Nice Photo - Will It Sell?

A few weeks ago I uploaded a selection of images to Picfair, a new photo sales library.

I like the simplicity of Picfair - one licence covers a multitude of uses and there's just one price which the photographer sets.

Yesterday, this image was chosen by Picfair picture editor Sally as her number one pick.  You can see the others and read the background on her blog.  So...

Retul Bike Fitting - Is It Worth It?

How far could you walk in badly fitting shoes?  My guess is you'd give up after a few miles because, whether too large or too small, they would inevitably be too painful.  

Yet thousands of cyclists clock up hundreds of miles each year on ill-fitting bikes that cause them all sorts of pain; knee, hip, back and neck being the most common.  Believe me I know. I was one of them.

Bike fitting was once a black art.  Not so long ago you'd ride around a car park while the grizzled ex-pro shop owner squinted through one eye and used a mixture of experience, hope and luck to fit the bike.  Now technology has transformed bike fitting. 

Keeping Cycling Data in Sync - Strava, FitBit and MyFitnessPal

Runners & cyclists record data from different devices, many of which won't 'talk' to each other.  This is my system for keeping it all in sync with a separate back-up. If your chosen application isn't listed, don't despair because you'll find an idea in this which will probably work for you.

Oh - and this could all change once the Apple Watch comes out.

I have three 'sets' of devices; Garmin devices record my cycling and running; a Fitbit Flex stays on my wrist throughout; a Withings Smart Body Analyser records my weight and fat %.  I log my food on MyFitnessPal.

Podcast - First to Kayak All Scotland's Islands

Take a look at that photo.  Only a handful of kayakers have been in the position in which you can see Donald Thomson, about to land on the island of Rona, often called North Rona.  

Fewer paddlers have reached this island than some of the world's 'big' expedition destinations, and yet this lies off Scotland.  In reaching this island, Donald became the first person to kayak to every Scottish island as defined in Hamish Haswell-Smith's excellent book.  

Donald tells the story of this adventure in the the podcast at

Scottish Pine Martens - Free Film

I taught myself to shoot video on a DSLR while recovering from surgery last year.  It involves different techniques to my main camcorder so I set myself the exercise of making a film about the rare Pine Martens which visit our garden in the Scottish Highlands.  I hope you like it.

Download - Volume 3, Sea Kayak With Gordon Brown

We will release the Download version of Volume 3, Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown priced £16.99 on the 1st March 2015 along with a package deal, The Full Set of seven films for £49.99.

Volume 3 is a significantly different production to Volumes 1 and 2. These volumes downloaded as one movie file - the coaching was interspersed with a spectacular sea kayak adventure.

Volume 3 is four separate films covering Rolling, Navigation, First Aid Kits and Handling Emergency Situations.  So the Download version is actually a 'package' of these four separate films.  And there's more… 

Strategies for Superb Food When Kayak Camping

I was asked by The Kayak Critic.Net if I would join a host of other paddlers in providing three back-country recipes for the website.  

Instead, I decided to offer what I called 'strategies' for great food when sea kayaking - the first of which caused something of a 'stir'.  You'll see why.  

My post has been on for a week so I thought I'd publish it here too.  Check KayakCritic.Net for the other great recipes.  Continues