Trey Ratcliff’s Drone Photography in London – Seven Dials

T. Ratcliff Drone Shot of Seven Dials-London


The picture above was a screen shot taken from Trey Ratcliff’s video below. It is of an area in London referred to as Seven Dials. Here is what Wikipedia reports about the area:

“Seven Dials is a small road junction in Covent Garden in the West End of London where seven streets converge. At the centre of the roughly circular space is a pillar bearing six sundials, a result of the pillar being commissioned before a late stage alteration of the plans from an original six roads.”

If you are interested in how Trey uses a drone to get some amazing pictures, the video below shows his team in action in London. Drones, of course, are not always popular and have gotten some negative press of late, but no one can deny the awesome views they enable.

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Pickleball: The Importance of Partner Communication

After playing Pickleball for a year and a few months, I have learned a few things that have helped me (and whoever my partner may be) quite a bit and one of them is to have someone on the team call every shot.

We have all seen a team watch the ball go flying by because each person thought the other was going to go for it; especially down the middle. This can be avoided most of the time.

When I watched the women’s doubles championship last year in Surprise, AZ, I noted that many of the winning teams called every shot or nearly every shot. When a player wanted to signal their partner to take the ball, they called “you.” When one of the players wanted the shot, they then called “me.”

Calling the shot is fine, but there is one caveat that goes with it. Whether or not it is a good call, if someone calls the shot for themselves, let them take it otherwise chaos will reign.

I like the use of the word “no” when a player wants to signal to their partner that they think a ball will be out. Some players shout “out,” but I am not sure how well using the word “out” for partner communication works in an official tournament.

One other call that is sometimes used is “bounce it.” If you think a ball may be close to landing out of bounds, this will announce to the person going after the ball to let it bounce first to see if it is out of bounds, i.e. a fault.

Partner communication can make the difference in close games!

What do you think? Are there any other ways you communicate with your partner?

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Video – African Wildlife Photography Workshop

The video below has a wide array of beautiful scenes including animals, landscapes, aerial portraits of interesting geographical areas and a vibrant soundtrack. If you like music, animals or photography, you will probably enjoy this video.

At about the seven minute mark of the video, a very light hued, young male lion comes running toward the people as though there is going to be a confrontation, but apparently this scene and the following were filmed in an area of a wildlife park where the animals interact with humans…still amazing to be that close to such a powerful animal.

African Wildlife Photography Workshop from Martin Harvey on Vimeo.

The Vimeo website for this particular film includes the following description:

A ten day photo safari starting in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Kenya. A short helicopter safari to north Kenya. Then in South Africa to Glen Afric, the Lion Park and ending in Tswala Kalahari Reserve.

With thanks to R.C. , Sirikoi Game Lodge, Tropic Air Kenya, Mario Magongo, Vicky Brooker, Glen Afric, Alex Larenty, Lion Park, Tswalu Game Reserve.

Additional aerial footage supplied by Tropic Air Kenya.

By Martin Harvey

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