Thursday, 28 June 2012

RAF Bomber Command Memorial

Joe Williams, CEO of Bomber Command Tribute Beachy Head Committee 

During the course of World War 2 over 50,000 air crew of RAF Bomber Command gave their lives in the fight against Nazi Germany. Until now they have been the forgotten heroes of the war, now they will be remembered with two new memorials; one to be unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in Green Park, London today 28th June 2012 and another on the Sussex coast at Beachy Head on Sunday 8th July. Beachy Head was chosen as for many it was the last British land they would ever see.

One veteran of RAF Bomber Command, Joe Williams has made it his mission to create a memorial/tribute to those that lost their lives and have it erected within the South Downs National Park, on the route of the South Downs Way, at Beachy Head in view of the famous lighthouse and close the Beachy Head visitor centre.

You can read more of Joe's story on the Bomber Command Tribute website.

On 26th June 2012 the grey granite Memorial/Tribute was airlifted by an RAF Chinook from RAF Odiham in Hampshire and installed ready to be dedicated on Sunday 8th July 2012.

Chinook HC3

Part of the Memorial/Tribute is carefully flown in by the Chinook HC3

The Chinook also delivered a mobile crane for assembling the Memorial/Tribute

A stunning location!

And don't forget to visit the Memorial/Tribute if you can. It's easily accessible from the Peace Path which forms part of the South Downs Way at Beachy Head, close to the visitor centre and pub. The views are stunning; on a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Wight.

Beach Head Light House, just one of the stunning views
from the Bomber Command Memorial/Tribute

Watch this blog for information about the creation of the image of Joe Williams - all is not as it seems;-)


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Fotothon 2012 Brighton - Chimping Competition

A feature of Fotothon and our London Photo Walk is the Chimping Competition. This year the UK distributor for Hoodman products has donated a Hoodman Hoodloupe 3 valued at £76.00 - this is the ideal accessory for viewing your LCD in bright ambient light conditions!

You can read my review of the Hoodman Hoodloupe 3 here - to my mind a worthwhile investment for anyone with a DSLR camera who wants to perform critical checks of their images, inside or out.

For those of you not familiar with Chimping, let me explain; a chimping competition is simple - you select what you consider to be your best image from the day and display it on your camera display screen, the organisers will then choose what they consider to be the best image - do remember that the the judges decision is final and may be swayed by bribes yet to be decided;-)

Do remember that the Chimping competition is an opportunity use some of the picture styles built into your camera. If you remember to set your camera to record both RAW & jpeg you'll still be able to use the RAW file to create further images after the competition. And one last rule for the chimping competition. You may not submit the image shown for the "official" best of walk photo competition.

I will also point out that what looks good on you camera LCD screen may not be sharp or usable later on, so please magnify and check your image before presenting it. Also, think about what looks good on your small 3 inch or screen; does it have impact, is it compelling, will it grab the organisers attention? Think about multiple images of each frame when you shoot - portrait, landscape, wide, close-up, position in frame, framing and other compositional devices all help.

And don't forget, you can book your place now by visiting or

See you on the 7th July!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Fotothon 2012

Overall Winner 2011 - Heather Buckley

Fotothon 2012 is still with us despite many personal challenges presented in the last year. I've spent the last week in hospital undergoing tests, Chris is recovering from a hip replacement and Ben is deep into designing books for the 2012 Christmas season!

We are finalising deals with new supporters and are pleased to confirm that SmugMug are a major supporter providing website hosting and upload facility in conjunction with Fastline Media, a fine SmugMug customisation business.

The clue challenges this year are . . . well that would be telling, but that's part of the fun, expect the unexpected. It's a great way to challenge preconceptions, get you thinking outside of the box and create something totally different.

Don't worry if you haven't got fancy kit a couple of the 2011 winners used simple digital point-and-shoot compacts.

Come and join us on Saturday 7th July 2012 for the Brighton photography challenge of the year! Entry is only £10.00 for advance booking or £20.00 if you pay on the day. Children under 16 go free if accompanied by a paying adult.

You can see images from the 2011 competition at there are many valuable prizes to be won.

Keep an eye on these media channels for more information:

Fotothon official website sponsored by SmugMug

Ian's Blog

Fotothon on Facebook

Ian's Twitter Feed

Come on, go for it. Fotothon is great way to explore the wonderful city by the sea that is Brighton & Hove!

AND for all you water sport fans on 7 & 8 July there will be the Paddle Europe's biggest FREE beach and waterspouts festival giving all manner of photo-opportunities.

See you on the 7th July!