Bow speed – when hunches and bias get a reality check

It’s a good thing that out and out speed is not the most important characteristic of a bow in the pursuit of traditional archery. But everyone gets a bit of a thrill out of a fast bow – don’t they? It’s also the case that perceptions about bow speed are captive to a number ofContinue reading “Bow speed – when hunches and bias get a reality check”

The unstoppable march of the mobile phone camera

I really am a terrible blogger. At this rate I do about 4 per year, which probably doesn’t really qualify as blogging. Never mind, here’s one … Although I still shoot film from time to time, I am very much a digital photographer these days, and have been for some years. Even when I doContinue reading “The unstoppable march of the mobile phone camera”

Self portrait meets archery kit from Ukraine

The source of most of my archery kit is a group of artisans in Hungary, but there’s a solid subset from Ukraine. Recently I agreed to get the camera out and put a few bits of the Ukrainian kit together in an archery selfie to send to Sarmat. So here they are … All theContinue reading “Self portrait meets archery kit from Ukraine”

Accuracy in archery – bow or archer?

As I threatened to do in the previous blog, I did go out to the forest with a handful of bows to test if in switching from one to the other the accuracy varied much. The video is a bit rough and ready. Wind noise just about obliterates my commentary from time to time, andContinue reading “Accuracy in archery – bow or archer?”

“This bow is so accurate” – really?

I’ve often heard product reviewers of traditional archery bows, or enthusiastic new bow owners, exclaim “… this bow is so accurate …“. I’m guilty of the same thing myself. But recently I’ve been mixing up the bows I shoot on a rapid rotation, and it has prompted me to question what appears to be theContinue reading ““This bow is so accurate” – really?”

Making the digital tactile, rev2

A year or so ago (pandemic time – could be either really?) I self-published a small photographic zine of mostly night-time images taken in Kyneton when I lived there. I think I printed about 50 and half are gone. Now it’s 2021, we’ve had two years of rolling COVID lockdowns, and my computer’s hard driveContinue reading “Making the digital tactile, rev2”

Making videos is bad for my archery form!

I enjoy the process of making cinematic looking videos with traditional archery as the focus. Facts of the matter though, for the last 20 months of intermittent COVID lockdowns, the only regularly available archer has been me. Almost inevitably, one of the first things I notice when I watch back video of me shooting aContinue reading “Making videos is bad for my archery form!”

The pendulum might eventually settle near the middle again – photography and archery

For a while there in 2018-19 I got completely obsessed with putting vintage lenses on the front of a modern digital camera, and everything was fair game to be photographed. At that time my Falco Storm flatbow was getting a lot less attention than it deserved, and consequently I was getting a bit less archery/meditationContinue reading “The pendulum might eventually settle near the middle again – photography and archery”

So I finally got around to using a Micro Four Thirds camera for something it unarguably excels at … video

I’ve had the right gear sitting here for years now, but there have been myriad other distractions. I had a Lumix GH3 for years, and people have made feature films with that camera, even without 4K video and other bells/whistles. I upgraded recently to a GH4 – still trailing the pack by half a decadeContinue reading “So I finally got around to using a Micro Four Thirds camera for something it unarguably excels at … video”