Short Snack

Short Snack #5 | Melbourne Bikes & Beaches πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

I'm very fortunate.

Over the last few years I've been all over the world. Continents and cities I never thought I'd visit. Sometimes it's a great experience, & sometimes I can't wait to get out of whatever random place I've landed in. Either way, I feel beyond privileged to get the opportunity, good or bad to fly around seeing the world through my lens.

This was one of those good ones πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‘.


This latest job had me flying 17,000km around the globe to Australia to shoot the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. Working with a new client I was putting my editing and shooting skills to the test to create several stand alone videos as well as a highlights of the day incorporating footage from 12 GoPro's mounted on the riders bikes.

Work flow was tough - and while there was tonnes of footage, that's not always the easiest thing to deal with - especially when you're trying to get your video live in four hours. Thankfully it all worked out, & I (plus the client & teams!) are happy with the results!


Then, because I'd flown 17,000km and it felt a shame to travel one whole day to only spend three in that country, I decided to stay another two days and explore Melbourne...and there happened to be another bike race to watch πŸ™ˆ #CantKeepMeAway

Enjoy Short Snack #5. Really tried to push the boat out on this one in the shoot, testing some new techniques to bring into the edit.


Melbourne is an awesome city. Seriously one of the best I've ever been to. Somehow it was chill while also keeping the feel of a bustling metropolis. It had everything you needed from a city, the transportation was incredible, and you were 20 minutes from the beach. I've never been to a city that was so sporty either. Multiple pro arenas, and every park was full of people playing soccer, doing yoga, softball, kicking a rugby ball around.

It made coming back to the never ending winter of the UK that little bit harder! It's a place I could move to tomorrow, and a place worth visiting if you get the opportunity πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί



I'm not a city person. Give me a field, a beach, anything - cities are all the same worldwide...well, that's what I thought until I went to Melbourne.


Macca's on the signs, arvo said on the radio, news stories ranging from shark sightings to spilt milk and all the puns you'd imagine. Australia has a unique attitude, & doesn't hide any of it.


A green city. Full of juxtapositions, people enjoying the sunshine and..a lot of weird things if you looked hard enough.


The place felt similar yet different. You still had the crazy pigeon lady, but also a true feeling of multiculturalness. I've never eaten better Chinese, and in a restaurant where no one spoke English.


The place was buzzing. It was active. You could stray from the path in park for the sport being played almost non-stop. Street music & small crowds formed on nearly every corner. I sat & watched a community of mismatched people wander up & away around a game of outdoor chess.

I left Melbourne thinking about how it had everything London had - with better weather, less people and a much more calm demeanour.

I could move there tomorrow.


Cadel Evens Road Race

My main event. Named after Australia's only TdF winner - the race start's in Evans' hometown of Geelong, races down the Great Ocean Road before returning to the finish. Sadly I was stuck around the start/finish & media centre - so never got to see the ocean road...but it's something else to do when I come back!


I'm used to doing races in the Northern this scenery & sun was quite a nice change of pace!


My main role was video...but I still managed to take & end up sharing a lot of my photography over the week...


One for the fans. It's not every day the Pro Tour comes to πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί...and the fans were rewarded & then some by the generosity of the riders. Big shout out to Esteban Chaves for keeping his trademark huge grin despite everywhere wearing a mask of his face all week


Winners & grin-ners. 

The Champagne Moment! 🍾🍾🍾


I'm usually filming for these...but with no formal requirement I thought I'd take a turn at snapping Ruth Wilder enjoying a much deserved moment in the sun


Herald Sun Tour

Can't beat a bike race through a major city CBD!


Focus from DVP before eventually riding to the podium on the TT


Froome & Chavez were two of the nicest people all week. Taking selfies with fans, signing everything & generally being awesome people to fans who were just excited to see their cycling heroes on the other side of the world


Thank you for cycling slowly.

What did YOU think of Melbourne? And did I overdo the transitions in this video? If I was thinking of making a tutorial on how to do some of the cuts, would that imterest you or not? πŸ‘‡




All images taken either on a Sony A7sII with 85mm or 24-70mm

Short Snack #4 | New Year Bulgarian Snow and Sunshine

2016 was crazy. 30+ flights, two World Cups and a Paralympics along with marque events like Henley and the NFL International Series in my hometown of Twickenham. So, to round out the year, I planned for a New Year relaxing skiing trip with my girlfriend and a few other friends of hers and mine from Primary School in Bulgaria πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬.

Normally a ski trip for me is just an excuse to make a skj movie. But this week I took it easy. My Sony only came out onto the mountain one day and the GoPro made a brief appearance, mostly to get the ski lift group shot. However...old habits die hard, and the transfer saw us sitting in the quiet town of Bansko for a good couple of hours with some hours to kill...

From the 36 GoPro shots and a spare hour where I'd honestly just gotten a little tired of the incessant Uno games 😜 I threw together a quick edit. The first Short Snack of 2017.


Not bad for a half day's worth of random video & an hour or two's editing! I'm aiming to make one Short Snack a week for 2017 - a goal I've had for a while. I've toyed with doing a video a day, like my #PhotoPerDay project on Instagram from a few years ago - but I don't know what that achieves. This is also a great way to work out the "other" clips from jobs and push some editing boundaries.

As for Bansko? I can't recommend it more! It's a little bare and small in terms of difficultly...but I went early season - I've heard it is a great off piste resort when the snow does fall, and I could see the tree runs being pretty awesome on their day. Food and drink are fabulous and cheap and accommodation gives you a lot more bang for your buck vs a French resort. It's going to be a struggle to convince myself to pay the extra Β£200-300 for a "premium" resort anymore.

Squad πŸ€›

The little puppies & their parents at the lower lift station kept us coming back 🐢


Have you been skiing in Bulgaria? Where's the best place you've been skiing? Let me know πŸ‘‡



All images taken either on a Sony A7sII with 85mm or GoPro Hero 4 Black & edited in Lightroom

SHORT SNACK #3 | Welsh Forests & Dog Walkings

I'm spending Christmas with the girlfriend this year. The town she grew up in is a lovely little place in Mid-Wales surrounded by incredible areas of wide open land, forests, lakes and dams...a stark contrast to where I grew up in London! It's also a mecca for some incredible drone shots just waiting to happen.

While the weather has been awful, I took the Phantom up to the local forest while walking her dogs with a few friends crossing fingers we'd get lucky. Winds gusted, and rain fell...but as we entered an open clearing the weather calmed and I took my chance.


I'd love to have been up for longer - but as we continued along the walk, the wind picked up and rain didn't let up. Huge shame...but for Wales in the depth of winter I'm very happy to get the flight I did! A great end to my flying for 2016 and a positive step into 2017, where I'm looking to do a lot more flights like this!

I did however take my A7sII with me - which is much less weather reliant, and took some photos of friends & dogs while they enjoyed the wet and windy conditions. I enjoy shooting sport - but it's always great to get out into the wilds & test myself with something a little different.


All images taken on a Sony A7sII with 85mm & edited in Lightroom