this page I will endeavour to tell you a little about
the person behind this website.
I am a motorcycle enthusiast, who gets a lot of
motorcycle roadracing photography.
I live near Newtownards, County
Down, Northern Ireland
and work as a IT Technician for Windows 2000
Server and Windows 2000/Windows XP Desktop Support.
I am also a part time Web Designer.
The whole idea for this website started back in 1998,
when I bought my first digital camera. It was a Sanyo Digicam
and I used it to take some still photos in the Paddock at each motorbike race
I attended. Over the next few years,
I had acquired quite a collection of digital photographs, and I personally
got a lot of enjoyment looking at them and recalling the events at that particular
meeting. I knew that other bike racing enthusiasts would enjoy them too and
with the Internet being a great communication medium, I set myself the task
designing a simple website to display them to others on the world wide web.
that time, I had no web design skills at all, (some
might say you havenít now!), and the first site I created
was designed using Claris Homepage. It
was called Samís Website and
went online on the 9th January 2000. It wasn't long
before others contacted
me to say they enjoyed the photos, and so the whole
thing progressed from there.
Not content just taking
photos of stationary bikes, I wanted to get some action
shots as well.
I knew Iíd
have to buy a camera with a fast shutter speed
if I was to get anything at all, enter the Olympus C2000Z.
first race meeting I ever tried to take photos of moving
bikes was at Kells Road Races 1999. There
were plenty of photos of empty tarmac, hedges, straw
With practice, trial and error and sheer determination,
I finally managed to get some photos of fast moving
pleasing photos for an amateur photographer. The website
continued to grow both in content and design. As my
web design skills progressed, in 2001 I began to
use Macromedia Dreamweaver
and Fireworks software for the design process.
I purchased a new Olympus C700
Ultra Zoom camera which gave me extra zoom for those
I couldn't get up until then. Things progressed
steadily from there and I started to get some pretty
satisfying photos with what was basically a cheap
consumer digital camera.
In June 2002, I completely redesigned the site and changed the name to Samís
Roadracing, to reflect the content
featured on the site. Now, my tools of web design is Macromedia
Studio MX, and Adobe Photoshop
7 which give me all the power
to use my creativity. The only limitation is my imagination!
It is a very rewarding experience to know that I have created absolutely everything
on this site. I have taken it from a blank "piece of paper" to a
fully functional 200 + page site complete with original motorcycle content,
which other motorcycle enthusiasts from here and around the world can enjoy.
Hobbies & Interests
a big part in my range of hobbies. I like to train
at the gym 3-5 times a week. This involves running
about 12-15 miles a week on the
treadmill, weights to tone muscles and general cardiovascular fitness training.
I've extended my running from the gym to the road,
and I've ran in the "BELFAST
CITY MARATHON" 1998,
1999 and 2000" and ran in the "LISBURN HALF
MARATHON" in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
I raised £505
for the ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL WARD 43 (in which my
father was a cancer patient), the 1999 Belfast City
Marathon and £350
for MacMillan Cancer Relief, by running a 10K in 1998.
If you would
like to view a photo of me presenting the cheque to
the Royal Victoria Hospital, then click here.
only do I photograph motorbikes, I ride one as well.
I have a Yamaha YZF R6 which I
during the season. You can
see some photos of it here.
You canít have a fast bike without a fast car,
so my choice of 4 wheeled transport is a Ford Focus
ST. You can click here to
see a photo of my Focus ST.
EOS Camera System
I have invested further in the Canon EOS System and at the end of the 2004
season I acquired a new Canon EOS 1D Mark II Pro camera body. Rated at 8.5
it should be the perfect tool for capturing images from the fast sport of motorcycle
I have kept my Canon EOS 10D as a backup camera body and this will complement
the Canon 1D Mark II perfectly. My preferred telephoto lenses are the Canon
EF 300 2.8L IS and the Canon EF 200 2.8L. I use the Canon 1.4 and 2.0 Extenders
when extra reach is needed.
To date, my images have appeared in various race programmes, North
West 200 Race Programme, Fast Bikes Magazine, Irish
Racer Magazine, Irish Bike and even in a Russian Bike Magazine called Moto.
If you would like to view a complete list of all
the gear I use, please click here.