I spent last Wednesday at the Olympic Park in London. I was filming as part of the celebrations for “London 2012: One Year to Go”, mainly inside the brand new and hugely impressive aquatics centre. I’ve never seen so many media crews in one building. Literally hundreds of cameras swarmed around the pool and diving area.
Last summer, in a move akin to buying a Bugatti Veyron as your first car, I’d taken up mountain biking in Whistler, Canada. My bikey friends in the UK had been quite jealous, understandably, as Whistler is the mecca for the sport. I’d enjoyed it so much that, when I returned to the UK in January, I decided to get a bike and continue riding.
mountain bikers and walkers share the trails. This is understandable, as it can be quite unnerving to have a group of bikes pass you at high speed as you struggle up a walking trail.
Here at Wimbledon there are plenty of celebs kicking around, especially in the broadcast areas. I’ve decided to try and take pics of as many as possible whilst I’m running around like a madman filming the actual sport. Here goes…
It’s the 2nd week of Wimbledon and as luck would have it I’ve landed a job working as a cameraman and editor for these few days. Having never been to SW19 before I was amazed at the sheer size of the site, the condition of the courts and public areas, and the level of media interest in the tournament. The courts are amazing, from the giant roof of centre court to the delightful intimate amphitheatre of court 2 it is the most complete tennis venue. The grass is absolutely pristine, and the site on the whole is first rate.
After spending a few days on the downhill trails at Whistler in Canada last year I’d built a bit of an appetite for mountain biking. So, I thought I’d get myself a bike when i came back to the UK and attempt to join in with a few mates who go regularly in the UK and to the Alps.
Last Thursday I was given the task of rigging a Norton Cafe Racer SP (Panther) signature model superbike to capture a lap of the newly remodelled Donington Park circuit in Derbyshire. Armed with my GOPRO HD Hero, and a V.I.O PoV camera I’d borrowed from the BBC, I headed down to the Norton factory at the Donington circuit to set up.
It’s been a busy few weeks. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to…
We’ve started our December Canadian snow adventure. We bought the snow chains for the rental car and the first stop was Big White. It took about 6 hours to get up here from Vancouver and we got a taste of things to come when we drove through the thickest fog I’ve ever seen in my life just outside Kelowna. You could see about 10 metres in front of the car for around 20km down a massive hill on Highway 97. Thankfully we dropped out of the bottom of it without running into the back of all the trucks travelling at 30km/h.