Sunday, June 24, 2018

Post Classic Racing Association Rnd 3 - SMSP 24-6-2018

Round 3 of the Post Classic Racing Association was on at Sydney Motorsport Park today so I decided to head out and take the camera for a little practice. I'm starting to like this taking photo's of bikes lark, well why not if I'm not riding them I may as well be taking photos of them. Also the smell of that castrol R 2 stroker smell, I can't get enough of that.

Here's a few of the pictures I took, hope you enjoy them.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Vivid 2018

Last weekend was the Queens Birthday long weekend here in New South Wales which is good and bad. Good because we get the Monday off work and bad because the NSW Gestapo er Police roll out their double demerits to relieve you of even more points from your license. So the bike wasn't coming out this weekend.

So instead this weekend in Sydney we have the Vivid Festival which is on every year from 25th May to June 16th. Vivid is a festival of light, sound and ideas and is also free. We travelled into the city on Sunday night staying at the Marriott in Circular Quay. The weather was a little inclement with passing showers throughout the night. Unfortunately for me I forgot to take the tripod for my camera. Most of the photos I took didn't turn out too well so here are some of the best almost passable photos I took.

The photo above and below were both in fairly low light conditions, there was definitely less light to the naked eye than you can see in the actual photo so I was a little surprised at them to be honest.

At around 6pm when the darkness has fallen the light show got underway. It finishes at around 11pm so there's plenty of time to see all the displays. The Opera house is always the centerpiece of the display.

Circular Quay

Marriott Hotel - We were slumming it here tonight

Darling Harbour
We caught a Ferry around to Darling Harbour for Dinner and the girls were treated to fire works before returning to our hotel at Circular Quay.

The next morning the girls decided we would have breakfast in the Rocks area down near the southern pylons of the Harbour Bridge. It's a very historic area of Sydney that you can see on earlier posts on my blog. After this we visited Observatory Hill before making for home.

and thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Oh Goodie

A package arrived here this week that I was eagerly awaiting. What sort of farkle have I purchased for the bikes now I here you ask?

Well it's not for the bikes at all but an addition to my new camera kit. I was looking for a telephoto lense but checking the camera shops all I found was hugely expensive pieces of glass. The more I looked the more depressing it became. What to do? I took my brothers advise and looked around for a second hand lense. I know that it could be a decidedly dodgy decision to buy a second hand camera lense as it could have quite easily been damaged/broken dropped etc but I could always on sell it on ebay if that was the case.

So on wednesday my Nikkor 70-300mm lense arrived but I didn't get a chance to try it out until today. There was a top rider training course on at Sydney Motorsport Park's south circuit. I have yet to check out the south circuit so it should be interesting.

Above is the used 300mm lense next to the 140mm lense that came with the camera. Unfortunately for me there were not many good spots to take photos from on the south circuit that didn't look north and into the low lying winter sun, making it hard to take any decent photos, well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Here's a gallery of pics I took today.

Just after I set up the session ended and there was a big gap with nothing happening, I hear roaring engines and looked to the north circuit where there was a car track day happening. A couple of snaps from about 3/400m away.

Shooting the bikes I heard some loud screeching, two cars drifting had lost it and spun out. I just caught the end of it.

I spent about an hour and a half at the track shooting pics and looking at all the bikes. It took me a little while to remember where to find the settings and change them but once done it was pretty easy. Much easier than the first time. I'm not a fan of the south circuit at SMSP, you cant get close to the track for spectating and to actually ride it half of it looks like 1st gear for an R1. A 600 would be the best choice for this circuit I would think by what I saw today.