The Season Starts

Yesterday saw the start of the 2012-13 football season.  Well, the start of the season for me, anyway.  I drove to Maidstone in Kent to shoot the Brighton & Hove Albion pre-season friendly game at Maidstone United’s new Gallagher Stadium.  The club has waited 24 years for their new ground, and yesterday’s game was the first in their new home.

The rain tried hard to dampen things; a pre-match live band in the car park had to stop playing when it became torrential, leaving fans sheltering under canopies and trees, and the club opened the turnstiles early to let fans shelter under cover inside the ground.

The stadium was officially opened by Brighton and Hove Albion Manager Gus Poyet who performed the ceremonial kick-off at the start of the match.

Gus Poyet performs the ceremonial kick-off to open the Gallagher Stadium

I got absolutely drenched. My trousers became soaked, they dried off and got soaked again in the course of the game, but I’m back shooting football, and I love it!

The clubs website has posted a gallery of my photos.


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How Canon make a digital camera

Here’s a fascinating promotional video from Canon which explains how they make a digital camera.

It explains, among other things, that the lenses are shaped so accurately, that if one was enlarged to the size of a sports arena, the thickness would be accurate to the width of a business card.



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An Eventful Weekend

This weekend Geoff Penn Photography worked at two sports events, – football and ice-skating – taking photographs and then printing them for customers.



On Saturday, both Linda and I were at the Lewes Football Club for their annual Open Day. The day gave the club’s supporters an opportunity to get close to the team.  I was making photographs of fans with their favourite player, and after we printed and mounted the image, the players signed the photo for the fan to take home.  The players’ Mums also bought mounted images of their sons too.

Three players strike a pose, so that their Mums could buy the photo.


Ice Skating


On Sunday, I was a part of the four-man StudioIV crew taking photographs and video of the 2012 Ice Skating Tournament at the Bracknell Ice Rink. The event comprised a full day’s skating, starting at 10:30 am and finishing around 6:00 pm, with about 200 skaters taking part.

The Overall Winners

A great weekend was had by all!

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The School Prom

Last week we had the privilege of taking the photographs of the students at the Durrington High School prom. It was a great evening, and the students were a great bunch. It was a very busy evening for both of us – me taking the photos, and Linda printing them, mounting them, and handling the cash.

The students at Durrington High School have a tradition that they must arrive in style; and this year was no exception.  They arrived in anything from a pony and trap, through flashy sports cars to a vintage open top double decker bus.


Students arriving

Students arrive in style in a vintage open top bus.

School proms are, of course, a relatively recent import from the United States, and I think it is one of the better ideas to have made the journey.  The school prom offers an opportunity for the students to show that they are now young adults and no longer just kids, and it is a grand social occasion to mark the end of their school careers and make the transition into adulthood.

Me? I can’t really remember leaving school; I think we sat our last exam, said something like “well, that’s it then!” and lit up a ciggie as we wandered out of the school gates off into the big wide world.


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Wedding Bells

Geoff Penn Photography has been asked to shoot the Wedding Photography at Sarah and David’s‘s Wedding at Lympne Castle in August!  Linda and I are really looking forward to capturing the story of their wedding day.


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