Stuart Hamon Photography: Blog https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog en-us (C) Stuart Hamon Photography stuart@stuarthamon.com (Stuart Hamon Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:23:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:23:00 GMT https://www.stuarthamon.com/img/s/v-12/u755338537-o906452356-50.jpg Stuart Hamon Photography: Blog https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog 120 80 Town Sea Front Before The Rain https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/11/town-sea-front-before-the-rain 20181124-Sunset-Town-Gsy-02120181124-Sunset-Town-Gsy-021

This is a shot, I have been wanting to try for a while now. Time was limited today and didn't have enough of it to drive over to the west coast of the island. Given the time of year and the fact traffic could be busy between 4/5pm (what I need) It would be perfect timing to try and tick this off the list.

It was still a little early when I left my flat (in town), so I thought I would head to Costa to grab a hot chocolate as it was brass monkeys outside (Cold). When returning back to my car I could see some lovely colour in the sky over the breakwater towards the south direction of the Island. The sun had not set enough yet to give me what is called "the blue hour" (The hour after the sun has completely set) so I thought I would head over there to try and see if I could get a shot with the cloud in the background. Luckily when I got there, the tide was low which uncovered a little gully where the water ran into giving me lead in lines each side of the frame. Looking out to where this lovely covered cloud was sitting just above Jersey I could also see that it was raining which gave another interesting element to the shot. This is the image I was able to walk away with. 

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Stormy Morning https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/3/stormy-morning Decided after finishing my 4:30am gym session to pop down to Bordeaux Harbour to see if I can capture a sunrise. Unfortunately the sun did not really play ball, but I was left with this image. Its not a winner but another mood to capture in a scene. 

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Water Flow https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/3/water-flow When I went down Vazon Bay yesterday, I noticed from all the rain we have been having lately the amount of water that was gushing out of the drainage pipes on to the beach. The way it was flowing round the rocks with the deep green seaweed I thought it would make for a great picture. 

This is what I managed to capture. 

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Vazon Bay Groynes https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/3/vazon-bay-groynes Decided to hit Vazon Bay in Guernsey last night as I knew the tide as low to mid and thought I woulds try and get an updated picture of the groynes, while the sun was setting in the background. 

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Model Watch Pond at Sunrise https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/3/model-watch-pond-at-sunrise This morning after leaving the gym I could see the golden sun starting to rise. I knew I didn't have work today (or this week), so I rushed home to grab my camera bag. (TOP TIP - always have a bag ready to go). Headed down to the model watch pond and noticed that the sun has not risen over castle cornet yet which was a bonus, quickly got my camera out of my bag, set up and managed to get the below shot.

Finally I have my image that I wanted. 

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Looking For Abstract https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/3/looking-for-abstract So this afternoon I decided I would take a walk round the fish quay. I had just read one of my photography magazines and read an article about "abstract" photography, I thought for a minute that is one subject area I had not specifically shot. I was not out for long as the weather was about 2 degrees outside. These are a selection of the images I managed to capture while I was out. 

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Sunset at Fort Houmet https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/3/sunset-at-fort-houmet Quickly popped out tonight to see if I could capture a decent sunset. Not the best of conditions but managed to get a couple of shots, this was my favourite from the few:

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I definitely will have to revisit this location at a different time and tide time as plenty of potential here. 

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St Martin's Point https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/2/st-martins-point Up early this morning and went down to St Martins Point in Guernsey, Channel Islands to capture the sunrise. It was a bit of a trek down there and thought I was just going to get soaked with rain after feeling a few spots. But luckily enough it didn't rain and I was able to capture these shots:

 

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Junior Boxers Training Hard https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2018/2/junior-boxers-training-hard Got asked to take a few quick pictures of our local junior boxers training hard at the Guernsey Amalgamated Boxing Club for the February Open Show Programme. 

Always happy to oblige. These are a few I took:

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Salarie Corner Sunrise https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2017/7/salarie-corner-sunrise Everyone loves the summer with the longer days, but if your a photographer and you like shooting landscapes then be prepared to set that alarm for stupid o'clock. We are just past the longest day and thought I would take advantage of being able to shoot before work. When is sunrise?? 5:20am wow, so that means getting out an hour or so before and thats 4:00am start..... ouch this was a long day. 

Here are some of my images I managed to capture:  

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Stuart 

 

 

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Le Viaer Marchi - July 2017 https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2017/7/le-viaer-marchi-july-2017 The National Trust of Guernsey’s ‘Lé Viaer Marchi’ – fondly known as Guernsey’s great get together takes place yearly at Saumarez Park. For Islanders and visitors alike, Lé Viaër Marchi is an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the heritage of Guernsey through song, dance and music, side stalls, showcases of Island crafts and the ever popular food stalls of traditional Island food.

Here are a few of my favourite pictures from walking around this year.

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New York, New York - December 2016 https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2017/4/newyork-newyork-december-2016 After always dreaming of visiting the United States, finally my dream was coming true. New York at Christmas, could it get any better? I can’t even explain the excitement that was travelling through my body; I was like a child on Christmas Eve. Travelling with my girlfriend Mel, we boarded our plane at Gatwick and set off for our 8 hour flight to JFK.

Photography Kit taken was:

New York was an amazing experience and I would advise anyone who has the time and the money to visit this great place. It truly is a city that never sleeps; there is always something to keep you entertained. One of my favourite things about the trip was the food, it's everywhere and all super-size.

 

Day 1 – Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

 

After a late arrival to our hotel (Hotel Edison) the night before, we got up nice and early. Before grabbing a taxi we visited the Starbucks across the street for a couple of coffees to wake us up. We jumped into our taxi and headed down to Battery Park to catch our ferry. When we got there it was freezing cold, so I was very grateful for the hat and scarf I brought in duty free before flying over. We were greeted by our tour guide Rachel who was brilliant. She was fun, bubbly, enthusiastic and entertaining. Once aboard our little ferry Mel and I went straight on the hunt for some food as we were both starving. This was the first time I had an American hotdog (Mel is Vegetarian) and both tried a pretzel.  Whilst aboard the boat I managed to grab some pictures of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline.

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Statue of Liberty

 

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.

 

The Statue of Liberty is a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess. She holds a torch above her head and in her left arm carries a tabula ansata inscribed "July 4, 1776", the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

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Ellis Island

 

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station for over sixty years from 1892 until 1954. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990.

 

Long considered part of New York State, a 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey. The south side of the island, home to the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is closed to the general public and the object of restoration efforts spearheaded by Save Ellis Island.

 

After we had finished our tours we went for a walk around to explore. We finally got a cab to take us back to where our hotel was, right in Time Square. As we were both hungry we decided to stop off at Applebee’s and still to this day I think that was the best burger I have ever tasted (Breakfast Burger: Burger, Fried Egg, Bacon, Hash Brown, Onion, Tomato Ketchup & American Cheese). We decided after going back to the hotel to freshen up that we would treat ourselves to a few drinks and whilst out we discovered our soon to be favourite bar “Tonic”. 

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After our night out drinking we wanted to find a traditional big slice of plain cheese pizza (or two) and decided on the off-chance to head into Ray's Pizza on 831 7th Ave. This was to become our favourite night-time snack place and we often ended up in here before going back to our hotel! This pizza became a bit of an obsession and we still laugh together at the memories of it! The pizza was truly amazing and very reasonably priced! I would definitely recommend visiting here, even just once.

 

Day 2 – 9/11 Museum, Helicopter Ride & One World Observatory

 

9/11 Museum

 

Day two and another early start, so we went to grab our morning coffees from Starbucks and then got our hotel porter to flag us a cab to take us down to the 9/11 memorial. We both wanted to get to the memorial nice and early before the crowds increased, so we could spend some time looking around quietly before the museum opened. 
 

When we arrived and got out the cab it was very noisy, with the traffic whizzing past, the sounds of sirens and beeping horns. As we approached the memorial all the noise seemed to just disappear. It was a very surreal experience; all we could hear was the calming sound of the waterfalls from the memorial. The scene was something neither of us will ever forget.

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When the museum opened it was a mad rush to get in as there were lots of people queuing. A quick tip to anyone visiting would be to grab a coffee to take with you, something we wish we had done! Mel and I found the museum fascinating, but also very moving and sad at the same time. If you ever get the chance to visit New York I would highly recommend visiting the museum, but would advise that you leave a couple of hours so you have plenty of time. When I was walking around one thing I noticed and was very interested in was the photography that was captured.

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One photographer’s work that was on display was Andrea Booher. In 2001, she spent 10 weeks working at Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attack. She was one of two photographers working for FEMA with unlimited access. Her work from 9-11 has been published in magazines, newspapers and documentaries worldwide.

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Helicopter Ride

 

Mel decided for my Christmas present this year to get me something that would be a memory and also something that I could tick off my bucket list. Ever since I was a little boy I have always wanted to take a ride in a helicopter. What better time than to see the city of New York from a completely different angle. The flight was about 20 minutes long and was a brilliant experience, which allowed me to grab a couple of great shots of the city.

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One World Observatory

 

One World Trade Center (also known as 1 World Trade Center, 1 WTC or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The super tall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was completely destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center.

 

The building's architect was David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1,776 feet (541 m). Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014.

 

Taking pictures was difficult to start off with as I didn’t have a tripod with me so firstly I tried to raise the ISO but found the pictures to be terrible. Then a light bulb went off in my head and I used my coat to sit my camera on, focused a third into the scene and used my camera self-timer to fire the shutter.

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Day 3 – Empire State Building & Rockefeller Centre

 

Starting off day 3 was a little bit like déjà vu, up early and straight into Starbucks for morning coffees. We then decided to take a little walk to find somewhere to have breakfast, as we had a couple of hours to kill before going to the Empire State Building.  After walking for about 15/20 minutes we decided to ask a security guard if he could recommend somewhere good to go. He gave us some directions to this brilliant little diner called The Red Flame, which was only a couple of blocks walk.  We sat down and had a great breakfast there. One of the things I like best about American breakfast diners is as soon as your cup is empty of coffee they refill your cup straight away (that sort of service is worth tipping). They also had a great menu to choose from, including good vegetarian options.

 

After we had finished breakfast and paid, we flagged down a taxi and got the driver to take us to the Empire State Building. We went inside the building and started queuing to collect our tickets. When we went to the cashier to collect our tickets we decided to pay the extra $20 to go up to the ‘Top Deck’ which is the 102nd floor of the building.

 

When you go up the Empire State Building you arrive first at the observation deck which is on the 86th floor, from where you have a 360 view of the whole of Manhattan. The day we visited it the weather was a bit cloudy and hazy, but it wasn’t raining which was a nice bonus. We spent about an hour going around the whole floor, taking some pictures and admiring the view. Then we went up in the elevator to take us up to the 102nd. It was a brilliant experience and nice to be able to say “I have been to the very top of the Empire State Building”.

 

Here are some facts about the building:

  • 102 stories high
  • With its antenna included it stands a total of 1,454 feet tall
  • Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State
  • It stood as the world’s Tallest Building for nearly 40 years.

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Rockefeller Center

 

In the evening we visited the Rockefeller Center. As it was snowing quite hard and we were going straight out after the visit I left my camera at the hotel, which was just as well as the visibility was very poor.

 

After visiting there we walked back to Times Square to watch the world premiere of Fast 8. We were waiting for about an hour until it came up on the screen; we were left a little disappointed as there was no sound to accompany the visual trailer and the cast members decided not to come down for a meet and greet due to the poor weather conditions.

 

Day 4 - Bus Tour

 

Early start once again including our usual Starbucks coffees. Prior to our trip, Mel had always wanted to eat breakfast at an iHop restaurant after hearing about it so much on TV. I was determined to help her tick this off her bucket list, so I searched on Google Maps for the nearest one. There was only one iHop in Lower Manhattan on 235-237 E 14th St, so we got our hotel porter to flag us a taxi to get there. Mel was pleased to finally see an iHop and we had a great breakfast although she was a little disappointed with the menu choices as she is vegetarian (she preferred the first diner we visited - The Red Flame).

 

After breakfast we decided to walk back towards Times Square which took us about 30-40 minutes. This was perfect for us as we were keen to burn off our food and take another moment to capture the sights as we continued to explore new streets and avenues. We found our way to the tour center to collect our pre-paid tickets. We were unsure which tour to do as there were a number of different routes to choose from. We asked for some advice, which we followed, leading us to our seats on the Downtown Manhattan bus ride. We were a little skeptical at first if we would see enough of the city on this route but we managed to see the majority of what we had hoped to see, plus a little more. The tour was very interesting and I had great fun capturing lots of images from the top deck of the bus.

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When we collected our tickets for the bus tour, as part of the package we were given a pair of free tickets to the Times Square Comedy Club, of which we decided to check out. We were both incredibly skeptical about this, as neither one of us had ever been to a comedy show before and we were also concerned about hidden charges upon arrival there.

 

We were right to be skeptical about any extra charges as there was a minimum 2-drink order from the bar before the show was to begin (at $7 per bottle of cider) but we were so wrong about the actual show itself as it was truly incredible. A laugh out loud, belly chuckle sort of fun from the very beginning! The whole show was so funny and well worth the money! I would easily have paid more if I had to and I would have definitely watched it again.

 

Day 5 - The Intrepid Air & Space Museum and General Walkabout

 

As it was our last day we decided to make the most of it and agreed between us to go back to our favourite breakfast diner that we had both enjoyed so much. As much as we wanted to continue trying new places, the atmosphere and service in this diner was just too good! We were also keen to try something different from the menu.

 

After we had fuelled ourselves for a very busy day we decided to walk to the museum as I was keen to see the various aircrafts including the famous Concord. Whilst walking along I wanted to take as many photos as I could, for us to look back on at the end of our journey together.

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The Intrepid Air & Space Museum

 

This museum was very interesting and I would advise anyone travelling to New York to pay it a visit. It is well worth the money, just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to view everything that is there.

 

Rather than describing our visit, these are some of the photos I captured of some of the exhibits.

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When we left the museum we still had a couple of hours to kill before our pick-up from the hotel so we decided to visit the iconic Central Park. We both wanted to see the ice-skating rink, the bridge and the Royal Plaza hotel as we are both such fans of Home Alone 2. It was an amazing experience with breathtaking views and one of our main memories from our trip.

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As time was drawing nearer we walked back to our hotel to collect our bags. Before we got there I captured a few last minute shots before we left the city. My only regret is that I did not get a shot of Times Square using my tripod as shooting hand held meant I had to use high ISO.

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New York was truly a once-in-a-life-time experience and 4 months later we are still reminiscing on an almost daily basis of the fantastic memories we have kept from our first holiday abroad together. Everything from the food, to the shops, to the people and the scenery was amazing and we are so glad we chose to visit here together. Is it an expensive trip? Yes. Is it worth it? YES! We are definitely keen to visit again in the future.

 

Please see my Travel Portfolio for all my travel collections and if you want to purchase any of the images you have seen including others, please see my New York gallery.

 

Stuart

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stuart@stuarthamon.com (Stuart Hamon Photography) 9/11 memorial 9/11 museum america appleby's blackbird breakfast canon canon 5d mkiii canon ef 24-70mm f/2.8l ii usm central park comedy club concord diner ellis island empire state building enterprise fast 8 trailer ferry flatiron building ground zero helicopter helicopter tour hot chocolate hudson river ihop intrepid air & space museum jfk lee filters liberty island liberty" long exposure manhattan mel weatherburn new york new yorker one world observatory photography planes rays pizza red flame diner rockefeller center skyline space shuttle statue statue of liberty taxi times square times square comedy club tonic bar travel travel photography travel the world usa viewer https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2017/4/newyork-newyork-december-2016 Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:38:54 GMT
Parker Green at Cambridge Park https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2017/3/parker-green-at-cambridge-park I was out with my friends Nath, Dee and little Parker for the day on Saturday. With the opportunity of going to the park with them all, I decided to bring my camera with me to take a few shots. The only gear I had with me was my Canon 5D MKIII with my Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II USM Lens. It was around 10:30/11am with not a cloud in the sky, so the lighting was very harsh and tricky. I learnt that in future I should always take my small reflector with me as it would have made such a difference when taking some of the shots I was hoping for.

Sometimes you can learn more by shooting than you will learn by just reading books and the internet, experience is always key.

These are some of the shots I took during the day:

20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-011-EditParker Green Canon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 70mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-014-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 70mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-020-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 70mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-023-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 65mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-044-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 25mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100

20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-045-EditParker Green Canon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 25mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-046-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 25mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-047-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 24mm - 1/640 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-060-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 41mm - 1/500 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-066-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 50mm - 1/500 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-071-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 24mm - 1/500 sec - f2.8 - ISO 100 20170325-ParkerGreen-CambridgePark-Gsy-086-EditParker GreenCanon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 70mm - 1/1600 sec - f4 - ISO 100

Stuart

  

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Sunrise at the Bathing Pools https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2017/3/sunrise-at-the-bathing-pools 4:50am and my alarm clock goes off, welcome to extra early summer sunrise photography I am thinking to myself, ha ha! Straight up, clothes on and grabbed my kit that was packed ready the night before (always do this, it saves so much time and faffing about early in the morning). I decided after checking my Photographer's Emphemeris app (which I would highly recommend to anyone reading this to purchase from the app store, it's the best £5.00 you will ever spend) and tide times, deciding that I would try the local bathing pools. I have always wanted to take a shot of the tide just flowing over the pools.

I arrived at around 5:20am and thought, "perfect, no one else here". I got my tripod out of my car along with my camera bag and headed out to the rocks.

Kit taken:

These are a selection of the images I took:

20170325-Sunrise-BathingPools-Gsy-010-EditBathing Pools - Guernsey, C.I. Canon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 24mm - 4 sec - f16 - ISO 100

20170325-Sunrise-BathingPools-Gsy-014-EditBathing Pools - Guernsey, C.I.Canon 5D MKIII - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 24mm - 1 sec - f16 - ISO 100

 

These images are available for purchase, along with a large selection of others. Please click on the "Image Sales" tab above.  

 

Stuart

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Judgement Day - The Troxy - Limehouse, London https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2015/11/judgementday Another great night of boxing action put on from Mickey Helliet of Hellraiser Boxing at The Troxy in Limehouse, London. The fans at the Troxy and the viewers on London Live were treated to five great all action bouts.

151030-JudgementDay-Hellraiser-Troxy-164Larry Ekundayo and Joseph Lamptey

Larry Ekundayo beat Joseph Lamptey on pointes over 12 action packed rounds to claim the vacant African Boxing Union Welterweight Title.

151030-JudgementDay-Hellraiser-Troxy-074Larry Ekundayo lands a right hand on Joseph Lamptey's Face

Ben "Duracell" Jones won a 12 round all out war against Martin Parlagi to win the Vacant WBO Inter-Continental Featherweight. Jones was cut in the first round by Parlagi and carried on like a true warrior to get the win.   

151030-JudgementDay-Hellraiser-Troxy-227Ben Jones vs Martin Parlagi   

Onder Ozgul managed to keep his unbeaten record with a six round points decision over tough journey man Dan Blackwell.

151030-JudgementDay-Hellraiser-Troxy-345Onder Ozgul vs Dan Blackwell

Mohammed Mustafa kept his unbeaten record with a points victory over four rounds against Tomas Samusas.

151030-JudgementDay-Hellraiser-Troxy-385Mohammed Mustafa throws a job

Opening the show was Portsmouth's Lucas Ballingall. Lucas kept his unbeaten record to move to 2-0 again Billy Parker who was making his debut on the show.  

151030-JudgementDay-Hellraiser-Troxy-010Lucas Ballingall on the attack
 

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First Matchroom Boxing Show - Stand & Deliver https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2015/10/standanddeliver This was my first chance to be able to photograph a Matchroom Boxing show at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London UK. I got the email through the week of the fight and was not going to turn down a chance for something I have always wanted to do. I looked at the flights and there were no flights to London Gatwick, panic sets in. I checked for another part of the country and luckily Southampton had plenty of flights that would involve a short train journey into Waterloo. Bargain so that's the travel arrangements sorted out brilliant lets go.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-066Isaac Chamberlain vs Igoris Boroucha

Great bout to start off the night streamed live on Matchroom “Fight Pass” with cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain moving to 4-0 with a point’s win over Igoris Borucha.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-204Adam Salman vs William Warburton

Adam Salman was up against experienced journeyman William Warburton. Adam did enough to keep Warburton at bay and moved his record to 7-1 with a point’s victory over the 6 rounds.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-289Ted Cheeseman vs Victor Edagha

Next up was Bermondsey’s Ted Cheese man took a 4 round point’s win over Victor Edagha. Edagha came to give it a good go but referee Jeff Hinds had to take a point in the 4th round due to persistent holding.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-311Craig Richards vs Scott Douglas

Craig ‘Spider' Richards knocked his second win to his record with a 4 round points win over Scott Douglas.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-495Mickey O'Rourke vs Danny Parsons

Crowd favourite Feltham’s lightweight Mickey O’Rourke improved his record to 5-0 with barnstormer against Danny Parson. O’Rourke keeping tucked up behind his superb high guard stood toe to toe with Parsons giving the crowd a great battle.  O’Rourke deservedly getting the nod from the judges 6 great action packed rounds.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-521Jake Ball vs Mitch Mitchell

Next up was Surrey’s light heavyweight Jake Ball taking Mitch Mitchell out in the first round, moving him to 2-0 with two first round knockouts. With trainer Jim McDonnell and training with world champion James Degale, Ball is certainly one to look out for.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-573John Ryder vs Adam Jones

After suffering his second defeat back into May to Nick Blackwell Islington’s John “The Gorilla” Ryder was looking to rebuild. In a six rounder against Yorkshire’s Adam Jones, Ryder did enough to win on referee Jeff Hinds score card 59-56. I am sure Ryder will now look to have another fight then look to avenge that lose to Nick Blackwell and chase that British title.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-715Reece Bellotti vs Faycal Messaoudene

Reece ‘Bomber’ Bellotti moved to 4-0 with 3 knockouts with a third round TKO over Faycal Messaoudene. The featherweight from Watford who fights out of Jim McDonnell’s stable, simply had too much for Messaoudene.  Referee Bob Williams stopped the contest in the third round of six.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-922Ben Hall vs Aston Jolly

The bout between Ben hall and Aston Jolly billed as a final eliminator for the super welterweight English title was all action fight until it came to the end in round seven. A clash of heads ended the contest, with the cut to Hall’s forehead which required several stiches afterwards. Referee Jeff hinds scored the bout 68-64 in favor of Hall, which moves him to 7-0-1 and now will fight for the English title for his next fight.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-1054Johnny Coyle vs AJ Faizy

To end the night welterweight Prizefighter champion Johnny Coyle was in action for the WBC youth intercontinental super lightweight title against AJ Faizy. Coyle displayed his boxing skills for ten rounds out boxing Faizy and dropping him in the sixth round.  The 3 judges at ringside gave Coyle the nod on every round moving him now to 11-0-1.

151010-Stand&Deliver-Matchroom-YorkHall-1220Johnny Coyle with WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Lightweight Title

Please check out my album from the night – Stand & Deliver

Regards

Stuart
 


 

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The Take Over – Camden Centre, Kings Cross London https://www.stuarthamon.com/blog/2015/10/thetakeover Mickey Helliet of Hellraiser Boxing kicked off his 3 year broadcast deal with London live in brilliant fashion. Co-promoted with Mo Prior of Warrior Boxing, the fans at the Camden and watching on London Live were treated to some great all action fights.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-009Hollywood Josh vs Terry George

To start the night off was fight between Joshua Ejakpovi known as Hollywood Josh and Terry George who were both making their professional debuts. Joshua’s power was too much for George sending him to the canvas 3 times and the referee calling time to the action in the 2nd round.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-041Asinia Byfield with his team

Asinia Byfield kept his unbeaten record and moved to 5 - 0 with a routine points decision against Mick Mills.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-093Darryll Williams   

The main event for the super middleweight southern area title lived up to the pre-fight needle between Darryell Williams and Richard Horton. With fireworks from the 1st bell, Darryell looked sharp and on form landing crisp, fast combinations. He simply had too much for Richard as the referee had to step into wave off the contest in the 1st round.  After spending the summer in the states sparring he has shown that he has taken his boxing to a new level, Darryell will certainly want to push for more titles soon.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-149Elliott Matthews vs Ferenc Hafner

Elliott Matthews put on a superb performance against Ferenc Hofne. Elliott started off strong behind his southpaw stance, landing heavy combinations against his visiting opponent. With the sustained attack from Elliott, Ferenc was being broken down. Eventually a cut opened up over Ferenc eye and the referee had then seen enough to call a halt to the contest with Elliott moving to 15-0-1 still remaining undefeated.  Since this show Elliott has now earned his chance to challenge Nick Blackwell for the British Middleweight title in Bristol on November 14th.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-244Darius Skop vs Gyorgy Novak

Cruiserweight Darius Skop took his professional record to 5-0 with a points win over visiting opponent Gyorgy Novak. Novak was down in the 1st round and both fighters were deducted two points for holding.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-362Onder Ozgul vs Wayne Reed   

Light heavyweight Onder “Little Mike” Ozgul won with a 3rd round TKO against Wayne Reed to improve his record to 6-0.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-425Ramesh Ahmadi vs Craig Derbyshire

Ramesh “Rambo” Ahmadi came up next with a great fight against Craig Derbyshire. Set for the 4 rounds the judges’ scorecards were needed with Ramesh getting the nod to move to 3-0.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-554Aarron Morgan vs Istvan Kiss

One to certainly watch out for is Islington’s Aarron “The Marksman” Morgan. It only took Aarron 3 rounds to dispatch of Istvan Kiss from Hungray to move to 9-0 with 7 KO’s.  

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-531Tommy Tear vs Ryan Hardy

Slough’s welterweight Tommy Tear extended his unbeaten record to 10-0 with a points win over Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy. Tommy now challenges Tamuka Mucha for the southern area title in December.

151002-TheTakeOver-CamdenCtre-London-652Jordan Grannum vs William Warburton

To finish off the night was the professional debut of Islington’s Jordan Grannum against William Warburton. Jordan did all the right things in order to take the nod on the judges’ cards to start off his pro career.

Please check out my full album – The Take Over.

Regards

Stuart
 


 

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