Month: December 2010
Being Ready “Before the moment” ensured Mark Pain was able to capture this extraordinary image:
Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain stood fast as Tiger Wood’s golf ball headed straight for him during Saturdays play at this years Ryder Cup held at Celtic Manor in Wales back in October.
Tiger Woods, the American world No 1, was partnering Steve Stricker in the fourball against Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher (European Team) at the Ryder Cup. Tiger’s second shot to the 18th was a little wayward and landed in the crowd to the right of the green. The usual funnel opened up so Tiger could see the green and play his third shot in from the area trampled by spectators, a chip onto the green. However, he duffed his third shot, and it didn’t make it to the green, he sent the ball directly towards Mark who was crouched at the feet of the watching spectators.
Its the sort of shot that Tiger hits perfectly 999 times out of a 1000
“Its the sort of shot that Tiger hits perfectly 999 times out of a 1000” says Mark, but not on this occassion. Milliseconds after Tiger struck the ball it hit the lens hood of Mark’s 24-70mm lens and ricocheted into trusty Nikon D3s body before hitting him in the chest rolling onto his Think Tank Speed Changer then falling to the ground and coming to rest at his feet.
Mark tells me that thankfully it didn’t hurt him as the camera took the sting out of the shot, however the glare form Tiger was something else. “He knew he’d hit a bad shot and I wasn’t in the way, but it gave him something to focus on I guess.”
Your shot has had some impressive claims made about it on the internet Mark, I’ve seen quotes about it being “instantly iconic” and “Tiger gives us the best golf shot ever.” Are you surprised how big a shot it became and how fast? “Yes, indeed. It’s amazing CBS News interviewed me live for about 4 minutes and the guy with the cigar in the crowd behind Tiger was flown over to the States to be interviewed on the Today show.”
Has your mobile phone calmed down yet? “Yes it has, it was crazy for a week or so after I took the picture and the Mail on Sunday article was published, it really is amazing how many times it’s listed on Google, its been used on so many other sites and blogs, it’s a shame they don’t pay for usage.”
What about other news or golf magazines? “Yes, I’ve had calls from as far afield as Japan and Brazil that want to use the picture, it really is a globally recognised image and at least the magazines pay. Sports Illustrated used the image over two pages as a magazine opener, which is pretty impressive. Golf Digest ran a nice piece in the US too. There is also a nice little piece in the winter issue of Nikon Pro magazine”
I see that you’ve put the image in question as the splash page on your website, has it increased traffic at all? “Yes it has, but I think that as the picture is on so many sources and my name that people have searched for “markpain.com” and come to the page that way as nobody seems to have hyperlinked it in anyway”
Can you tell me a bit more about how you set up for the shot? “It was a tough call as to which lens to use, the shot was at around 70mm, so I took the 300mm off the D3s and grabbed my 24-70mm out of my Lens Changer 50 so I had 24-70 on one body and the 70-200 on the other. Covering the bases in case we were moved back when Tiger set up. When Tiger hit the shot I kept the camera on him to see his reaction, little did I know that the ball was heading my way and thats how I got the shot! The picture of me moving away and Tiger glaring at me was shot by Matthew Harris who was obviously in a different spot.”
Which belt do you use your Speed Changer on Mark and what other Modular Components do you use? “I’ve got a Speed Belt with my Speed Changer in the middle to the front, I then have a Lens Changer 25 and a Lens Changer 50 which are really brilliant with the zip down extensions they cover most of the lenses I’ll ever need to carry. I also have a Lightening Fast for my flash and some spare batteries and just in case for anything else I have a Whip it Out.
The really really great thing about the system and especially at this years Ryder Cup as the weather was so wet and muddy is the rain covers that come free with each component, I’m certain it saved my kit and kept it working when others were having problems.”
How long have you been using Think Tank gear for Mark? “I guess I’ve had the Speed Belt and the pouches for 3 or 4 years now and of course I’ve got one of the Airport International roller cases which is superb and goes literally everywhere with me.
To be honest all the Think Tank bags do exactly what you need them to do, most of the guys who cover golf pretty much full time all use Think Tank, you can wear it all day and have no problems what so ever and as I said mines 3 or 4 years old and still going really strong.”
Well Mark, congratulations on a brilliant picture, I’m really pleased that you were helped to get the shot because you were able to Be Ready “Before The Moment” with your Think Tank Photo gear, I hope it wins you a few competitions.
No image manipulation, no staging, just straight forward top quality sports photography.
For further reading see: Mail on Sunday’s article
See Mark’s website: www.markpain.com
Dom Bower was just too excited to get dressed before telling everyone about his new orbis ring flash:
You can see more from Dom on his blog: http://dombowerphoto.blogspot.com/2010/11/orbis-ring-flash.html
Real World Wedding Workshop
Multi award winning Wedding photographer Peter Prior has launched his ‘Real World Wedding Workshop’ aimed at aspiring and established photographers wishing to freshen or build up their business and wedding photography. For December 2010 only he is offering the workshop at a special price of £200.
Download full workshop info (PDF) from here: PeterPriorWorkshop2011
He has timed his workshop to get you up to to speed just as the new 2011 wedding season gets under way. It is intended to be a very informal, ego and hype-free workshop, and welcomes questions and input from all delegates!
Date: Thursday 3rd March 2011
Time: 10.00 to 5.00pm (registration and coffee 9.30am)
Spaces are strictly limited.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR DECEMBER 2010 ONLY:
Peter is offering an EARLY BOOKING RATE of just £200.00 per delegate for spaces booked before Christmas.
After the 25th December the price will increase to £295.00 per delegate.
The fee includes coffee on arrival, a decent hot and cold lunch and afternoon coffee.
Follow Peter Prior’s blog here: PETER PRIOR’S BLOG
We hope you can brave the weather to come and see our Think Tank Photo and Orbis product specialist Helen Atkinson for guidance on work, travel and storage solutions for your gear, at the Jacobs Digital Photo & Video Newcastle IN STORE EVENT.
We look forward to seeing you there this Saturday 11th December 2010, from 10am to 4pm.
Jacobs Digital Photo & Video have just opened a new store in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey…
… near the popular Bentall Centre in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Jacobs invite you to demo the lastest technology with unique ‘Touch & Try’ stands and experience the latest 3D equipment first-hand…
… of course they are also stocking the Think Tank Photo gear too!
Address: 103 Clarence Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 1QY
Tel: 020 8549 3372
Snapperstuff make their debut at:
The Societies (SWPP) 2011 Photographic Convention.
We will be demonstrating the Think Tank Photo camera bags & accessories AND the Orbis ring flash.
Experts will also be on hand to answer your questions and help you find the carry and work solution most suited to you and your gear.
Convention Dates : 10th-17th January 2011
Trade Show Dates: 14th-16th January 2011 (inclusive)
Trade Show Days: Friday – Sunday (inclusive)
Venue: Novotel (London West) – Hammersmith, London
Both The Societies’ (SWPP) members and non-members are welcome and if you pre-register now, entry is free to the Trade Show. Register with SWPP before 30th November 2010 and have the chance of winning an Epson Stylus Photo R2880.
‘The 2011 Convention is a veritable feast of education with eight days of action packed programmes designed to help you, the photographer, put your imagery ahead of the game.
The three day Trade Show spanning the Friday to Sunday is a gathering of the who’s who in the photographic industry with the ‘big guns’ present and eager to show you the latest in technology and design.’
‘Unmissable: a complete ‘no-brainer’ for any serious photographer’
It’s big. Very big. In fact it’s one of the biggest photographic conventions in Europe. And, if you are serious about your photography this event is a complete ‘no-brainer.’ You just HAVE to be there – you and some of the biggest names in the global imaging business. It’s your photographic ‘me time’.
Over 250 imaging companies will be exhibiting.
Get ‘hands on’ with all the latest equipment from all the top manufacturers – and take your own camera to capture images on special ‘’hot’ sets.
To see a full line up of seminars / workshops / events follow this link to the SWPP site