hmphotographs: Blog https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog en-us (C) hmphotographs [email protected] (hmphotographs) Thu, 21 Dec 2023 19:04:00 GMT Thu, 21 Dec 2023 19:04:00 GMT Steve Ovett Collection https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/steve-ovett-collection Athletice - Steve Ovett 3-clikpicAthletice - Steve Ovett 3-clikpic

Steve Ovett ran in Northern Ireland a number of times. I attended and photographed three of his races:


1978 Belfast International Cross Country at Mallusk - first 5 b&w Images
1981 UK GRE Games at Antrim Forum - 6 colour images
1984 Belfast International Cross Country at Mallusk - final 7 b&W images

This collection contains photographs taken at these three races.


https://www.hmphotographs.com/p908408558

Steve won his 800m Olympic Gold Medal at the 1980 Moscow Games.

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Local Sporting Events https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/local-sporting-events IMG_8161-e2IMG_8161-e2

The above photograph shows rider in the Tour of The North (TON) cycling towards Carnlough a village on the Antrim Coast Road in Northern Ireland. This was held each Easter Week-end and attracted many teams from across Europe. However no sponsorship funding was available for the year that Northern Ireland held the GIRO which meant no TON that year. A smaller event has been held in recent years but it has not reached the level of those events held before the GIRO. 

 

I recently posted this article on my Camera Club Site for new members who may be interested in Sports Photography. It covers local sporting events that I have attended which did not require accreditation.

Sports Photography is not popular in Camera Club circles. Since I joined my Club in 2019 there have been no special Northern Ireland Photographic Association rounds for sports photography and the first one is scheduled for the 2028/2029 session ie once in 10 years. There not many entries in the Open rounds.
For any new members interested in having a go at Sports Photography here is a set of photographs taken at local events which did not require accreditation ie I just turned up and started clicking. I presented these to some members in November 2020 on Zoom during Covid.
Sports covered included - rugby, cycling, cross country running, road running, mountain running, sailing and horse racing taken at about 20 local locations.
I have been interested in Sports Photography for many years and have taken thousands of photographs and been to hundreds of events - I have uploaded over 100,000 to my website which to date have been viewed around 63,000 times from visitors from more than 75 countries.
I have had photographs published in 19 publications including newspapers from local to international, magazines and one book and had many viewers have purchased framed prints, prints and jpg files from my site.
Sports photography is good fun, gets you out into the open air in all weathers, challenges and improves your photographic skills, allows you to meet and photograph many interesting people and most of all provides an opportunity to take many photographs on a regular basis. I can take up to 1000 photographs at an event. So it is a good genre if you like taking lots of photographs.
The London Guardian’s prizewinning photographer Tom Jenkins says “Portraiture and Sports are at the opposite ends of the scale. Portraiture is about being in control, creating whatever you want in front of the lens, whereas with Sport you have no control”.
He goes on to say “Sport is the toughest photography to excel in”.

Click the link below to view photographs taken at various local events that I photographed that did not require accreditation.

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p665421097
 

 

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Hyperfocal Distance https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/hyperfocal-distance Hyperfocal distance is the focussing distance that gives your photographs the greatest Depth of Field (DoF).

The definition is the closest focussing distance that allows objects at infinity to be acceptable sharp.

When a lens is focussed on the hyperfocal distance the depth of field extends from half that distance to infinity.

The mathematics are:

 

H =   f2/ (N* c)

Where:

    H = Hyperfocal Distance

                f = focal length of lens(mm)        

                N = Aperature (f stop)

                c = Circle of Confusion

 

Example 1 : Full frame camera with a 50mm lens set at f8

H  =  (50 *50)/(8*0.033)= 9470 mm = 9.47 metres

Example 2 : Full frame camera with 20mm lens at f11

                                H = (20*20)/(11*0.033) = 1212.12mm = 1.2m

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Hyperfocal Distance https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/hyperfocal-distance Thu, 07 Sep 2023 16:07:29 GMT
Blog Visitors at 29th August 2023 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/blog-visitors-at-29th-august-2023 49,357 visitors viewed my 72 blog posts as at 12:14 on Tuesday 29th August 2023.

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Sixty Thousand Visitors https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/sixty-thousand-visitors I have logged 60,000 visitors on my site by 21st July 2023. A visitor is counted when they open a full photograph. Viewing a thumbnail does not count
 

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2013 World Fire and Police Games https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/2013-world-fire-and-police-games FT8E8685-61FT8E8685-61The opening ceremony at the grounds of the King's Hall in South Belfast

      Pic shows the Opening Ceremony 

The 2023 World Fire and Police Games have just finished in Winnipeg in Canada on 6th August 2023.

The games were held in Northern Ireland 10 years ago in 2013, This was the first time in the 28 years history of the games that they were held in the United Kingdom and only the third time in Europe.

Approximately 7000 athletes competed in 2013 from 62 countries in 56 sports.

I attended and photographed a number of event at the 2013 games:

  • Media Briefing
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Cross Country Running at the Stormont Estate
  • Open Swimming at Groomsport
  • Mountain Running in the Mourne Mountains
  • Track and Field at the Mary Peter's Track

I have published 1648 photographs on my site at: hmphotographs | 2013 WPFG - World Police and Fire Games

 

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) King's Hall Northern Ireland The 2013 World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland WPFG https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/2013-world-fire-and-police-games Wed, 23 Aug 2023 13:11:45 GMT
The Mathematics of Depth of Field (DoF) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/the-mathematics-of-depth-of-field-dof Depth of Field (DOF)

 

Depth of field is the distance between two planes, a closer one and a farther one, in which objects  can be positioned to have an "acceptably sharp" image formed in a camera.

There are two formulae for calculating Depth of Field (DOF), a simple one as described below which produces an approximate value and more a more complicated one which produces a more accurate value. The latter is not discussed in this document.

 

I will focus on the simple formula as below.

 

           DOF = (2 u2 N c)/f

 

Where:

  • C = circle of confusion*
  • F= focal length
  • U = distance to subject
  • N – F number

 

*circle of confusion has been defined as the largest blur circle that will be perceived by the human eye as a point when viewed at a distance of 25cm. Note there are more specific definitions but for the purposes of this document the above definition is considered sufficient.

The formula shows that DOF varies proportionally with the aperture, and with the square of the focal length and distance to subject.

Example: what is the DOF of a 50mm lens, when the circle of confusion is 0.029mm, f-stop is f/4 or 4 for the calculation, with a focus distance of 1200mm (1.2m)

Answer: square of u = 1200 * 1200 = 1,440,000

So DOF = 1,440,000*2*4*0.029 = 334,080 divided by square of focal length = 50 *50 = 2500

 

Ie 334,080/2500 = 133.632mm = 0.13m

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Depth of Field https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/the-mathematics-of-depth-of-field-dof Wed, 15 Mar 2023 11:55:01 GMT
An example of Camera "Back Button Focus" https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/an-example-of-camera-back-button-focus  

AA1V4356AA1V4356" TULLYORIOR and R A Devine ( 10 , PURPLE; white sleeves; red cap,white star ) Trainer: Catherine Barry , Owner : Catherine Barry"

In late 2020 my Camera Club held a "Show & Tell " session where members had to present 12 photographs taken from the same place.
I entered this sequence of 12 photographs depicting a horse jumping the last fence at the Portrush Point to Point in May 2018, stumbling on landing and as a consequence unseating the rider and throwing him over the its head where he eventually fell to the ground. The rider was uninjured as he can be seen can walking back in front of the spectators to the changing room.
This was a good example of the use of the "Back Button Focus" on my camera whereby the focussing and taking of the photograph are separated and spread across two buttons. The shutter button which usually focuses when pressed half way down and takes the photograph when fully depressed is only used to take the photograph.  A button at the back of the camera is configured to focus the lens. I depressed both buttons for this sequence and followed the horse and rider such that the camera kept the rider in focus throughout. The rider was Rory Devine and the horse was named Tullyoroir.

 

The full sequence of 12 photographs can be viewed at:  https://www.hmphotographs.com/p878971621
 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/an-example-of-camera-back-button-focus Thu, 16 Feb 2023 20:12:22 GMT
First Event of 2023 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/first-event-of-2023  

1 Limerick Lace (1 ,emerald green and orange hoops ), Jockey - L P Dempsey ,Trainer - G P Cromwell1 Limerick Lace (1 ,emerald green and orange hoops ), Jockey - L P Dempsey ,Trainer - G P CromwellFT8E4411.jpg

 

First Event if 2023

My first event if 2023 was horse racing at Down Royal. The event was the Molson Coors Raceday national hunt meeting.  It was also Students’ Day and was noisy. There were three hurdle races , three steeplechase races and a flat race to complete the meeting. The meeting was the only one in the UK and Ireland on the day so got good coverage on Racing UK TV. The weather was good considering it was January- dry and bright and not too cold for most if the afternoon. I took photographs with 24-70 and 70-200mm lenses on both sides of course at the the last hurdle and fence as well as some at the finish. I had 5 photographs published in a weekly newspaper. Photographs from the day can be viewed at gallery https://www.hmphotographs.com/p193199369

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Harry Marcus Down Royal Hunt National Racing https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/first-event-of-2023 Tue, 14 Feb 2023 20:56:48 GMT
A Day at the Races https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/a-day-at-the-races  

As of March 2022 I have attended and photographed 270 horse race meetings. I thought it would be interesting to document the things I do for each meeting in terms of pre-meeting, at the meeting and post meeting activities. I have attached a chart detailing these activities.

 

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Top viewed photograph in 2022 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/top-viewed-photograph-in-2022 Stephen Metcalfe (Leeds City AC) Triple Jump-3rd place 15,03mStephen Metcalfe (Leeds City AC) Triple Jump-3rd place 15,03m

This is the top viewed photograph on my site in 2022. The list is at: https://www.hmphotographs.com/p189364346

I took it at the GRE Games at the Antrim Forum in Northern Ireland in 1982 and shows Stephen Metcalfe jumping in the long, ship and jump comptetition.
 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Antrim Forum GRE Games NI Athletics https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/top-viewed-photograph-in-2022 Tue, 10 Jan 2023 12:45:51 GMT
Camera Club Zoom Talk in October 2020 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/camera-club-zoom-talk-in-october-2020 Rory McIlroy after breaking the course record at Royal Portrush in 2005

 

Rory - IMG_1479Rory - IMG_1479This is the image in question. I took this on 12th July 2005.
It is of Rory McIlroy on the 18th green at Royal Portrush after he had broken the course record for the course. He shot an amazing score of 61.
He was playing in the second day of the five day North of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship. The competition is played each year in July over the Royal Portrush and Valley Courses. The first two days are stroke and the top 64 players enter a match play competition over the last three days with the final on the Friday afternoon. I have attended this competition for many years and watched Darren Clark win it as well as watching Graeme McDowell, Padriag Harrington and Paul McGinley compete when they were amateurs.
 

I presented this slide set to Larne Camera Club members via Zoom on Tuesday 13th October 2020.
The title of the members talk was " The Impact on my photography of setting up a web site"
I covered my photography pre-web site from 1978 to 2005 and post-web site from 2005 to the present showing photographs that I considered had been successful in my terms and talking about the subjects and the background to taking the photographs in each case.
 

hmphotographs | 2020-10-08th-Camera Club Slide set V1
 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) 2005 Club Course Golf Larne Camera Club McIlroy Portrush Record Rory Royal Portrush Golf Club https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/camera-club-zoom-talk-in-october-2020 Sun, 08 Jan 2023 11:10:59 GMT
Where to Stand? https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/where-to-stand  

The photograph below is of the 2010 JNWine Champion Chase at Down Royal and shows Killyglen ridden by Paul Carberry on the left and Kauto Star ridden by Ruby Walsh in the right. Killyglen was owned by David McCammond of Killyglen and trained by Stuart Crawford at Magheramourne near Larne in County Antrim, N Ireland and finished 5th in the race. Kauto Star, winner of the race was trained by Paul Nicholls from England.

Killyglen , Jockey Paul Carberry 5th & Kauto Star , Jockey Ruby Walsh - Winner - T8E4723-e2Killyglen , Jockey Paul Carberry 5th & Kauto Star , Jockey Ruby Walsh - Winner - T8E4723-e2Killyglen
Trainer - S R B Crawford
Owner - D L McCammon

 

Collection of Photographs of Champion Race at Down Royal referred to below: hmphotographs | 2023-01-06th-Where to Stand?

 

Ansel Adams states that “A good photograph is knowing where to stand” and best selling author Tom Ang states in one of his books  “The essential foundation for every image you make is your choice of viewpoint”
I agree with these statements and thought it would be interesting to attempt to relate them to my own experience.

At each event I attend the most difficult decision I make is usually where to stand. I have attended the same events on many occasions and struggle with this decision each time.

My most attended event is horse racing at Down Royal. I have attended this race track on 104 occasions ( as at November 2022) and with 7 races at each meeting photographed 728 races so I have focused on this location for the purposes of this discussion.

I will state at the outset that my objectives in taking horse racing sports photographs are to capture action pictures of horses galloping and jumping as well as interesting photographs recording the events such that parties involved with a horse will consider buying a print or jpg file and newspapers editors will consider publishing in the sports section of their newspapers.

In most races at Down Royal the horses and riders pass you two times if you stand in the correct place so you get two bites of the cherry. I usually  photograph from the same place on both circuits but I have moved from the last fence to nearer the finish for the second circuit  to be able to get to the winners closure in time. 

At Down Royal the direction of the light is not usually a problem as the horses run towards the light at the last fence and the finish. Backgrounds are a problem as there are car and bus parks near the last fence and overhead electric power lines and poles near the finish.


Each time I attend Down Royal I to and fro on where to stand for each race. A horse race is an exciting, colourful and dangerous event.

There are a number of viewpoints at Down Royal and it is tempting to try to summarise where I stood for each of the 728 races photographed. I may attempt this analysis in the future however for the purposes of this exercise I have considered one race which I have photographed 12 times. This is the Grade 1 Champion Steeplechase which is held at the two day festival of racing in early November each year.

It is a major National Hunt Race in the UK and Ireland Racing calendar and it attracts the best horses, owners and jockeys as well as the top sports photographers from across Ireland. A National Hunt race means the race includes fences. Where to Stand for Flat races poses different questions than jumps races.

I photograph a horse race at Down Royal from a number of locations  ie parade ring, leaving the parade ring, going down to the start, running on the course, jumping - usually the last fence, running up the finishing straight, crossing the finishing line, entering the winner’s enclosure and in the winners enclosure.

The photographs which cause me most indecision are:

- running up the finishing straight and
 - jumping the last fence.
 - approaching/crossing the finish line.

In each case you can stand on the horses’ left or right side as they run to the finish line.

At the last fence there is also the option of standing on a ladder which can get you above spectators and/or provide more of the horse as it jumps the fence.

I have compiled a collection of photographs from the galleries of the 12 races to demonstrate where I have stood for the various races.  I have also included photographs taken in the parade ring, leaving the parade ring, going to the start and entering the winners enclosure and in the winners enclosure. Where to stand is less of a problem for these photographs because they were mostly staged and arranged or are random shots. Problems arose though if the groups were standing with their backs to the sun and a flash unit was needed in those circumstances.

I have listed below the various races attended by year, winning horse name and in each case which side of the course I photographed the horses jumping the last fence or running up the finishing straight. I have also indicated when I used a ladder at the last fence. The ladder allows the photographer to get above spectators heads and also provides for a fuller view of the horse as it jumps the fence.

 

Year

Horse

Last Fence

Last Fence

Ladder

Run-in

Left Side

Run-in

Right Side

Other Fence

 

 

Left side

Right Side

 

 

 

 

2010

Kauto Star

 

 

 

X

 

X

2011

Quinto De La Rogue

 

X

 

 

 

 

2012

Kauto Stone

 

 

 

 

X

 

2013

Rui Du Mee

X

 

 

 

 

 

2014

Road To Riches

X

 

 

 

 

 

2015

Don Cossack

 

X

 

 

 

 

2016

Valseur Lido

 

X

 

 

 

 

2017

Outlander

X

 

 

X

 

 

2018

Road to Respect

X

 

X

 

 

 

2020

The Storyteller

X

 

X

 

 

 

2021

Frodon

X

 

X

 

 

 

2022

Envoi Allen

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

Totals

7

3

4

2

1

1

 

Factors that affected the decision as to which side to stand:

1 It was easier to get to the winners Enclosure from the left hand side before horses returned to the winners enclosure

2 The location of the last fence also affected whether the last fence was the chosen – the further away the last fence was from the finish line the longer it took to get to the winners enclosure.

3 The location of the last fence also affected the background – some locations on both sides had cars and buses showing

4 In the 2010 Kauto Star Race a fence past the finishing post was chosen which had the Grandstand in the background. It was not possible to get to the last fence for the final circuit so photographs were taken from the run-in near the finish.

5 The last 4 races were photographed from the left side using a ladder primarily because it was possible to get to the winners enclosure in time to photograph the winning representatives. The ladder also improved the background.

6  I have photographed this race from the left hand side of the course on 8 occasions compared to 4 on the right primarily because of the ease of getting to the winner's enclosure on time. 

7 My preference is to photograph from the right hand side of the course as the horses run to the finish as for 2015 Don Cossack and 2016 Valseur Lido. The background is better if the fence is positioned in a certain place at the final fence when the photographs were taken from a kneeling position. On the run-in to the finish it is possible to get the spectators in the photograph which adds to the atmosphere.

8 The photograph shown above of the 2010 Race showing Kauto Star jumping was taken at a fence beyond the finish on the left hand side of the course and is probably my favourite of all photographs taken of the race, mainly because it is of Kauto Star, a very famous race horse but also because the horse on the inside (Killyglen) was a locally owned and trained horse. Also I liked the fence location, the background of the grandstand and the direction of the light. I only shot from this position once because the horses only passed once and it was not possible to get to the last fence on time.

 

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Down Royal stand to where https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/where-to-stand Sat, 07 Jan 2023 13:33:01 GMT
Mountain Runnng Events https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/mountain-runnng-events Gavin Bland (12) Borrowdale - winner in 1:43:00 - FT8E3138-3Gavin Bland (12) Borrowdale - winner in 1:43:00 - FT8E3138-3

Between 2005 and 2017 I photographed 43 Mountain Running events in Northern Ireland. There were mostly in the Mourne Mountain.

I have over 10,000 photographs in my gallery - https://www.hmphotographs.com/f691398371

Mountain Running is organised in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) and the two Athletics Clubs most involved are based in Newcastle- Newcastle AC and Mourne Runners.

The same races are run every year which provided the opportunity to photograph the races from different locations.

Some of the races I have photographed are as follows:

- British Championships: 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2008,2007

- Lurig Mountain Race in Cushendall - 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007,2006

- Race over The Glens - 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007

- Sevens Sevens in The Mourne Mountains - 2010, 2009, 2007

- P&O Irish Sea International Mountain Race at Knockdhu - 2006

- World Police and Fire Games including the Mountain Race in the Mourne Mountains - 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) AC FRA Mountain Mourne Newcastle NIMRA Runners Running https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/mountain-runnng-events Sun, 09 Oct 2022 14:00:24 GMT
Horse Race Meetings attended https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/horse-race-meetings-attended I have over 50,000 photographs loaded in my Horse Racing galleries on my site and so I though I would count the number of meetings I have attended over the years.

As of March 2022 I have attended 270 meetings which equates to photographing 1,754 races - a track meeting normally has 7 races and a Point to Point meeting has normally 6 races - though sometimes if there are two many entries in a race it is divided into what is called into a Division 1 and a Division 2 race. I was once at an East Antrim Hunt Point to Point Meeting at Loughanmore, near Templepatrick where 11 races were run.

I have attached a spreadsheet showing the horse racing venues I have attended.

 

Number of photographs in each Gallery by Location       
Location/Meeting Number of Meetings Attended Number of photographs Date
Punchestown 4 2361 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
The Curragh 1 608 2015
Royal Windsor 1 344 2015
Leopardstown 2 1269 2014, 2015
Ascot 1 104 2012
Laytown 3 795 2011, 2013, 2014
Down Royal 98 23753 From 2010
Downpatrick 60 12943 From 2010
East Antrim Hunt at Loughanmore 18 4673 From 2010
Mid-Antrim Hunt at Moneyglass 13 3234 From 2010
East Down at Tyrella 15 3905 From 2010
Iveagh at Moira 8 1955 From 2010
Crumlin 6 1126 From 2010
Fermanagh at Necarne 6 2268 From 2010
County Down at Loughbrickland 4 1054 From 2010
North Down at Kirkistown 13 2037 From 2010
County Down at Loughanmore 1 252 From 2010
Newry 3 584 From 2010
Route/Portrush 7 1752 From 2010
Tynan at Armagh 5 771 From 2010
East Antrim Hunt at Lisnalinchy 1 49 1982
Total 270 65837  

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Ascot Curragh Down Downpatrick Horse Laytown Leopardstown Punchestown Racing Royal https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/horse-race-meetings-attended Thu, 19 May 2022 13:57:47 GMT
My Web Site Configuration https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/my-web-site-format Zen forst page  v2 - 2022-05-17_20-32-21Zen forst page v2 - 2022-05-17_20-32-21 There are many ways to configure a web site.

I set up my first sports photography web site in 2006 and have been using Zenfolio since 2010.

IN early 2010 I decided to set up Zenfolio by type of sport ie all photographs for a particular sport in a collection of galleries eg Cross Country Running, Mountina Racing, INdooor Athletice etc.

I created a gallery for each event I attended.

When you enter my site you will be presented with galleries for each sport eg Horse Racing, Golf, Mountain Running, motor Cycle Racing, Sailing, Rugby, International Cross Country, indoor Ayhletics, Hockey, General Sports and some other ad- hoc galleries.

If you select Horse Racing you will be presented with the Horse Racing tracks I have attended and within each of the tracks I have grouped the photographs by meetings in each year.

In Zenfolio photographs are uploaded into Galleries. Galleries can be combined into Groups of Galleries to many levels. Zenfolio also has a Collection facility which contains a pointer to selected photographs in their Galleries. This means that the original photograph is only stored once in the system.

In order to allow the viewer an alternative way into the galleries of photographs I have created an index by year from “2005 and earlier” up to the “current year”. Within each year I have listed each event attended with a pointer to the gallery containing the photographs of the event. 

Zenfolio also has a blog facility and I have included items which interest me mostly related to the events I have attended. 

Zenfolio gas a “Customs Page “ facility which I have used to create an index to my blog which shows a heading for the log entry and a pointer to the blog details.

Zenfolio has many different front page styles and format for displaying sites. I have selected a basic format where I have selected a number of featured galleries followed folllowed by Galleries recently posted with finally the galleries in my site.

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/my-web-site-format Thu, 19 May 2022 13:41:02 GMT
Changes at Down Royal in 2018. https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/changes-at-down-royal Kauto Star , Jockey Ruby Walsh - Winner followed by Sizing Europe , Jockey A E Lynch 2nd - CU2D1114-e2Kauto Star , Jockey Ruby Walsh - Winner followed by Sizing Europe , Jockey A E Lynch 2nd - CU2D1114-e2 The picture above shows Kauto Star and Ruby Walsh winning the JNWine Champion Chase at Down Royal in 2010.

 

The last meeting at Down Royal Racecourse , arranged by the Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders was held on on Boxing Day 2018. The Corporation had run race meeting for 35 years at the course but the lease was not renewed by owner of the Course Mike Roden of Dublin based Merrion Property Group who purchased the site in 2005.

Racing has continued at the Course organised by new owners Merrion Group. 

I have taken photographs at the site since 2010 and thought it be appropriate to create some collections of photographs under different headings of photographs I have taken at the course.

The first collection shows the winners of the JNwine.com Champion Chase, a Grade 1 Steeplechase held in November each year, followed by some Ulster Derby winners, Down Royal staff, Spectators, Familiar faces, Best Dressed and members of the press.

The photographs can be viewed at: https://www.hmphotographs.com/f400896471


 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Breeders Corportaiton Down Horse of Racecourse Royal https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/changes-at-down-royal Tue, 17 May 2022 19:04:14 GMT
Show and Tell - "I know what you did last autumn" https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/show-and-tell---i-know-what-you-did-last-autumn My Camera Club held a Show and Tell on Tuesday 11th January 2022. The subject was show and tell up to 6 photographs on the topic "I know what you did last autumn".

I submitted 6 photographs as shown at the attached link taken at the second day of the two day race meeting at Down Royal on Friday  29th and Saturday 30th October 2022 - https://www.hmphotographs.com/p159340436

This is a significant racing weekend in Irish Racing with total prize money ofer the two days of 405,500 Euro - 144,500 Euros on Friday and 261,000 Euros on Saturday. 

 


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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Down Royal Irish Racing National Hunt Racing https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/show-and-tell---i-know-what-you-did-last-autumn Tue, 18 Jan 2022 20:25:51 GMT
The Golden Rectangle https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/the-golden-rectangle Picture 1Picture 1This rectangle represents a Golden Rectangle where the width is 16.28 units and the height is 10 units - the ratio of the width to the height equals the Golden Ratio which is 1.618
Note the vertical line in the middle of the rectangle creates a square of 10 unit sides and a vertical rectangle on the right which is 10 units high by 6.18 units wide- the ratio of the the sides is 10/6.18 = 1.618 - the Golden Ratio.

The Golden Rectangle (See pictures at:  https://www.hmphotographs.com/p113904293 }

 

The Golden Rectangle is a rectangle where the dimensions adhere to the Golden Ratio ie the ratio of the width and height is 1.618.

 

For example if the height is say 10” then the width will be 16.18” (10 times the Golden Ratio of 1.618)

 

Interestingly the Golden Rectangle can be split into a square with a vertical rectangle at the end (Picture 1). This vertical rectangle also has the dimensions of a Golden Rectangle which can be split into a square and rectangle at the top or bottom and again the new rectangle is a Golden Rectangle and so on. This is the basis of the Golden Spiral.

 

Back to the original rectangle (Picture 1 ) discussed and the square and vertical rectangle at the end. The vertical rectangle if rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise fits into the bottom left of the square (Picture 2). It will also fit the bottom right part of the square drawn for the right of the overall rectangle (Picture 3 ). This also applies to the mirror image of the original rectangle where the square is at the right side of the rectangle (Picture  4).

 

The end result is a Noughts and Crosses shape which is similar to the Rule of Thirds shape with the four focal points (Picture 4 ).  Note in Picture 5 the Golden Rectangle is represented in Blue and the Rule of Thirds in Green

 

I have seen it said that the Rule of Thirds is based on the Golden Rectangle and that the Golden Rectangle focal points are more effective from an atheistic point of view than those in the Rule of Thirds.

 

The other interesting feature of the Golden Rectangle is the closeness of the shape (1.618 ratio) to the 35mm wide film ratio ( 36mm by 24mm = 1.50 ratio) and the modern full frame camera sensor ( 36mm by 24mm = 1.5 ratio)

 

There are many architects, artists and photographers who have made use of the Golden Rectangle in their work.

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Golden Rectangle https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/the-golden-rectangle Sun, 09 Jan 2022 21:30:56 GMT
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[email protected] (hmphotographs) The Golden Ratio https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/the-golden-ratio Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:50:17 GMT
The mathematics of the F-stop numbers https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/the-mathematics-of-the-f-stop-numbers  Have you ever wondered where the camera f-stop range of numbers comes from ie 1.4, 2, 2.8,4,5.6,8,11,16.

Well it is fairly simple.

The number sequence is related to the area of a circle and the fact that the difference between 2 full f-stops doubles or halves the amount of light that gets through the aperature ie the area of the circle doubles or halves. 

It turns out that if you multiply the preceding number by the square root of 2 ie 1.414 (to three decimal places) you get the next number in the sequence ie 1.4 multiplied by 1.414 = 1.9796 or rounded up =2 or  2 multiplied by 1.414= 2.828.or 2.8 rounded to one decimal place.

It is also interesting that the number either side of a number is either double of half ie 2 and 4, or 16 and 8

I have written out the mathematics explaining the relationship between the numbers and where the square root of 2 comes from.

 


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[email protected] (hmphotographs) f-stop numbers https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/the-mathematics-of-the-f-stop-numbers Fri, 10 Dec 2021 14:41:36 GMT
Joey Dunlop - Northwest 200 Road Races https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/joey-dunlop---northwest-200-road-races This is a photograph of the late Joey Dunlop rounding Church Corner during a race at the Northwest 200 road races at Portrush, Northern Ireland in 1987. I scanned this from a 35mm slide some time ago and have forgotten what edits I applied to it.

I liked the colours, that the spectators are out of focus which gives an impression of movement and that the rider is in reasonable focus.

This was taken with a Canon camera with no auto focus, an obviously slow shutter speed and with camera panning.

  Joe Dunlop 1987 B4-NW-3 b-editedJoe Dunlop 1987 B4-NW-3 b-edited  

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Joey Dunlop Northwest 200 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/joey-dunlop---northwest-200-road-races Thu, 09 Dec 2021 20:27:53 GMT
High Flyer - Camera Club Show and Tell https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/high-flyer---camera-club-show-and-tell I selected this photograph for a Camera Club Show and Tell session in early 2019. It was taken at a horse schooling session at the Tyrella Point to Point meeting on 8th March 2014. After Point to Point racing at some venues the course - usually about 3 miles in length with 15 fences  - is opened up to allow trainers to school their horses over point to point fences on a proper point to point course. It is a hazardous undertaking for riders as is apparent from the photograph. On this occasion the rider was unhurt and walked back unaided to the central lorry parking lot at the course.

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Faller Larne Camera Club P2P Point to Point Tyrella Point to Point https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/high-flyer---camera-club-show-and-tell Thu, 09 Dec 2021 17:30:54 GMT
Show and Tell - Snow https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/show-and-tell---snow In February 2020 my Camera Club organised an event for club members. The challenge was to "scrummage for images that sum up winter and share the experience with other members". A maximum of three photographs per member was allowed.

I had a rummage and identified three photographs under the title of "Snow" as shown in this gallery.

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p270587138

This was an interesting exercise and in trying to decide what photographs to include I uncovered some photographs I had forgotten about. It was educational to attempt to critique the images and explain why I had chosen them. 

 


 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Camera Club Country Cross Larne Larne Camera Club Show Snow Tell https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/show-and-tell---snow Mon, 29 Nov 2021 15:58:14 GMT
50,000 visitors on Zenfolio https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/50-000-visitors-on-zenfolio I have logged 50,000 visitors on my site by 25th November 2021. A visitor is counted when they open a full photograph. Viewing a thumbnail does not count
 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) counts Visitors Zenfolio https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/50-000-visitors-on-zenfolio Sat, 27 Nov 2021 19:39:41 GMT
Show and Tell - 150th Irish Derby - 26th February 2019 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/show-and-tell---150th-irish-derby---26th-february-2019 On 26th February 2019 my local camera club held a "Show and Tell" evening for members to show and talk about photographs on a visit or trip.

I choose the 150th running of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh race course 20 miles or so west of Dublin in Ireland on the 27th June 2015.

The first Irish Derby was held in 1866 with a first prize of £421. The prize for the winner in 2015 was 725,000 Euros with a total prize fund of 1,25 Million Euros. 

The race was run over a distance of 1.5 miles.

The round trip for me was approximately 300 miles - I left home at !0:30 in the morning, arriving at the Curragh at 13:00 for the first race at 15:00. I arrived back home at 23:30.

I had 5 photographs published in the Belfast News Letter. 

I took 1,261 photographs over the day and published 608 on my web site:

https://www.hmphotographs.com/f483823752
 

Photographs in the Show and Tell are at: 

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p80991667
 

Winner  - Jack Hobbs ridden by William Buick - Pic 1Winner - Jack Hobbs ridden by William Buick - Pic 1This is the winner just about to cross the finishing line. The horse is named Jack Hobbs and was ridden by William Buick, trained by John Godson and owned by Godolfin.
The race was over 1.5 miles and the winner took 2 minutes 30 seconds which is an average of 52 feet per second. My camera was capable of taking 10 frames a second so the the distance travelled between frames was about 5 feet. It was probably greater than 5 feet as the horse would have been travelling fastest at the finish. This distance was important to me as I was trying to get the horse placed in front of the hoarding to show the race details to give the photograph context.
The photograph was taken with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Zoom lens with camera settings of f3.2, shutter speed of 1/1000 and ISO 400. The time was 18:30 in the evening and the light was good.
Where to stand was limited, accreditied photographs could stand where I took this photograph or on the other side of the track. The other side would have allowed me to capture a photograph of the horse crossing the finishing line with the crowd in the background but no hoardings. After much thought I decided the stand with the hoarding in the background though on reflection I think I would have got a more dramatic photograph on the other side with the crowd included but would not have got the context of the race.

 

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) 150th Curragh Derby Detori Dubai Dublin Duty Frankie Free Horse Ireland. Irish Larne Larne Camera Club Lester Piggot Racing https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/show-and-tell---150th-irish-derby---26th-february-2019 Wed, 17 Nov 2021 18:06:49 GMT
Show and Tell - Covid pics - 9th March 2021 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/show-and-tell---9th-march-2021 2nd  MARC SCOTT   ( 6 )   01:00:392nd MARC SCOTT ( 6 ) 01:00:39AA1V2190.jpg

My camera Club held a "Show and Tell" Zoom evening where members presented photographs taken during COVID.

I presented 9 photographs taken at various events.

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p1027101417

These included photographs taken at Downpatrick and Down Royal race courses, Point to Point racing at Portrush and Kirkistown and runners including Mo Farah running in the Antrim Coast Road Marathon in September 2020.

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) 2020 Antrim Coast Covid Farah Half Larne Larne Camera Club Marathon MO photographs Photography Sports https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/show-and-tell---9th-march-2021 Tue, 02 Nov 2021 15:05:19 GMT
Possible Camera Club Talk Topics https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/possible-topics I was asked last year by the programme committee of my camera club if I would give a talk at one of the club Zoom meetings.

In my preparation for the talk I mind mapped a number of possible topics and came up with a list of 10.

I documented these and eventually chose number 6.

I developed this topic into a presentation and delivered it in October 2020.

My presentation slides can be viewed here: 

https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/impact-of-my-website

The exercise of thinking about the possible topics and the creation of the eventual presentation I found to be challenging and interesting as it forced me to think about what my ambitions and goals were in the early days, what I had accomplished and what the current state on my interests were in the Digital age.

Consequently I have decided to publish the document I produced as it is the nearest I have come to producing a photography CV and also it may assist others if they are faced with the request to talk about their photography.

The document I produced can be seen here: 

https://www.hmphotographs.com/possible-topics

  

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Larne Larne Camera Club Photography Sports Talk Topics https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/possible-topics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:36:43 GMT
Published photographs in 2020 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/published-photographs-in-2020 In 2020, I had 156 photographs published in 5 newspapers in Northern Ireland as follows:

  • Northern Ireland Daily Newspapers - 10 photographs 
  • Northern Ireland Weekly Publication - 84 photographs 
  • Local newspapers - 62 photographs 
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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Daily Ireland Local Newspapers photographs Publication Published Weekly https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/published-photographs-in-2020 Wed, 07 Jul 2021 09:35:33 GMT
A Picture is worth a thousand words? https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words A picture is worth a 1000 words?

My web site provides a blog facility and I have used it occasionally over the past eleven years. I have written 51 blogs posts and posted them to my site over this period - an average of 5 posts a year. 

I have paid scant attention to visitor numbers for these blog posts, concentrating on regularly tracking visitor views of my photographs.

However, I noticed recently that a few posts were attracting visitors and decided to investigate further.

To my surprise I have had 33,191 visitors to my 51 blog posts as at 2nd July 2021 - a visitor to number of posts ratio of 650:1.

On the other hand the ratio of visitor views to number of photographs on my site is 46,848 to 101,297 ie 0.46:1

So the ratio is 1413:1 ( 650/0.46) in favour of visitors of blog posts to photographs - a surprising result  if the software has accurately captured the views in each case.

I thought a picture was worth a thousand words, obviously not in my case. I have to admit surprise and a slight disappointed that the photographs rated so poorly compared to the blog posts.

The five top rated blog posts are:

  1. Mark Shearman – Athletics Weekly Photographer
  2. Index to events attended so far this year (as at Sept 2014)
  3. 20,000 visitors on Zenfolio
  4. Famous photograph of Tony Duffy
  5. Race over the Glens on 2/1/12

The top 9 posts attracted in excess of 1,000 visitor views each.

On my blog I write about events I have attended, significant statistics, references to sports photographers that I admire etc.

See the Blog Index at: https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog-index

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) a Blog is Photographs Picture posts Sports thousand words worth Zenfolio https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words Mon, 05 Jul 2021 13:43:28 GMT
45,000 visitors on Zenfolio https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/45-000-visitors-on-zenfolio I have logged 45,000 visitors on my site by 5th April 2021. A visitor is counted when they open a full photograph. Viewing a thumbnail does not count

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) count visitor https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/45-000-visitors-on-zenfolio Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:14:25 GMT
100, 000 photographs https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/100-000-photographs On Friday 26th March 2021 I reached the significant milestone of 100,000 photographs on my website.

These photographs cover many sporting events including:

  • Steve Ovett winning the Belfast International Cross Country at Mallusk in 1978
  • Gregg Hannon winning the first Belfast Marathon in 1982
  • Joey Dunlop riding in the North West 200 at Portrush in the 1970s
  • Rory McIlroy breaking the Royal Portrush course record in 2005
  • Kenesisa  Belele winning the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh in 2008
  • James McIlroy (Olympic Athlete) winning the Irish Indoors 800m Championship in 2010
  • Irish Open Golf at Killarney in 2010
  • Kauto Star winning the JNwine Champions Steeplechase at Down Royal in 2010
  • Horse Racing at Ascot in 2012
  • Giro Cycling Race in Northern Ireland in 2014
  • World Fire and Police Games in Northern Ireland in 2013
  • British Fell Running Championship Races in the Mourne Mountains – 8 years from 2007
  • 150th Irish Derby at the Curragh in Ireland in 2015
  • Horse Racing at Royal Windsor in 2015
  • British Amateur Men’s Golf Championship at Royal Portrush
  • British Amateur Ladies Golf Championship at Royal County Down Golf Club in 2006
  • Tiger Woods at the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush
  • Mo Farah running in the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in 2020

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) photographs sports https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/100-000-photographs Sat, 27 Mar 2021 14:35:17 GMT
First post for 2021 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/first-post-for-2010  The first event of 2021 that I attended was horse racing at Down Royal on 4th February 2021. The was again held under COVID-19 restrictions with no spectators allowed and also limited racing personnel. It was good that the meeting went ahead the normal atmosphere was lacking with no spectators in attendance. Hopefully with vaccine roll-out underway spectators will soon be allowed to attend.

04th Drummullagh Rocky  and E Walsh5 ( 9 , royal blue, orange chevron ) Trainer - S McParlan , Owner - Martin Ward04th Drummullagh Rocky and E Walsh5 ( 9 , royal blue, orange chevron ) Trainer - S McParlan , Owner - Martin WardAA1V6749-Edit.jpg

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Down Horse Ireland Racing Royal https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/first-post-for-2010 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:45:57 GMT
Last event of 2020 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/last-event-of-2020 01st Dixie Flyer and Mr B G Crawford ( 11 , green, red braces ) Trainer - S R B Crawford , Owner - Martin Baker01st Dixie Flyer and Mr B G Crawford ( 11 , green, red braces ) Trainer - S R B Crawford , Owner - Martin BakerAA1V6384-2.jpg

The last event I attended in 2020 was at Down Royal on 17th December 2020. The meeting was held under strict Covid-19 conditions whereby no spectators were allowed to attend. It was held before Christmas on the 17th rather the usual date of Boxing Day to accommodate live TV viewing.

The picture shown is of Ben Crawford riding Dixie Flyer trained by his brother Stuart at Magheramourne near Larne winning the Bumper Race - the final flat race of the meeting

 


 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Ben Crawford Dixie Down Flyer Hunt National Racing Royal. https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/last-event-of-2020 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:55:04 GMT
Local sporting events https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/local-sporting-events IMG_0029-e2a (1)IMG_0029-e2a (1)

I gave a Zoom talk to a few members of my local camera club on Thursday 26th November 2020.
The topic was on local sporting events I have attended that did not require accreditation. I showed some photographs from these events in order to demonstrate the variety of shots that could be captured in an attempt to encourage those members who were interested in trying sports photography.
I am the only member who regularly photographs sport.
As is obvious from the photographs shown, sports photography does not just include action but also presents opportunities to try: landscape, portraiture and street photography.
I covered 7 sports: rugby, cycling, cross country running, mountain running, road running, sailing and horses.
I presented from my iPad using an app provided by my web site provider Zenfolio which enabled me to download a collection of photographs from my website to my iPad.
I used mindmap software Simplemind to create the text slides saving them to jpgs.
For those interested here is a pointer to the slide presentation:

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p665421097

 



 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) country cross cycling horses Larne Larne Camera Club mountain road Rugby running sailing https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/local-sporting-events Tue, 08 Dec 2020 14:48:30 GMT
Storm Ciara https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/3/storm-ciara Storm Ciara was in progress over the UK and Ireland on Saturday 8th February 2020 - the Met Office had declared yellow warnings for rains and wind - when I attended the East Down Hunt Club Point to Point at Kirkistown ( a round trip of 96 miles for me). As I drove along the east side of Strangford Lough the sea was breaching the wall and cars travelling north were being lashed with sea water - very dangerous.

Kirkistown is flat and open , it is beside the car race track, so it was extremely windy and cold but was dry and sunny to start with but as the afternoon wore on it darkened and rain threatened.. The ground was firm and dry so no cars or lorries had to be towed out by tractor as has been the case at recent meetings at thus location.

There was a good turn out of horses but a smaller crowd than normal for this event. The was schooling after the racing with many horses taking part.

The rain came as I was driving  out of Belfast and got heavier as I approached home. I was happy to het home dry with my change of clothing still in my bag.

I took 758 photographs and  239 keepers posted on my website.

My camera setting at the beginning were ISO 160, f2.8 and 1/2000th second and at the finish were ISO 800, f3.2 and shutter speed 1/1600th second.

 

 

 

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First Photographs of 2020 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/first-photographs-of-2020 I attended the East Down Point to Point Steeplechases on Saturday 25th January 2020 at Tyrella which is near Downpatrick and is overlooked by the Mourne Mountains. It is a scenic course with the mountains as a backdrop on a clear day. Occasonally there is snow on the peaks of Slieve Donard , the highest mountain in Northern Ireland at 850m. Unfortunately the horses are running towards the Mournes which means in order to include the mountains to horses are running away from the camera not towards.

It was dry day, dull and cold with a medium breeze and there was a good turnout. It was my first proper photographic outing since I was at Maralin in May 2019 because of a hip problem and subsequent operation in September but after a cautious start for the first three races I was able to move around almost normally for the last three - getting to the last fence and also the parade ring for the presentations.

I was pleased with my progress. 

See photographs at: https://www.hmphotographs.com/p979756747

AA1V7637AA1V7637"01st THE GREAT WHITE and J C Gainford ( 21 , PINK & YELLOW CHECK; pink sleeves; yellow cap ) Trainer: Warren Ewing,, Owner : Warren Ewing"

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) East Down Foxhounds Horse Racing Point to Point Sports Photograph Tyrella https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/first-photographs-of-2020 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:48:19 GMT
Review of 2019 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/review-of-2019  

I attended 12 events in 2019 as follows: 10 Horses Racing and Point to Points and 2 Golf events.

 

I had 91 photographs published in various newspaper -  local, 2 national and 1 international.

The Horse events were: 

  • 2 Down Royal
  • 2 Downpatrick
  • 1 Armagh P2P
  • 2 Kirkistown P2P
  • 1 Maralin P2P
  • 2 Tyrella P2P

The two golf events were at the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush in July.

The number of visitors to my site for the year was 1955 and site page views were  28,585.

The visitors came from 71 countries.

My year was restricted because of a hip problem - see separate post .

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/review-of-2019 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:49:27 GMT
Events attended in 2019 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/events-attended-in-2019 I attended the following 12 events in the early part of 2019.

This was a shorter than normal list as I had been persevering with a hip problem for some time which was slowly reducing my mobility to the point were I was unable to attend events from April.

I managed to attend the Open Golf Championship in July with the aid of a crutch and got some images but was unable to move around the course to any degree so photographs were taken from limited viewpoints. I was unable to get to the new holes or any of the holes near the sea which was where the scenic images were.

I had a full hip replacement operation in September 2019 and hope to be back to full fitness for the 2020 season.  

 

Year

Day

Event

Type of Event

URL

Comment

2019

26th Jan

Tyrella

P2P

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p157612988

 

2019

29th Jan

Down Royal

Horse Racing

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p968558498

 

2019

9th Feb

Kirkistown

P2P

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p452096753

 

2019

24th Feb

Armagh

P2P

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p864268723

 

2019

2nd Mar

Tyrella

P2P

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p678413160

 

2019

4th Mar

Downpatrick

Horse Racing

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p115436035

 

2019

9th March

Kirkistown

P2P

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p326578949

 

2019

16th Mar

Down Royal

Horse Racing

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p234235166

 

2019

24th Mar

Downpatrick

Horse Racing

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p115436035

 

2019

6th Apr

Maralin

P2P

https://www.hmphotographs.com/f866705146

 

2019

10th July

British Open Prep

Golf

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p6062023

 

2019

15th July

British Open Practice

Golf

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p899797017

 

2019

15th July

British Open Tiger

Golf

https://www.hmphotographs.com/p510543033

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/events-attended-in-2019 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:28:46 GMT
40,000 visitors on Zenfolio https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/40-000-visitors-on-zenfolio The Forty Thousandth (40,000) visitor accessed my site today - Tuesday 14th January 2020. 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 realise 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.

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/40-000-visitors-on-zenfolio Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:11:10 GMT
Most viewed image in 2019 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/most-viewed-image-in-2019 This image of 16 year old Rory McIlroy leaving the 18th green at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2005 was the most viewed image on my site in 2019.

Rory birdied this hole to score 61 to break the record for the course. He shot 33 on the front nine and 28 on the back nine and had 26 putts.

The course layout was changed for the 2019 Open - 2 new holes were added with the old 17th and 18th being replaced - so a new record exists for the new course layout. Rory's record will therefore never be beaten.

 

Rory McIlroy leaves the green after beating the course record at Royal Portrush during the qualifying round of the 2005 North of Ireland Amateur Championship - IMG_1478-e3Rory McIlroy leaves the green after beating the course record at Royal Portrush during the qualifying round of the 2005 North of Ireland Amateur Championship - IMG_1478-e3Sixteen year old Rory McIlroy on the 18th green at Royal Portrush during the qualifying round of the 2005 North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship after breaking the course record with a round of 61. McIlroy scored 33 out and 28 back and had 26 putts.

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) course mcilroy. portrush record rory royal https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/most-viewed-image-in-2019 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:51:11 GMT
Most viewed image in the period 2010 to 2019 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2020/1/most-viewed-image-in-the-period-2010-to-2019 This image shows Steve Ovett at the start of the 1978 International Cross Country Race at Mallusk near Belfast. Steve won the race in 24 minutes 8 seconds. The image is the most viewed on my site for the period 2010 to 2019.Steve went on th win the 800m Olympic Gold Medal at Moscow in 1980.

see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry3508YPyew
 

 

The start  - IMG_0004 (2)-e2The start - IMG_0004 (2)-e2Steve Ovett (16) eventual winner in 24.08.
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Interesting piece on one of the iconic sports photographs https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Banister Four mile minute record Roger https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) racing https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2018/1/first-pictures-of-2018 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:39:40 GMT
Kentucky Derby by Neil Leifer https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/6/kentucky-derby-by-neil-leifer Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:16:35 GMT
Eamonn McCabe in 1980 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/6/eamonn-mccabe-in-1980 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 18:12:40 GMT
Six events in last 2 weeks https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2016/1/mark-shearman---athletics-weekly-photographer Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:17:21 GMT
25,000 visitors https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/10/25-000-visitors Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:08:28 GMT
Light at Down Royal https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/7/light-at-down-royal Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:06:25 GMT
Top viewed 20 photographs in 2014 https://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

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/2014-index-of-events-attended Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:52:05 GMT
Review of 2014 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/review-of-2014 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:48:39 GMT
First photographs of 2015 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2015/1/first-photographs-of-2015 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:46:26 GMT
50,000 photographs on my site https://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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Top viewed photograph so far this year (at 30/9/14} https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Australia Champions Gatsby Grey Irish Joseph Leopardstown Moore O'Brien Ryan The Weekend https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://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 https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Country Cross Golf Horse Ireland Mountain Point Racing Rugby Running Running. Sport to https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/20-000-visitors Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:33 GMT
Downpatrick Ladies Race https://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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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Club Downpatrick Hunt Jockey Lady National Race Racing https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/9/downpatrick-ladies-race Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:23:05 GMT
Featured Mountain Runners https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/8/featured-mountain-runners I have included a new item on the Featured Individuals Tab which appears at the top of my home page of Mountain Runners.

First on the list is Robbie Bryson who is  probably the most famous of Irish Mountain Runners.    Robbie now in his fifties still holds the record to the summit of Snowdon from way back in 1985 - an amazing 39 minutes and 47 seconds.

http://www.hmphotographs.com/?q=robbie%20bryson

Robbie Bryson  -  Fire and Rescue Service - winner in 1:13:41  - FT8E8988-9Robbie Bryson - Fire and Rescue Service - winner in 1:13:41 - FT8E8988-9 The photographs show Robbie descending from the summit of Slieve Donnard during the WPFG in 2013.

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/8/featured-mountain-runners Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:35:27 GMT
Sports Illustrated Photographers Shoot Football https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/4/sports-illustrated-photographers-shoot-football How Sport Illustrated photographers shoot football

http://youtu.be/ZHrtmPAONbc

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/4/sports-illustrated-photographers-shoot-football Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:44:47 GMT
Reuters coverage of the Olympics https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/4/reuters-coverage-of-the-olympics Interesting video of Reuters coverage of the Olympics.

They had approx 50 photographers, and 20 support staff

They had 10 photographers and 6 editors at the 100 metres and circulated pictures to clients 3 minutes after race started.

http://youtu.be/RqGsbcTJZMM

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/4/reuters-coverage-of-the-olympics Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:17:06 GMT
Review of 2013 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/review-of-2013 I attended 35 events in 2013 as follows:

  • 25 Horse Racing and Point to Point Meetings
  • 3 Cross Country Running
  • 3 Mountain Running
  • 1 Athletics
  • I Open Sea Swimming
  • 1 World Police and Fire Games ( Press Conference)
  • 1 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony

Of the 25 Horse Racing and Point to Point Meetings

  • 10 were at Down Royal
  • 6 at Downpatrick
  • 1 at Laytown
  • 1 at Maralin P2p
  • 2 at Loughanmore Point to Point
  • 1 at Limavady P2P
  • 1 at Necarne P2P
  • 1 at Taylorstown P2P
  • 1 at Toomebridge P2P
  • 1 at Tyrella P2P

Site viewing figures for the year were as follows:

6821 visits

5840 unique visits

67,755 page views

Visitors from 69 countries

My top viewed photograph for the year was a photograph taken in March at the UK Mountain Running Championships in the Mourne Mountains of Gavin Bland the eventual winner of the race descending towards Ben Crom Dam  with the snow capped Mournes in the background. See separate blog entry for details of this photograph  -

http://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/to-viewed-photographs-in-2013

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/review-of-2013 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:35:59 GMT
First Photographs of 2014 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/first-photograph-of-2014 First of all, I would like to wish all my viewers a Happy New Year.

2014 started wet and windy at Glenariff for the Ballymena Runners organised Race Over the Glens. This is a popular race over 5.5 miles and this year the race started at the Visitors Centre and progressed to the lower car park , half way along the entrance road towards the entrance of the park , up to the upper slopes and then down to the bottom of the glen and back to the lower car park by the return route.

As I was trying to find a posotion to photograph the race the runners passed me on the outward leg and I witnessed the dangers of this type of running as one of the leaders had retired from the race with a serious gash to his knee with blood running down his leg. He was attended to by first aiders who were following the runners but I am sure the wound required further attention possiblilty at casualty after the race.

The race was won by Jarlath Falls of Ballymena Runners for an amazing 8th time I think. I have shown a photograph of Jarlath when he was well clear of the field as he was about to start the descent to the finish.

Conditions were horrendous for the race - wind and rain, yet 331 runners finished the race incluging about 80 plus ladies.

Two "aged over 75 category " runners completed the race - Ken Hawtin of North Down AC in 306th place in 1:11:49 and Michael Spotswood in 325th place in a time of 1:24:26. Well done to these two gentlemen, I imagine they are both well in excess of 75 years which makes their achievement so impressive.

I should also like to mention Bridgid Quinn of Ballymena Runners AC who ran in the "over 65 age category" and finished the race in 232nd position in just over 60 minutes in 1:02:21 (Brigid finishing posiiton is listed two thirds down page 5 and the results finish two thirds down page 7  - very impressive running! 01 221 Jarlaith Falls MO Ballymena & Antrim AC 00:38:44 - CU2D0262-701 221 Jarlaith Falls MO Ballymena & Antrim AC 00:38:44 - CU2D0262-7 )

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/first-photograph-of-2014 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:49:06 GMT
Top viewed photographs in 2013 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/to-viewed-photographs-in-2013 I have analysed viewing statistics for 2013 for my site using Google Analytics and grouped the winners into a collection.

http://www.hmphotographs.com/p685233917

The winner is a photograph taken of Gavin Bland descending to Ben Crom dam in the Mourne Mountains in the British Mountain Running Championships. It was taken in mid-March when there was snow in the Mournes. In fact the course had to be altered for the race as parts of the original course were dangerous. Gavin won the race.

Photographs of Gavin dominate the top 20 with some from Ladies Day at Down Royal.

I watched Gavin descend this slope in awe as he skipped at speed from one foot-hold to another like a butterfly flitting between flowers in a garden. Watching a top mountain runner descend a mountain is something that you really have to see to appreciate the skill, dexterity, fitness, balance and nerve required. One mistake and he would have been sprawling amongst large rocks with serious consequences.  He was amazing to watch, as foot-holds were difficult to find even when trying to walk down as I recall the difficulty I had getting down to the dam after the race.

I believe this photograph is a worthy winner - I could have lightened it a bit but I wanted to try and capture the day - it was dark and misty in the Mournes -  the mist was just above me when I took this photograph. I like the action in the photograph and I was trying to show the speed and balance on display by a top mountain/fell runner.

Comments welcomed.

 

Gavin Bland (12) Borrowdale - winner in 1:43:00 - FT8E3138-3Gavin Bland (12) Borrowdale - winner in 1:43:00 - FT8E3138-3

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Ben Bland Crom Dam Gavin Mountain Mountains Mourne Runnin https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/to-viewed-photographs-in-2013 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:22:09 GMT
Photograph in Rory's Club https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2014/1/photograph-in-rorys-club This photograph has been included in a recent new book on Rory McIlroy called Rory's Club  - see page 38 of the book.

I had just arrived at Royal Portrush and positioned myself at the 18th green as Rory approached the green.

He sank his put, broke the course record and was on his way to shake hands with his partner. I did not realise at the time that he had such a low score and that he had broken the course record as I took this photograph.

Rory McIlroy beats the record at Royal Portrush during the 2005 North of Ireland amateur Championship at Royal Portrush  - IMG_1479-e3Rory McIlroy beats the record at Royal Portrush during the 2005 North of Ireland amateur Championship at Royal Portrush - IMG_1479-e3Sixteen year old Rory McIlroy on the 18th green at Royal Portrush during the qualifying round of the 2005 North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship after breaking the course record with a round of 61. McIlroy scored 33 out and 28 back and had 26 putts.

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Top viewed photograph in 2013 at 12 February 2013 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/2/top-viewed-photograph-in-2013 Steve Ovett at MalluskThe start - IMG_0004 (2)-e2 Top viewed photograph in 2013:

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) 1978 Belfast Country Cross International Mallusk Ovett Steve https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/2/top-viewed-photograph-in-2013 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:53:28 GMT
Eamonn McCabe - Sports Photographs https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/1/eamonn-mccabe---sports-photographs Eamonn McCabe was another sports photographer I used to follow:

http://www.eamonnmccabe.co.uk/gallery/sport/view/1.php

Look at Borg's eyes

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/1/eamonn-mccabe---sports-photographs Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:35:34 GMT
Famous Photograph by Tony Duffy https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/1/famous-photograph-by-tony-duffy  

 

Photograph by Tony Duffy of Bob Beamon setting the world record at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico in the long jump.

https://www.worldathletics.org/news/series/tony-duffy-bob-beamons-world-record-photo
 

I attended the GRE Games At Antrim Forum in the 1981 and Tony Duffy was there - his pictures were publlshed in Athletics Weekly, I still have a copy. I took a photograph of Tony in action:

Tony Duffy - Sports PhotographerAthletics- Tony Duffy -2-clikpic

 

 

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Beamon Bob Duffy Jump Long Olympics record Tony https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/1/famous-photograph-by-tony-duffy Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:11:32 GMT
Chris Smith - Sports Photographer https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/1/chris-smith---sports-photographer I found this about Chris Smith - I used to buy the Sunday Times just for his photographs

http://www.camerawize.com/chris-smiths-olympic-memories/

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Photographer Sports https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2013/1/chris-smith---sports-photographer Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:59:00 GMT
Who would be a jump jockey https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/12/who-would-be-a-jump-jockey 06th Hu Ha Jo & T P Treacy - 6th (10,royal blue, red stars ) & Nivek's Dream and M A (Mark) Enright - Fell (5, maroon and white diamonds) - CU2D5378-e2 Mark Enright falls off Nivek's Dream at Down Royal on Boxing Day 2012. Horse and jockey were ok.

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Bosing Day Down Dream Enright Horse Mark Nivek's Racing Royal https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/12/who-would-be-a-jump-jockey Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:34:04 GMT
Down Royal in the rain https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/12/down-royal-in-the-rain Attended the Down Royal Race Meeting on Boxing Day - large attendance of 5,500. Very wet until last two races when sun came out and a rainbow appeared over the lines of punters at the bookmakers stands.

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Belfast Bookmakers Boxing Day Down Ireland Lisburn Northern Punters Rainbow Royal https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/12/down-royal-in-the-rain Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:20:43 GMT
Film of the first 4 minute mile https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/8/film-of-the-first-4-minute-mile I am reading John Bryant's book on Chris Brasher and having just read the account of the first 4 minute mile in 1954 in which Brasher paced Bannister for the first 2 laps I decided to do a search on Google for footage of the race.

I found this - coverage of the full race:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWqwi6FcyH8

 

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/8/film-of-the-first-4-minute-mile Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:40:14 GMT
Race Over the Glens on 2nd January 2012 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/8/race-over-the-glens-on-2nd-january-2012 The race was held in Glenariff Glen which had a light covering of snow. The light was not good but the backdrop was dramatic. James McIlroy won the men's race and Sharan Trimble won the Women's Race. What a fantastic place to run - I wish I could run this race!

http://www.hmphotographs.com/p32134262

The Ballymena Runners mascot ran this race suitably attired in club colours.

http://www.hmphotographs.com/p32134262/h309e6ec7#h309e6ec7

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Antrim Ballymena Glen Glenariff Glens Over Race Runners The glens of https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/8/race-over-the-glens-on-2nd-january-2012 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:24:07 GMT
Top Viewed Photographs in 2012 https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/2/top-viewed-photographs-in-2012 I have introduced a gallery under the Top Viewed Photographs Tab to show the top viewed 10 photographs so far this year as at 18th February 2012.

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/2/top-viewed-photographs-in-2012 Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:27:41 GMT
Antrim International Cross Country https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/2/antrim-international-cross-country Attended the Antrim International Cross Country at Greenmount College on 21st January 2012. Got some good photographs of the Senior Men and Womens Races. NI XC Championship was included for the first time.

Men's Race -         http://www.hmphotographs.com/p579765394

Women's Race -   http://www.hmphotographs.com/p1018879086

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[email protected] (hmphotographs) Antrim Country Cross International https://www.hmphotographs.com/blog/2012/2/antrim-international-cross-country Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:43:46 GMT