Kettering Archers Charity Clout Shoot

One of the straw Easter Bunnies for Kettering Archers Annual Charity Clout Shoot.

One of the straw Easter Bunnies for Kettering Archers Annual Charity Clout Shoot.

Kettering Archers’ Easter Charity Clout Shoot photographs are now online for viewing here.

Yesterday, I headed over to Kettering for Kettering Archers annual Easter Clout shoot.  This year’s shoot was in aid of Cransley Hospice and with the weather not forecast to be favourable, the numbers of archers attending was something of a lottery.

However, the rain held off for most of the shoot and, whilst overcast and a damp feel in the air, a good time was had by everyone.

The field was impeccable, as always, and shooting away from the cricket pavilion, the field was laid out with three specially made straw Easter bunnies.  The closest would be for the juniors, the one in the middle for the ladies and the gents would be shooting a bunny set out in five concentric scoring rings 180 paces down the field.

With around 40 archers shooting at the same time, I would have to take the usual position just slightly behind the archers.  I got onto the shooting line a couple of times but my main issue was always going to be the weather.  The day was very overcast and the sky was getting a little darker and heavier throughout the shoot.  The inevitable rain came during the last but one end of arrows and the camera had to go away, costing me shots of the last group of archers.

Hopefully, I got most people during the day and I hope that one or two of the images are liked by the archers themselves.  The photographs have now been posted to www.m4photo.co.uk and £2.50 from each purchase will be going to the charity via Kettering Archers.

Finally, a thank you to John for letting me photograph the event and to his team for putting on another great shoot.

M4Photo’s Image used in the press

M4Photo picture of Bradley Denny used in the Northants Telegraph.

M4Photo picture of Bradley Denny used in the Northants Telegraph.

So, I’m coaching at Archers of Raunds (AoR) this evening and Geoff comes up to me and says that the photograph in the Evening Telegraph this week, is the best picture of Bradley shooting that he has ever seen, or words ‘very’ close to those.

Well there were a few cameras floating around during the AoR Fun Weekend and curiosity got the better of me.  Off to ASDA, a quick flick through the paper and the photograph was found, and yes it was an M4Photo photograph that they used – only a few weeks into setting up the business and we already have a image used in the regional press.

Better still, the picture in the newspaper is in full colour and it is over a quarter of the page’s printable area.  It dwarfs the writeup below the photograph but it really gets the piece noticed.

Anyway, it is really nice to have one of our photographs used in this way and it put a big smile on my face this evening.  What better way to finish a long week in the office?

M4Photo’s Latest Investment

Canon Pixma Pro-100

Canon Pixma Pro-100

Today M4Photo took another step forward with the investment in, and the delivery of, a brand new printer.

I knew that the printer would be big, but the box from the postman was simply enormous and questions about my planned home for it began to form in my mind.  However, half a hour later the printer was in place, print head and cartridges installed and she was ready to roll.

After much research and thought, I had decided to invest in a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer for office based printing.  This is one of the three top line professional printers from Canon and it will enable M4Photo to provide clients with lab quality photographs of numerous sizes up to A3 in size.  Initially we’ll be offering 4×6″, A4 and A3 sizes in either Glossy (4×6″), Semi-Gloss or Matte formats (A4 and A3).  However, subject to professional grade Canon papers being available, we should be able to accommodate our clients specific requirements up to A3 in size.  For example, professional grade Luster papers are available from Canon and these can be made available by special request.

As we gain experience of working with the Pro-100 and the various different papers, our preferred and recommended options might change.  Any such changes will be reflected on M4Photo’s Price Page on the website.

Without screen calibration and leaving the printer to manage the colours, the first two 4×6″ prints look awesome.  A screen calibrator will be used to complete the system configuration shortly.  I then expect the production time to reduce and the quality of the prints to increase further.

The printer is pretty heavy and not overly transportable and not nearly as quick to print as a professional event printer.  For this reason, photographs from this printer and in the numerous print configurations available, will only be available to order through our website and not at events.

New Twitter Header

M4Photo Twitter Header

M4Photo Twitter Header

Alright I know that this is a little off topic, but the M4Photo Twitter feed is now beginning to get some posts published to it and I thought that it was time to give the profile a little TLC.

Searching my latest photograph libraries, I once again found myself browsing the photographs taken at the Time to Breathe gig that I was fortunate enough to photograph earlier this year at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden.  A very quick resize and crop to suit the 1252 x 626 size that Twitter was asking for and I finished up with the new header copies above.

I really love this image in this header, it just seems to work somehow.  Now if only Twitter would give me the ability to move the logo and test slightly to the right and it would be just Ace.

If you want to follow M4Photo on Twitter, please log into your Twitter account and run a search for M4Photo @M4Photo1 and you should find me.  Oh, and thanks in advance for following.

AoR Fun Weekend Photos Online

Bradley Denny shooting at the AoR Fun Weekend.

Bradley Denny shooting at the AoR Fun Weekend.

I am still finishing the write up from the AoR Fun Weekend and it is proving to be a very long write up indeed, but I hope to have it online very soon.  In the meantime, for those of you who cannot wait, the photographs from the weekend are now online.  With over 300 photographs, I hope that I caught everyone and that there are one or two that catch you eye.

The photographs have been added into a special gallery on my new website (www.m4photo.co.uk) and they are available to view right now.

They are being made available as roughly A4 sized digital .jpg files for £2.00 per image, with all proceeds being added to Bradley’s Development Fund that was raised over the weekend.

These digital files can be printed at home, used to have prints made at a photo processing centre (such as ASDA in Rushden) or they can be shared online.