80:8 Photography : Video : Sound : Bands : Portraits


80:8 Gear review // Motorcycle Tyres – Maxxis SuperMaxx Diamond & Peroni Gran Reserva

Band and Music photography it says on the tin. Well, the photography is moving more and more towards video and er, well, apart from that I’ve got no other excuse for sticking up a bike tyre review. Apart from, of course, to give the GoPro Hero 3 a quick whizz in a suitably Top-Gear-esque kinda way. If nothing else, the video will provide a nice rolling view of the fields and hedgerows of the Scottish Borders finally bursting in verdant life. All the detail on the video is included in the YT description, so enjoy! Also many thanks to Andy down at Border Bikes for fitting the tyres and persuasion.

A review of my favourite garlic press will be coming soon 🙂


As a slight point of interest, the still above was taken from a segment of 4K video. The GoPro only does 4K at 12FPS so it’s not really video – more like rapid burst stills, but I have to say I’m seeing why there is all the fuss about it. The ability to take a still from any frame and have quite serious quality is incredible and scary at the same time.


New Musical Genre: Harmonic Indie Field Folk

The Scottish Borders are known for many things – the lush rolling pastures, small yet perfectly formed castles & towers dotted around like scattered chess pieces and indecent amounts of pheasant road kill. If you’re really lucky though and you go for a stroll early in the morning when the morning mist is just burning off the fields and the dawn chorus has subsided, you could, if you’re really quiet, stumble across that rarest of creatures – one that is both shy and easily startled, but well worth catching a glimpse of. I speak of course, of the fey, sensitive singer-songwriter, strumming his mysteriously tuned guitar amidst the fields and woods. Shades on because he’s cool as and his voice competing with the larks and sparrows, the sound of his guitar floating on the breeze so at first you hear it almost unconsciously but then it pulls you gently to it’s source.

OK. So we drove Matt out to a field, told him to stand in some mud and get on with it. Being the professional and talented musician he is though, he did exactly that and pulled another great performance out of the bag even if the audience was nothing more than a swarm of black flies. So enjoy ‘Next Stop, Summer’ by Matt Wilson.

It all happens in Duns / Motocross


When we first moved to Duns over two years ago, we just fell in love with it’s charm, friendliness and lovely square. Not to mention all the fabulous locations nearby for the taking of the odd photograph involving cardboard phone-boxes, mad frocks and smoke machines. For me, it was the icing on the cake to discover that Duns also has a top class Motocross Circuit which also hosts a round of the British MX Championship. Anyway, the circuit opens this weekend for the first round of The Borders MX Championship and hopefully I’ll be there taking a few shots. We don’t do motorsport per-se, so this will be a real chance to enjoy the racing, get a few snaps and have a bag of chips. Can’t wait and I believe the weather forecast is good! The photo above is from last years British Championship race.