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Goodwood Revival - not seeing the wood from the trees

The Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival held each September at Goodwood Circuit since 1998 for the types of road racing cars and motorcycle that would have competed during the circuit's original period—1948–1966. Most people dress in period clothes. It is one of the world's most popular motor race meetings and the only UK event which recreates the golden era of motor sport from the 1950s and 1960s.

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This year I was there shooting a short film following the fortunes of one of the few female racing drivers competing over the weekend - more about this shortly.

In addition to shooting moving images I took the opportunity to shoot a few still during the event - not necessarily as many as I would have liked but shooting both stills and film at the same time is a difficult ask..  The two disciplines require different approaches and a different mindset and on this occasion the priority was filming.  Shooting stills here you might think is an easy thing - there are so many amazing sights - but for me the difficulty is focusing on a particular subject whether it be the fashions, the cars, the racing, people, activities or whatever else you might pick - the subject matter is limitless and sometimes difficult to see the wood for the trees!!

There are of course the cars..

then there's the nostalgia..

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...and the racing...

... and then there are the Ferraris...

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... and then there's the pit lane

... and then there's temptation everywhere you look ..

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.. and focused drivers...

... and not forgetting the amazing Spitfires...

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Goodwood Revival really has something for everyone.

Rolex Fastnet 2015

During the last year I've done a number of sailing based assignments, shooting both video and stills for a variety of clients.  The start of the recent Rolex Fastnet race was however  an afternoon out with friends with the added bonus of being able to shoot some images along the way.  The 608 mile biennial Rolex Fastnet race is considered one of the classic offshore yacht races - starting in the Solent off Cowes it rounds the Fastnet rock of Southwest Ireland before returning to finish in Plymouth.

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This years race started with extremely light winds and beautiful sunshine - whilst the conditions didn't perhaps provide the most exhilarating sailing it did give the spectator boats the opportunity to get very close to the action as the boats crossed the line and headed out towards the Needles.  Among the 365 yachts taking part this year were a number of truly awesome new race boats including the 100' 'Commanche' which appeared powered up in even the merest breath of breeze.Whilst 'Commanche' was enormous the 131' Swiss Trimaran 'Spindrift 2' was even bigger - absolutely dwarfing many of the much more conventional yachts taking part.

 

The start was a slow affair with many boats struggling to find breeze to cross the start line and using every means at their disposal to eke out an extra fraction of a knot of boat speed.

All shot on Canon 5d mklll.