Boxing and a trip to Norfolk

09th October 2007
Again something new for me - I was asked to attend and take pictures at an opening of a boxing club.
My long time friend Rob, who owns and runs an internet company (www.thetaxishop.com) which sponsers the boxing club, wanted me to take some pictures of the opening for his website.

The opening was all about bringing boxing to the community, with the aim of trying to give kids something to do other than stand around on street corners and stop them getting involed in crime.

To help open the club they had the ex heavy weight champ Frank Bruno and the current WBU World Champ Graham "The Duke" Earl.
This also attracted the attentions of the the press and TV crews so I felt a little out of place with all those pro togs about..

Anyway, all went to plan although the lighting in the gym did prove to be very tricky, tungsten light gives off a strong orange cast on the images.
To combat this I was using a flash and shot in raw with the white balance on auto, this lets me concentrate on the photography knowing I can adjust the white balance and exposure in the processing phase.

I really enjoyed my first experience of what the press togs do on a day to day basis and all the kids loved having their pictures taken, which makes my life a lot easier.

Here's a few shots from the night.

All the kids with Frank and the Duke.



My mate Rob (centre), with Frank Bruno left and the Duke right as you look at the picture.



Rob's two boys in training, the youngest Ty at the front with Dan in the background.



Ty sparring under the watchful eye of the trainer.



Finally, all the people involved with the club.




Back to bird photography now - last week my mate Chinny and I took a trip up to the Norfolk coast.
This was a first for me and having never visited the Norfolk coast before, I wasn't sure of what to expect on the photography front.
Unfortunately the weather was pretty poor for most of the day but that didn't dampen our spirits too much, plus it gave me a chance to try out my new flash extender and bracket. With no sunlight about, using the flash extender helps bring out the feather detail and puts a nice catchlight in the birds eye. I found it a bit tricky moving such an awkward mass about while crawling along on my belly trying to get close to the birds but the resulting catchlight it produced was well worth the hassle.

Here's an image of my mate Chinny, I took this from further down the beach as I watched him sliding along on his belly trying to creep up on the birds. That's a lunch pack on his back by the way.....



I had a little go at trying to get near this Knot, at the time I didn't have a clue what this bird was called.



The same Knot just about to have a look at the mussel which is just sticking out of the water.



The beach proved to be less productive than we had hoped although Chinny did get some bonus pictures of a couple of Seals that were coming up the estuary, we decided to move a few miles down the coast to an area which has some rock pools.
Again lying on our bellies, Chinny and I waited for the birds to turn up. The wait wasn't too long and before we knew it we had a few Turnstones and Plovers in front of us.

One of the many plovers searching for food.





Lots of Turnstones about too.





Plus a bonus visit by a Little Egret.



Needless to say I was very impressed with the photo opportunaties that arose for this area and hopefully I will be making many trips back to the Norfolk coast in the near future.
Finally a big thanks to my mate Chinny for taking me to such a great area for photography and as always the great company he provides.