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 !!!