Iron Butt Association Ireland 2019 Photo Rally : Going Underground

Iron Butt Association Ireland 2019 Photo Rally :

Iron Butt Association Ireland 2019 Photo Rally
Iron Butt Association Ireland 2019 Photo Rally

You Still Have Time to Enter the 2020 Event :

I know the 2020 IBA Ireland Photo Rally is already, sort of, underway however with the current travel restrictions in place it is likely that most entrants and would be / will be participants haven’t got too far into the competition, yet.

However that is all about to change because as of 29th June 2020 Ireland will enter Phase 3 of it’s Coronavirus Recovery schedule and as such all travel restrictions within the island of Ireland will be lifted, enabling the 2020 IBA Ireland Photo Rally to get well and truly underway.

Entries are being accepted for the 2020 until 31st July 2020 – so you still have time : https://www.ibaireland.org/wolfhoundrally?fbclid=IwAR2zuxax_RrGMQZfALzd4WWd3Dqh3H-lUKxm_15izGIlEP9aF_NueqtSvA8


2020 Coronavirus Restrictions : Ireland & Northern Ireland :

You can check any restrictions currently in place in the Republic of Ireland here : https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d06271-easing-the-covid-19-restrictions-on-29-june-phase-3/#transport-and-travel

Northern Ireland Restrictions can be found here : https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-and-what-they-mean-you


I have previously posted the 2019 IBA Ireland Photo Rally Slideshow in the Motorcycling Section of the site but in case you missed it I am mentioning it again.

So if you are undecided and in order to wet your appetite have a look at where the 2019 Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally would have taken you…

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Iron Butt Association Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

Iron Butt Association:

Have you ever thought that you fancy trying something other than the usual Sunday run out on the bike, along the same route, with your head down and bum up?

If so have you ever considered long distance motorcycling?

That is what the Iron Butt Association is all about.  Safe, enjoyable long distance motorcycle riding that gets you out and about to places you probably haven’t seen before, or take routes or challenges that you probably had never even thought of before.

“The 60,000+ members of the Iron Butt Association are dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding. Although based in the United States, we have thousands of enthusiastic members throughout the globe! One of our more popular slogans is, “The World Is Our Playground.”

Check out out the IBA Website here : http://ironbutt.com

Check out the IBA Ireland Website here : https://www.ibaireland.org

Check out the IBA UK Website here : https://www.ironbutt.co.uk

IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far :

Having been a member of the Iron Butt Association for a few years now I thought I would give their 2018 Photo Rally a go.

The info on their site sums it up pretty well :

Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018
Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018

The locations are spread all over the island of Ireland and the route between them amounts to many thousands of miles.

I’m sure you could plan a route and tackle every location across a few days (reducing the mileage), but personally I used my free time over the summer months and probably took about 5 or 6 individual day trips to gather up all the checkpoints.

Some of those days trips were very long.  For example my final trip took in the far west and south west of Ireland  coming from Northern Ireland that specific trip, which took in 4 bridges started at 7.00am and finished at 1.30am and consumed about 780 miles.

But long mileage is all part of the Iron Butt Challenge, so if you enjoy full days in the saddle, seeing parts of the country (world even) that you probably didn’t even know about Photo Rallies are a good way to go about it and there are plenty of them about.  Most motorcycle clubs, and the bigger Internet forums all offer Photo Rallies, so now that winter is here have a good look about and see what may take your fancy for the next year.

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2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

For the full results of Saturday’s racing (19/05/2018) click here : https://tbni.blog/2018/05/20/2018-vauxhall-international-race-day-results-timings-saturday-19th-may-2018/

After a glorious and incident free Thursday night Saturday Race Day had a lot to live up to!

It did live up to it and then some!

With a reported 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland’s North Coast the sun came, it was scorching – the crowds came – they were loving it – and the racing came – with the world’s best road racers putting on a show the like the North West hadn’t seen for years.

It was a true spectacle, road racing at its finest and – incident free.  Only one red flag, new comer Nadieh Schoots came off at University and thankfully only suffered a badly bruised leg.

This was exactly what the NW200 needed after a few less that perfect years and was a real testament to everyone involved coupled with a little luck (weather) – but we all need a little luck sometimes!

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : https://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Check out my full gallery of all the action from Thursday (17/05/2018) evening’s racing here : https://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

(For info these photos were taken on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart – just up from Tides Restaurant on the opposite side of the road).

Enjoy…

As always please feel free to use my photographs for your own personal use, if you want to use any of them commercially then please contact me here : https://tbni.blog/reviews-and-contact-info/.

Remember use them, don’t steal them!

Joey Thomspon and Ian Hutchinson battling it out in the Supersport Race – at the 2018 NW2018 (19/05/2018)

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2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : https://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Thursday night’s racing was sun-kissed, fast, contested and incident free.  A superb night on Northern Ireland’s North Coast and I am happy to bring you a full gallery covering all the action from the evening’s three races.  It was the perfect set up for the 2018 NW200 Race Day Saturday…

Enjoy!

(For info these photographs were taken on the Portrush side of the Juniper Hill Chicane – about 300m before the chicane.)

As always please feel free to use my photographs for your own personal use, if you want to use any of them commercially then please contact me here : https://tbni.blog/reviews-and-contact-info/.

Remember use them, don’t steal them!

Paul Jordan on his Supersport bike at the 2018 NW2018 (17/05/2018)

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2018 Cookstown 100 Race Day Gallery

All photographs have been resized to save on load times and bandwidth.  All photographs are available uncropped and in their original size (4896 pixels x 2752 pixels).  If you would like any photos in their original size to have from your own personal use please feel free to email me – Photographs are NOT watermarked and are free to use for personal use – for any other use please request this in your email.  Thanks and enjoy.

The Racing at the 2018 Cookstown 100 got off to an energetic start!
The Racing at the 2018 Cookstown 100 got off to an energetic start!

With big and wee bikes all getting in on the action
With big and wee bikes all getting in on the action

With teams and privateers all staking their claim...
With teams and privateers all staking their claim…

Then in typical Northern Irish fashion the rain came!
Then in typical Northern Irish fashion the rain came!

 

Enjoy the gallery!

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DJI Mavic Pro or Mavic Air? How About a Spark?

DJI Spark
DJI Spark

Controversial title there isn’t it?  Well that’s exactly the question I have struggled with since the announcement of the DJI Mavic Air.  Which one should I get the DJI Mavic Pro, or the DJI Mavic Air.  The DJI Spark was truthfully never even in the equation.

I should point out straight away I am a drone novice.  A first time flyer, with no experience whatsoever.  I didn’t know what to expect, whether I would even enjoy flying a drone, or whether I even actually needed one.  To be honest I didn’t ‘need’ one, but I had wanted one for quite some time.  I was constantly checking out the Phantom series, but I really wanted it to take it whilst out and about on the bike, so the Phantom didn’t really cut it.  The anouncement of the Air then made me think this is the one, easy to transport in the top box of the bike, quick to set up, quick to get in the air and user friendly settings for the camera – which is quite nicely spec’d to boot – surely this is the winner.

Then I started doing my research – a lot of research.

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Photography : What do focal lengths mean? Focal Length v Zoom?

Today I found this great little image which I feel I really must share.

It explains focal length and what different camera lenses see.  For me me this was quite tricky to get my head round but it was explained perfectly to me in the following way.

Our eyes see things, in focus, with a lens equivalent of 50mm (and an approximate field of view of 50 degrees – the mm focal length of the lens and degree of field of view although the same are not related).  Our peripheral vision picks up more (a lens equivalent of  about 10mm), but the actual in focus part of the world we see is captured at an equivalent of 50mm.

The following images shows what each lens will capture in relation to what we see…

This is our view of a beach.  It incorporates about 130 degrees of a field of view and represents our entire vision (although in reality the periphery will not be as focused.)

Field of View of the Human Eye - approximately 130 degrees
Field of View of the Human Eye – approximately 130 degrees

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2015 Airwaves Portrush : NI International Air Show – Gallery

Royal Air Force Red Arrows - Portrush, Air Waves 2015 06/09/2015

2015 marks the second year of Air Waves, the rebranded Northern Ireland International Air Show.  2014 was an excellent year for this show with quality aircraft and outstanding displays so this year has a lot to live up to.  With in my opinion even more pressure on its shoulders because of a rather disappointing airshow earlier this year in Newcastle, Co. Down.

So Airwaves 2015 can you do it?

Yes you can.  Everything was in favour of the airshow this year most importantly the weather, over the weekend we experienced a little wind on the Saturday but it settled itself, Sunday started off a little wet and grey but as you will see from the gallery as the day went on, the weather also started to thankfully behave itself!

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2014 Airwaves Portrush : NI International Air Show – Gallery

Airwaves Portrush 2014 - NI INternational Airshow 2014

2014 marked the first year of the new look NI International Air Show (2014) which was rebranded to in my own personal opinion the rather cheesy ‘Air Waves’, what with it being an Air show and also beside the sea. (This section of the Northern Irish Coast being the only one with waves to mention with the exception of storms of course.) Now that I have my reservations of the name expressed I will move onto more important things, the show itself.

One word should suffice as an review, and be enough to ensure your attendance next year – ‘Excellent!’

The venue has relocated to the East Strand of Portrush over looking the Causeway Coast, and it worked really well!

The display line has now moved to the eastern side of the peninsula to bring the display line much, much closer to the crowd and have the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle as a backdrop. It also means spectators can now view from the beautiful Blue Flag beach and enjoy even more exhibition space. This map shows the main layout of the event;

VISITOR MAP

I am too late to be writing reviews and the like for this event, however it is never too late for photos and I have included a pretty big selection of the images I captured on the day, which follow below, but I do think it is important to emphasise the main points :

1. The event was excellent.
2. The range of aircraft was fantastic.
3. The sight of the 2 Lancaster Bombers was simply outstanding.
4. The display from the Red Arrows was amazing! This was their 50th Anniversary display and although they are always worth watching, this display is something special!
5. The other aircraft were all amazing, and being a fan of helicopters I certainly was treated well!
6. The rest of the events organised for families, visitors and spectators were good and I have no doubt will improve as the years go on.

I am certainly looking forward to the show again next year!

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