A couple of weeks ago, the Tour of Britain had its final leg through the centre of London. If you’re unaware, the Tour of Britain is a cycling fixture held annually where around 100 elite cyclists from around the world compete in time trial and circuit races to accumulate points and win the competition. As with most cycling fixtures, there are winners in multiple categories, represented by jersey colours for disciplines such as sprinting and mountain ascents. I’m no expert on cycling however I really enjoy watching these events whenever I can. With such a high calibre of cycling sportsmen taking part in the competition, I had to go and watch and of course take photos.

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Disclaimer: First things first, this is a very geeky post. There are bound to be many people who will laugh at me for doing this, but in all honesty these are the types of posts and videos I enjoy reading. So, hit me.

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As almost anyone who reads the news will know, many celebrities such as Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and most heavily published Jennifer Lawrence have recently had their iCloud accounts hacked leading to intimate, naked and private photos being acquired and released on the internet. In light of this recent celebrity scandal I have put together some thoughts.

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Earlier this week, Instagram released Hyperlapse, a very simple new app for recording videos with the intention of speeding them up.

Much like a timelapse, hyperlapses are pieces of footage captured with a slow frame rate (for example 1 frame per minute) and then sped up to a regular video frame rate (24, 25 or 30 frames per second). This method of capturing footage can show a great amount of time and activity much faster than regular video. The difference between a hyperlapse and a timelapse is that with a hyperlapse, the camera is moving a great amount as well as the subject, thus increasing the activity and movement in a sped up video.

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It’s been just about a year since I released this current design of my site and I’m contemplating a new skin to improve it. I’m thinking of returning to a white based site à la 2010. I’m also considering making the blog the main focus…

Continuing the month of #AwesomeAugust I was at the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot Racecourse. I was there for two reasons:
– Enjoyment of the event
– To get photos and videos (more importantly video experience of a sports event)

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Sometimes, the weather just gets in the way.

I travelled back home to Somerset over the weekend with a plan to go to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta to see the mass ascent of hot air balloons and night glow on the Saturday. The weather predictions were completely unstable and we weren’t sure whether the rain would hold off, and if the balloons would actually fly.

By the afternoon of the Saturday, sunshine had been replaced by some of that big ol’ fat rain.

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I’ve finished the first video from #AwesomeAugust of the Holi One Colour Festival from the weekend just passed. Take a look at the video below and then read on for more details!

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This month, I am crazy busy with events and social occasions. I’ve been near enough fully booked for each weekend of August since about June. With so many events to go to, that gives me reason to film things and make some videos! I’m pretty much looking to film anything and everything at the moment as I’m testing the water on my camera and editing skills, so follow my #AwesomeAugust to see the results of what I’ll be getting up to. Below are a few of the higher profile events I’ll be at with many social gatherings happening in between.

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This evening, I discovered devinsupertramp on YouTube. I feel a bit late to this as he seems to be pretty popular with just over 2 million subscribers and over a quarter of a billion views – some of his most viewed being from over 3 years ago. The nature of his videos is mostly centred around doing something awesome on an epic scale, guerrilla style. I’m jealous for the places he has been but forgiving for the rewards he receives for the hard work and persistence involved.

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As I’m getting into filmmaking on the back of 8 years of photography, I thought it would be good to start sharing some of the inspirational short films that have lead me in this direction.

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I picked up a deal too good to miss out on this weekend. I wasn’t really prepared to spend a lot of money, but this deal just screamed out to me and I couldn’t let it slip by and miss out.

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My recent trip to Paris appears to have been a very successful one. Within 5 days, I managed to produce a short film and also capture quite a few photos for my portfolio, all the while travelling across the whole city and visiting endless landmarks and even finding time to relax away from regular day to day life.

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GoPros are fantastic. There’s no doubting that anyone with a slight interest in making videos will have some sort of affection towards the teeny tiny versatile camera, that is so often involved in extreme locations. GoPro’s own YouTube channel does a great job of collating a whole host of videos made entirely on the little pieces of high quality goodness; but one video published on July 4th has just blown me away.

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Metroville – Paris

I’ve finally edited my first video together since having the Canon EOS 70D. From my recent trip to Paris with Elly, I have put together a short film documenting the majority of activities we did in a jam-packed 5 days, including a trip to Disneyland.

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It’s been one crazy month since I last posted pretty much anything on the internet – aside from a handful of tweets. In this time, I’ve decorated a flat, packed up all of my things in my house, moved into the new flat, celebrated Elly’s mega birthday weekend, finished my latest work contract, been on holiday  to Paris and also accepted a new job offer. To top it all off, tomorrow I am going to what will probably be the biggest wedding I will ever attend… at St. Paul’s Bloody Cathedral. It’s a friend’s sister’s wedding and I swear it’s been planned for the whole time I’ve know them and I’m super excited for it!

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For the third year in a row, I have been to the London Marathon to show support and also to improve on my sports photography. Last year I was taking photos on behalf of Oxfam for their post-race reception and didn’t really see much of the race itself. This year I was back on the sidelines – positioned along Victoria Embankment, if you were interested.

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The process of booking a holiday, as some of you may know is a horrendously stressful experience. Trying to manage everyone’s preferences, budgets, dates and hotel standards along with navigating some of the worst designed websites on the internet (I’m looking at you, booking.com) is sure enough to make you need an extra holiday before the one you’re actually planning to book.

Fear not, one amazing tool that I discovered last year was able to remove the majority of this stress in one fell swoop. I am referring to Google’s Hotel finder. In short, this will be the most useful web application you will need when booking your next holiday. Read on to find out just how powerful it is and how I was able to tailor a holiday specifically for us, from the thousands on offer.

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Hero Image — London

This week I updated my London gallery within my portfolio. The update includes just a few photos taken last year in June when I  went up the Shard. Somehow, among rebuilding my website, working on other websites and changing jobs (twice), I managed to lose track of these photos under the ever-growing library of other images. In fact, a few months ago, I even took the time to re-organise my whole archive of photos from the past 5 years and consolidate everything into one manageable referenced library. It wasn’t an easy task with some 200,000 photos to maintain, but I’m pleased with the results!

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