taken using my compact camera and I spotted this scene as we were just about to rush back to the cable car for our allotted trip back down. As a result I literally had about 30 seconds to compose and get the exposure right before rushing to catch up with my girlfriend and mum and dad (lead by mum in a altitude induced panic that we might miss our trip down!). Thankfully on reviewing the shots later I had managed to capture it exactly as I had seen it (3rd try lucky as i recall!) 🙂


Photo of the day #13 – Inquisitive Sheep

This photo made me smile when I found it in my archives so I thought I’d share it.

It was taken ad Kilmahog, just outside Callander in Scotland. While out for a sightseeing drive we had pulled over to look at the map or something then, glancing out of the passenger window we were rather amused to find all the sheep lined up staring at us! Obviously I had to take a photo!


Photo of the day #12 – Spanish City, Whitley Bay

Another local landmark today. This is the dome at the ‘Spanish City’, formerly an open funfair situated in Whitley bay. As well as being a major local landmark the Spanish city was also mentioned in the Dire Straits song ‘Tunnel of Love’. Random Trivia, I know but I’m a bit of a fan of their music so found so obviously found that interesting and had to share it!

I love the glinting over the top of the dome, almost silhouetting the figure on top of the building, almost making the it appear more animated.


Photo of the day #11 – Pennan wave (2010)

Another topical photo today. Taken while I was on holiday in the North East of Scotland last October. Movie Buffs may recognise this (the Village of Pennan) as the location for the film ‘Local Hero’.

As I’m sure is a common occurrence in this village the waves were battering against the sea wall and even managing to hit the houses across the road! In this shot you can vaguely make out a line of washing next to the cream building at the right of the picture which one of the locals was hanging out as we arrived in the village. I’m hoping she wasn’t expecting them to dry!

I should add that this wasn’t only a slightly breezy day. I dread to think how bad the conditions have been in the village over the last 48 hours!


Photo of the day #10 – Air harp

I received my first photo of the day request over the weekend for this, another wedding themed photo. This was taken at my friends’ Claire and Marc’s wedding (a year ago yesterday. Happy Anniversary guys!) during a spot of dancefloor air guitar playing. Although technically this isn’t the most impressive of photos I really like the way all the men are rocking out while the bride appears to have forgone the traditional air guitar in favour of an ‘air harp’! Much more fitting for a bride I suppose!


Photo of the day #9 – wedding guests

As I’m heading off up to Dundee this afternoon for my girlfriend’s dad’s wedding (which we’re taking photos at) I thought I’d take weddings as a theme for today’s photo.

Taken on the walk back down the track to road after a wedding service in a small chapel in the hills above Fort William. I loved slight absurdity of a group of smartly dressed people walking through a forest and the way my friends were walking in single file despite the wide track and had to grab a snap of them.

No photo tomorrow for obvious reasons and Sunday may be difficult too. Usual service will hopefully resume on Monday!

Have a great weekend folks, whatever you’re up to!



Photo of the day #8 – Thirlmere, The Lake District, Cumbria

A photo from my first digital camera today. In fact one of the first photos I took with it just over ten years ago.

This was taken while I was back in England for Christmas during the 7 months I spent working as an English Language assistant in France. This was just one of those perfect winter’s day with very little in the way of wind, resulting in great reflections on the water.

Although the image quality isn’t great I reckon, considering the age of the camera and the fact it was only 1.3 megapixels it’s actually pretty reasonable. This is as it came out of the camera without any editing.


Photo of the day #7 – Concorde, Scottish National Museum of Flight

A slightly Abstract image here.

Taken at the Scottish National Muesum of Flight at East Fortune, Near Edinburgh last year.

I took lots of pictures of Concorde but felt the static shots didn’t really do such a special plane justice so tried to add a sense of movement to this shot. I achieved this using a slow shutter speed (0.8 of a second) while simultaneously twisting the zoom ring through it’s entire range to give a motion blur. No photoshopping here except for a tiny bit of adjustment to the colours.

I realyl like the way that, despite the motion blur I have managed to keep some parts of the shot relatively sharp such as the rear landing gear.