2017 Potts Classic

I’ve posted photos of the 2017 Potts Classic on the event Facebook page at this link.

I will be uploading full-resolution photos on my smugmug website once I’ve sorted out what I have. In the meantime, send me an email at mark@markroberts.co.nz if you know or suspect I have photos of you or an athlete you know. I’ll send you something, either a link to a smugmug gallery or photos as attachments.

Jacko Gill at the 2017 Potts Classic

Jacko Gill at the 2017 Potts Classic

2017 Potts Classic

The next Potts Track and Field Classic will be held on January 14, 2017 at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park. Again, I’ll photograph this event. Some of my best images from previous years are attached below. These are either best in terms of the action captured or the emotion captured. It’s often the images that show emotion that people like the most. This should not be surprising; people want to ‘meet’ the athlete, see what he or she looks like. For the photographer, capturing emotion is often more difficult that capturing action. The opportunities are fleeting, and the athlete may turn away from the camera.

Eliza McCartney receives her first prize from Sir Graeme Avery

Eliza McCartney receives her first prize from Sir Graeme Avery for the women’s pole vault

Atipa Mabonga completes a long jump

Atipa Mabonga completes a long jump

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Kazaya Vos contemplates her next pole vault

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Angela Petty smiles as she wins her seventh consecutive Sylvia Potts Memorial 800m

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Andrew Crew of Australia on his way to winning the men’s 400m

 

Hastings Harrier Club at Ferry Road, Clive, New Zealand

I took these photos with an Olympus E-M1 and a 40-150mm f2.8 lens. I’m looking forward to the Olympus E-M1 II, which I understand will be announced next month (September 2016). Rumour has it that the Mark II version will be optimised for sports photography.

Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter running together for the Hastings Harrier Club

Young Runner

Young runner for the Hastings Harrier Club, New Zealand

Young runners

Young runners for the Hastings Harrier Club, New Zealand

Hastings Harrier Club

Hastings Harrier Club at Clive, New Zealand

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Some images of the recent Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs held at Norton Road, Hastings on 20 August 2016.

Hawke's Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke's Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke's Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke's Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke's Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke's Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Road Champs

Bird Photography: New Zealand Tui

I don’t rate myself as a bird photographer (birder), but the New Zealand tui is a challenge. They’re a dark bird that nestles into dark foliage whilst feeding or singing. Direct sunlight is needed to reveal the colours within its plumage. When they feed on over-ripe persimmons, they are forced to expose themselves to sunlight; the persimmon tree has shed most of its leaves at this time.

These images were shot with an Olympus E-M1 and Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 lens with 1.4x teleconverter.

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

New Zealand Tui

Winter Cross Country 1: Hastings Harrier Club

On Saturday May 7 the Hastings Harrier Club ran at Lyons’ farm on the Maraekakaho Road near Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The farm provides a traditional cross country course with challenging hills, although no streams to ford. Some of my best images are shown below.

Hastings Harrier Club

Hastings Harrier Club at Lyons’ Farm

Hastings Harrier Club

Hastings Harrier Club at Lyons’ Farm

Hastings Harrier Club

Hastings Harrier Club at Lyons’ Farm

Hastings Harrier Club

Hastings Harrier Club at Lyons’ Farm

Hastings Harrier Club

Hastings Harrier Club at Lyons’ Farm