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    So, something I have started doing over the last couple of years is taking more and more archery photos, most of which go up on facebook, though I am starting to get around to put them up on Flickr and thought people might like to see them. This first slideshow is from a league match in my old university league (South Wales and West Universities)

    SWWU League, Exeter

    and a small selection to give you an idea...







    Right... going to write a few more Christmas cards and then time to upload some more photos... just so you know, I uploaded ~2000 archery photos to FB in 2012 alone... I may be a bit more picky for flickr (I'm not tagging people after all), but as they go up I'll set up them up in photo-sets and will link to them from here.
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    Re: Bimble's archery photos

    I love archery photos especially when I am in them

    Nice work

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    Re: Bimble's archery photos

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    Well... if it hadn't been raining so hard on the practice field at the Surreys...
    Would have been beautiful

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    UK Indoor Nat's '12...

    Well... once I start uploading photos they'll come thick and fast...

    Indoor Nat's

    So hitting the relatively recent shoots first we have the UK Indoor Nationals shot in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from earlier this month. Now, I am going to be forced to admit that when my DSLR was bought, it was one of the top of the range ones... however this was several years ago (dad's hand-me-down) and so it does struggle at extremes, especially in the dark. So these had to be run through photoshop to turn something like this:



    into something like this...



    which in itself I find quite impressive, but as ever it's a tight balance between having the shutter speed fast enough to stop blur, but not too fast that it's beyond photoshop's ability to lighten... and you don't find that out until you get home!!

    Something else I find about going to shoots where I've been planning to take photos, is that my own shooting gets in the way. Sure, I'm free to take photos during the session that I'm not shooting in, but in the session I am, I can't take photos during my detail, and in these big halls I can't get too far away from my target to take photos... though I did employ helpers to take a few...



    Which will be my excuses for any photos that include me, or are slightly out of focus... "was the 'help' guv!!"

    Here are a few to whet your appetite...





    and because I know I have a preference towards compounds over the other bowstyles (but they are SO SHINY!!!) here's one of a recurve...

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    Very nice, keep them coming

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    *sigh* archery photos are a lot nicer to upload than holiday photos*... mass title everything as "shooting @ wherever" and sorted... holiday photos all require different tags and different titles...

    I've also been going through some of my Olympic/Paralympic photos... I'm not the world's greatest fan of photo after photo from the same position, which when you're sitting in a stand is basically what you get... so will be mixing them up with some screen grabs and different days so it's not too repetitive... but that'll be after Christmas I think...


    * - what I've been doing this evening... and yes, these are from last year's jaunt to New Zealand... only slightly late!!
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    fita field

    As a Christmas treat here are some that I've taken at various field shoots over the years.

    fita field slideshow

    Now I've only been shooting field for a few years and it is a great deal of fun... but it doesn't really lend itself to taking photos as well as target can. No photography on the unmarked day and with so many venues being set up where you can't see the group ahead or behind it does mean you often end up taking photos of only the people you are with.

    The first lot of photos are from Overton '09, followed by Sarn Helen '10, then back to Overton for '11 and then the British Field Champs there this year and the last couple are from Fort Purbrook.


    Here we are, up near the top of Overton, shooting the steep downhill 15-20m bunny.


    This is at Sarn Helen... I'm not sure how often they hold shoots here (I've only been the once) though it was very up/down hill!!


    Back to Overton (and indeed the same target as before) and this angle gives a much better idea of the steepness of the shot.


    A few targets on we come to another one of Overton's regular targets... and though you KNOW it's 55-60m it always looks to be more like 70-80m... at least to me it does!!


    And because I know with only target shoots so far I've not been able to show any bowstyle that isn't recurve or compound, here's a barebow for you!!


    Oh go on... two more!!
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    Smile Ironman 2012

    Oh yes, the Guildford leg of the 2012 AIUK Ironman... how about that... archery photos only hours old!!

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    It was a little on the damp side... yep... arrow in flight





    Some bosses required only a little extra backing...


    Those longbow arrows look might close to the middle of the target...
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    Delhi Test Event 2010

    Something slightly different for New Years I thought. Something that I always enjoyed about university archery was that there were away trips where you all travelled off in a group (usually in a minibus), maybe stayed away a couple of nights and had a bit of a shoot. This is something that in the grown-up world of archery just doesn't happen. Not unless you happen to be fortunate to make the National Squad.

    In 2010 archery made its (brief) return to the Commonwealth Games and at the time I was shooting on the Welsh Squad and was lucky enough to be selected to go out to India to take part in the Test Event.

    Delhi Test Event

    Now, before you go following the link, expecting loads of photos of some of the best archers in the Commonwealth I'm going to disappoint you I'm afraid. Wanting to be a very good archer making their international debut I did concentrate more on shooting when I was at the ground, but there are a few!!


    Looking along the shooting line whilst the recurves are shooting


    the Welsh Ladies recurve team, Becky, Gemma and Helen.

    and as a slight variation, here's a video (shocking I know) of a couple of ends of the ladies recurve Wales/Malaysia match...


    Most of these photos are, however, from around and about the trip itself.

    We start off at the Red Fort in Delhi (well, the very first photo is of our hotel), which is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. (yes, I'm making use of Wikipedia)



    and if you're curious, those are machine gun posts in those yellow tents, with a further one inside the gatehouse... they do take security very seriously!!

    Inside the fort was very much like a park, a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon wondering about the place.



    and there was some very intricate marble work as well!!



    Of course, most of the time was spent at the (nearly finished) specially built archery stadium, either practicing, or shooting qualifying/matches. I will be forced to admit that I didn't do quite as well as I could have done during qualifying... nothing particularly terrible, but a 636 for a 70m 720 was probably 20 points down on what I'd have hoped to have made. But I wasn't last, so that's alright!!



    It did, however, mean that my first individual match was up against England's Mark Franklin (seriously, you travel 4000miles and come up against someone from down the road!!). But that went well, and I nearly took a point off of him...

    And for the first (and only time out of three times shooting for Wales) there were enough compounders to make a team, which meant that we were able to take part in the team H2H. This is another aspect that as a general archer you very rarely get to take part in. Team H2H's. There is one team H2H shoot that it on the university circuit (the British University Team Champs), which utilises the Beiter Hit/Miss targets... and the only other shoot, that I can think of, is every other year at the Midsummer shoot up at Lilleshall. And I hope they do it this year...

    Our first match was vs. Scotland and despite falling behind early on we came back and managed a win!! excellent!!



    We didn't do quite as well in our next two matches and a d-loop snapping led to some very rapid repairs whilst the arrows were being scored!! There is video of this somewhere on the internet... or was at least at some point...

    Now due to the whole 'everything still being built' nature we weren't staying in the Athlete's Village (not built) we were in a rather nice hotel. With armed (more machine guns) guards at the door and a metal detector and an X-ray machine at the entrance. We also had a police escort (cars and outriders) to escort our buses from the hotel to the sporting venue, which was handy because otherwise the 20 minute journey would have taken something closer to 90 minutes... if we were lucky!!

    Have I mentioned the traffic over in India...?? Let's just say it is... interesting. There are apparently rules of the road... I'm not 100% certain if anyone know what they are... for instance, this is our tuk-tuk taking us along a duel-carriageway in central Delhi... the wrong way!!



    Now three of us had the privilege not to catch the plane home with everyone else but had an extra day to spend in India... and being only a four hour drive away we went to see what is possibly the most beautiful building I think I have ever seen... the Taj Mahal!!



    It is certainly one of those buildings that I am glad that I have seen, for it is truly beautiful...



    And just think... I didn't mention the party at the British Consulate for the Queen's Birthday or McDonald's without Big Macs or the power going out and then security not allowing the electrician in cause he didn't have his ID!!
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    Shooting Down Under and in The Land of the Long White Cloud...

    Or as known in the real world, Australia and New Zealand.

    Year before last I took three months off of archery (it was hard... especially as I immediately did my shoulder in) and travelled to the far side of the world to give my support to the Welsh and Canadian rugby teams*...

    Now I did have a little bit of fun over there...





    And I did get to see some rugby live, including the 3rd/4th match between Wales and Australia which was a cracking match.



    I also took care of any archery cravings by visiting people. First up was Melbourne and a visit to Marcus (on this forum) at Urban Archery, followed by a couple of hours of general nattering and Jaffa Cake eating. It did make me realise just how lucky we are with the shear number of W/RS shoots that occur within reach here in the UK. Even though their outdoor season is twice as long as ours (being year-round) that year (2011) they had the same number of weekends with a Fita Star as we did. And spread out over a country nearly as big as all of Europe...



    After Melbourne I took the train to Sydney (a full 12hr journey), which as I'm sure many of you remember hosted the Olympic games in 2000. And something that they did get from the Olympics that win didn't (apart from an archery gold) was an Olympic Park with an Archery Centre...



    It was a rather nice place, though I got the feeling that it would be a very windy ground!! It is, not to get too political, a great shame that the archery legacy from the London Olympics will be mostly memories of the participants and those that went to see. Well... we did get the Mongolian's practice bosses which are quite nice but I think it's fairly safe to say that I'll never get the chance to shoot on the Olympic range...





    I also quite liked that the targets had little wheels so they were easy to move about the place!! I might have to take a photo of that and make a suggestion to our range-master...




    Of course, what with the Rugby World Cup being in New Zealand, this was where I spent most of my time, and whilst wandering around an Auckland park I saw a sign... 'Auckland Archery Club' and I just had to follow...



    and this is what I found... at the bottom of 'One Tree Hill' (currently minus a tree). I did like the way that the bosses were in boxes that had hatch-openings so they could be kept out in all weathers, even if no-one was there. I was also amused by a very Kiwi method for keeping the grass short!!




    * - there is no archery photo slideshow in this posting I'm afraid... mostly because these photos are part of my holiday slideshows... and whilst I've up-loaded 1,601 photos so far... I've still got travelling across Canada by train and New York to go...
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    National Series 2012 - Leg 1, Oxford

    As requested by Uller, here are some photos from the first leg of the UK National Series, hosted this year (well, last year I guess) by Oxford.

    National Series Slideshow

    Now there are a few recurve photos, (from after I was knocked out), when I went over to see how my club mate was was doing... as it turned out he was busy being knocked out by Simon Terry...



    And whilst down there, I did spot a few other things as well... it's the little touches I like!!



    However, with the segregation of compounds/recurves with the newish 50m 720 round and being a compounder myself I have a lot more photos from my end of the field. And being a National Series event, there tends to be a few more of the big names that I guess folk will know.

    Such as Duncan Busby...


    Adam Ravenscroft...


    Lucy Holderness...


    and Andrea Gales...


    Of course, it's not just the big names that attend these shoots (well, I'm there for starters) but there are also a few AIUK'ers who actually go out and shoot!! And some of them who then go and knock me out of the H2H...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bimble View Post
    Of course, it's not just the big names that attend these shoots (well, I'm there for starters) but there are also a few AIUK'ers who actually go out and shoot!! And some of them who then go and knock me out of the H2H...
    Nice demo of "compounders ballast"




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