Sam Light and Slingshot
November 14, 2016 by Mike Smith in People, Sports 0 Comments

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of traveling down to Cornwall to shoot some photographs with Sam Light and Slingshot. I love shooting kitesurfers. With a long lens and a canon 7D, you can get some great shots getting the camera onto fully automatic! Although it eats up memory cards like nothing else!! The weather in the UK can be quite fickle at the best of times. When a shoot depends on the weather, you have to be extremely lucky, or persistent until you get the right conditions. We ended up being lucky as we didn’t have time to wait for the perfect conditions……………..although the wind could have been a little stronger! Sam needed some shots for a video project he was working on with Patrick Wieland, so Rich Lane from Slingshot UK got in touch and got me along for the day. The wind forecast was a little bit touch and go on the Sunday we were heading down, and after many calls and texts, we decided on Hawkers Cove, near Padstow. It took a while for the wind to build, but by 10am it was blowing. Sam, Rich and Ben headed out on the new 2017 slingshot […]

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Maverick Race
November 10, 2016 by Mike Smith in Events, People, Sports 2 Comments

Over the summer I was lucky enough to be the Maverick Race official photographer. Initially, I thought this would be a relatively straight forward job………………………….I was very wrong! Taking photographs of runners in some pretty amazing places sounds like a dream job, and it was. But one thing I forgot to think about was my fitness levels for the event. Now I consider myself a pretty fit guy; I eat well, I train periodically and I do lots of different sports from kitesurfing to mountain biking. But, running is a very different kind of fitness. The job was to capture the feel of the day shooting the runners, the location and the countryside. So I headed to the first event in Somerset programming into the satnav a beautiful place called Fingle Bridge. After a two and a half hour drive, I arrived at 8am and got all of my kit ready after doing a recce. There was lots of opportunities for great images and it looked like it would be a great day’s shooting. The runners started turning up and I started shooting. When people are comfortable in their environment or are focusing on something else, it makes it easy […]

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