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Take the man from the coast and put him in the city

On Saturday the 12th October 2013 “the worlds number one weekly photography magazine” AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER GALLLERY ran a competition to win a Pentax K-5II with an 18-55 WR kit lens, plus the chance for five lucky winners to join AP editor Damien Demolder for a high speed ride on board a RIB on the river Thames to take place on the 24th October.
The winners will be able to photograph from the river including the Houses of Parliament and Docklands closeup, as well as running past the O2 Arena and onto the Thames Barrier before returning back to the AP Offices for a critique of the images captured on the day.
Ireceived my email on the 18th of October to say that I was one of the winners and you could have knocked me down with a feather, from 255 entries I along with four others Amateur Photographers we were winners. Now we just had to get great images on the day bouncing along the Thames in a RIB. RIB6397 jdtphoto to be in for a chance to win the camera.

Over the coming days I shall be posting some of the images both colour and Black and White taken on the day. We were asked to shoot in jpeg and this again was something new for me as I am so used to shooting in RAW. Shooting on the hoof so to speak was also very much a new experience for me. We were given some valuable tuition from Damien as well as valuable help from Steve at RICOH/PENTAX with getting to know the camera and the the weatherproof lenses that were available to us.

The Pentax system of weatherproof and splash-proof cameras and lenses were ideal for this kind of challenge. The K5-II absolutely excelled, a real joy to use and super crisp kit lenses. The was also the opportunity to try out the new K3 and a selection of brand new HD Limited Edition Lenses.

I have to admit though trying to change lenses when you are hanging on for dear life at times to the boat, shoot images of interest and trying to dodge the head of your fellow competition winners who are either pressed up close to your nose in front of you or close behind you, one does not really think about changing lenses. The fear was suppose I drop one or I fall in!

The journey started from St Katherines Dock on the Thames and made its way down to the MI5 building in Vauxhall, before turning around and heading past the London Eye, Greenwich, the Dome, the Thames Flood barrier and then back down the river to the St Katherines mooring. All in all a three trip on the river in glorious weather. Exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable!.

The SD cards from Samsung that we used on the day have been returned to us all, hence my blogging some of the images over the next coming days. As of yet we do not know who the final winner of the camera is, however some of the images chosen by Damien have been posted onto the AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER GALLERY RIB EXPERIENCE so that you can vote your favourite should you wish to.



There are 43 comments on this post
  1. November 22, 2013, 4:45 pm

    I am so excited for you James and echo everyone’s thoughts that you thoroughly deserved to be on that boat. A winner already!

  2. November 18, 2013, 8:08 am

    Congratulations on the prize! Fully deserved!!

    • November 20, 2013, 6:05 pm

      Very many thanks Morten. I have my fingers crossed for the big prize.

  3. November 16, 2013, 12:26 pm

    how fun! i’m not surprised at all that you were selected to be part of that fun boating photo-party!

    after three months away, i returned home yesterday and will be slowly catching up. i look forward to seeing all of your beautiful images – you really have your own style, and it’s a joy to spend time on your site!

    • November 17, 2013, 10:04 am

      Thank you so much Z. and it is so lovely to hear from you and what a marvelous comment…I am very flattered.

      • November 17, 2013, 12:03 pm

        you are so kind!

        the day is one hour old here (young?) and the light on the water/in the sky is your kind of light!

        enjoy the rest of your day!

      • November 20, 2013, 5:58 pm

        You too Z. and i hope the week has been kind so far.

  4. November 13, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Congrats on winning the trip out to the City and getting to experience what sounds like an intense to fun afternoon. Good luck on winning the final competition!

    • November 17, 2013, 9:53 am

      Wow! Really appreciate the supportive comment Steve. It certainly was a great and intense day. Hopefully I shall pop up to the city and try some night time shooting.

  5. November 11, 2013, 11:07 pm

    James, congratulations, that’s fantastic ! I’m looking forward to see more photos from this day. It’s great to follow your blog and see your evolution as a photographer. You’re very talented, your images are stunning and so beautiful and I don’t see that much difference between you as an amateur photographer, and the pro’s… πŸ™‚

    • November 12, 2013, 6:22 pm

      Oh my goodness…….a massive thanks Jocelyne for such a wonderful and supportive comment and I do have to say that I too have seen how my photography has changed/evolved since having this blog/site, but we are at times our own worst enemy and strive to do better. Striving to do better in my mind is a good thing because you learn to push the boundaries of your art as well as yourself, to achieve the result you want to capture and share with an audience.

      • November 12, 2013, 10:25 pm

        You’re so right James, we must push our boundaries to progress, but I have to admit I don’t push them enough πŸ™‚

  6. November 11, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Congratulations! With pictures like that you couldn’t go wrong.

    • November 11, 2013, 7:39 pm

      A massive thanks Chris for the words of support, they are very much appreciated.

  7. November 10, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Congratulations – nothing like some awards against stiff competition to let you know that you are THAT good! πŸ™‚

    • November 11, 2013, 7:39 pm

      A huge thanks Annette for these terrific words of support. I hope you have an enjoyable evening!

  8. November 10, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Congratulations James! I well deserved honor. Will be pulling for you to win the camera. Going to vote now. Best of luck.

    • November 11, 2013, 7:34 pm

      A huge thanks Mike for the vote and for the continued support that you have offered to my blog/posts. I really value your comments and critiques. Hope you have a great week and I know that I have to catch up with the latest postings.

  9. November 10, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Congrats! Shy should you be shocked? Your photos are amazing!

    • November 11, 2013, 7:32 pm

      A massive thanks for your support Elizabeth and as to being shocked well I suppose it is the fact we are so often our own worst critic and as an amateur photographer i know there is so much competition that I want to achieve the best I can and more if possible. Once again a huge thanks. regards, James

  10. November 10, 2013, 7:25 pm

    What a wonderful experience! Congrats to be among the winners, and James, this must be a win in itself, no matter how it goes later, huh?
    But you’ve got my vote for the camera too. Looking forward to see more images from this adventure!
    Have a lovely evening

    • November 10, 2013, 8:40 pm

      This is so very true Marie. It was a fantastic experience and to have had the time in the river as well as some values tuition was superb. Thanks so much for your support and vote. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I hope that you. Too have a lovely evening . Be. Careful out and about this week as the weather looks pretty awful. Regards, james

  11. November 10, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Fantastic photos and story, James! Congratulations on winning the chance to get out there and shoot such great shots. I hope you win the camera – you deserve it!

    • November 10, 2013, 8:37 pm

      Oh wow thank you so much for your wonderful support Lesley . Hope you have a gear week.

  12. November 10, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Congratulations, James. Your work is stunning, you deserve such an honor.

  13. November 10, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Fingers are crossed!

  14. November 10, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Congratulations James; although I am not surprised. Your work is fantastic so the recognition is utterly deserved.
    I’m also looking forward to seeing some shots that will be a departure from what you normally share. New experiences tend to push our boundaries a bit; well, they do for me at least.
    I don’t suppose you’ve gotten a taste for some extreme photography now have you?

    • November 10, 2013, 5:01 pm

      Hi Distan, reading your wonderful comment had me smiling from start to finish and as to changing the boundaries of my work I have to agree a change is as good as a rest.As for extreme photography I would give anything a go. May be the next challenge is to… well who knows at the moment. I know there are some local hang gliding clubs close to home. My extreme photography for the moment is hanging on to my camera equipment in ferocious winds… Hope you have a great week

  15. November 10, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Congratulations James, and i hope you win the Pentax! You have my vote !

    • November 10, 2013, 4:57 pm

      A massive thanks Geert! Really appreciate the vote! I am keeping my fingers crossed. Have a great week!

  16. November 10, 2013, 12:33 pm

    The best post I’ve read for a while James and I think you thoroughly deserved a place on the trip! I’ll be voting for you πŸ™‚ The black and white here with just the tip of the shard…brilliant!

    • November 10, 2013, 4:56 pm

      Wow! A huge, huge thanks Peter and your comment is very much appreciated. hope you have a great week!

  17. November 10, 2013, 11:34 am

    Hello James,
    Congratulations. I smiled as I read the title. I thought “when a girl from the mountains goes to the city” . These pictures change your style but are still beautiful to look them. Good day to you James.

    • November 10, 2013, 4:54 pm

      Hi Val,
      It is great to hear from you and I hope you are well? Thank you so much for your comment and I agree it is a totally different set of images that will be appearing over the coming next few days. But I shall be posting more of my coastal work.Once again a huge thanks and I am glad you like them. Regards, James

  18. November 10, 2013, 10:51 am

    Congratulations James! I look forward to seeing more of your results – by the coast or in the big city, your work always impresses.

    • November 10, 2013, 10:56 am

      Oh Wow! A huge thanks Mike for such an amazing comment, it really is appreciated. By the way I look forward to catching up with the your recent posts as I too am waiting for the images from the city and coast. Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts…….!

      • November 10, 2013, 11:33 am

        Well the coast is awaiting my attention. I’m really looking forward to editing those shots. Yes, the sunshine isn;t likely to last long – enjoy it too!

      • November 10, 2013, 4:51 pm

        Hope you have enjoyed today and that you have a great week ahead. As for myself preparing a couple of posts for the rest of the week as I have a weekend away from the camera. Oh crikey! I will be having wth-draw symptoms by the end of the week

      • November 10, 2013, 4:55 pm

        I left the camera behind today despite the brilliant conditions. You’ll be happy to be reunited, I’m sure! Enjoy the week to come, James.

      • November 10, 2013, 5:03 pm

        Many thanks Mike! and sometimes it is good to b e without it. One can enjoy the day without thinking I need to be looking at a screen or though a viewfinder.

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