Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go.

ThIs is my contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go.

The challenge brought back memories of a question I posed on a photography forum some years ago. I asked what people would like to go back to photograph with modern equipment?

Having been a photographer since the late 1970s there’s quite a list of locations and situations that I would like to photograph again varying from motorsports to wildlife spectacles. I would have great fun re-shooting any of the selections below.

In the early 1980s I was living in London, England and traveling around Europe in the summer photographing motorcycle endurance racing. Team Bike at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race, France in 1982.

Night racing

In the mid 1980s I was visiting Scotland to photograph nature and landscapes for photo libraries. A light beam on a hillside, Loch Arkaig, Scotland near sunset in the autumn.

Sunset light beam.

In the late 1980s I was documenting the nesting cycles of some European bird species. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox, Cheshire, England.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

In the early 1990s I was living in Cheshire, England. I spent some time positioning a portable hide (blind) to allow me to sit within a couple of yards of a Common Kingfisher.

Male Common Kingfisher.

In the late 1990s I was living in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the autumn parts of Saskatchewan are a major stopover for some species of birds heading south for the winter. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes gather together in various locations. Snow Geese taking flight at Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

Winters in Saskatchewan can be very cold but also very spectacular. A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan at -40°.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Night Hours.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Night.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my motorcycle endurance racing shots taken in the middle of the night. This set is from the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France. Most of the shots feature Team Bike, the team I was there to cover.

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around 1 o’clock in the morning.

Night Stint.

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at around 11 o’clock at night.

Night racing

A Team Bike rider departing the pits after a night time pit stop at around 1 o’clock in the morning.

Night time pit stop.

A nighttime pit stop for Team Bike at around 3 o’clock in the morning.

Night pit stop.

Entering the start/finish straight at around midnight.

Motion at night.

Dawn pit stop.

Throwback Thursday travels back 37 years to the first weekend in April, 1982.

I was in France at the Le Mans race circuit for the 24 hour motorcycle endurance race. I was there to photograph Team Bike as they competed in their first Endurance World Championship race.

The bike came in for fuel around six in the morning. 15 hours down, 9 to go.

Stopping for fuel at dawn.

Motion at night.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Motion.

This is the third version of my response to the challenge after deciding that the first two photos I picked were a bit to obvious.

This is a shot of one of the competitors in the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race. The rider is exiting the last turn onto the start/finish straight. Taken around midnight, so 9 hours into the race with 15 to go.

Motion at night.

The need for speed!!!

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is ‘The need for speed!!!’

Having shot a variety of motorsports for a couple of magazines in the 1980s I had a range of options in the archives.

However, once I started going through the archives there was an obvious pick. Motorcycle endurance racing was my favourite form of racing. So the pick is a long exposure of a bike entering the start/finish straight at night. Taken in 1982 at the Le Mans 24 hour race at around midnight if I recall correctly. Which meant that the rider, motorcycle and photographer were 9 hours in with 15 hours to go.

Night racing.

Night racing.

36 years ago this weekend I was in France for the 24 hour motorcycle endurance race. I was there to document a new British Endurance Racing team in their first race. I also helped out behind the scenes knowing both the riders and some of the pit crew.

This is Team Bike entering the start /finish straight at around 11 o’clock at night, 8 hours into the race. Or looking at it another way, only 16 more hours to go.

Night racing

The bike leaves the pits after a night time pit stop.

Night time pit stop.