Monday, May 24, 2010

Notte Gozitana 2010 - Some Photos

The top section of Triq il-Karmnu where Dar Ghax-Xemx is situated is the prettiest section of the old streets of Victoria


Anthony and Antonia Grima pose during the exhibition of Anthony's skillful stone work during the Notte Gozitana

Just a few of the stonework exhibits by Anthony Grima


The Gruppo Sbandieratori e Musici ‘Maestri’ from Sicily







Thursday, May 20, 2010

At Last! My First Sequence Shot in One Frame!!

Godfrey last January at 'Torri'



At last at last at last! I have been trying to find a simple way to form sequence shots into one frame. I have asked around, spoken to loads of people (most of whom had no idea) and it always ended up with using Photoshop which I don't have and also sounds very complicated. After finally giving myself a deadline that I have to get the better of this I did more and more browsing and came across a video demo how to do it by just using a simple Paint ship programme. Why can't more people be so simple?? This guy did a really good job of explaining the whole procedure........for me to understand it then it really must be simple. There was still quite alot of swearing, huffing and puffing etc etc until I actually mastered it but that was mainly down to not having the right pictures for a sequence. So I have also learned something else about my approach to how to take my sequence shots when shooting. The video demo is Pinkbike and I downloaded Paint.net cos my paint programme was not sufficient enough.

After searching thru my photo library I came up with a sequence of pics I thought would work cos the kiter moved to a different position in each frame and it DID work and the result is above! The main problem I had was that from where I was shooting there was not a sufficient amount of distance between each move to fit the new figure in and as backgrounds etc have to be matched it did not work out. I also tried a wave riding sequence but that proved to be even more difficult since the breaking wave in each frame was obviously different to the previous frame.

Hopefully I will now improve on it and learn some tricks on touching up the pic once it is ready etc.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

video

Flew the kite today at 'Torri' - it's been over a week since I last flew a kite so happy to still feel comfortable with it. Only thing is 'Torri' is not exactly the best place to learn how to kite. Hopefully next time will try to get up on the board.

John had a short kitesurf after, wind was very light but still got some good pics like the ones above.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pics from the Weekend

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE PICS I TOOK THIS WEEKEND.









Windsurfing Ghallis


GHALLIS PLAYGROUND!


Dana Marlin back loop







Chris Spiteri










Bernard had an argument with a wave and learned the wave always wins!













Austin Zammit
















John Cachia






Friday, May 14, 2010

Lejliet Lapsi/Notte Gozitana 2010




This weekend is the annual event of the Notte Gozitana or Lejliet Lapsi as it is also known.
Click on this link for a full programme of events. This event really brings out all the local history, folklore and culture Gozo has to offer and is interesting for both locals and tourists alike. Saturday evening the little alleys of Victoria are brought to life with various small events going on within the candle lit alleys. Such a pretty sight!
There will be special ferry schedules with transport linking the harbour to Victoria and special rates.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Seawolf takes Victory at Alboran Regatta


'Seawolf' of Atlantic Charters in Gibraltar wins the Alboran Regatta

Last weekend saw the 33rd Mar da Alboran Regatta where we were all delighted to finish in first place and overall regatta winners. The main race to Alboran Isle was eventually abandoned due to lack of wind, Seawolf and her crew persevered throughout the night until 730 am, being the last boat still on the water, before reluctantly retiring, faced with an impossible course completion given the time limit set.

Saturday morning brought different conditions, 20 to 25 knots of wind from the West meant for a busy day beating from Motril to Club El Candado Malaga. With numerous head sail changes and tactical inshore verses offshore battles we were the eventual winners of our group by 25 minutes, in second place "Bongani" the other Pronavia 38, sailed in skippered by Sean Furney and owned by Tom Frame from Charter Haus UK. This was Bongani's first race in the Mediterranean, picking up the trophy for second place was a great achievement, we look forwards to racing against them again.

The above boats from Charter Haus and Atlantic Charters will be competing in the 2010 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Click on their links above if you interested in racing with them on this classic race competing against the world's best!

Started My Kiting Lessons

Well I have started my kiting lessons and it's going well. Getting very confident with the training kite and hopefully today (if there is enough wind) or tomorrow will start flying the kite proper.
Really enjoying it - it's a challenge and I think I am on the winning end of it.


Monday, May 03, 2010

Fanatic Skate 99 and Tushingham 6m

Had a quick unexpected sail today using big stuff - the Fanatic Skate 99L and Tushingham 6m. Using big gear always feels a bit awkward and bulky at first until I get used to the equipment again. It was nice to get out on the water cos haven't been out for a couple of weeks now.
Tomorrow is looking promising with a force 6 south easterly and may be Wednesday will be sailable too.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Maltese Falcon Leaves Malta

Pic nicked from a friends facebook page!







After a winter in Malta, Maltese Falcon left the Grand Harbour for the start of a new season. Always an impressive sight.

Which School Bus Would You Rather Be On?

A school bus in Japan?



A school bus in India?








I received this email depicting the luxury and ultra progressive outlook on the Japanese regarding school transport - pic 1 above. Underneath was a comparison to the very primitive mode of school transport for kids in India - pic 2.

I take these emails with a pinch of salt cos they tend to be doctored so much to suit whatever anybody wants to pass around the emailing world. That's besides the point though.........what I am looking at is which mode of transport would YOU prefer?

Personally I would opt for the India school bus. My reasons:

a. A much more exciting ride for a young kids who, generally, only look at the fun side of such a situation.

b. A kid who has to travel to school like that each day is bound to appreciate the smaller things in life (can you imagine the 21st century sci-fi kid who has it all appreciating anything less?)

c. The creative imagination, in my humble opinion, gets much more inspiration from a noisy, cramped, bumpy ride to school than a smooth trip in a luxurious airconditioned coach staring at a computer screen which you will be staring at for the entire day until the time you crawl into bed that evening. (Phew that's a long sentence). There surely cannot be anything to stimulate our 'little grey cells' (in the words of our dear Hercule Poirot) in the cold comunication with our computer screens and constant tapping of our nimble fingers on a keyboard!

The above are my thoughts alone. I have been influenced by nobody to write this blog today...................................................and having said all that - what did actually make me write all the above? Well, 21st century technology ofcourse!

I'm rambling now........................................










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