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. 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.