Red Sky at Night, Shepherds Delight.

 

Phil – Lache Cat.

 

As with each Sunday when I know people will be out training at the park, I decide to try and get an early night or at least wake up long before the scheduled meet up time to make the most of the day. Needless to say I was still sleeping come 12pm which is when some of the guys had planned to arrive at the Parkour park. I hadn’t planned to go out today as I wasn’t sure if anyone else was attending as I hadn’t seen anything posted and I didn’t feel like going out, so I decided I would leave it and stay home. Once logged on Facebook I saw that Phil had posted that he was heading over to the park later on, around 2pm as he too had got up later than normal but was still planning to head over to train. There was another post from a guy called Edward who had also planned to arrive at the park for 1pm and was asking if anyone else was there yet. Blair randomly popped up on Facebook chat and asked me the bus route to get to the park and if I was planning to go out myself. I told him I wouldn’t be and he asked why was I being so lazy as I only lived across the road from it and I should still get ready and come out, more so that he was heading over soon!

I began to get ready quick time and managed to get ready and get there a little before 2pm. David, Blair and Holbrook were already jumping around and there was no sign of this Edward guy, later on David informed me he had arrived did a few movements but admitted he was too tired and then left as quickly as he had arrived. David said he was a complete beginner unable to do kong vaults and other movements so he showed and taught him how to do a few things before he left. It was another very cold day and was piercing through my multiple layers, I decided I wanted to do some filming and get some photos from today as I always did, the park was very quiet today with just us using it. I spent most of my time practising up-starts on the bars with David, trying to get a simple motion which used to be so easy all those years ago. These would help me muscle up again in the future, though they were sketchy as hell and took near enough all day before I had them to a smoothish standard, not as smooth as I would like but they would suffice.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Later in the day a few of the kids started training at the park for a few hours, watching and absorbing what they could from the guys training and what advice they got given. I decided to take some photos as the sun began to set, which proved to make some awesome images like the Lache cat ones of Blair and Phil. Once again some birds flew overhead but in their hundreds this time, it reminded me of an apocalypse setting as the clouds and sky looked as if a tornado was about to happen. I carried on taking photos and the sky kept changing colours, I mean there are times it goes a nice red sky, or even a golden tone. Today it went from stormy blue, yellow, pink, magenta, purple, oranges and reds. I don’t think there was a colour the sky had not tried to be that day. I usually shy away from taking photos once it is dark, today though I took quite a few due to the amazing sunset and it produced some beautiful results too.

Once it was too dark and there was no light, I decided to experiment with the flash on the camera, something I never use. To my surprise and everyone else’s when looking back at a shot it made for some truly awesome images with the background of the red sky, so I took more with the flash on and some without making people silhouettes. I preferred the former and so while posing and being blinded by the flash  as people trained I captured multiple shots. I took more images in those last hours than I had all day! While using the flash I would cup it with my hand obscuring where it would light up on certain shots, this worked really nicely on some of the portrait shots we did like the one of Phil holding himself above the bar and only his upper body was lit up while the rest faded into darkness. I took some other candid images while we all chilled out and ate, some more perverse (Holbrook eating a banana) than others. The sun had gone down and now it felt truly bitter cold and while Holbrook waited to be picked up the rest were doing some conditioning exercises to finish off the day while I decided to say my goodbyes and head home before I perished.

 

Blair – Lache Cat.

 

Flying Birds.

 

Parkour Park.

 

Phil – Lache Cat.

 

Phil – Lache Cat.

 

Blair – Portrait

 

Blair – Lache Precision.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

Blair, Phil & Holbrook – Portrait.

 

Blair & Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Holbrook – Banana Eating.

 

Holbrook – Banana Eating.

 

David – Portrait

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Blair – Gainer.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Blair & Phil – Portrait.

 

Holbrook – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Blair – Portrait.

 

David & Phil – Portrait.

 

David & Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

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