ROSEMARY WATTS: Blog en-us (C) ROSEMARY WATTS 2024 [email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:18:00 GMT Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:18:00 GMT ROSEMARY WATTS: Blog 120 80 Graveldonia Promo Shoot Shot in September, the day before the Caledonia Etape race. The event is yes to be launched but here's a sneak at some of the pics! Thank you to the riders for a mega day! ⛰🚲❤️

























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:17:41 GMT
Spartan World Championships - Abu Dhabi






















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Mon, 20 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Adventure Rhian Swim, Gym & Bike shoots, ready for an adventure planned in 2022!















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 03 Oct 2021 15:51:18 GMT
Etape Caledonia ⛰❤️ Cycling and mountains, two of my favourite things! Etape Caledonia is a stunning 85 or 40 mile bike course around the Caledonia National Park, we had the full Scottish experience in terms of weather plus minimal transport which made it a challenge to get around the course but, we made the best of it! Looking forward to next years event already.

















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 29 Sep 2021 23:45:00 GMT
Blenheim Palace Triathlon ‍♂️ ‍♂️‍♂️❤️ All in all, a pretty mega event! So much so, I'm signed up for 2022 :D




















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 19 Sep 2021 23:30:00 GMT
Run Wild - Katie Manktelow Katie Manktelow, Bristol based artist, illustrator and surface pattern designer. Images of her Run Wild collection ❤️ check out her work! -

















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 22 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT
Spartan Stadion - Twickenham Some of my favourites from last weekend, the first Spartan Stadion event in the UK!

Shot for Epic Action Imagery

[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) ocr spartan spartanrace spartanstadion Stadion twickenham Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:23:21 GMT
Sweden - Part 2 Spartan Race Ultra World Championships - Åre, Sweden

🥶 Shot while on duty for Epic Action Imagery 📷


[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:55:05 GMT
Sweden - Part 1 Olso, Norway - Mörkret, Sweden / Fulufjället National Park





[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:48:03 GMT
Beautiful Blues The Colourist Issue 3 Sneak peek of Issue 3! This is making me want to paint my whole house blue 💙

Copies available here!









[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Annie Sloan AnnieSloan chalkpaint The Colourist thecolourist thecolouristmag Sun, 29 Sep 2019 16:06:58 GMT
2019 Tough Mudders! My favourites from the Tough Mudder promo pictures from this summer, shot for Epic Action Imagery!











[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) epic epicactionimagery mud ocr toughmudder Sun, 01 Sep 2019 14:30:26 GMT
Etape Caledonia This time last week I was zipping about the Scottish highlands on the back of a motorbike! 

Etape Caledonia shot for Epic Action Imagery








[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 26 May 2019 15:10:13 GMT
Thank you! A non-work related post for you!

A little over a year after running the London Marathon for The Desk and Chair Foundation i received the loveliest news - the money raised has gone towards some solar lights for a village in Tanzania! So, a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me! The London Marathon had always been on my bucket list and what better way to do it than raise some money for a well deserved charity at the same time!

Training was tough, race day was HOT and I was very nervous, but i made it! 5h 21m 16s, was a bit slower than i was hoping for but the heat made for a tough run.

The money has been put towards a second phase of solar lighting, benefitting around 30 families. They will save money on torch batteries and kerosene and no longer have to breathe in the fumes from burning it. Children will be able to study more efficiently and make the most of their education. 

So, thank you for the sponsorship, safe to say it has been incredibly spent well!








[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:38:01 GMT
Spartan Race - Iceland! Just a few snaps from last weeks trip to Iceland with Epic Action Imagery for the Spartan Race World Championship finals!





























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 19 Dec 2018 22:14:04 GMT
The Colourist - Issue 1  

Finally getting round to sharing some sneak peeks of Issue 1 of The Colourist by Annie Sloan!  

Working with a great team and I'm super proud to be the picture editor! We're already starting work on the next one, so many ideas and colourful images to look at, Issue two is going to be beautiful!


P.S. If you want a copy, you can buy one here!


[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) annie art chalk colourist interiors paint sloan the Fri, 26 Oct 2018 16:39:45 GMT
Le Mans 2018

[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin lemans racing Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:36:06 GMT
The Festival Thursday & Friday at Cheltenham





















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:47:47 GMT
Countryfile Very happy to share these at last, some snippets of my work from Countryfile magazine! 













[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 04 Feb 2018 14:56:15 GMT
Autumn in the Alps  











[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:20:29 GMT
Rhian & Tom #TheZees2Be  

Two beautiful people practising their smiles for the big day!

Some of my favourites from Rhian & Toms engagement shoot.








[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:26:17 GMT
skiing! Fun in the snow!














[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sun, 09 Apr 2017 14:20:19 GMT
SNOW! What a difference a few days makes, first snowfall of the season followed by some beautiful blue sky days!




















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:31:37 GMT
NEW WORK - History Revealed Magazine














[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:56:32 GMT
Canada 2016 A handful of photos from my recent trip to Canada, some shot on a Canon G9X, some on my trusty iPhone 5!




Every holiday starts with an aeroplane window pic right?





Mount Currie







Emerald Lake







Lake Louise





Moraine Lake


Athabasca Glacier


Maligne Canyon


Parker Ridge




Weather Station on Sulpher Mountain, Banff




Big Cedars Walk, Meares Island



Long Beach, Tofino









Vancouver Island - Vancouver Ferry




My home form home for a few nights, Samesun Hostel, Granville Street



Vancouver from Jericho Beach




and ends with the same!

[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Sat, 15 Oct 2016 18:33:12 GMT
Summertime Butterflies Not my usual subject matter but, having been doing some editing for the Nature Picture Library yesterday I felt like sitting in the garden with my camera for an hour or so. The wild birds were too quick for me so I paid attention to some butterflies hiding among the long grass.










[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:34:41 GMT
1, 2, 3 BUNGEE! One of the more interesting newspaper jobs I had this weekend just gone! Bungee jumpers at Cheltenham Racecourse raising money for LINC.










[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:01:43 GMT
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016  

Some of my favourite pics from a very busy 4 days of the Cheltenham Festival!







































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:24:02 GMT
2015 in pictures  

I've met some incredible people and been to some fantastic events in the last year, heres a few pictures from my favourite shoots of 2015.


Snow on the gallops at Jackdaws Castle.




HRH Princess Anne officially opening Tewkesbury Community Hospital.



Doble and Bignall the most delicious bean to bar chocolate made right here in Gloucestershire.



Lewis Moody visiting the Turnball and Asser factory in Gloucester.  




Coneygree ridden by Nico de Boinville, winner of the 2015 Gold Cup at Cheltenham.





Remote camera shot from the Hunter Chase evening at Cheltenham Races with the new grandstand in the background.



Woolsack racing up Gumstool Hill, Tetbury on Bank Holiday Monday.



Fire service cutting the roof off a car to rescue an elderly lady from after a crash at the junction of Stroud road and King Edwards Avenue, Gloucester. This was the third police incident was sent to that day.


No.12, Gilles Vannelet and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Von Ryan Racing, McLaren 650S) winners of the Silverstone round of the British GT.




Le Mans 25H and Aston Martin support race.






Start of the support race, not the result anyone wanted but an amazing opportunity to photograph at Le Mans nonetheless.



The GT3's heading for the start for the 24H du Mans 2015.




LEGO brick animal sculputre trail at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.




Cheltenham Dolphin Brewin cricket festival, Gloucestershire v Leicestershire Day 2.



Jodie Kidd arriving in a Spitfire for Day 1 of the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.





The Scumpty Trail launched in Gloucester ahead of the Rugby World Cup.





Funfair and Fireworks in Gloucester Park.




Aston Martin Drive Day at Millbrook Proving Ground.



Prue Leith at her hom ein Gloucestershire.


Rugby World Cup warm up match at Kingsholm, Japan v Georgia.

Referee John Lacey declares a try from Amanaki Lelei Mafi (Japan) to put them in the lead with two minutes left on the clock.



World Record attempt at the ice bucket challenge at Tewkesbury Park Hotel. There was a total of 248 people making it the UK's biggest group of people tipping iced water over their heads at the same time (not quite a Guinness World Record).



Grace Jones who celebrated her 109th birthday on the 16th September.





[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:22:19 GMT
Gloucester City v Worcester Cavaliers Just a few action shots from the Gloucester City v Worcester Cavaliers rugby match before Christmas.



















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) gloucester gloucester a kingsholm rugby worcester Sat, 02 Jan 2016 21:18:53 GMT
Rocket Race  

A pick of my favourite shots from the Rocket Race a few weeks ago, shot for Epic Action Imagery.




























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) mud obstacle course race ocr rocket race rocketeers running Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:41:48 GMT
#RWC2015 Japan v Georgia This Saturday saw the first of the international matches come to Kingsholm this autumn, the Rugby World Cup warm up Japan v Georgia. Really nice to get involved with the World Cup as it comes to my home town, heres a few shots from the match.













[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) RWC2015 georgia gloucester japan kingsholm rugby rugby world cup Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:26:09 GMT
swallows on the wing Ive been wanting to photograph these for a while, this year we have some nice whispy barley growing in the field outside our kitchen window and regularly there is a flight of Swallows swooping about catching bugs and the like. On Tuesday morning i finally found the time to go and (try!) to get some photos of them, they move pretty darn quick but make such lovely shapes in the air.













[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) barley birds countryside flighty flying summer swallows Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:24:54 GMT
Le Mans 2015 What a crazy week this was, covering the Aston Martin Festival support race to the 83rd Le Mans 24h...


Aston Martin Festival 
































































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin Le Mans LM24 racing Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:44:00 GMT
British GT - Silverstone  

Few of my favourites from a moody grey skies day at Silverstone for the British GT.



















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) British GT GT3 GT4 Silverstone racing rain clouds Wed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:30 GMT
Spring Bank Holiday This weekend i have been on duty for the Gloucestershire Echo and Citizen, heres a few of my photos from the events I've been on flying visits to all over the county!


La Vie en Bleu at Prescott Hill Climb 













The SARA lifeboat station tucked under the Severn Bridge down in Chepstow





Glorious summers afternoon at Dymock music festival (wishing i wasn't working...)




Bank Holiday Monday saw in the Tetbury tradition of the woolsack race up Gumstool Hill









and the infamous El-ver eating competition in Frampton on Severn...







[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) el-ver eating prescott hill climb spring bank holiday woolsack racing Tue, 26 May 2015 20:10:19 GMT
British GT - Rockingham It was a soggy warm up session but the rain dried up for a dry race with some big skies, heres a few faves from the Rockingham round of the British GT, the rest can be viewed in the gallery here 






































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin British GT Rockingham cloudy racing speedway stormy Thu, 14 May 2015 11:50:25 GMT
Hunter Chase Evening These were shot at Cheltenhams last meeting of the season the Hunter Chase Evening, covering the first 4 races for the newspaper left me 3 races to set up my remote camera...

I know they are all a little bit samey, but i cant get enough of a nice blue sky in my photos at the moment! Can you tell I'm looking forward to summer!?






[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Cheltenham fence flight horse hunter chase evening jump jump racing quinz racing Thu, 14 May 2015 11:10:54 GMT
British GT - Oulton Park This bank holiday weekend saw the first round of the British GT at Oulton Park. It was a misty start to the day but the fog lifted into a beautiful spring day perfect for racing! This is some of my favourite shots, the rest can be viewed in the gallery here
































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) British GT Oulton Park racing Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:37:59 GMT
The Festival: Cheltenham Gold Cup Race week, and what a week it was! Covering it for the Gloucestershire Echo, working to the brief to make sure I had everything needed for the newspaper meant less time than I'd have liked for creative images. Still got a handful that I'm proud of, heres a mix of action and people photos.



Champion Chase Day



Ruby Walsh on Douvan ahead of the Supreme Novices Hurdle




Barry Geraghty on The Druids Nephew coming over the last fence to win the 2.40








Ruby Walsh and Faugheen, winner of the 3.20.










Ruby Walsh aboard Annie Power heading out to the start for the 4.00



Ladies Day







 Sire De Grugy ridden by Jamie Moore coming over the last hurdle in the Queen Mother Champion Hurdle Chase.





 Baron Alco ridden by Jamie Moore and The Saint James  ridden by Paul Carberry during the Fred Winter Hurdle








Tom Scudamore on Moon Racer, winner of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper



St Patricks Thursday



                                                                                       Tony McCoy aboard Regal Encore coming over the 

                                                                                               last fence to win the Ryan Air Chase



The Package ridden by J J Codd, winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase



Gold Cup Day









Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle





 Gold Cup winner Coneygree ridden by Nico de Boinville






McKinley heading out onto the course for the 4.40


 last hurdle in the 4.40



Tony McCoy comes in from his last ride at Cheltenham




[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Cheltenham gold cup horse racing the festival Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:38:21 GMT
Doble & Bignall Last month I had the pleasure of taking photos of the lovely people behind the scrummy Doble and Bignall bean to bar chocolate. Its handmade right here in Gloucestershire by Simon and Margie, and is DELICIOUS! I thoroughly recommend you try some, have a look here for where to find it :)























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Doble & Bignall bean to bar chocolate gloucestershire Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:38:34 GMT
Forest of Dean Rally 2015  

Just a few from the Forest of Dean Rally yesterday...































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) forest of dean racing rally Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:15:41 GMT
Snow at Jackdaws Castle Tuesday night brought a few inches of snow to Gloucestershire, Wednesday morning was a beautiful cripsy winters day and my first job for the newspaper was up at Jonjo O'Neills stables, Jackdaws Castle. Heres some of the the pics!













[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) JonjoOneill cotswolds gallops racehorses racing snow Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:39:33 GMT
autumn colours Last week I shot a drive day at Millbrook, the test ground has some lovely spots. Heres a couple of my favourite pics from the day.














[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin DB9 millbrook vantage Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:19:31 GMT
Paddy Power Open - Cheltenham Races Having only shot at Cheltenahm once last year I was nervous about covering the racing. Getting a shot of the winner and getting it filed in to the picture desk before the next race. Half an hour between races seemed like a long time, but the turnaround is quick! This is a few shots of the winners from Friday and Saturday.









[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) cheltenham races horses jump racing paddy power racing Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:02:15 GMT
Autumn Classic, Prescott Hill Climb Last weekend saw the Autumn Classic come to Prescott Hill climb. Its a lovely little run, and a fantastic spectrum of cars to see too. Heres my favourites from the Saturday.





























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) austin healey autumn classic hill climb prescott racing vintage Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:12:41 GMT
British GT - Donington Park Just a few of my favourites...









































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) British GT Donington Park racing Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:22:16 GMT
GT4 Challenge - Donington Park This was the last round of the Challenge as well as the British GT and what a fabulous weekend it was. In the British GT the Beechdean GT4 won the Championship and the GT4 Challenge was rounded of with a great finish from the Edwards sisters, Jade and Chloe.
















































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin Donington Park GT4Challenge racing Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:35:52 GMT
this was a good day :) Last month I got to tick off two things on my 'to do' list... shoot with a Hasselblad and shoot a tracking shot, on the same day!




These 4 are shot with a Hasselblad HV, what a beautiful piece of kit it is. Images are like looking at HD straight out the camera. The viewfinder is digital and takes a bit of getting used to, as does the focus tracking which will lock onto an object and follow it for you. Id have loved to have had it for a bit longer to get to grips with it and see what it can really do while shooting fast cars!











I find tracking shots magical, I like the smooth perspective of the tarmac which leads you not the subject. So from being driven along leaning out the doors, shooting between 1/80th and 1/30th of a second, heres the results!









[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin DB9 gt4 hasselblad photography tracking vantage Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:28:20 GMT
British GT - Brands Hatch Paddock Hill bend is a very photogenic bit of the track at Brands, but having been here only 3 times, I've not ventured out to the GP loop. Glad i took the walk to get some shots of Pilgrims Drop and between Sheene Curve, Stirlings and Clearways.






















































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Brands Hatch British GT racing Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:44:35 GMT
Spa 24 Images from Spa at the end of July (at last!) gallery also up here too.






















































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Spa Francorchamps blancpain gt3 racing Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:07:05 GMT
One of a Kind Few shots from an assignment this afternoon with motoring journalist Zog Zeigler and a one of the kind Morgan Plus 8 Speedster, the first of a limited edition run of 50. 









[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Morgan Plus 8 Speedster Zog Zeigler Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:39:00 GMT
white car | sunny day  















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) GT3 GTR JRM Nissan Silverstone racing sunshine Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:34:49 GMT
Tour de Yorkshire! Recently its been all about the cars but, this weekend just gone saw the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire.  Heres a few shots from the weekend, a mix of iPhone and proper camera. The bikes come past in a flash so it was a case of decide on the shot and stick to it!





watching the big screens in the park 



















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Grand Depart Tour de France Yorkshire ay'up bikes racing Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:19:54 GMT
GT4 Challenge - Brands Hatch






























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) AMOC Aston Martin Brands Hatch GT4Challenge racing Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:22:26 GMT
British GT - Snetterton This weekend saw the British GT's fourth round at Snetterton accompanied by F3, F4 and some cheeky MINI's!



































































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin British GT Formula 3 Formula 4 Snetterton racing Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:26:46 GMT
British GT - on track - Silverstone Seen as Silverstone is one of the closer of the tracks for the GT4 Challenge this season, I went back up on Sunday to shoot the British GT.  Having only been to Silverstone once before I wanted to spend most of my time out on track, and the 3 hour race of the day was the perfect opportunity to learn my way round it.
































































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin British GT Nissan Silverstone racing Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:49:06 GMT
GT4 Challenge - Silverstone  






























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Silverstone Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:09:43 GMT
GT4 Challenge - Rockingham





















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston GT4Challenge Martin Rockingham racing Wed, 07 May 2014 11:19:35 GMT
JRM Racing Nissan GT3 - Donington test day  





























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) British GT Donington Park JRM Nissan racing testing Wed, 07 May 2014 11:03:18 GMT
GT4 Challenge - Oulton Park  























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin GT4Challenge racing Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:45:28 GMT
British GT Test Day - Donington Park Here is a handful of my favourite shots from the British GT testing at Donington today. 




















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Aston Martin British GT Donington Park racing testing Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:28:37 GMT
one two  

Heres a handful of my favourite shots from Synwell boxing competition on saturday evening.

































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) ameuter boxing boxing gloucestershire synwell Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:27:23 GMT
Wye Dean Rally - February Yesterday was the Wye Dean Rally, 7 stages of cross country rally set in the Forest of Dean. It was a great day out but I have never kept my wits about me on a shoot so much as yesterday! Proximity between spectators and cars was very close, a little too close for me and so there were some shots I would have liked to take but wasn't worth the risk! This is a selection from 4 of the 7 stages we got round.



Stage 1 - Mailscot





lined up at the start




hi vis jackets were in abundance, quite a challenge to find a background with out one!








Stage 2 - Sallowvallets









people packed into every spot to watch























Stage 6 - Speech House






















Stage 7 - Serridge
















[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) BTRDA Forest of Dean Wye Dean Rally rally rally car stage Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:43:30 GMT
FACE OFF 5.45 Wildcats V Phantoms When I finished uni I made a deal with myself - to shoot one thing a month for myself.

Its important to shoot 1 - different things to what your usual is occasionally and 2 - things for yourself, not working from any one else's brief or instruction.


Enter my January shoot: Swindon Wildcats v Peterborough Phantoms.


Ice hockey has been on my list for a while, the Wildcats home rink is just an hour away in Swindon so I went to take some photos and see what it was all about. And what a game it is! fast, full contact and played with no fear. The crowds really get behind their teams creating a fantastic atmosphere, its great entertainment for an evening out. Everyone seemed friendly, good banter between supporters and the players mingle with their fans after the match. What a brilliant way to spend a saturday evening.


You are a piece of plexiglass away from the action, (granted shooting through the screen wasn't the clearest but ok so long as you picked your spot) The standing tickets we got meant I was free to wander so I also headed up onto the balcony, knowing the high viewpoint would give me a nice clean background on the ice.




























































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Ice Hockey Peterborough Phantoms Swindon Wildcats Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:01:50 GMT
The International The International at Cheltenham, Dec 12th & 13th.

I have only shot a few point to point race meets before so jumped at the chance to go and shoot with the Echo at Cheltenham Races.
Theres a lot to keep an eye on, besides getting the shots I wanted. The last fence is the place to stand as they jump it twice. It pays to decide on what you want and stick to it, long, short, close, head-on. There is definitely no time for changing your mind once they're racing! This is a selection of shots from the two days.



















I should of walked down to the previous fence, I really like the shot but the big screen ruins it, the previous fence would of had the sun in the same spot and would of probably had a cleaner background. 


A different crop on it is unusual but I quite like it.





[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) cheltenham races horse racing jump racing the international Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:15:00 GMT
Snetterton - Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Round six  

So The MA is done! The last few weeks have been fairly stressful to say the least! Putting together my final submission for it has meant lots of desk time and not a lot of photography but, here is the last round of the GT4 Challenge at Snetterton from last week.





















































[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) AMOC Aston Martin GT4Challenge Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:35:09 GMT
FOD round 6 - natural light at its best!  

This is a shot from the Forest of Dean downhill competition I want to share, I was looking for something a bit special so use in my assignment and it came about in a patch of sunshine on this bend of the course. Correctly exposed, it doesn't look much but underexposed gives a clean background and a lovely shadow.


correct exposure



& under exposure



[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:34:56 GMT
End of Season - Cricket Towards the end of this summer I have started working for Cricpix, a Cricket photo agency, heres handful of some of my favourite shots.















James Foster hits for the boundary, T20 semi finals, Edgbaston



Muhammad Azhar Ullah celebrates catching the winning wicket, T20 final Edgbaston


[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) cricket Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:52:55 GMT

Going to a sports based festival has been on my list for a while, I love to watch extreme sports, its awesome, maybe I wish I could be cool enough participate! I rounded up a few friends and off we went for a day at Boardmasters in Newquay. Surfing, BMX and skate.


I wanted to write this post to illustrate it is possble to shoot quality images without having an area access accredited pass. Yes, having one does make it easier but not having the access makes me think more about where I can put myself to get a good shot. It makes you more resourceful.


First up we came to the wave rider (man made surf wave machine - pretty cool!) big crowd stood infront of it, a photographer and a video guy stood up on the actual platform inside the railings and a gaggle of people crammed onto the steps. Fairly easily jostled a place onto the steps (I was too short to see over the edge without being on the steps!) I spent the competiton hanging off the railing/on the step dodging the splashes. Heres a few shots, I was able to crop in to isolate the branding on the board behind the surfer, which makes a nice clean background.






Next, to the ramps for bmx and skate. This was somewhat more restricted, there were barriers to keep the crowds at a distance and a net that stretched the entire side of the ramps to catch any stray skateboards/ riders from hitting the audience. I tried shooting through it but it was still too noticeable.






I had a look around, lots of people were sat up on the sand dunes to one side and there was quite a few marquees (big white backgrounds) I picked a spot and waited for the shot when the bikes went for a big trick and were high in the air. 

These don't quite work, something doesn't look quite right about them, maybe they need a little more processing to tidy them or maybe it just looks odd having a white background, I cant quite decide.







I also spotted a gap which gave a view to the air space the bikes were in from the biggest of the 3 ramps. Stood next to the security guard and the 'back stage' area of the ramps (outside the fence) and waited for the bikes to come into shot with a clean background of the sky.




from this... this when they got enough air



Same ramps, different wheels - the skateboarders. This was slightly tricky as they don't get as much air when they jump meaning they didn't really get higher than the netting.






I had a look for a spot to be able to get close enough to avoid the netting, the only spot I could see was next to the gap in the fence where the riders were going in and out of. A quick scan of the people stood about just inside the fence and I could see hardly any of them had a wristband of any description. I sauntered in and poked my camera under the corner of the netting and started shooting with a wide lens because I couldn't look through the viewfinder. I stayed for a good 15 minutes before I was politely informed wasn't supposed to be stood there! Yes, its a bit cheeky to mosey into spots where you aren't meant to be but remember, you don't want to distract any competitors, get hit or get your kit broken so you really need to keeps your wits about you if you're going to.








[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) BMX Boardmasters Skateboard Surf Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:55:06 GMT
Fight Factory  

A while ago, I went to the Fight Factory in Gloucester to shoot some photos for an article on the club for the local paper. The spit and sawdust atmosphere of the gym somewhat captured my attention so I went back to shoot some portraits.


Big thankyou to Sam and Jay for modelling for me!























[email protected] (ROSEMARY WATTS) Boxing Fight Factory Gloucester Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:17:12 GMT
Spa Francorchamps - Aston Martin GT4 / 24 Hours Le Spa  

What a weekend this was!
Round 6 of the Aston Martin GT4 series, and the main event of the weekend - the 24 Hours Le Spa Blancpain endurance series.

It was quite an experience to be part of such a big event, Spa is by far the biggest track (LOTS of walking!) we have been to so far, and one of the most beautiful.