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.

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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 www.m4photo.co.uk.

The tournament gallery is linked from the M4Photo.co.uk 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 martyn@m4photo.co.uk 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 archersofraunds@hotmail.co.uk.

Roll on the next challenge.

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Getting noticed

 

I’ll be honest, things were a little slow for M4Photo during 2016.  I’ve continued to work with Eclipse Gymnastics and Archers of Raunds and I had a great three days shooting with the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing.  Otherwise, it was pretty slow.

 

It’s not all been doom and glom though.  The brand new Archers of Raunds website features a lot of my images as key eye candy on each of the websites pages and the images really make the site pop.  I also managed to capture a good number of great photographs at the recent Eclipse Gymnastics Xmas show and the feedback this year has been wonderful.  The dance school shoot had me utilising some long forgotten knowledge to get some good posed shots and the whole shoot was a great success.

However, a website that I was working on for a brand new start up business has fallen flat for the moment owing to things beyond my control and I really did not find the time to get out and explore my landscape photography, let alone attempt to put together a couple of landscape related projects that I’ve been thinking about.

So, with three acknowledgements in as many weeks from photographic websites and people that know what they are talking about, I guess that someone is trying to tell me something for 2017.

Gurushots is a website where photographers can upload their images and submit them to challenges.  Other photographers are then able to vote for their favourites and I always seems to do pretty well.  I was therefore pleased to find one of my images of Bodie selected from thousands of black and white images for an article entitled 30 Stunning Black And White Photos Proving That Colour Is Not Always That ImportantTo be selected for one of the top 30 images was really nice.

Then today, Gurushots picked up another of my images for one of just 34 lakeside images for an article entitled SPALOOSH! 34 Photographers that were Willing to Get Wet for Our Viewing Pleasure.  Featuring my image called Mono Lake Rainfall (shown above and which is one of my favourites in my portfolio) it quickly became my most successful image of 2016 with two Guru Picks during the year.  Whilst the votes are nice and it’s great to break into the top ten, it is the recognition from the guy that set the challenge that I really value.

Viewbug is another portfolio based photograph website where photographers can post their images and enter them into paid and free competitions.  My image looking across the Bay View Bridge towards San Francisco was recently place pretty high in the rankings.

It is interesting to acknowledge that all three of these images were captured on one of my workshops with Paul Reiffer.  I was lucky to spend two full weeks with him in California and he took us to some amazing locations and taught us how to get the best from each location.  The accolades mentioned above and linked on my Facebook page, really do show the value in Paul’s knowledge of photography and his unique ability to educate his students in a relaxed and informative way, whilst also letting them explore their own style of photography.

Maybe during 2017, I’ll get out a little more, work on some of these projects that are bubbling away in my mind and maybe, just maybe, I’ll have another crack at the local clubs to help to make some new memories for people.

Watch this space!!

 

AoR Fun Shoot

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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.

 

Archers Of Raunds Open Day

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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 www.m4photo.co.uk.

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.