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Ian
10th April 2012, 12:09 PM
I'm going along to this event this coming Saturday:

Saturday 14 April - Ticket for Tesco Canoe Slalom 2012 Selection Trials

The website is here: http://www.eventelephant.com/gbcanoeingselectiontrialsforlondon2012

The hope is that we will see some great white water canoe action at the 2012 Olympic venue near Enfield, north of London. It's good value at roughly 6 per person and there is free parking, but I think you need to book in advance at the site above.

I will try to bring the E-M5 with me, although it's being borrowed back again today. I will have to check.

If you are likely to go, let me know so we can meet up :)

Ian

Ian
10th April 2012, 04:57 PM
Haha! Not a lot of interest then! Well if you are going, do let me know :)

Ian

The Saint
10th April 2012, 05:00 PM
Sounds interesting, however I need to get "permission" first.

Don't think the weather sounds that good for the weekend either!

Simon

shirley
10th April 2012, 05:09 PM
Haha! Not a lot of interest then! Well if you are going, do let me know :)

Ian

Yes I am very interested as I have tickets for the Olympics Canoe Slalom in August, it would be nice to get an idea of the lie of the land. However, I must admit I am not keen on sitting outside in the cold and rain and the forecast is not too good, so I may wait until later in the week to make a decision. I will let you know if I decide to come.
Thanks
Shirley

Ian
10th April 2012, 05:30 PM
I find the weather forecast has been pretty unreliable recently, and often positively :)

But yes, there is a danger that the weather could be iffy. Nevertheless, we're all booked - my daughter, Elizabeth, has also joined the group so there will be at least 6 of us, although not all photographers.

Ian

skids
10th April 2012, 05:47 PM
Thanks for the heads-up on this Ian. I've booked a ticket (what a bargain).

The Olympic Test events are great. I was at the Road Cycling Test event (as a marshal so no pictures but had a view of the race that 'literally' had my eyeballs out - not sure I want the same job come the actual event(s). Also managed to get a ticket for the Track Cycling test event which was fantastic and I could take pictures as just there as a spectator.

Ian
10th April 2012, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the heads-up on this Ian. I've booked a ticket (what a bargain).

The Olympic Test events are great. I was at the Road Cycling Test event (as a marshal so no pictures but had a view of the race that 'literally' had my eyeballs out - not sure I want the same job come the actual event(s). Also managed to get a ticket for the Track Cycling test event which was fantastic and I could take pictures as just there as a spectator.

Excellent - PM me a mobile number and we'll make arrangements.

Ian

andym
10th April 2012, 06:11 PM
Loved to have been there as it's only up the road from me but family duties already booked.:mad::mad::mad:

Zuiko
10th April 2012, 09:41 PM
It's the sort of opportunity I once would have jumped at but present circumstances make it difficult. Hope you have a great day, Ian, and I look forward to seeing some pictures. :)

Ian
12th April 2012, 11:27 AM
It's the sort of opportunity I once would have jumped at but present circumstances make it difficult. Hope you have a great day, Ian, and I look forward to seeing some pictures. :)

Hi John - is this just down to transportation or something else?

Ian

Zuiko
12th April 2012, 01:44 PM
Hi John - is this just down to transportation or something else?

Ian

A combination of factors, Ian. Transport is certainly an issue, having recently sold my car it means that if I borrow Debbie's at the weekend she is effectively marooned at home. Then there is the cost of fuel, the ticket and lunch - unless I take a packed lunch with me but then it's one more thing to carry. For a shoot like this I'd need to carry the E-3 and 40-150mm or 70-300mm anyway and I'm getting rather concerned about my steadily falling level of fitness. Another concern is that some days I'm now experiencing problems holding a long lens steady, even with IS.

What I really need to do is put things like this on hold for the next few months to see how my finances work out with the adjustments I'm currently making and in the meantime try to motivate myself to get out more often for short walks, gradually increasing the distance to hopefully improve my fitness. I should be in a better position then to know what I can and cannot do, both finacially and physically!

I am already committed to the London evening meet on 11th May. I'll be meeting Bill Gordon, who's comming over from Canada (not just for this event, he was planning to come anyway :D), earlier in the day and we'll join the group at the arranged time. For that I can travel light, armed with just a Pen and 14-45mm (although I recently sold my E-P3 twin lens kit I've just replaced it with a secondhand E-PL1 at a fraction of the cost!). With this in mind I really don't feel able to commit myself to other events at the moment.

Those are the main reasons why I feel I must pass on this one, but it sounds a great event with hopefully some marvellous photo opportunities. I hope you get a few people along and have a great day. :)

Ian
12th April 2012, 02:13 PM
The Lea Valley venue isn't too far from you - I could pick you up? I'm told the seating isn't finished so you would need to bring a camping chair or similar.

Ian

Zuiko
12th April 2012, 06:42 PM
The Lea Valley venue isn't too far from you - I could pick you up? I'm told the seating isn't finished so you would need to bring a camping chair or similar.

Ian

Ian, that's really kind but you have to drive past the venue to get to me. Collecting and returning me would add an extra 135 miles to your journey! :eek:

Also, I'm really not sure how I would cope at the moment at this type of event. For instance it might involve a lot of standing to get the photographs and this morning I felt flakey standing in a queue for 10 minutes! I'm actually better at walking than standing and I do need to work on my fitness, I've let myself get in a bit of a state!

Thanks for your offer, it's really appreciated but I think I should pass on this occasion. *chr

Ian
13th April 2012, 08:31 AM
The forecast is looking good for tomorrow :) Well, no rain forecast. It will be chilly but with sunny spells according to BBC Weather.

Ian

skids
13th April 2012, 10:44 AM
And as is usual with the timings of these things I have now come down with a stinking cold so don't think I'll be up for the event which I'm really annoyed about. If anybody wants my ticket drop me a PM and I can mail it over.

Ian
14th April 2012, 07:30 PM
Had a fantastic (if chilly!) day at the Lea Valley White Water Centre. I have created an album in the e-group gallery here:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1405

I have added 24 shots so far - I took almost a thousand! So plenty more to come. Here is a selection:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140316.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45249)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140303.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45247)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140158.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45234)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140108.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45229)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140084.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45224)

All taken with an Olympus E-5 and Zuiko Digital 50-200 SWD, processed from RAW in Lightroom 4.

More to come, including some taken with a ZD 90-250.

Ian

shirley
14th April 2012, 07:40 PM
Absolutely fabulous Ian. I tried to change plans to get along, but it was not to be.

Were you quite close to the action? It looks as though you were. I feel very envious. I hope I might get something half as good as this in August, but I doubt the Olympic seating will allow spectators to get that close.

I may consider hiring the 50-200 for the event as I only have the 70-300 which will probably not be fast enough:confused:

Zuiko
14th April 2012, 08:02 PM
Stunning pictures, Ian, I can see you had a great day. Looking forward to more. :)

Zuiko
14th April 2012, 08:04 PM
Absolutely fabulous Ian. I tried to change plans to get along, but it was not to be.

Were you quite close to the action? It looks as though you were. I feel very envious. I hope I might get something half as good as this in August, but I doubt the Olympic seating will allow spectators to get that close.

I may consider hiring the 50-200 for the event as I only have the 70-300 which will probably not be fast enough:confused:

Hi Shirley, have you checked if there are any restrictions on taking cameras into Olympic events? :)

shirley
14th April 2012, 08:23 PM
Ooo I really do not know and there seems to be little on the internet to tell you. However I did find this booklet available for sale on the 2012 website

http://shop.london2012.com/Capture-the-Moment---A-practical-guide-to-taking-photos-at-London-2012/Gifts-and%2520more/Books/16000111,default,pd.html

This would indicate that they are expecting photographers to be takings pics :confused:

shirley
14th April 2012, 08:53 PM
I have done a bit more research and found this on a photography blog

"Buried away on page 278 of the book, it says:

You are allowed to take camera phones, compact cameras and DSLRs into Olympic and Paralympic venues as long as the equipment fits into a bag no bigger than 30 x 20 x 20cm. .... Tripods and flash photography are not permitted within the venues.

Wow. 30 x 20 x 20cm? That's surprisingly big.

I made a point of asking Mr Hooper whether this really was official LOCOG policy. His answer was that yes, these dimensions came from LOCOG. The book is an official London 2012 publication and these are the official guidelines. The intention is to allow DSLRs with lenses up to about a 300mm f/4. (Having said that, he also opined that LOCOG perhaps hadn't thought through the exact specification very thoroughly.)"

PS Sorry your thread has been hijacked Ian but I thought it might be of interest to others, I will create a new thread if you think it more appropriate.

benvendetta
14th April 2012, 08:56 PM
There is supposed to be a good white water centre at the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay. There were a couple of good shots in a club competition I judged recently.

stoates
14th April 2012, 09:13 PM
Some real crackers here and in the gallery Ian. *clap

Can I ask what focus mode you were using (S-AF, C-AF or M) and what AF area (single, dynamic or all) as you really seemed to nail the focus throughout the series?

Many thanks.

Ian
14th April 2012, 09:17 PM
I mainly used C-AF using 5 points in a diamond, with the centre at the centre - if you get my meaning.

These shots are mostly cropped and re-framed in post processing of course.

Ian

stoates
14th April 2012, 09:27 PM
I mainly used C-AF using 5 points in a diamond, with the centre at the centre - if you get my meaning.

These shots are mostly cropped and re-framed in post processing of course.

Ian

Thanks Ian. I tend to use the 5 points but have had more sucess with S-AF in the past. I must give C-AF another try sometime as it obviously works!

Ian
14th April 2012, 09:36 PM
Here some more:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4141001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45292)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140801.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45289)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140770.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45287)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140486.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45273)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140432.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45269)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1405/P4140399.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/45267)

And many more in my album here:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1405

Ian

Phill D
15th April 2012, 07:23 AM
Stunning shots there Ian looks like it was a greally good day out.

Zuiko
15th April 2012, 07:41 AM
You've got some real crackers. The second in this set is my favourite. :)

Ian Grego
15th April 2012, 07:56 AM
Looks like you had a great time and experience. Stunning shots Ian.
Really hoping to get hold of a E5 next year hopping price falls before then.
Will look forward to viewing the gallery later.
Thanks for the shots shown
Ian

shirley
15th April 2012, 08:02 AM
Even more amazing shots, I am now beginning to be rather pleased I didn't get there...it could have proved to be rather embarrassing:o

Thanks for sharing, something to aspire to.

art frames
15th April 2012, 09:29 AM
Absolutely amazing shots. The faces are so expressive - exhilaration, concentration and even an 'oops...' from one - delightful studies of people. I enjoyed seeing them and can feel the atmosphere and excitement of their sport through them. And a fantastic portfolio of what you can achieve Ian.

On a side issue I would imagine Tesco are delighted with their sponsorship too.

IainMacD
15th April 2012, 10:07 AM
Great images Ian, you have really captured the excitement of the action. There is a white water kayaking event on the River Moriston (not far from me) each summer and this has inspired me to find out more and go along.

Barr1e
15th April 2012, 10:16 AM
Well Ann1e and I missed out on this one due to one thing and another. :( It would have been a great opportunity for her OM-D to have seen some early action in its life. :)

Great story in pics Ian - thanks.

Regards. Barr1e

Bikie John
15th April 2012, 10:34 AM
Great action shots Ian. I like the way the high shutter speed has frozen the action but we still have a great sense of movement thanks to all the water.

It looks like you had plenty of light. Do you have any feeling for how well you might have done with an OM-D and Panny 100-300?

Ciao ... John

Chevvyf1
15th April 2012, 12:03 PM
Absolutely fabulous Ian. I tried to change plans to get along, but it was not to be.

Were you quite close to the action? It looks as though you were. I feel very envious. I hope I might get something half as good as this in August, but I doubt the Olympic seating will allow spectators to get that close.

I may consider hiring the 50-200 for the event as I only have the 70-300 which will probably not be fast enough:confused:

Shirley, do check what cameras are allowed at the Olympics - I heard no zoom lenses :eek:

Chevvyf1
15th April 2012, 12:08 PM
You've got some real crackers. The second in this set is my favourite. :)

Hear! Hear! but I think I like the first set more - 2nd of 1st ! What determination ! and what fun ! I would like to have a go :eek:

Amazingly GREAT shots - must look at the album ... :cool:

skids
15th April 2012, 05:02 PM
Fantastics shots Ian. I'd have never got anywhere close to the quality of those had I been well enough to go!

The Saint
15th April 2012, 08:20 PM
Some lovely images there Ian, wish I could have attended.

Regards

Simon