hmphotographs: Blog http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog en-us (C) hmphotographs harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:44:00 GMT Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:44:00 GMT Interesting piece on one of the iconic sports photographs http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/6/interesting-piece-on-one-of-the-iconic-sports-photographs https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/the-right-place-at-the-right-time-for-portsmouth-photographer-1-6116777

Picture by Norman Potter of Roger Bannister breaking 4 minutes for the mile on 5th May 1954.

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/6/interesting-piece-on-one-of-the-iconic-sports-photographs Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:38:35 GMT
Secretariat winning the 1973 Kentucky Derby http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/5/picture-by-neil-leifer-of-secretariat-winning-the-1973-kentucky-derby Another superb photograph by Neil Leifer of Secretariat winning the 1973 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

http://neilleifer.com/portfolio/secretariat-at-kentucky-derby/

 

 

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) racing http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/5/picture-by-neil-leifer-of-secretariat-winning-the-1973-kentucky-derby Mon, 21 May 2018 23:24:53 GMT
First pictures of 2018 http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/1/first-pictures-of-2018 First event of the New Year was the Antrim International Cross Country.

Photographs of the Senior Men's and Womens Races at:  http://www.hmphotographs.com/f75810648

I attended the second running of this race in 1978 at Mallusk Playing Fields near Belfast. Steve Ovett won the race on that occassion

Photographs of the race at: http://www.hmphotographs.com/p557284311

 

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/1/first-pictures-of-2018 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:39:40 GMT
Kentucky Derby by Neil Leifer http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/6/kentucky-derby-by-neil-leifer Brilliant shot of the 1965 Kentucky Derby by Neil Leifer

http://neilleifer.com/portfolio/overhead-shot-of-the-1965-kentucky-derby/

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/6/kentucky-derby-by-neil-leifer Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:16:35 GMT
Eamonn McCabe in 1980 http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/6/eamonn-mccabe-in-1980 I came across the August 1980 edition of "Camera" magazine and a feature on three sports photographs of the time, namely Eamonn McCabe, Leo Mason and Don Morley.

McCabe, of the Observer and at that time double winner of Sports Photographer of the Year explains how he worked at events too far away from London for a messenger service. The article took as an example photographing the Grand National where:

"One photographer will cover the first and last fences, while the other will attend to Beechers. McCabe shoots normally, quickly develops the films , in the already erected and prepared tent, knocks off a couple of !0 by 8 inch prints and puts then on a "wire" machine which feeds them to the newspaper HQ in London".

Changed times.

For exmples of McCabe's sports photographs, see -  http://www.eamonnmccabe.co.uk/gallery/sport/view/

 

 

 

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/6/eamonn-mccabe-in-1980 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 18:12:40 GMT
Six events in last 2 weeks http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/5/six-events-in-last-2-weeks Just realised I have been to 6 events in the last 2 weeks

  • 2 Point to Point at Loughbrickland and Broughshane and
  • 4 track at Punchestown twice, Downpatrick and Down Royal.

I have got a bit behind in processing photographs and my processes are being severely tested.

In some instances, as I write, I have only updated winners.

I will catch up eventually.

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/5/six-events-in-last-2-weeks Mon, 09 May 2016 22:34:15 GMT
Mark Shearman - Athletics Weekly Photographer http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/1/mark-shearman---athletics-weekly-photographer I came across this piece on Mark Shearman the Athletics Weekly photographer.

Very interesting to anyone involved in sports photography.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/12/19/olympics/shearman-details-life-behind-sporting-lens/#.VqDyNlLz7VI

See some Marks images at:  http://www.athleticsimages.com/

and  http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/e-inspire/gallery/

 

 

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/1/mark-shearman---athletics-weekly-photographer Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:17:21 GMT
25,000 visitors http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/10/25-000-visitors My site has, as I write,  63,778 photographs loaded which have been viewed by 25,380 visitors. I reached 25,000 visitors on 12 September 2015.

I am very satisfied with Zenfolio functionality and support having been a bit disgruntled a number of months ago when the User Interface was changed. In fact I enrolled for a trial version of Smugmug at the time and used it in the background for a time. It had good functionality and better statistics than Zenfolio but in the end I decided to stay with Zenfolio as I found Zenfolio easier to use (I suppose this is obvious as I have been a user of Zenfolio since 2010 and is a bit unfair on Smugmug), have got used to the new User Interface and although I rarely have to make support calls to Zenfolio but when I do support is second to none. Another major reason is that I did not want to have to transfer all my photographs to another provider.

Here is a link to my post of a year ago when I described my history of using photo sites.

http://www.zenfolio.com/hmphotographs/e/pages/blog.aspx#229101590

 

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/10/25-000-visitors Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:08:28 GMT
Light at Down Royal http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/7/light-at-down-royal As a sports photographer you need to be where the actions is taking place and you cannot wait as a landscape photographer can for the light to appear. At Down Royal on Friday evening last the action and the light came together in combination as shown in the photograph below.

 

1st No 4 Peace Mission (IRE) (1) - Jockey: G F Carroll - Trainer: T Mullins - Colours: orange, brown sash1st No 4 Peace Mission (IRE) (1) - Jockey: G F Carroll - Trainer: T Mullins - Colours: orange, brown sashFT8E7806.JPG The photograph was shot on a 24-70 mm zoom lens at 30mm with shutter speed 1/1600th second , aperture setting of f3.2 and ISO 100. It is shown straight from the camera with some cropping only.

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/7/light-at-down-royal Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:06:25 GMT
Top viewed 20 photographs in 2014 http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/top-viewed-20-photographs-in-2014 I have analysed viewing statistics for 2014 for my site using Google Analytics and grouped the winners into a collection.

http://www.hmphotographs.com/p768706793

The winner is a photograph taken of Christine McMahon of Ballymena & Antrim AC running at the Indoor Athletics Championships in February 2011 in the Odyssey in Belfast.

Christine achieved notoriety during the European Athletics Championships in August 2014 when she ran in a heat of the 400 metres hurdles and had to avoid a falling athlete at the final hurdle.

Christine McMahon (165) Ballymena & Antrim AC -  Women's 400m Heats  - CU2D3304-eChristine McMahon (165) Ballymena & Antrim AC - Women's 400m Heats - CU2D3304-e

 

Christine McMahon

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/top-viewed-20-photographs-in-2014 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:08:27 GMT
2014 Index of Events Attended http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/2014-index-of-events-attended I attended 41 events in 2014 - select this URL to view the lists of event I photographed.

http://www.hmphotographs.com/2014---15th-jan-2015

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/2014-index-of-events-attended Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:52:05 GMT
Review of 2014 http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/review-of-2014 I attended 41 events in 2014 as follows:

  • 26 Horse Racing and Point to Point Meetings
  • 5 Giro Events
  • 2 Cross Country Running
  • 2 Mountain Running
  • 2 Golf Events
  • 1 Athletics
  • 1 Cycling Event
  • 1 Sheepdog Trials even
  • 1 Horse/Foal Event

Of the 25 Horse Racing and Point to Point Meetings

  • 8 were at Down Royal
  • 6 at Downpatrick
  • 1 at Laytown
  • 1 Leopardstown (Champions Day)
  • 2 at Loughanmore Point to Point
  • 2 Loughbrickland P2P
  • 1 at Largy P2P
  • 1 at Necarne P2P
  • 1 at Toomebridge P2P
  • 2 at Tyrella P2P

Site viewing figures for the year were as follows:

5759 visits

4450 unique visits

48,532 page views

Visitors from 76 countries

My top viewed photograph for the year was a photograph taken of Christine McMahon taken at the Irish Indoors Athletics Chanpionships which was viewed during the European Athletics Championships - see separate blog entry

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/review-of-2014 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:48:39 GMT
First photographs of 2015 http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/first-photographs-of-2015 First of all, I would like to wish all my viewers a Happy New Year.

2015 started wet and windy at Glenariff Glen near Waterfoot on the Antrim Cost Road for the Ballymena Runners organised Race Over the Glens.

This is a popular race over 5.5 miles and this year the race started in the top car park and progressed out towards the exit of the park for a few hundred yards and then up to the upper sections of the glen to the swirls of a lone piper down to the Larragh Lodge end of the Glen and back up to the upper section to finish alongside the entrance road in the corner of the lower car park.

Over 400 runners, which is a record, finished the event which was won again by Ballymena and Antrim runner Jarlath Falls for the ninth time. 1 Jarlaith Falls (386 ) Ballymena  Antrim AC 00:36:401 Jarlaith Falls (386 ) Ballymena Antrim AC 00:36:40AA1V8126.JPG

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/first-photographs-of-2015 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:46:26 GMT
50,000 photographs on my site http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/12/50-000-photographs-on-my-site FT8E4723-e2-arFT8E4723-e2-arKauto Star amd Ruby Walsh at Down Royal in Northern Ireland

Kauto Star and Ruby Walsh at Down Royal in Northern Ireland

 

Just noticed that I have 50,000 photographs on my site.

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/12/50-000-photographs-on-my-site Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:01:21 GMT
Top viewed photograph so far this year (at 30/9/14} http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/10/top-viewed-photograph-so-far-this-year-at-30/9/14 This is the top viewed photograph on my site so far this year - between 1/1/14 and 30/9/14. Christine came to prominence during the European Athletics Championships.

 

Christine McMahon (165) Ballymena & Antrim AC -  Women's 400m Heats  - CU2D3304-eChristine McMahon (165) Ballymena & Antrim AC - Women's 400m Heats - CU2D3304-e

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/10/top-viewed-photograph-so-far-this-year-at-30/9/14 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:03:49 GMT
1991 Knockdhu Fell Race http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/billy-mckay---2-img_0012-e3a4j-edit-2 Billy McKay - 2-IMG_0012-e3a4j-Edit-2Billy McKay - 2-IMG_0012-e3a4j-Edit-2Billy McKay - 7th from left ( green vest, black shorts)

 

I was going through some of my pre-2010 Fell Running photographs to prepare to load them to my site (I had them on my fotopic site but it was shut down in 2010) and came across photographs I took at a Fell Race held at Knockdhu near Ballygally in 1991 - 23 years ago.

 

I recognize a few of the runners , Billy McKay, Denis Rankin RIP, Jim Patterson and Bill Magee.

 

I would be grateful for any other names -  if you send them to me via the comments facility I will update the photographs.

 

Billy McKay is 7th from left ( green vest, black shorts). Denis Rankin RIP, Jim Patterson, Peter Howie and Bill Magee are in this photograph but can be seen more clearly in another photograph.

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/billy-mckay---2-img_0012-e3a4j-edit-2 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:27:06 GMT
Index to events attended so far this year http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/index-to-events-attended-so-far-this-year This URL will take you to a screen that shows an index of events I have photographed this year - 31 so far.

http://www.hmphotographs.com/2014--18th-sept--

 

Below is a photograph taken at the most recent event on 13th September at Leopardstown on Day 1 of Irish Champions Weekend showing the finish of the featured race between Australia (right of picture -  purple, white seams) ) ridden by Joseph O'Brien and The Grey Gatsby (2nd form right -  light green and dark green diamonds) ridden by Ryan Moore.

 

 

01 The Grey Gatsby and R L Moore - - 01st (7 ,light green and dark green diamonds ) Trainer - K A Ryan  02 Australia and J P O'Brien - - 02nd (5 ,purple, white seams, purple cap ) Trainer - A P O'Brie01 The Grey Gatsby and R L Moore - - 01st (7 ,light green and dark green diamonds ) Trainer - K A Ryan 02 Australia and J P O'Brien - - 02nd (5 ,purple, white seams, purple cap ) Trainer - A P O'BrieCU2D9250.jpg

 

01 The Grey Gatsby and R L Moore - - 01st (7 ,light green and dark green diamonds ) Trainer - K A Ryan  02 Australia and J P O'Brien - - 02nd (5 ,purple, white seams, purple cap ) Trainer - A P O'BrieCU2D9250.jpg

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) Australia Champions Gatsby Grey Irish Joseph Leopardstown Moore O'Brien Ryan The Weekend http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/index-to-events-attended-so-far-this-year Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:32:10 GMT
Sport in Focus by Chris Smith - Partridge Press published in 1987 http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/sport-in-focus-by-chris-smith---partridge-press-published-in-1987 I managed to get a copy of this book recently.

I am interested in Sports Photography and Chris Smith has been a "hero" of mine. -  see earlier post.

There is a photograph in the book taken at Laytown Races in 1977 and accompanied by words from Brough Scott, titled Winners' Exposure. 

I was at Laytown last week and have just looked up Chris' photograph and Brough's report - they are masters of their trade.

If you are interested in Sports Photography this book is a "must" if you can get it.

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/sport-in-focus-by-chris-smith---partridge-press-published-in-1987 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:21:03 GMT
20,000 visitors on Zenfolio http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/20-000-visitors The Twenty Thousandth (20,000) visitor accessed my site this morning - Wednesday 10th September 2014. This has been a major goal.

Zenfolio records all access requests related to your account, and makes this statistical information available to you in real time for each photograph, gallery, group, and account overall.

A gallery is counted to have a visitor if at least one full size photo from it is viewed (viewing of thumbnails does not count). It's important to realize if the same visitor looks at another photo in the same gallery, only the photo counter will be incremented but not the gallery counter.

A photographer's "visitors" are a sum of all unique visitors to his or her photographs. The number of unique visitors determines your popularity, as well as the popularity of any gallery or photograph.

I joined Zenfolio in February 2010 after using a number of other website providers.

I first began posting photographs to the web in 2006 and used a provider called Beanpix which met most of my needs but it went out of business. I then joined Fotopic which also met my requirements but again it went out of business. Whilst using these two services I used Clikpic which I liked but I needed a facility which allowed me to load 1000s of photographs which Clikpic did not provide for.

A year before Fotopic went out of business I began to use Zenfolio as I could see the writing on the wall for Fotopic - slow response to problems. unexpected downtime, delays in producing prints, until eventually it just went off the air.

I try to annotate all my photographs and all my time spent uploading and annotating photographs  - hundreds of hours - on Beanpix and Fotopic was lost- a very annoying experience.

Since joining Zenfolio over four years ago I have been extremely satisfied with the excellent service provided. System response time is good, there has been no down time other than planned maintenance which is well advertised and notified to clients if they attempt to log on, there has been a regular flow of functionality enhancements to the system, the cost is reasonably priced and support to queries and questions is first class - within hours of posting a call.

I currently have almost 48,000 photographs uploaded to Zenfolio.

My site URL is - http://www.hmphotographs.com/

 

 

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) Country Cross Golf Horse Ireland Mountain Point Racing Rugby Running Running. Sport to http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/20-000-visitors Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:33 GMT
Downpatrick Ladies Race http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/downpatrick-ladies-race Back Row - Miss K O'Farrell , Ms M Carberry , Miss G Ryan , Miss N Fahey  Front row - Ms K Walsh, Miss R Blackmore &  Ms L O'NeillBack Row - Miss K O'Farrell , Ms M Carberry , Miss G Ryan , Miss N Fahey Front row - Ms K Walsh, Miss R Blackmore & Ms L O'NeillFT8E0137-Edit.jpg

 

Lady jockeys before The Racing Post Ladies Flat Race at Downpatrick.

 

Back Row - Miss K O'Farrell , Ms M Carberry , Miss G Ryan , Miss N Fahey  Front row - Ms K Walsh, Miss R Blackmore &  Ms L O'Neill

 

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harrymarcus10@gmail.com (hmphotographs) Club Downpatrick Hunt Jockey Lady National Race Racing http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/downpatrick-ladies-race Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:23:05 GMT