I am Rod Wynne-Powell, and this is my way to pass on snippets either of a technical nature, or related to what I am currently doing or hope to be doing in the near future.

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Professional photographer, Lightroom and Photoshop Workflow trainer, Consultant, digital image retoucher, author, and tech-editor for Martin Evening's many 'Photoshop for Photographers' books.

For over twenty years, Rod has had a client list of large and small companies, which reads like the ‘who’s who’ of the imaging, advertising and software industries. He has a background in Commercial/Industrial Photography, was Sales Manager for a leading London-based colour laboratory and has trained many digital photographers on a one-to-one basis, in the UK and Europe.
Still a pre-release tester for Adobe in the US, for Photoshop, he is also very much involved in the taking of a wide range of photographs, as can be seen in the galleries.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The Festival of Speed

Once again I am extremely grateful to Lord March for the invitation to visit Goodwood to enjoy a great day amidst the crowds on a glorious July day. Sharing the day with me was another photographer friend I first met whilst I was Sales Manager at a London Colour Lab, Charlie Milligan.

We arranged to meet at a Service station on the M25 at around six-fifteen, but Charlie came down the A3 from London and turned onto the clockwise direction, where almost immediately the sign told him the first such station was forty three miles along. Seconds later I managed to contact him, and said "…turn around and we'll meet along the A3. I am in a silver Astra…" He told me: "…a blue Passat…" a short while later, a 'dit, dah, dit,dit,dit' on the horn, and I passed him, We came off onto the A3, soon to find a small services, where we left his car and continued to Goodwood; arriving at seven-fifteen.

It was much cooler than earlier in the week, making it very pleasant. The supercar area was already packed and whilst I captured details from these, Charlie grabbed an English breakfast. After touring this area, we took in the cars from an earlier era, before taking a good look at the installation in front of the House. Before a long walk up the hill, we decided to visit the Qatar Airways-sponsored VIP enclosure.

You would think us celebrities, given the attention lavished upon us by a series of beautiful girls who descended upon us! Never one to miss an opportunity we stressed how much we would like to do photography for them, and the response seemed surprisingly positive! We both await our first commissions!

Onwards and upwards! Past the off-road 4x4s; shunning the charabancs, we walked through the forest section stopping at a couple of likely corners in the Rally section. The first spot proved tame, but not so the second, where we were soon greeted by a car at full-chat whose driver had decided the banks had to be gouged wider, and we were showered by rocks and chalk! Thank you, that made a great shot! Though I am sure I came with a black rucksack! We walked on through and out at the marshalling area at the end of the hill run; it was so packed we had no chance to view anything there, so we took a well-earned rest and a drink before venturing back through the woods to visit the F1 Paddock.

I am certain the crowds were fifty-percent up on previous Sundays, and it was hard to get clear views of some of the machinery, but no matter, the sounds, smell, atmosphere, the voluptuous lines of many of the cars and all the women made this a great place to be. I forgot to mention that on the way up, I managed to persuade a high sided truck owner to let me take photos from his roof, of the off-roaders 'yumping' and spraying clouds of chalk in their wake. Such is the warmth and hospitality of this event!

I also forgot to mention the 'Red Arrows', but here we did miss out because much of their display was behind trees.

The latter part of the day we spent some time using the VIP enclosure as a great shooting vantage point of the first corner, chatting and 'chimping' and meeting another photographer, Chris Jelf, who was there for Veuve-Clicquot. After more tea and dates, we left and then had the small problem of getting back to Charlie's car, which could only be reached from the southgoing A3 – a minor hiccough in a wonderful day. Thank you, Lord March.
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