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.

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Nerves, Nerves and more NERVES!!

Eclipse 2014 Festival Rehersals

So that’s another nights sleep lost to nerves and a totally restless night and this morning is not a lot better with butterfly’s growing as the day progresses and this evening’s shoot with Eclipse Gymnastics draws closer.

It is the clubs 10th anniversary and I’ve been invited back to photograph this years Christmas show and I’ll also be producing the annual show video again.  Goodness knows why I get so nervous though, I love photography, I adore making memories for people and supporting the club is just a privilege.  The kids have all the hard work to do during their performances and not one appears to show any nerves at all – it’s just not fair.

However, one this this week put everything into context.  I put a lot of pressure on myself throughout my daily life to do the best that I can and especially with my photography.  I want to get better and better and, above all, I want to get good results that capture that special moment for people and when you have just one chance and usually in a low light and manic environment with way too much going on, this can be a real challenge.  This results in huge anxiety on my part and, some say to me, needless pressure.

So what happened this week to put this into context.  Robbie Williams was on the television for his Icon Brit Award and he was talking about the tough times he had when young and how he gets hugely nervous to the point of being ill before going on stage.  He also indicated that one of his talents was the ability to turn those nerves into an amazing performance, something that he does in spades in my opinion every time he goes on stage.

For someone that feels the same before a live and unrehearsed photo shoot of the type I’m off to in a few hours time, I’m going to take heart from an truly professional icon and I’m going to use those nerves to produce some nice images for the parents over the weekend.

Let’s hope I can pull this out of the bag again and get some wonderfully positive comments like last year – The words of one guy walking away from my printer holding an image of his granddaughter and saying that it was “one of the best photographs of XXX that he’s seen” was enough to make what I do very, VERY worthwhile.

If all goes well, I’ll have a set of images available to purchase at the show tomorrow and then a more complete set following the show.  The full set should be on www.m4photo.co.uk sometime during Sunday afternoon/evening.

Finally, they will not need it but, I’d like to wish the whole of the Eclipse Gymnastics Club the very best of luck for another amazing performance.  Sitting in on one of the practice sessions last week, I was amazed to see some of the moves that the Elite Squad are now doing and which were the domain of Lucy, Ellie and just one or two others for the loongest time.  This is one club that raises the bar year on year on year.

Good luck guys.

Playing with Black and White.

Black & White Gymnastics Photograph.Following a few discussions with a few people I have been playing around with Black and White for a couple of my sports images.  I have uploaded two images to my 500px page and I have been getting some nice feedback from people online, via email and offline.

The image above is one of my favorites.  It was taken as I was turning around and I had a split second to capture the togetherness of the two girls as they were warming up for the main gymnastics session.  The focus is slightly off of their faces and owing to the low light available, the depth of field was very shallow.  Despite the slightly soft faces, I really like this image, not least because it really encapsulates the friendliness of the whole club.

You can view a larger resolution example and also a black and white image of an archer in a similar casual moment on my 500px page.