The Saturday was forecast to be mainly sunny and above all it was destined to be breezy, which gave me the opportunity to consider visiting the Windsurfing Club at Brogborough Lake.
The new owner is Sam, who took over the Club from Tony, so I checked that I could still enter to take photographs of the activities; fortunately Sam was very happy for me to come in, and so it was not long before I had set up the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm, and the 5D with the 70-200mm, so that the 7D would be mounted on the tripod with the gimbal head, and the 5D would be there for me to pick up when needed, handheld.
The first spot I chose was alongside the main slipway, a nice and low viewpoint. I was able to grab the shorter lens whenever necessary; to pick it up and put it down on top of the camera case whenever the need arose. After a while I decided that I wanted to a change of viewpoint and so I picked up all the gear and took a walk towards Ampthill Anglers spot, so that the sun was still behind me, but importantly I had a greater chance of being able to see the windsurfers themselves from this angle. I also had a higher viewpoint, making some variety to the shots I was taking.
I then returned to the club area so that I could get a bacon butty and a cup of tea and take a slightly different spot from which to take the remaining pictures. What really amused me was that Rusty the dog I photographed when I first visited the club had not lost his fascination for collecting tennis balls thrown into the water.
Whilst I was taking shots of the surfers one face was very familiar – Tony, the previous owner. I could see that he was obviously relishing the freedom to go out on the water without a concern for other responsibilities, and it was blatant he was really enjoying himself. It was good to find that as he came into the slipway he acknowledged me by waving, so a short while after I had finished my bacon I strolled to his caravan to say hello and give Tony and his wife a few of the shots I had taken of him at speed.