Powerboat Racing On Porirua Harbour

Last weekend I was out on Porirua Harbour photographing a powerboat racing event. I was onboard the starter boat with the driver and flag starter and I must say it was extremely exciting to be as close as we were to the action. In fact we became part of the action when prior to the start of one of the races, one of the boats smashed straight in to the side of our boat. The impact was that hard, I was sure we were going to the bottom of the harbour. Had it not been for me yelling a very loud explicit, “F**K”! just before impacted, alerting the drive Bruce Robb, who reacted extremely fast to avoid the collision, we would most definitely have gone to the bottom.

The day was full of high speed action with drivers coming as far away as Auckland and Southland. Auckland driver, Steve Hughes in his powerboat, Stealth, was the only racing mishap when he barrel rolled on the northern end of the coarse whilst leading the race at the time with just one lap to go. Fortunately he came out of it with no injuries, apart from his pride been hurt that is.

Restoring Memories

One thing I have been doing a lot of lately is going through old family photos and restoring them and preserving them.

I remember as a child the old Cadbury chocolate boxes coming out on big family occasions then filled with photographs. These weren’t your normal two tiered chocolate boxes, these were the big as ten layered boxes. They were overflowing with old and some more resent photos of the time.

Whenever a reason arose to bring them out, we would tip them out into the middle of the floor, or on the dinning room table, depending on where we were at the time the conversation started and paw all over them, passing them from one person to the next, laughing at some, reminiscing over some and passing on family connections with others. They were great times. You may have similar memories?

With the advent of digital cameras, I don’t know if people do that much these days? I know we don’t.

As I’d been going through these tatty old photo boxes, some of which are falling apart, I have come across stacks of images that are in no better condition then the boxes themselves. It’s a shame because the negatives that produced the photos have long been lost and I can’t just simply reproduce them using the negative. We never thought to much about preservation back then and although we cherished them, we never gave it a second thought as to the value they may hold in the future for future generations.

Fortunately there is a way to restore those damaged images and in most cases back to their former glory. Here are some before and after examples of the images I have worked on.


If you have boxes of old treasured photographs and you want to protected them for future generations, I would highly recommend you have them scanned and burnt to disc. It’s a good idea to make two copies and have them stored in two different locations. Give one copy to other family member for safe keeping. I’ve seen it on the news so many times before when fire has destroyed the family home and the home owner been interviewed saying the thing that devastates them the most is all of their photographs that hold treasured memories have been destroyed.

If you have precious photographs in need of restoration or perhaps needing to be put to disc, send me an email from the contact page. We can then chat about your restoration needs and I’d be happy to give a quote.

Sharing Dreams

I came across these two kittens asleep in the shade while walking the narrow streets of Pythagoreion. I managed to get this one shot of them in this position before they sensed I was there and then moved to come say hello. I have Titled the shot “Sharing Dreams”

If  you’d like to see more fury friends, visit my Pets Gallery. Or if you have a fury friend you would like photographed, send me you’re details via the Contact page and I will contact you.


All rights reserved. Copyright © Gregory Young 2011

All rights reserved. Copyright © Gregory Young 2011


Another shot from Samos Island, Greece.

Every now and then we’d pass these motorized trikes sitting on the side of the road. They looked as if they had pasted their used by date and no longer in use. But on this day I came across this gentleman on the road.

We were on the motor-scooter we had hired at that time, so I race ahead, parked up, then waited for him to come round the bend. We didn’t have to wait long. They move a lot faster than you think they can. I almost misted the shot.

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Calendar Girls Official Launch

Hi Guys.
I thought I would give you an update on the Calendar Girls. They had their official launch for the calendar on Thursday evening and it went off well.

They’re doing a great job and they’re extremely proud of who they are and who they represent (woman with breast cancer) so copy this link support calendar girls send it to all your friends and family and spread the word.

Here is a press release they put out of the launch.

Calendar Launch: Breast Cancer Survivors, “Celebration of Women”
October 2011

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggart opened the launch of the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team calendar “A Celebration of Women “at Pataka Museum on Thursday October 13th.

Guest speaker Winnie Laban herself a breast cancer survivor spoke to guests about the courage, determination and bravery it takes to paddle through a journey from diagnosis to treatment. Winnie referred to the CanSurvive team as her heroes. In Winnie’s words, to show such courage and determination requires celebration.

Jason Pine was the MC for the evening. Chris Faa Foi Labour MP for Mana, Hon Hekia Parata, Sue Corkill from the Wellington Cancer Society, Fran Wilde and Prue Lamason, Wellington Regional Councillors attended in support of the launch.

The calendar, a celebration of women was launched after months of preparation and planning. This calendar profiles the members of the team, baring not just their breast but their zest for life. Just as importantly the calendar also shows beautiful women doing amazing things.

CanSurvive is a team of individuals from all walks of life and circumstances with a wish to paddle and train all year round in their own boat. To this end the launch celebrated both the fundraising calendar and these inspirational women.

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