Another trip out with the Canon 7D, 18-135mm kit lens.

archers-of-raunds-18032017Today and another archery competition.  Today, Lauren was registered for her first away from home competition in a little over three years and she would be joining three other AoR archers competing at the Fenland Archery Club, based in Whittlesey, Peterborough.  With only four archers to concentrate on, I thought that it was another good opportunity to take along the Canon 7D with the 18-135mm kit lens and see how it performs.

The 5D with my Pro glass will continue to be my lead equipment for events, but this backup camera is certainly surprising me with its reach and quality.  It is great that the body is almost identical to the 5D and I have found myself right at home from the off.  I miss the bulk afforded by the addition of the battery grip, but this body is all about what I can capture with a relatively light camera system.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the images that I captured in the sports hall spanning three badminton courts and those images are now available online for the four archers, if they want them.

As far as the tournament was concerned, well everyone appeared to have a good time.  The venue was good and everyone at the shoot was very friendly and the shoot was generally very well run.  With regards to the four AoR archers, they all had a good solid shoot with everyone pushing their personal best scores.  Considering Lauren has not shot 20 yards since January and she had no sight marks when we arrived, she did extremely well to claim fourth place and about 15 points off her personal best.


Archers of Raunds Portsmouth Tournament Gallery

archers-of-raunds-220117I had another great day with Archers of Raunds capturing images from their Annual Open Portsmouth Archery Tournament last Sunday.

I’ll create a blog posting with a little more about the day, but this is a quick note to let everyone know that the Tournament Gallery has now been uploaded to the main Archers of Raunds gallery on

The tournament gallery is linked from the Home page in the usual manner.  The gallery is not password protected and the parents of all juniors under the age of 18 have given written consent for their child’s images to be included in the gallery.

Please contact if you were one of the tournament attendees and you wish to acquire any of the images.

Another Challenge Done!!

Well I think that was another successful project.  Sometime ago I set about rebuilding the Archers Of Raunds website and I decided to keep it fully responsive to support desktop, tablet and mobile devices.  In addition, I wanted to use M4Photo images throughout the website.  The final result is a great looking website with (I hope) some good photography to accompany each page in the site.

If you are interested in trying archery or you would like to take a beginners course, please contact Archery GB qualified head coach Tony at

Roll on the next challenge.


AoR Fun Shoot


I was pleased to capture a few shots from today’s Archers of Raunds Fun shoot with archers from the club and also from SALT who came up from Milton Keynes for the morning.  Unfortunately, I was rather too involved with the running of the shoot and finding time between making decisions and making sure that the shoot ran well, left little time for capturing some good images of the morning.


M4Photo Image makes Magazine

IMG_20160121_0002Admittedly this is another freebie and one day I’ll begin getting royalties for my images being used commercially, but I am pleased to have one of my recent Archers of Raunds images published in Archery GB’s Winter 2015 edition of their magazine.

The full colour glossy print magazine goes out to all GNAS members and that will means thousands of archers around the UK and on page 46 they will see my image of Brad Denny presenting one of his Youth Olympic shirts and a few other keepsakes to young Sammy.

Sammy suffers from muscular dystrophy and I was pleased to be able to capture some very precious memories of Sammy’s day shooting with Brad and other archers at Archers of Raunds.  These images have all been given to the family and I hope that they will provide them with fond memories of a great session where Sammy shot and collected a number of arrows, helped by Geoff.

Getting another image published in this manor is great for me and I take pride in people wishing to use my images in such a way.  However, it remains my ability to create lasting memories for local clubs and the local community that keeps me out there capturing these shots.

If you are reading this and you are associated with a club (or similar organisation) in the Northamptonshire, west Bedfordshire or north Buckinghamshire area and you would like to capture precious moments like this for your club and visitors, please drop me a line to and I’ll be pleased to discuss what I offer and how you might be able to benefit from my usually free to attend service.

Archers Of Raunds Open Day

AoR 2015 Open Day

AoR 2015 Open Day

You could say that today was a warm one, well it was standing out in the sunshine all day long on an archery field.

Today, I would be heading back over to Archers of Raunds to cover the clubs 2015 Open Day.  This is an opportunity for the club to share the delights of archery with the local community and to give them that opportunity to come and meet the club members, talk about archery in general and to pick up a bow and have a go themselves.

Clearly a good time was had by everyone and the whole event was well run as usual, with several opportunities for all ages to shoot, some light refreshment to be indulged in during some pleasant chat about archery or life in general and the weather was favourable as well.

Anyway, for those of you that are interested, the photographs from the event are now online and they can be viewed in the Archers Of Raunds gallery on

AoR Tournament Gallery now online

aor_15albionwindsorI was at Archers Of Raunds with camera again yesterday with the remit of capturing some general images for use on the club’s website, blog and for promotional purposes.  The tournament was extremely well run again and I was pleased to try out the new lens extender to get in a little closer whilst shooting from the sidelines.  The results are a little soft but the equipment still helped me to capture a few good shots.

Debbie, please let me know which images you need and in what size for publicity purposes and I’ll get those to you.

In the meantime, a number of the competitors at yesterday’s archery tournament at Archers Of Raunds were asking me about where they can view and order the photographs from.  I am pleased to confirm that they are now online here.