8th June 2014

East Fortune - Bob McIntyre memorial meeting

 

Today I had a super day photographing the classic bikes at the Bob McIntyre classic, it was fantastic seeing the racing enthusiasts with their many and varied classic machines. This was my first visit to the race track but it certainly wont be my last. I admit to knowing nothing about the man the meet honours but this is what I have been able to find out...

Robert McGregor McIntyre was born in Scotstoun in Glasgow in 1928. He worked in the shipyards on the Clyde and then for motorcycle dealers Cooper Brothers of Troon, who were also his first racing sponsors.

Bob  thrilled motorcycle racing spectators wherever he went. He possessed an incredible determination to win, astonishing concentration levels and his racing style was to go flat out to test his machines and his rivals to their limits.

His career is most memorable for his one-hour speed record at Monza in 1957 and his Isle of Man Junior and Senior TT wins that year, when, riding a Gilera 500cc, he also became the first rider to complete a lap at an average speed of over 100 mph.

Bob was also a proficient mechanic, and helped to design the bikes he raced. He was a popular figure at race meets, forever signing autographs and encouraging inexperienced competitors.

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25th April 2014

Ireland

 

This was a trip I had been planning for quite a while, a trip that I had been looking forward to very much with high hopes of filling up memory cards with hundreds of great images. The research was carefully done and the plans were made and at last it was time to set off. The majority of the trip was spent in and around Donegal, a quite beautiful part of Ireland where the people were wonderfully friendly and have a very laid back and unhurried way of life.

Recently I've been finding a preference for converting my images to black and white, and its probably unsurprising then that most of the shots from this trip that I am happy with are edited in this way. It could of course be that the conditions for most of the weekend didnt make for great landscape images and perhaps the images really do work better as black and whites.

Among the places I visited and photographed were the Dark Hedges, Fanad Head lighthouse, Bunbeg, Dunlewey Church and of course I couldnt go to Ireland and not visit the Giants Causeway. The overall feeling from the trip is that I tried to fit in too much in too short a time and I felt I was in the car more than out with my camera. However it certainly wasnt a wasted journey and if nothing else i can count it as a reconnaissance trip which means I will be more prepared when I return.

A couple from Ireland...

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30th March 2014

Wooden Spoon Photography

 

Had a great time today, sailing along the Union Canal via the world famous Falkirk Wheel with more than twenty people comprising of photographers, models, make up artists and some folks who were just along for the ride. Even though the weather was typically Scottish, everyone had a great day and managed to get some decent images and raise some money for the 'Seagull Trust Charity'. The Seagull trust provides free canal cruising for people with special needs, our group was cruising aboard the newest addition to the fleet which was officially launched on July 6th 2012 by HRH the Princess Royal, the Wooden Spoon Seagull, which is based at the Falkirk Wheel. The day was such a success that plans are already underway for another trip later in the year...

Some images from the cruise...

 

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31st January 2014

Haiti - Charity Boxers

 

When a friend asked me to do some images to help promote the boxers taking part in a charity boxing event, I immediately agreed. Morrisons Boxing Gym in Glasgow was the location for this very enjoyable shoot and thanks must be given to Paul Monaghan of 'The Kirky Studio' for his assistance and the use of his portable lighting during the shoot. The boxers are in training for an event which is being organised to raise funds for Haiti on behalf of Mission international, the event takes place on April 4th 2014 at the Glasgow Marriot and I was delighted to be able to help out and even more delighted with the results of the shoot. The people at Morrisons Boxing Gym have given their time and support to this great cause with the boxers taking part in the event (who are not already members) being given access to the Gym and coaching while they train for their bouts. Among the boxers taking part there is even a Church of Scotland minister (not pictured) who is stepping into the ring for the first time to help raise cash for the Haiti appeal.

Here are just a few of the boxers who are involved...

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