Monday, 31 August 2015

6 Hours of Nurburgring Post Race Press Conference



Yesterday the 4th round of the World Endurance Championship saw a 1-2 finish for Porsche in their home race in Germany.  This was the second 1-2 finish for the German manufacturer of the 2015 season - they won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in June - but it was the first victory for the no17 crew of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.

As usual I was videoing the press conference on the Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF10-24mm f4 lens and I used the second X-T1 fitted with the XF56mm f1.2 to shoot some stills of the drivers during the press conference.

Here is the video of the press conference following the 6 Hours of Nurburgring, round 4 of the World Endurance Championship.




The images shot on the 56mm f1.2 were taken with the aperture at f2 or f1.2 at 1/125s to keep the ISO as low as possible (200 ISO) and the results were converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro2.




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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO



As the Media Delegate of the World Endurance Championship I have the pleasure to work for some of the leading people in motorsport.  

The CEO of the WEC is Gerard Neveu, who I first met when he was the Managing Director at the Circuit Paul Ricard, and, as the FIA Media Delegate, I also work on occasion with the President of the FIA Jean Todt when he attends the WEC events.  

However as the WEC is a partnership between the FIA and ACO I also have the pleasure of working for the President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest Pierre Fillon.

M Fillon became the 8th President of the ACO on the 31 May 2012 and has been the driving force behind the WEC since its inception, working hard to grow the partnership with the FIA and keep endurance racing at the forefront of motorsport worldwide.

Pierre Fillon is brother to former French Prime Minister François Fillon, who is also an accomplished racing driver.  The Fillon brothers were born in Le Mans and grew up attending the world famous 24 Hours race.

Pierre Fillon was, as usual, seen on the WEC grid at the 6 Hours of Nurburgring this afternoon, speaking to drivers and team managers in the build up to the 4th round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Pierre Fillon was interviewed by Laurent Mercier and you can read the 'Behind the Title' feature on Sportscar365.com HERE

Both the images were taken on the Fujifilm X-t1 with the Fujinon XF23mm f1.4R




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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Nürburg Castle



The Nürburg is a hilltop castle in the German Eifel Mountains near the village of Nürburg south of Adenau in the district of Ahrweiler in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. 

It can be seen from the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit and it stands within the famous North Loop, or Nordschleife at a height of 678 metres on a volcanic cone.

Some low cloud over the circuit yesterday evening had me reaching for the X-T1 and the 50-140mm f2.8 to get some shots of the castle on the hill to the east of the pitlane at the Nürburgring.

For more information on the Nurburg Castle CLICK HERE

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Run Out in the Dunbar Lifeboat



Today will go down as one of the highlights of 2015 for me after I was invited to join the Dunbar Lifeboat crew for a trip out around Bass Rock by Coxswain Gary Fairbairn and Station Asst Press Officer Gaz Crowe.  I gladly accepted the invitation and headed down to the harbour at 11h30 this morning to meet everyone.

The trip began with a ride out to the mooring of the RNLB John Neville Taylor at Torness in the crew Land Rover before kitting up in a RNLI waterproof jacket and lifebelt, before being ferried across to the Trent Class lifeboat in the crew dingy.

While the skies were blue and the sun was shining, there was a strong wind driving a strong sea towards the East Lothian coast.  As we headed past the breakwater at Torness out towards Bass Rock the swells began to hit the lifeboat and we made sure we were holding on to the guardrails for the crossing to The Bass.  


While the Trent Class lifeboats have an impressive top speed of 25 knots, we made the crossing at around 80% of this maximum.  However the John Neville Taylor soon had us under The Bass and the circling flocks of Gannets.  In late August there are still tens of thousands of birds nest on Bass Rock, with the last of chicks that hatched earlier this summer almost ready to leave the nest.

We circled Bass Rock and then headed back towards Seacliffe and Tantallon Castle before heading East again back along Belhaven Bay and Dunbar.  



The final stop was back at Torness and a quick swab of the decks before the John Neville Taylor was returned to its moorings and ready for action should the station receive a call.

My thanks go to Gary Fairbairn and the rest of the Dunbar Lifeboat crew for the opportunity to join them on the trip out.  My already high regard for all the volunteers who crew the lifeboats around the shores of the UK has been enhanced even further by the experience today.






Dunbar has had a lifeboat station since 1808 and operates two lifeboats, the Off Shore Trent Class boat and a D Class Inshore boat named Jimmy Miff, covering this stretch of the North Sea and Firth of Forth.  In the past 200 years members of the Dunbar Lifeboat have received 12 awards for gallantry.

The lifeboats are manned by volunteers and risk their lives to save others in peril out at sea.




92% of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute's income comes from donations and legacies and they depend on their dedicated volunteers and supporters to save lives at sea.

CLICK HERE for more information on the RNLI and HERE to find out more about supporting the charity.

For more information on the Dunbar Lifeboat visit the website HERE.
















All images taken on the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF10-24mm f4  and an X-T1 + XF50-140mm f2.8

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Friday, 21 August 2015

A Different Take on the Eiffel Tower


When visiting big cities with iconic tourist attractions it is very tempting to go for the 'big shot' and record the standard postcard image that millions of tourist before have taken.  Now I am also one for getting the standard shot and it is something I advise all photographers to do.  This is the record image, the banker, the one that works and you'll keep in your files to remember your trip.  

However it is then fun to try and do something different, to try an get a different angle or a different perspective.  It might not work but it is fun to try and if it does work, you have something to be proud of and something that is going to be worth sharing on social media.

Now I have hundreds of images of the Eiffel Tower from my trips to Paris and so I decided to take images of the world famous landmark by either putting it in the background to something else I was shooting in Paris or take segments of the lattice structure.  The viewer can still recognise that the image is of the Eiffel Tower but the may have never seen it taken from that angle and may be more engaged with the image as a result.

This isn't the first time I have done this with the Eiffel Tower on this blog, I also tried this in February 2014 on this blog HERE

Next time you are at a famous and much photographed landmark set yourself a challenge to take five alternative images to the standard shot and see what you can come up with.  You never know you might come back with a picture you are really proud of and something that will deserve all the Facebook likes.

Anyway here are a selection of images I took in the two days we spent in Paris at the end of July. These were all shot using the Fujifilm X-T1 with either the XF90mm f2, XF10-24mm f4 or XF50-140mm f2.8 lenses.














All images taken on the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF90mm f2 lens or XF10-24mm f4 or XF50-140mm f2.8

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Eight Page Scottish Field Magazine Feature


I have received the September issue of Scottish Field magazine and I pleased to say that I have my landscape work has been given a boost by 8 pages, including three double page spreads, in the Scotland Through A Lens feature.

I am very happy to receive this as it gives my photography and the MacLean Photographic tours a big boost.

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If you don't live in Scotland you can access the edition on you Apple or Android device through the Scottish Field App.  Details on the Scottish Field website. 


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Details of Notre Dame


Built in the 12th Century, Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) is one of the highlights of any visit to the French capital city and draw for tourists from around the world.  I hadn't been to the cathedral since 2013 and so we took the opportunity to walk around the grounds during our visit to Paris at the end of July.



Notre Dame is an impressive building, standing in a commanding position on the eastern end of the Ile de Cite on the banks of the River Seine.  It is very easy to be swept away by the grandeur of the architecture and miss the details that pervade every corner.  So I decided to take some detail shots of the building using the X-T1 and 90mm f2 lens.

The western facade of Notre Dame, which is the main entrance to the cathedral, is full of details with figures carved into the arches and statues standing in rows.  Each figure is part of the bigger picture and each has a story to tell. 



As we moved around the south side of the cathedral you can see statues on the roof and in the gardens there is a statue to Pope Jean-Paul II, who was recently named as a saint by the Catholic Church.

The details continue on the east side of Notre Dame, with the domed roof and spire. 




A major restoration project of the cathedral was begun in 1991 and was originally intended to last 10 years but it took much longer than that due to the delicate nature of some of the old sculptures.  However, as can be seen by the images here, the results are astounding.

If you are visiting Paris Notre Dame is a must on your itinerary. 

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All images taken on the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF90mm f2 lens

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