Martin Fuge Photography: Blog http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Martin Fuge Photography (Martin Fuge Photography) Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:39:00 GMT Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:39:00 GMT http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u1027167874-o874877511-50.jpg Martin Fuge Photography: Blog http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog 120 80 Duncombe Park Steam Rally 2018 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/duncombe-park-steam-rally-2018 Over the weekend of 7th - 8th July 2018, Duncombe Park in Helmsley was host to yet another steam rally organised by The Great Yorkshire Traction Engine Club.

After visiting this event for the first time last year on the Sunday I decided to visit again on the Sunday to soak up the atmosphere. Sadly this year didn't really seem to have an atmosphere to it and seemed to lack static vehicle displays like I saw last year. Whether it was because people had stayed away because of the World Cup, or people would rather visit the coast then an event like this as we were having such lovely hot weather.

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Sadly I didn't stay too long and watched only a couple of items in the main arena, and watched the steam traction engines move into the arena. 

However I did managed to take a few photos during my brief stay, and these can be found by clicking here.

You can also watch a video from my visit which is on my events YouTube channel below. Please remember to like, comment and subscribe to my channel.

 

 

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EYTCC - Humber Bridge Gathering July 2018 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/7/eytcc---humber-bridge-gathering-july-2018 On Friday 6th July from 5pm - 9pm the EYTCC (East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club) held another gathering at the Humber Bridge car park. It was an opportunity to see some of the vehicles arrive and depart while also have a wandering around the two car parks.

There were classic vintage vehicles, 60's, 70's and 80's vehicles as well as classic American vehicles and a few custom made vehicles.

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Photos from my visit to the gathering can be found by clicking here

Also below is a video on my YouTube channel from the evening. Don't forget to like, comment and subscribe to my channel.

 

 

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Belper Steam & Vintage Event 2018 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/belper-steam-vintage-event-2018 Sunday 17th June saw me visit another event for the first time. This one was called Belper Steam & Vintage Event  in Derbyshire. It ran for the weekend and I decided to visit on the Sunday as it forecast better weather. This was also my first steam event of 2018.

The price for this event was :

  • £9.00 per adult
  • £5.00 children & OAP's
  • Under 12's FREE
  • FREE Parking

There was something for everyone to see at this event. You had fairground rides for the children as well as Luke Fox's Wall of Death, an attraction you rarely see at events.

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There was also vintage cars, commercial vehicles, steam traction engines large and small, military vehicles, vintage tractors on display and plenty of trade and refreshment stalls. Live entertainment was provided throughout the day by 1940s singer Paula Marie, entertainment for the children with Chester Mazing the Magical Clown. Other live entertainment was available on the Saturday by C J Jackson and Joey and the Hotrods.

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In the middle of all of those was the arena where the owners could parade their vehicles and let the public know a little bit about their vehicle and let the public see these vintage vehicles and machines working. The arena wasn't only used for the vehicles but also the Kanreith Gun Dogs display team and Jorvik Vikingr battle re-enactments. We were also treated to a fly past by a Spitfire from the BBMF based at RAF Coningsby.

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If you wish to know more about this event you can visit their website www.belpersteam.co.uk

More photos I took during the day can be found in my gallery by visiting www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/belpersteamandvintageevent-2018

You can also watch a video from my day below which is on my events YouTube channel. Please feel free to like, comment and subscribe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) belper belper steam and vintage event derbyshire steam events steamtractionengines. http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/belper-steam-vintage-event-2018 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:19:33 GMT
1940s Weekend on The Great Central Railway http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/1940s-weekend-on-the-great-central-railway On Saturday 2nd June 2018 I visited for the first time The Great Central Railway in Loughborough for their annual 1940s weekend. This event ran from the 1st June to 3rd June, and I started my visit at Quorn & Woodhouse Station. 

One thing I must say before continuing with this blog, and that is some of these events certainly know how to make money from their visitors. The parking at Quorn & Woodhouse was £5 per car on the field next to the railway lines. Entry to just the station yard was £9 per person which didn't include access to the platform. You were only allowed access to the platform if you had valid railway tickets for travel. The cost per adult for an all-day travel ticket was £23 each. Luckily you could upgrade to a travel ticket if you had only purchased the yard ticket. This is what I decided to do as I wanted to visit another station called Rothely which was home to the German army and also would stage a mock battle.

The yard at Quorn & Woodhouse had plenty to offer visitors during the weekend from vintage cars, military vehicles, re-enactors from the British Army, American Army, the RAF and three stages featuring live entertainment throughout the day.

There was also a full-size Spitfire which you could sit inside and have your photo taken for £10. 

On the platform, you had more re-enactors walking up and down, including Winston Churchill.

A few miles up the line was Rothley station which had been transformed into German-occupied French village with German military vehicles, bombed out cafe and even a very graphic German field hospital and surgeon.

The car park area at Rothley was the stage area for the weapon demonstration followed by the battle re-enactment. 

Overall there was plenty to see and do at these two stations as well as the other stations.

Photos from this event can be viewed by clicking here.

You can also enjoy some highlights of my visit by watching my video below:

 

 

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Lanc Tanks & Military Machines at East Kirkby 2018 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/lanc-tanks-military-machines-at-east-kirkby-2018 The May Bank Holiday has come and gone and on the Saturday 26th May, I took a drive back down to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby as they were holding their annual "Lanc, Tanks & Military Machines" on 26th and 28th May.

The weather was dry and overcast to start the day, but that soon changed in the afternoon and the sky cleared and we were blessed with some sunshine.

The museum grounds were filled with vintage military vehicles, re-enactors acting out roles which were performed during World War 2 and also stalls selling souvenirs and refreshments. There were even some modern vehicles on display from a Mazda car club who were showing off a collection of their members sports cars.

The hanger was home to the stage for the 1940s entertainment as well as more stalls and the chance to get up close to The DH Mosquito HJ711 which is currently being re-built ready to hopefully perform taxy runs at special events at the museum.

A vintage fire engine was also present giving customers a ride for a small fee and was also scheduled to perform two fire engine demonstration but sadly these got cancelled on the Saturday due to a problem with one of the fire engine wheels that they couldn't get repaired.

The main stage area on the museum grounds was the apron area which was going to play host to the live tank firing demonstrations, and would also see NX611 "Just Jane" park after her taxy runs before being towed back out onto the grass area for private photos for the museum.

The first of two tank demonstrations started late due to some technical issues with the pyrotechnics but once that was sorted everyone enjoyed the sights and sounds of the tanks and weapons.

NX611 "Just Jane" who was the star of the day performed her second taxy run of the day and was nice to watch her taxy around the grass area giving people a nice opportunity to see her from different angles and also hear the roar of all four Merlin engines before parking up and shutting down.

Lanc, Tanks & Military Machines 2018Lanc, Tanks & Military Machines 2018NX611 "Just Jane" Lancaster Bomber

Shortly after the second taxy run a Spitfire from the BBMF based at RAF Coningsby did three passes.

Following that was the second tank firing demostration, more 1940s entertainment in the hanger and then the third and final taxy run from "Just Jane."

All around the museum grounds were stalls, exhibit displays, refreshments stalls and also some cockpits and vehicles from the South Yorkshire Air Musem based in Doncaster. You could also view and photograph "Drag Em Oot" a C47 Dakota Skytrain which was parked on the grass at the other end of the viewing line.

The day had plenty to offer for all the family and even more on the Bank Holiday Monday (if the weather permitted) with some flying displays from the BBMF and B17 Flying Fortress.

You can view photos from my visit by click here, and also watch a video from my day below.

 

 

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1940s Weekend on the K&ESR http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/1940s-weekend-on-the-k-esr Saturday 19th May I attended another 1940's event and this one was held on the K&ESR (Kent and East Sussex Railway). The event was held at two of its stations Tenterden and Bodiam.

The weather forecast for the Saturday was to be nice and they weren't wrong as by the afternoon there were no clouds in the sky and it was such a warm day, the ice cream vendor was doing a good trade.

I arrived at Tenterden station just before the event started and was greeted by some friendly re-enactors who directed us to the car park. It was then a short walk from the car to the station passing some World War 2 Jeeps, and some other vehicles which were set up just outside the station and the booking office.

My tickets for the day were pre-booked so getting into the station wasn't a problem. Once inside the station, you were greeted with Military vehicles, stalls which sold 1940's clothes and memorabilia, refreshment stalls, the toilet block and finally a marquee tent which housed the stage for the live entertainment.

The entertainment throughout the day at Tenterden was provided by My Favourite Things and the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers, with speeches from Winston Churchill who also gave visitors photo opportunities 

The crowds were also entertained by Viv the Spiv, ARP display, Royal Logistics Corps and a flypast by a Spitfire.

With the day in full swing, it was time to take one of the steam trains up the line to Bodiam to see what was happening there. The ride took just under an hour and was greeted by more re-enactors on the platform.

This station didn't have as much as Tenterden, but still offered people some live entertainment from Adam Hoffman and Miss Holiday Swing. You also had Land Army Display, Royal Navy Commando Beachhead Display, Desert Rats Encampment, some more Military vehicles and refreshment stall. 

Sadly I didn't spend long at this station and made my return to Tenterden as I wanted to watch the Spitfire fly over as I was told you had a better view from Tenterden. Sadly the flyover for me was disappointing as it seemed to mainly fly over a field which backed onto the car park, rather than over the station. It also flew away, moments later to return to do a few maneuvers which I couldn't really see due to being back on the station and my view blocked by trees and a building.

Overall I had a good day, and this is another 1940's event I can add to my list. There were a few things that did spoil the day which was the fault of two K&ESR staff. 

You can view all the photos I took on the day by visiting my gallery by clicking here.

Also below is a short video from the day on my events You Tube channel:

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) 1940s bodiam k&esr steam tenterden trains ww2 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/1940s-weekend-on-the-k-esr Tue, 22 May 2018 19:59:55 GMT
Against The Odds Event - Yorkshire Air Museum http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/against-odds Saturday 12th May 2018 saw me return to the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington near York. The weather was a lovely warm day with sunny spells breaking through the cloud. Over the weekend the museum was holding it's annual World War 2 RAF event called "Against The Odds." This is a family event where people can come along to the museum and learn about life in an RAF airfield during the war. There were items and exhibits from World War 2, wartime music and singing with dancing from the York Vintage Dance Group. The main attraction during the weekend was the Halifax Bomber nicknamed "Friday 13th" which saw the light of day as it was parked outside the main hangar for all to see.

The York Vintage Dance Group.

The event started at 10 am with some wartime singing while over by the Halifax Bomber the press photographers were photographing some of the aircrew re-enactors. But this was also a good opportunity for members of the public to get some nice shots.

Sing Along Time.

Bomber Crew.

At 11.15am was the first of two events during the day where we could see the Halifax Bomber crew kit up and display next to the Halifax Bomber. I took this opportunity to capture some photos, which was tricky due to this being the most popular event during the day. It was also hard as cars were parked just behind the Halifax Bomber, so keeping the images looking realistic was my main concern.

Kitting Up.

Other events happening throughout the day were

  • Halifax Mission Brief and Debrief
  • HMS Veron Defusing a Land Mine
  • Fly past by a BBMF Hurricane from RAF Coningsby
  • Paratrooper experience, mission planning, parachute packing, military demonstrations along with static displays

Mission Brief.

The skies over the museum at 01.44pm came to life with the roar of a Hurricane from the BBMF based at RAF Coningsby. Everybody found a good spot to enjoy a few passes of this wonderful aircraft. Not only could you hear the roaring engine as it flew overhead, but you could also hear camera shutters going off all around as people wanted to capture this moment.

Some of the vehicles on display.

This was the first time I have been to this event, and I enjoyed the day and looking forward to my next event at the museum.

If you want to find out about future events at the museum you can do so by visiting their website www.yorkshireairmuseum.org and click on their "EVENTS" tab.

More of my photos from the day can be found here

Below is a short video I made at the event, so like me if you have never been to this event, you can see what to expect.

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) 1940's against the odds elvington event halifax bomber halifaxbomber the yorkshire air museum york yorkshire http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/against-odds Mon, 14 May 2018 22:41:51 GMT
The Seated Man on Castleton Rigg http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/the-seated-man-on-castleton-rigg On Thursday 29th March 2018, I took a drive up to the North York Moors to find and photograph The Seated Man sculpture by artist Sean Henry. The sculpture is located at the top of a hill called Castleton Rigg which is south of Castleton and east of Westerdale. There is no official car parking for the sculpture and parking is limited on the side of the road. A word of warning if you plan to visit, some areas along the side of the road may look ok to park, but you do have the risk of getting stuck in the mud.

Once parked up along the side of the road I crossed over and started my climb up the hill towards the Seated Man. There is a kind of a grass path to follow up to the sculpture, and depending on the weather it can be very muddy and boggy so it is always worth wearing some good waterproof walking boots or wellies. The path can be tricky in some stages as the ground is uneven, especially if you wander from the grass path and walk off the beaten track.

After a while of climbing, I could start to see the sculpture and knew I was getting closer. As you get near the top of the hill where the sculpture is, the ground becomes a little easier to navigate. Before I knew it I was at the Seated Man looking over the North York Moors.

It is a shame some people hate this sculpture, as I certainly think it is something different and interesting and we could do with having more of this type of art around the North York Moors. During my visit to the Seated Man, many people had made the climb to see him and take some photos. One group of hikers stopped at the top to have a break and I got talking to a couple of them and I was told a little bit about the story behind the sculpture, the owner and why it was located at this location. 

Every person has their own take on the sculpture and who the person could be and why he is seating clutching his case. Is it just a coincidence that this sculpture looks like Jeremy Corbyn, or is there a hidden tail that nobody knows about except for the creator?

The Seated Man

It would be rude not to take a selfie stood next to the sculpture :)

The sculpture was installed in August 2017 and will remain at this location for 5 years, giving visitors many years to visit this location and capture a moment in history. I have included a map below of the location of the Seated Man if you haven't visited and would like too. 

Below is my vlog on my YouTube channel from my visit to this location. Please feel free to like, comment and subscribe to my channel. You can visit my channel by clicking here.

 

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Winner for March #yourbridge Humber Bridge Calendar Competition http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/winner-for-march-yourbridge-humber-bridge-calendar-competition Back in December 2017, The Humber Bridge Board started a competition asking for photographers to send in images, or go out and take images of the Humber Bridge according to the monthly theme for their #yourbridge photo competition. Each month a new theme would be selected and photographers at all levels would be allowed to take part. 

I was delighted the other day when I received an email from the Humber Bridge team saying that my entry for March had won. The theme for March was Wildlife, and the image I entered was an image I had captured a few weeks prior to the competition starting. This is one of the good things about this competition, you were allowed to submit entries which were taken before the competition started. 

My image featured two swans on Hessle Foreshore taken during sunset with a sky full of colour and a milky River Humber. This image would be displayed on their Facebook banner until the next competition winner for the next month is selected.

Each winner will then have their photo featured in a 2019 Humber Bridge calendar, and also the possibility of their image being used on the Humber Bridge website.

It is also nice as a photographer to win any competition, especially if it includes my image being featured in a calendar, knowing that many people will have my image hanging on their wall for at least a month.

My winning image

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The Beast From The East 2018 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/the-beast-from-the-east-2018 On Tuesday 27th February 2018, I woke up to a covering of snow where I live in East Yorkshire. This was the start of what the media had nicknamed "The Beast From The East." As it doesn't snow very often in East Yorkshire and start to lay, I decided to venture out and take some photos in the local area as I was unable to travel to other parts of Yorkshire where they had more snowfall. 

I had a couple of locations in mind for photo opportunities, the first one was Skidby Windmill and the second was on Beverley Westwood. Because normally when it snows in East Yorkshire it soon melts, I had to act fast so I grabbed my camera bag, got in the car and headed for Skidby Windmill. Because of heavy traffic on the route I had to go the long way round which took me via Little Weighton. During the drive, I did see other possible compositions but I wanted to keep focused on the two I had in mind. Driving conditions were ok and I had no issues with road closures or ice. Not until I got to Beverley Westwood.

On arrival at Skidby Windmill, I was hopeful as there was a nice covering of fresh snow in the car park. I decided to go for a walk to the windmill before unloading my gear just to make sure it was the scene I was hoping for, but sadly it wasn't. There was no snow on the windmill, and the field I wanted to take the photo from wasn't really covered that much in snow. I took the decision not to bother and headed for Beverley Westwood.

But before leaving I did take a quick photo of the white phone box and bench which is at the entrance to the car park. I have taken a similar shot in the past but never with snow, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. It was a very simple composition, and it was also taken handheld with an EV +1 to help with the whiteness of the snow.

Phone Box and Bench

On arrival to Beverley Westwood was where the roads started to get a little tricky with driving. None of the roads had been treated and started to get a little icy. As I made my way down one of the roads on Beverley Westwood I had to be careful I didn't drive off the side and end up on the grass as I would have ended up getting stuck. I parked up to the side of the road and got out to look for some compositions. I soon found a lone tree with some snow on its bare branches, with snow on the ground. There was also some light coming through behind the tree from a break in the clouds. Yet again this was taken handheld while being careful not to slip over.

Lone Tree

The second image I took at Beverley Westwood was just before I got back into the car. I just caught the scene from the corner of my eye, and I liked that there was a break in the clouds with some blue sky, a small log covered in snow next to two trees. 

Beverley Westwood

Another Beverley Westwood

With three images taken on Beverley Westwood, I decided to drive to Rowley which I drove through via Little Weighton on my way to Skidby as I wanted to see if I could take a photo of St Peter's church. On arrival, all looked promising and when I arrived at the church there was a nice fresh blanket of snow. I parked the car up away from the church in case I wanted to use the blanket of snow in the foreground. I took my first shot which was in portrait position also handheld. I framed the church by using some of the overhanging branches from the trees as I wanted to create a Christmas card feel to the image.

St Peter's Church - Rowley

Soon after I took a few images of this composition, a council bin lorry reversed next to me, not only making giant tyre marks in the snow but also spoiling any chance of taking another composition. This is the kind of luck I seem to experience when I am out taking photos, right place at the wrong time. This was when I decided to get back in the car and head for home. As I was driving back down the drive to the main road, I decided to stop and take an image of the church from the side. It wasn't the best image as I felt it lacked foreground interest even with the grass area covered in snow. That image can be found below.

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) 2018 beast beverley canon east from landscape skidby snow the westwood windmill yorkshire http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/the-beast-from-the-east-2018 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:05:33 GMT
Janet's Foss http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/janets-foss Hello and welcome to my first blog in 2018.

On Friday 2nd February I decided to visit Janet's Foss in the Yorkshire Dales and take some photos as the weather for that part of Yorkshire was better than what was forecast for East Yorkshire.

I set off on my trip around 6.30am as I wanted to get there nice and early as I didn't know how busy this location would be at this time of the year. I know in the Spring and Summer months it can get really busy. Unfortunately, I didn't have a really good journey and ended up arriving just after 10.00am. The reason for my late arrival was mainly down to my own fault when traveling on the A1 heading north. When I got to my exit for Harrogate the queue on the slip road went on for at least a mile, so I decided I would take the next exit and make my way across the country. Sadly I didn't know that the next exit would be a further 30 miles or so. Things just went downhill from there as the route I had planned was now redundant and I had to make my way there using the navigation on a phone. Something which is ok when you have a signal, but every now and then I would lose the signal and have to drive blind hoping I either saw a sign or I would get a signal back. Many miles later, and what seemed to take forever I arrived in the village of Malham, and was heading for Janet's Foss down a narrow single country lane, where I was greeted with an oncoming HGV. Luckily there was enough room for me to pull over so he could pass. 

Parking for Janet's Foss was easy as most people seemed to be parking at the official National Trust car park back in the village of Malham. From my parking spot, it was just less than a minutes walk to the entry gate to the path that leads down to the waterfall. There are two paths to take, one heading off to the left which takes you to the top of the waterfall, and the path to the right which takes you down to the waterfall. Warning, if you plan to visit make sure your boots or footwear has a really good grip as the rocks were very slippery on the way down, and the pathway at some points had very deeps steps.

Once down the path, I was greeted with the sound of rushing water and behind a small wall, I could see Janet's Foss in all her glory. Following the dirt path a little more, it takes you down so you can view the waterfall from the front. Yet again be very careful and make sure you have good grips on your footwear as I nearly slipped over once. Yes, it was caught on camera and is in my vlog below.

I couldn't have chosen a better day weather wise for my trip as I had a lovely blue sky with some nice sunlight. Personally, I think this was the best time of year to visit this location, as in the Spring and Summer months it would have been so busy with people sitting and even having a picnic in the area I wouldn't have been able to take the images I did.

My first image was the classic head-on composition using a soft ND grad to help darken down the skies, as even thou the sky was blue it was still a little too bright for my exposure.

JANET FOSS

The next couple of images were in the same location, one was of the stream which was to my right making use of the bright green moss and another image of the waterfall, this time cropping in tighter so there was no sky, just the waterfall, and the pond.

Before taking the above image was when I nearly had my little mishap as I lost my footing and nearly fell over. If you would like to see this and have a giggle, watch my YouTube vlog by clicking here. If you do watch it feel free to like, comment, share and of course subscribe to my channel. Luckily I survived to continue with my photo shoot.

Behind me from where I took the above images was a dirt track which leads people along the stream. I took the opportunity to walk down the track so I could take another couple of images of the stream along with some more rocks with this lovely incredible bright green moss. Standing in the stream now I set my camera up for the first of two compositions. One image would be focused on the stream and a log in center of the composition with some moss, and the second composition would focus on some rocks in the foreground with moss, the log with moss in the middle of the composition and finally the stream in the background. The second image I had to focus stack it, so I had complete sharpness from foreground to the background. It did take me a while to take the second image as it started to get busy with people and sadly I don't think some people realized I was taking a photo or was actually in my shot. So I had to wait patiently until they had moved or there was a gap where I could take the images.

After taking the above two images I had a look around to see if there was any other compositions I could find. I decided that I had taken everything I could in this spot, so I headed back up to the main path at the entrance to Janet's Foss and took the other path leading to the top of the waterfall to see if there were any compositions from this angle. Sadly there wasn't any, but there was one composition I found over looking a fence to the main stream that filtered down to the top of the waterfall.

Yet again I found an image which oozed green moss and rocks. In the stream I saw three large rocks covered in green moss which had heavy water flowing past. The top of the rocks also had some nice sunlight hitting them, so I set my camera up this time using my 10 stop ND filter to take a long exposure of 30 seconds.

Sadly by the time I had finished at Janet's Foss it was nearly 1pm and I didn't want to rush the other locations I wanted to visit in Malham, so I decided to head back home, and re-visit later in the year.

Below is my vlog on my YouTube channel. Feel free to like, comment, share and subscribe for future videos.

 

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) dales foss janet's malham waterfall yorkshire http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/janets-foss Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:15:19 GMT
Seals at Donna Nook Nature Reserve 2017 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/seals-at-donna-nook-nature-reserve-2017 On Monday 6th November 2017 I decided to visit Donna Nook Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire as the weather was forecast to be sunny, dry and also to photograph and film the Seals and their Pups.

The plan was to arrive nice and early while the sun was still low in the sky, but I got delayed in setting off and I didn't arrive at the Nature Reserve until just before midday. For the first time in visiting the Nature Reserve, I decided to use the overflow car park which cost £2 per vehicle. The first reason for this was I knew that trying to find a space in the free car park at that time of day would have been like finding a £50 note on the floor...... no chance at all. The second reason  I decided to park in the overflow car park was I needed the toilet, and this car park had some toilets. Each year the farmer allows vehicles to use his field to park, and also have access to toilets for the small fee of £2 per vehicle. I am not sure if it is the farmer who pays for the toilets, or Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust who pays for the toilets to be placed on the farmers land, but this can not be cheap so £2 is good value for money.  The parking area was also nice and large too, unlike the free car park which was quite tight, with sometimes people parking anywhere and sometimes making it difficult for others to leave a parking spot. They also have a stall as you enter the car park with fresh fruit and vegetables that visitors can purchase.

From the car was a little walk to the start of the Nature Reserve and had a little climb up some uneven ground. This car park wouldn't be ideal for any disabled visitor in a wheelchair or who finds it hard to walk. Following the signs, I was soon on the main Nature Reserve path next to the fencing separating visitors from the Seals. 

For my visit today I decided to take my Canon 7D with my 100 - 400 mm telephoto lens, which I fitted to my tripod. I also took with me my Canon 5D M2 with my 28mm - 135mm lens for any wide shots as sometimes the Seals or the Pups can be just behind the fence. Armed with my gear I started to make my way to the southern end of the fence line. It wasn't long before I spotted a group of people watching two Seals and a Pup. Perfect for my first photo opportunity. The only issue I had was the sun. Because the sun was behind me, it was casting shadows of people watching so sometimes I had to wait for people to move so I could take a photo of the Seals without their shadows spoiling the images. 

I then spent some time walking up and down the fence line and then waiting and watching the Seals patiently. Even thou most of the Seals were laying down on their backs sleeping, every now and then they would wake up, look over towards the crowd of people and then go back to sleep. It was times like this when I had to be ready so when they suddenly moved or looked around at the crowd, I was ready to take their photo.

Donna Nook is well worth a visit every year between the end of October and end of December, if not to photograph these wonderful mammals then just to watch and observe them. If you would like to see more photos I took from my visit you can do so by clicking here.

Below is a video from my visit which is on my YouTube channel. Please feel free to visit my channel by clicking here, like, comment, share and subscribe if you like what you see.

More information about visiting the Seals at Donna Nook can be found at www.lincstrust.org.uk/donna-nook

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) donnanook lincolnshire pups sealpups seals http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/seals-at-donna-nook-nature-reserve-2017 Sat, 11 Nov 2017 01:34:12 GMT
Sledmere House Fireworks 28th October 2017 "Out of this World" http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/sledmere-house-fireworks-28th-october-2017-out-of-this-world On the evening of Saturday 28th October 2017 I went to Sledmere House to watch and photograph their annual firework display which is set to music. This year their event was called "Out of this World" 

The event was from 5.30pm until 9.30pm with the fireworks at 8.00pm. There was entertainment for the whole family before the fireworks with fairground rides, as well as food and drink stalls, as well as a huge bonfire. The fireworks were by a company called "The Fireworkers Ltd" and are based in Driffield. 

Tickets for the event were:

  • Adult: £9.50
  • Concession: £8.50
  • Child: £5.00
  • Family: £28.00

There was the option for advanced discounted tickets sales, but the deadline for those was 12 noon on the day. But I still ended up only paying £9.00 on the gate rather than £9.50. They also advise people to wear their wellies and I could see why when I arrived. The car park wasn't too bad when I arrived, but the walk from the ticket gate down to the field where the event was taking place was very thick mud. It was bad enough for people who were just walking, but there were parents with pushchairs and people being pushed in wheelchairs. It was a shame that the organisers couldn't have put some kind of flooring down over the worse affected areas to make it easier for everyone.

In typical style for me, I arrived really early before the fireworks, so I had over an hour to wait which gave me enough time to take some test shots. For this event, I was using my:

  • Canon 5D M2
  • 28mm-135mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 IS USM
  • Tripod
  • Cable Release
  • Focus set to infinity
  • Apertures from f/11 - f/22
  • Shutter speed from 1 seconds to 5 seconds

I was all ready for the fireworks to begin when a family stood in front of me. Not too bad to begin with I thought as not blocking Sledemere House which I had included in my composition. But then they decided to move closer to me as the fireworks began, so I had to move position and quickly find a composition that worked well and still included Sledemere House. 

Below are some images I took at this firework event.

With the fireworks over it was time to leave and that's when things started to become a little bit of a challenge. Even thou the event was still open, a lot of people including myself decided to make our way back to our cars. The muddy walkway back to the entrance was so busy and slow moving, people were getting stuck in what was now very thick mud. I had to go off the main walkway onto another part of the field as I could see myself getting pushed over as it was that busy.

Back in the car all nice and warm came the next challenge, which was getting out of the car park. Or I should say a field that was being used as a car park. This was very very busy with people queuing to leave. The way I ended up going was a nightmare for some cars, including one van which were stuck in the mud. At first, I thought I was blocked in as there was nowhere I could go due to people in front and to the side of me being stuck. Luckily one of the cars broke free and I  managed to drive at speed (to avoid getting stuck myself) past the others that were stuck and made my way to the exit, which was the same way I came in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) fireworks fireworks2017 outofthisworld sledemere sledmerehouse http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/sledmere-house-fireworks-28th-october-2017-out-of-this-world Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:36:00 GMT
Why I No Longer Use Clickasnap. http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/why-i-am-stop-uploading-to-clickasnap Back in May 2016, a new sharing website was introduced to the world wide web where photographers could share their photography and earn money from views. This site was called Clickasnap and advertises as the worlds largest pay per view sharing platform for photographers.

I knew when signing up to the website that I wasn't going to be making money very quickly and it wouldn't be a huge amount of money. The idea behind the website is that a photographer uploads a photo, which can be viewed by other Clickasnap members. They can also share a link back to their photo by using other social media like Facebook, Twitter and Google +.  By doing this for every view over 5 seconds will be classed as a paid view earning the photographer some money. This is where the magic for me disappears. Currently, the value for every paid view is $0.0014.  They do set out how this price is generated and it can go up or down, but I won't go into how that works in this blog. With this figure in mind, I need 4 paid views to earn $0.01 according to my upload page which outlines views, likes and number of paid views and amount earned. If you are a well-known photographer or a photographer who has 100's if not 1000's of followers you will be making money easily. But for us, small photographers, or photographers starting out it will just take forever to reach the payout marker. As you can see by the image below, you also need to raise $25 before you can claim your money. This is the same situation if you have upgraded to a pro account to use their marketplace to sell your images as prints or other gifts. It seems a lot of hard work and effort for very little in return.

$2.39 is the amount I have earned since I joined in May 2016 and following all the guides to help a photographer get more paid views. Personally, for me, this seems a lot of work each time you upload an image to get nothing in return. Sometimes I have uploaded images and I have had no views or likes. There have been many discussions on the forums on Clickasnap about the site and payment and I do understand that yes this may be the only website at the moment that you can earn money from, but it is also not as popular as other sharing websites. There is also the price of subscriptions to premium accounts. I did give this a try but felt I was wasting my £3 per month for what was being offered. I decided to downgrade my account back to the free account and continue to try and sale any of my images through my website, Facebook page and other means. Just to let you know what you get when you upgrade to any pro account, below is an image showing you.

Another thing I don't think that is very fair with Clickasnap is that you have to pay the top subscription so you can have faster browsing and high-quality previews. These two options should be included in the free account and I don't think it is fair that if using the free account or the lower pricing subscription accounts your image doesn't show as high quality. This could affect how long people would stay on your image as sometimes the quality of an upload is so poor and grainy you could mistake it for the photographers editing skills. Lately, I have also found that Clickasnap seems to crash a lot or is non-responsive. I can understand that sometimes the servers do get up to maximum capacity, or that due to updating the site there will be issues or new bugs, but it doesn't help when you want to edit your profile and can't.

Why am I not deleting my Clickasnap account? (See additional entry below)

I am not going to delete my Clickasnap account because I am going to use my profile of a means of advertising to my social media and website. Even thou I may not be getting many paid views, I still get people visiting my profile and who may then visit one of my social media links. 

16th July 2018

I have recently discovered that a couple of things have changed since I stopped using Clickasnap, so I have decided to give the site another go to see if using the site has changed since my last visit. These changes are:

  • Total amount needed to cash out has been reduced to $15
  • Amount per paid view is back to $0.0015

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) clickasnap http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/why-i-am-stop-uploading-to-clickasnap Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:32:09 GMT
Skelton Tower http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/skelton-tower On Thursday 5th October I decided to drive back up to the North York Moors to visit a location I have been wanting to visit and take photos off for a while. The location was Skelton Tower which was between the village of Levisham and Levisham railway station which is used by the NYMR.

Skelton Tower was built around 1830 by a former rector called Reverend Robert Skelton of Levisham. The two-storey tower was a shooting lodge, and all that now remains of the building is three walls and some steps inside.

I parked up just off the road that runs down to Levisham Station which used to be open land, but now most of the space has been blocked stopping vehicles from parking on the grass. Once parked up I had a little walk from where I was to the tower, but that soon passed. Along the way, I had plenty of wildlife watching me as I walked passed. 

This is a location that you can visit and take photos no matter what the season or weather. The only regret I had about visiting in October was that all the Heather and other shrubs were dying and there wasn't that lovely purple colour. But there was still a beautiful landscape surrounding me and plenty of photo opportunities.

My first photo of the tower was taken just before arriving and I decided to break the "rule of thirds" and place the tower more in the centre of the image. I used the grass pathway on the right as a leading line taking the viewers eye to the tower. The foreground interest was the dead brown heather which adds to the black and white image. I took two images, a colour version without any filters, and then a second image while using my 10 stop circular ND filter. This image was converted to black and white and created a very moody image capturing the movement from the clouds.

I made my way up to the tower with the plan of taking a photo at each corner of the tower as well as taking some more long exposure images. Unfortunately, I had some trouble with my cable release and the batteries decided to get very low, which resulted in me not being able to use the cable release. I did manage to take another long exposure as the overall exposure was less than 30 seconds so I was able to get away without using a release cable., I decided after that to concentrate on just taking images without my filter as it would be a shame to miss any photo opportunities.

As well as the views of the landscape overlooking the North York Moors, I had a good view of the track from the NYMR and enjoyed the view of the steam train as it made it's way from Goathland to Levisham Station which wasn't far away.

I had a look inside the tower before moving round to the other two corners and while I was inside the sun started to shine through the clouds and I had an idea for an image. I was going to use the stone window as a frame, framing the countryside outside and try and capture a sunburst from the sun as it shone through the clouds. It took a few attempts but I was happy with the image I managed to capture.

With the next image from outside the tower, I was having trouble with my exposure due the sun going behind some cloud that had formed shortly after a rain shower. I had to switch from AV mode to Manual mode as I had to alter the exposure due to the sky being completely washed out.

Rather than bracketing all my shots, I began by taking a shot at EV-1 but that was still blowing out the sky. I had to dial the camera down to EV-2 which captured the sky detail well, but the tower was a little bit dark. But I knew that once I was back home I would be able to bring out the detail of the tower by using photoshop.

My final image was round the other side of the tower and an image which turned out to be my favourite from this shoot. I had some nice foreground interest with some high grass, and the sun was shining on the tower given the whole image some lovely light. The sky was blue with two white clouds either side of the image framing the tower which was on the right side of the composition. This was another shot I had to be quick in taking as I didn't know who long the sun would be out between the cloud cover. I took a few shots and below is the better one.

This is a location I would like to re-visit during spring to capture some nice images when the heather is alive and also to see how the landscape has changed since my visit.

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) landscape landscape photography north york moors skelton tower skeltontower yorkshire http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/skelton-tower Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:02:46 GMT
Freedom Festival 2017 - Hull http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/freedom-festival-2017---hull During the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September 2017, Hull hosted it's annual Freedom Festival which this year celebrated it's 10th anniversary. Now if you have never heard of this festival and would like to know more about it, and what the festival means you can do so by visiting their about page by click here.

Not only was this years Freedom Festival it's 10th anniversary, it was taking place during the City of Culture. Two reasons for this to be the best festival. That is what I was hoping for along with other visitors who both them and I were sadly very disappointed in this years festival.

This year was more like a food and drink festival with the odd entertainment. No matter where you went there were plenty of food and drink stalls, some even taking up space where in previous years there had been entertainment. There was only one music stage this year which was tucked away at the bottom of Queens Street / Nelson Street. Other years there has been more than one stage for live music. A lot of the areas used in previous years had nothing going on, and it seemed the acts were far too spread around the city. The booklet had printing errors so saying some acts were a ticket only event when they weren't. It seemed the imagination and creativeness had left the organisers.

On Friday night I went to watch a performance called Les Girafes by Compagnie Off. It was a tale about a circus director who dreams about his giraffes jumping through circles of fire as his wife looks on and sings. The whole act then starts to parade through the city stopping and various locations to continue performing. Sadly the weather wasn't on our side during the night and it kept raining on and off, but it didn't stop people from enjoying the show. It also got very busy so I didn't see the whole show and said goodbye to it as it made it's way down Whitefrigate towards Trinity Square.

Saturday's weather was completely different and the day started very sunny and warm. Perfect conditions for the festival. I decided to split my day up and visit in the morning then go back in the early evening rather than walk about town all day. I started in Queens Gardens but ended up making my way to the Marina area.

The first act I saw was called The Voyage of La Sibylle by Copperdollar. A very entertaining street theatre performance where both characters are out of the 1930's and surviving in the 21st century. Betty is the character who has the job of looking after her mistress, who is just a head in a bird cage without a body. They travel the streets as Betty looks for members of the audience to help look for things to cancel the curse and help La Sibylle get her body back. 

My next location was Princes Dock Street, where La Dinamo were due to start at 2pm. This was an amazing music act who not only performed in fix locations, but also performed while riding on bikes. They started their performance at the lower end of Princes Dock Street, where they started to attract a huge crowd. They then took the music on the road and made their way down Princes Dock Street, where the crowd followed. Even thou I was enjoying this group and their music, I knew for a fact it would be so busy and manic I wouldn't be able to enjoy the rest. I was very pleased that I got there before they started so I could witness and watch half of their performance.

This was where the lack of event staff became an issue. Because the band were playing in the middle of Prince Dock Street, the crowd was huge and although people were enjoying watching them perform, people who just wanted to get passed found it very difficult as there was no space kept clear for us all. You ended up having people trying to walk in both directions, and I could see that tempers were on the rise. When I finally got through to the other side, I noticed there wasn't any event staff at all. I was very surprised that no one had been crushed or needed medical assistance.

So after seeing a couple of acts I returned home for a break, download what photos I had taken and recharge my batteries ready for my return. I returned back to the festival at 6pm to have another look around and also catch a couple more acts.

 

The next act I enjoyed was another street theatre performance from a company called Swank Theatre. They performed a piece called Jolly Holiday. The Jolly family, consisting of Big Mam, Wee Dad, Dolly, Willy and Nana Noreen, are on their summer holiday taking in the sites of the City of Hull. This was a great piece of street theatre and puppetry which was very popular with the crowds.

The next act on my list to see that night was another street theatre performance called Granthology. DJ Red and The Nanamuffins walk the street with they musical writing bureau showing the youngsters of today what moves they have and getting down to all kind of music. This was another walk about piece which also attracted a huge crowd when it eventually stopped on the corner on Humber Street and Queen Street. I found myself somehow being pushed to the side, so like others I had to take to standing on some benches so I could watch. Sadly this can be the trouble with acts during the festival if they perform on the move, or not performing on a stage. You have to been in the right place at the right time.

The last act I saw on the Saturday was a very cleaver act called Saurus: Giant Beasts from Prehistoric Times. This involved three men on stilts, who were then fitted inside to the rest of their costume and once stood up and walking about, became the giant prehistoric dinosaurs. Walking around the crowds in search of food, lowering their heads and scaring the crowds. This act came with a great theatrical look and also included a deafening roar.

Sunday morning I started in Queens Gardens and waited for the first showing of a show called Epico the Dragon. This was a brilliant and clever piece of theatre and very entertaining to watch. The main character was called Sir Aurelious Jones, who along with his maid were on a quest with the help of a child from the audience to locate and tame Epico the Dragon. Epico knows of Aurelious and seeks revenge for the way Sir Aurelious Jones has treated him in the past. It is up to the child volunteer to help Sir Aurelious Jones apologise so Epico will forgive him. 

Luckily the next act I wanted to see was also in Queens Gardens in the other corner and was called Equilibrius by The Bullzini Family. This act was a magical world of the circus high wire walking. Performing many stunts as they balanced on the rope from dancing, sitting on a chair to their finale of riding a bike from one side to the other.

Princes Dock street was my next location as I wanted to see more of Swank Theatre - Jolly Holiday as I didn't see the whole performance the evening before. After this act it was time for something to eat, and a break so I made my way back home to download my photos and video footage ready for the evening.

Sadly they wasn't really anything going on that I found interesting in the evening. Some of the stall and food markets had already packed away. I stayed for about an hour before deciding to call it a night and head back home.

I am very pleased I managed to get some good photos this year, as it can be very difficult sometimes trying to take photos especially when you have busy crowds of people. To view all the photos from this years Freedom Festival that I took please click here.

Below is a vlog from the Freedom Festival that I filmed and is online on my You Tube channel. Click here to visit my channel and feel free to like, share and subscribe.

 

 

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) eastyorkshire freedomfest freedomfesthull freedomfestival freedomfestivalhull hull yorkshire http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/freedom-festival-2017---hull Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:15:51 GMT
Sandtoft Gathering 2017 at Sandtoft Trolley Bus Museum http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/sandtoft-gathering-2017-at-sandtoft-trolley-bus-museum On Sunday 30th July 2017 I took my first visit to Sandtoft Trolley Bus Museum in Sandtoft, Lincolnshire. The reason I visited the museum on this particular date was because they were holding their annual event called "Sandtoft Gathering". This event was advertised as their biggest event of the year, with over 100 vehicles ranging from cars, buses from private collectors , bicycles and off course their very own collection of trolley buses. The day ran from 10am to 6pm with free parking just outside the museum grounds.

The price for the museum was as follows:

  • Adult £10
  • Senior £8.50
  • Concession £6.50
  • Under 5's Free
  • Family Ticket £29.50

As well as the gathering there was the normal exhibits to be seen which included:

  • Selection of trolleybuses in operation to ride on
  • In-house 5-rated cafe serving made-to-order meals, delicious home-made cakes and hot and cold drinks
  • Vintage motorbus guided tour of surrounding local area (the Isle of Axholme) **
  • “The Trolleybus During the First Wold War” exhibition 
  • Trolleybus displays
  • 1950s/ 60s shop window displays
  • The period Sunbeam cycle shop exhibition
  • 1950s Prefab “home” display
  • Audio-visual presentations in the “Regal” lecture theatre
  • Children's full-sized trolleybus "Have a Go at Driving” simulator (located in the café)
  • Guided tours of vehicles in the main depot building
  • Souvenir shop
  • Gardens & nature trail

Even thou I arrived early it was still busy with a long queue to pay, but once in you were free to roam. The museum is not very big so space was being well used. You had the main garage which was home to the stalls with unused trolley buses at the back. It was a shame that you couldn't really see the unused trolley buses as they were tightly packed next to each other, and some were behind the stalls.

Outside next to the garage sheds you had the 1950's Prefab home display. I didn't manage to take any photos inside this exhibit as it was so tiny, and it seemed everyone wanted to have a look at the same time. Across from the garage you had the 1950's/1960's shop window display, Cafe, and next to that the Regal Theatre with bus stops. 

Trolley bus outside The Regal Theatre.

Behind those was a small open grass area which was home for the classic and vintage cars which were taking part in the display. You also had a traction engine, vintage lorry with a large fair organ. Just in front of this was the space where the live entertainment would be entertaining the crowd.

Jaguar Cars on display.

On the other side of this little grass area was the display of cycles and all this was surrounded by a road in which the trolley buses gave visitors a ride around the grounds.

Trolley bus giving customers a ride.

The other main area within the grounds was a field back near the entrance which was playing home to the collection of private buses and a few more classic cars that had arrived in the morning. This field also lead onto another little area which was home to some more trolley buses. These were easier to have a look at than the ones in the garage as they were more spread out and was easier to walk around them.

Collection of privately owned buses.

More trolley buses.

Overall I spent a few hours at this museum and I must admit it was a little over priced for what was on offer, but the volunteers have kept some trolley buses it good clean working order. Also the museum only makes it's money from these special types of events so the money is going on restoring these trolley buses and keeping them running for the public to come along and ride aboard them.

There was also a few other trolley buses there at the museum which was unusual to see. One was a American trolley bus, and the other was a German trolley bus. 

American trolley bus.

German trolley bus.

It was a shame to see this German trolley bus in this state especially as I saw a video on You Tube from 1988 and this was seen in the video and looked in very good condition. But it made for a good dramatic photo for me.

 If you would like to know more about this museum and see when their next open event day is, you can do so by visiting their website www.sandtoft.org.uk

Below is a video from my day at the museum. Please feel free to like, share and subscribe to my You Tube channel. You can visit my channel by clicking here.

 

 

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(Martin Fuge Photography) sandtoft sandtoftgathering sandtoftgathering2017 sandtofttrolleybusmuseum http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/sandtoft-gathering-2017-at-sandtoft-trolley-bus-museum Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:25:14 GMT
Rescue Day 2017 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/rescue-day-2017 The 8th July 2017 saw the return of Rescue Day, which was held at 7 The Lakes Country Park, Crowle in Lincolnshire. Sadly it was cancelled last year due to heavy rain during the week leading up to the event, thus making the ground unsuitable. But this year was perfect weather and the event was back.

Rescue Day is a great family event not only with lots to see and do, but also helps raise money for many charities involving the emergency services. It is a chance for members of the public to get up close to equipment, uniforms, vehicles and also speak to the staff and ask any questions they like.

Tickets were £10 per adult and £5 per child and under 5's FREE.

The day also helps raise awareness of the dangers that life can bring from house fires through to boats sinking at sea.

The gates were open from 9am, and we could have a look around but the event wasn't officially opened till 10am. Once the event was open the demonstrations were able to commence.

The site was made up of 7 main staging areas. North arena 1 & 2, south arena 1, 2 & 3, east arena and the lake it'self which was know as water on the guide.

During the day we would have demonstrations covering the following:

  • Bus vs House
  • Rope Rescue
  • Police Pursuit
  • Children Inflatable Safety
  • Horse Box Rescue
  • CPAD Demo
  • Flood Rescue
  • Plane Crash
  • Boat Fire
  • Whale Rescue
  • Rail Incident
  • RTC - Dual Nationality
  • Red Devils Display
  • Flypast BBMF Spitfire
  • House Fire
  • RTC Motorway Safety
  • Capsized Boat

Luckily some of the demonstrations were repeated, but there were some where they were only being done once. Those were the main demonstrations I aimed to watch as I knew I could watch the others when repeated. The rest of the event ground was made up of stalls, stands from emergency services showing you equipment they use and much more.

The theme for the rail incident this year was a HGV and trailer being struck by the train at the level crossing as seen in the photo below.

There were four main demonstrations I watched during the day. The first one was the police pursuit that started at 10.45am which involved the North Yorkshire Policing Unit as seen on TV. There demonstration involved a mock up ATM raid and demonstrated the procedures they use when attempting to stop the suspect vehicle, what happens when it fails to stop, and then finally blocking the vehicle and then arresting one of the suspects while the other suspect who was armed with a sledge hammer was tasered.

Below is a photo of one of the many police vehicles they use in police pursuits on a daily basis.

After this demonstration had ended, I waited in the same spot as at 11.30am I wanted to watch the plane crash demonstration. It involved the use of a small plane and the fuselage of another plane. The scenario was that the little plane had landed and was unable to stop and crashed into the other plane which was waiting to take off. Altogether 5 emergency service agents were used in this demonstration including :

  • Humberside Fire and Rescue
  • East Midlands Ambulance
  • EMAS HART (East Midlands Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team)
  • St Johns
  • Airport Fire Service (which were using a fire appliance that cost $1,000,000)

Things didn't go too well for Humberside Fire and Rescue as at the end of the demonstration their fire engine got stuck on some soft ground on the arena. Luckily for them Gallows Recovery were near by so they called on them to help pull the fire engine free and the crowd was able to watch a real recovery.

There was a gap between the next demonstration I wanted to see so I made my way to the helicopter landing pad as the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance had landed before the plane crash demonstration started. This area was very busy, and the helicopter was popular as people were queuing either side to have their photo taken sitting inside.

The day was getting hotter and it was time for some refreshments so headed to the bar. After a relaxing rest it was close to 1pm so I positioned myself near the main lake in wait for the Red Devils Parachute Display team to arrive. 

Straight after the Red Devils I didn't have to go very far for the next demonstration, as the south arena 2 was next to the water. This event was the house fire and went through the process of a passer by ringing 999 reporting the fire, the fire brigade arriving on scene to then suiting up to enter the building to tackle the fire and rescue anyone trapped. The ambulance service were also deployed in this event as there were a few casualties within the building who where being brought out by the fire crew for the ambulance service to take over. 

With this demonstration over it was another lap of the grounds taking in the atmosphere and making sure I hadn't missed anything out. The day had gone quick and it was close to 4pm and I decided to leave after spending over 6 hours walking around and watching demonstrations. Overall it was a very good day, good atmosphere and excellent weather.

Scene for the horse box rescue.

The crowd enjoying the RTC demonstration.

I would to thank all the emergency services who attended along with all the people behind the scenes who made this day possible.

Below is a video I filmed on the day which is also on my You Tube channel. Please feel free to visit and subscribe by clicking here.

 

 

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Little Weighton Steam and Vintage Rally 2017 http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/little-weighton-steam-and-vintage-rally-2017 On the 24th and 25th June 2017, Cowlam Farm in Little Weighton, East Yorkshire held it's annual Steam and Vintage Rally weekend. This was an event I never knew about, and only found out when I was searching the internet to see if there were any events happening over the weekend.

The event was advertised as having steam tractors large and small, vintage cars, commercial vehicles, organs, stalls and refreshments, and they didn't disappoint.

The location was easy to get too and was well sign posted which sometimes often doesn't happen with events, and there was plenty of space for parking. The price was reasonable too. £4 per adult and 50p per child. 

As soon as you walk in you were greeted with the smell of smoke from the large steam tractor engines that were on display. All of these machines were well looked after, and you can tell that the owners and their families enjoyed maintaining these machines.

Steam Tractor EngineSteam Tractor EngineSteam tractor engine at Little Weighton Steam and Vintage Rally 2017 at Cowlam Farm.

To the left you had the refreshment room, and a barn with the car boot sale. There was also another barn just past this area which held a model boat exhibition which also had some sand outside for children to play in.

As you walked past these barns you entered a field which contained the commercial vehicles, tractors and had another smaller field which had some military vehicles. I did have a feeling that maybe not all the vehicles had arrived as there seemed to be a large space in the middle of the field as if that is where some more exhibits should have been. Around the field you had some smaller craft stalls. There was a nice collection of commercial vehicles on display in very good condition. We had vehicles from R.Towse, R Cripps & Co Ltd , B.K Chatburn and Reader Brothers Ltd. 

The middle field contained a selection of stalls, arts and crafts, entertainment for the children, miniature steam power engines used to pump water while others were showing you the workings of the engine. This field also held the cars from EYTCC who were attending the event, a large organ on a trailer and a display of wood cutting featuring a very simple yet effect design.

As you walked into the far field, this was where the miniature steam tractor engines were kept along with their owners who were also camping on the site. Visitors had the opportunity to get up close to these engines, speak to the owners or just watch as the owners got their engines prepared to drive around the site.

Sadly there were a few things I missed as I was unaware that they were taking place as I couldn't find the information boards, but later found out that I walked past the boards which were near the main barn. My own fault.

Overall this was a nice little event for the price. Nice location, well spread out with something for everyone. Sometimes I can visit a event and find either there is not much on display or you pay over the odds for nothing. The organiser of this event can be proud.

Below is a vlog from my visit to this event which you can also watch on my You Tube channel. If you have not visited my You Tube channel please click here and also please subscribe to my channel so you can be notified on all my future uploads.

 

 

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Bluebell Railway http://www.martinfugephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/bluebell-railway On Saturday 13th May in the afternoon I visited Horsted Keynes station along the Bluebell Railway, as they were having a Branch Line weekend. The weather was good, dry and hot with some nice blue skies with the occasional cloud cover. I didn't really know what to expect from this afternoon, especially as it was just a quick visit to the station.

Because I wasn't travelling on a train I had to pay for station entry which was £3 per adult. This gave me access to all platforms and the pinic area which overlooked the railway line.

During the afternoon visitors had the chance to have a ride on a brake van pulled by a locomotive. Today's locomotive was Loco 323 P Class "Bluebell"

Originally I planned to visit over this weekend as they normally held their "Southern at War" weekend event, but found out before visiting that this "Branch Line" event was being held instead. Never having been to one of these events before I decided to visit and see what was happening. If I am honest I don't think this could be an event I could spend all day at, which is why I only spent just over an hour and a half at the station.  I still enjoyed my afternoon at Horsted Keynes and I did manage to take a few photos and record some video footage.

If you have never been to the Bluebell Railway or would like to found out what events they have in 2017, you can do so by visiting their website :

www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Below is my video from the afternoon. Feel free to visit my You Tube Channel, like, comment and subscribe.

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