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Boxing day Raft Race - only not much racing !
« on: December 26, 2005, 09:17:32 PM »
Went to the regular Boxing Day raft race held between Matlock & Cromford on the river Derwent - we haven't been before, so we weren't sure what to expect, other than reports of usually more than 50 rafts taking part sponsored for various charities.

Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind [bl**dy cold] and the light in the river gorge correspondingly low, so my other digicams stayed inside & the KM5D with my S/H £20 Sigma 70-210 came into play.

All these shot at ISO800 & [usually] max aperture in Program mode - not brilliant results, but I was happy with them as a record of the event - may try and get back next year now I know what to expect:

We hadn't realised, but its apparently the norm that these poor souls get bombarded with flour bombs & water jets as they make their way downriver - here one of the early arrivals, and already bearing the 'scars of war':



Event is organised by the local aqua clubs, so a lot of the rafts accompanied by junior canoists - made for a colourful event:



See the flour hanging in the air like gunsmoke:





and some friendly rivalry between teams:



and some elaborate costumes:



and at this point the war between the spectators & raftees got a little heated - I managed to tuck the camera [somewhat coated in flour] inside my jacket just before most of us got deluged by buckets of river water !

...and so to beat a hasty retreat - I turned the camera on to look at my results back at the car, and nothing ! - DEAD ! - but luckily it was just the battery had run out...

Hope you enjoy - loony English !!!

IDM