On April 11 at Napier, New Zealand I did my second Pecha Kucha talk. I’ve attached here three of the images I used. My subject was the photography of athletics with reference to what happens in Hawke’s Bay, particularly the 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
I photographed this event and posted 165 images at this link. The images at this website are at 50% resolution and can be downloaded free of charge.
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.
I photographed the 2016 Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Schools Cross Country Relays at Anderson Park, Havelock North. The complete set of photos can be seen at this link. Sample photos are shown below.