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A Shotokan Shoot
08th May 2017
I had the opportunity recently to photograph Sensei Bob Hague, Chief Instructor of Sheffield Shotokan Karate Club, for his website

http://www.karatesheffield.org.uk/

I’ve known Bob for more years than either of us care to think about. He has a Dojo (training hall) at the bottom of his garden, where we spent some time shooting a variety of poses. Training is undertaken in bare feet and whilst some Dojo floors are wooden here there are mats, which make for much more comfortable landings and, it must be said, don’t give you frostbite in winter.

Here's a few examples of what we got up to...

Antony







Arquebus at The Pack Horse
16th January 2017
Had a great time last Friday night in the company of Arquebus who proved they can still rock the joint (in this case The Pack Horse in Leeds), after an absence from the stage of several decades (literally!) The double bill also featured Sheffield Prog Rock band Haze, who have been rocking joints all over the shop for more years than any of us like to think about.

I've posted some shots below.

Antony











I'm in The Sheffield Star Today
11th November 2016
No, not as South Yorkshire Police's most wanted, strangely! On 29 October Hallam FC held an event for ex players of the club and The Star gave it a mention using the shot below. Must dash - I've got to a) get on the phone to Rupert Murdoch and other media moguls b) walk the dog... likely to be b) if I'm honest. Still chuffed to get a mention though

Antony

Fireworks in the Freezer
06th November 2016
As you'll have guessed from the title it was a tad chilly last night when I went up to High Hazels Park in Sheffield with my mate Steve to shoot the fireworks at After Dark 2016 at Don Valley Grass Bowl. A ten minute walk through pitch darkness (head torches are a wonderful invention!) brought us to a gap in the trees and a great view. Nice to thaw out later over a glass of wine though...

Antony















Waterfall Wanderings
31st October 2016
We had a weeks break in the Yorkshire Dales recently - a beautiful part of the country. You can't go to the Dales and not photograph waterfalls, it just wouldn't be right - so I did and I've posted a few shots below. The top two are of the falls at West Burton, the third is just outside the village, followed by Aysgarth lower falls, Thornton Force and finally, High Force.

The most challenging from my point of view was Thornton Force as it's on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Four and a half miles and very up and down which wouldn't have been too bad were it not for the fact that I was carrying some hefty photographic gear! You know when you think you're fit and you get the occasional reminder that maybe you're not the athlete you think you are?...I'm pleased to report that two days later my legs felt like they belonged to me again.

Antony











Business Academies Networking at Hallam FC
05th August 2016
On 3 August I attended the above event for the first time and found it really useful and enjoyable. It's a great way of meeting people from a variety of local businesses. Oh! and the buffet was very good too! I'm going again!

Business Academies are at www.businessacademies.com

Hallam Football Club are at www.hallamfc.co.uk

My thanks to Ann in particular at Hallam for her usual, excellent hospitality.

I've posted some shots of the event below.

Antony













A Bit of a Change...
03rd August 2016
... product photography, in this case jewellery. Not my usual thing but I was pleased to be asked and it was great fun. Soft, even lighting to reduce shadows was the key. The shot below was lit by a beauty dish to the front, one softbox to either side and a white reflector was angled from the back at forty five (ish) degrees.

Antony

Pre season Friendly - Hallam FC v Sheffield United
01st August 2016
Well, we're off again! Another year as Club Photographer at Hallam FC. I can't believe it's nearly the start of another season. Is it just me or is it only five minutes since the last one finished? Actually, you're probably right, it's just me then! Anyway, it was great to be back; a good crowd and an entertaining game which United won 2-0. Great to see the ball boys having a good time too. Did a great job as well!

Here's hoping for a successful season for both clubs (and of course, for Wednesday as well).

I've posted some photographs below.

Antony















Latrigg Landscapes
24th July 2016
We've recently returned from a fabulous two week holiday in Keswick. Lots of walking, lots of photography: wonderful! Both the shots below were taken from Latrigg, above Keswick. The first is of Keswick and Derwenwater. The second...well the second is of the storm across the valley at sunset. Very dramatic, very spectacular. One of the people with us remarked that it was quite a sight, adding "we're going to get wet in a minute". Helen didn't hear it. I ignored it. Guess what! Within a minute we got wet. It was a bit like having a bucket of water thrown over you, except maybe you'd have got less wet if you'd had a bucket of water thrown over you! It was a 15 minute walk/run/stagger back to the car. Wilf (our Westie) hated it, bless him. Clobber off, washing machine on. We had to drink wine until it finished. Didn't put the light out til 2 am. It's a hard life...

More shots of the Lake District in the Gallery

Antony



Whitby Wanderings
01st July 2016
When my mate Steve texted to say he had got the day off last Monday and would I like to go on a photo recce to Whitby there was only going to be one outcome. I say 'recce' because the trip was mainly to check out good locations for sunrise and sunset, neither of which we were actually going to see that day given the time of year and the time constraints that we had (needed to be back for the England/Iceland game - should have stayed for the sunset!) Anyway, we came away with some ideas and in my case at least, aching limbs. If carting photographic gear around in hilly places is supposed to get you fit it clearly doesn't work in my case.

Anyway, to paraphrase Arnie "We'll be back" - watch this space.

I've posted a shot of the Abbey below.

Antony

Haze at The Greystones
01st July 2016
Haze are a local prog rock band whom I've known for more years than any of us like to think about (oh alright - since the late seventies; that's the nineteen seventies and not our late seventies I hasten to add!) Anyway, last Sunday they had a gig at the Greystones in Sheffield. Given that Haze gigs are like gold dust, except maybe Haze gigs are slightly rarer, I grabbed the opportunity to relive a misspent youth. A very enjoyable evening in the company of folks I only get to see on these occasions. I've posted some shots below.

Antony























A Morning with Melvin
01st July 2016
I recently had the opportunity to photograph a seminar given by Melvin Manhoef, one of the best K1 (kickboxing) fighters in the world at the Powers Martial Arts Centre in Sheffield. A very interesting and enjoyable event at which I learned a few things about the sport - the main one being that I won't be taking it up thank you very much! I've posted a few shots below.

Antony













Endurer Dash 5K - 6 March 2016
07th March 2016
I was delighted to cover the Endurer Dash at Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre, Edwinstowe, yesterday. Five kilometres of running, climbing walls, crawling, and jumping. I was very impressed with the dedication and fitness of the participants and very pleased that I didn't have to do it myself I can tell you! A great day out, and a huge 'Well Done!' to all who ran, and everyone who made it possible and raised money for charity. I've posted a few shots below.

Antony

















The Big Kick Off, Celebrity Charity Event - 18 October
19th October 2015
Hallam Football Club hosted the above event yesterday in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. A great day of entertainment such as dancing displays, raffles and appearances by Batman and Spiderman (yes, the real ones!) Oh, and then there was the football match of course; Boxers v Celebrities, a pulsating game which the Celebrities won, I think about 8-6, (I sort of lost track!) The biggest problem for me was trying to take photos whilst holding a brolly during a downpour - didn’t really work; there was much drying out of gear when I got home. If you know anyone who has a third hand they don’t want, I’ll make them an offer - it would’ve been very useful. The weather didn’t put folk off though - I’ve never seen the ground as full - brilliant! I’ve posted a few shots below.

Antony















Wilf the Westie has Landed
19th October 2015
I did say in my post ‘A New Home for Hercules’ that I’d keep you posted on the arrival of Wilf the Westie, so here’s the update, albeit about five weeks after we picked him up. It actually feels like we’ve always had him, which probably gives you a clue as to how he’s settling in (as in, extremely well thank you very much, it’s like our house is now his - if you’ve ever had dogs you’ll know what I mean)! Puppy training classes seem to be going well too, Wilf is picking up the basics and the trainers haven’t thrown in the towel at any rate so something must be going right. Anyway, I’ve posted a few shots below.

Antony







I'm in the Sheffield Star Tonight
13th October 2015
No, not as South Yorkshire Police's most wanted - honestly! Last Saturday Hallam FC hosted National Non-League Day, the annual national celebration of grass roots football, for the first time. Crosspool Juniors U8s were mascots for the home side and did a great job as ball boys during a cracking match between Hallam and Hemsworth Miners Welfare, with the visitors winning 2-1 but a thirty yard volley from Hallam's Micah Bishop ranking as one of the best goals I've ever seen. Attendance was way past Hallam's best of the season so far and cash was raised for Prostate Cancer UK.

I've posted a few shots below including the one in the Star.

Antony









Team Photos for Hallam Under 14’s
20th September 2015
Having been contacted by the Manager of the Hallam Under 14’s football team, I happily gate-crashed one of their training sessions recently to take the team photos, after which I left them to it, wistfully remembering the days when I could run around a football pitch for ninety minutes and not be out of breath. I suspect that if I tried it now I'd end up in hospital... Anyway, I’ve posted a few shots below.

Antony





A New Home for Hercules
19th July 2015
Hercules is a Horsfield Tortoise who's been part of our family for seven years. We (well I say, we, but mainly Helen and the boys, with me feigning reticence, have been talking about getting a puppy). James has called him 'Wilf the Westie', so no prizes for guessing which breed we're looking at. Wilf doesn't know this, probably because he's unlikely to have been born yet as we've still got a few things to sort out before taking the plunge into doggy ownership.

Unfortunately it's meant that we've had to say goodbye to Hercules, a photo of whom is below. I'm pleased to say that he's now got a lovely new home with a lady who'll look after him.

Next step - the search for Wilf the Westie. I'll keep you posted.

Antony

I'm Club Photographer for Hallam Football Club
17th July 2015
I'm delighted to have been accepted into the fold at Hallam Football Club as Club Photographer. More details at

https://www.hallamfc.co.uk/article.php?news_article_id=387

The good looking fella on the left of the photograph is Steve Basford, Co-Chairman; the scary bloke on the right is me!

Here's to a successful season for all at the club.

Antony
A Jaunt Round North Yorkshire
17th July 2015
I spent a very pleasant day recently in the company of my friend Steve (actually I do have more than one friend - the way I phrased that makes me sound like 'Billy No Mates') on a photographic trip round North Yorkshire. Steve is a landscape photographer of some repute http://www.stephenpricephotography.com/

There was much discussing of f stops, shutter speeds, ISO's, polarising and infra red filters (yes, I know, but we enjoy it and it doesn't harm other people!). Oh! And we took some photographs as well!

Steve planned the route and somewhat optimistically listed ten locations. We managed to get to three! At least they'll still be there the next time we go.

The top photo is of West Burton Falls, the bottom one is of Castle Hill.

Can't wait to do it again...

Antony