The Glorious Twelfth

It’s that time of year again!! The Glorious Twelfth has come around & after a last minute flurry of preparation we are back out in the field for another season.DSGM- ML-IMG_2945_120The shooting season follows a traditional pattern starting today ‘The Glorious Twelfth’ with Grouse, Ptarmigan & Snipe followed by Duck, Geese & Partridge on September 1st & finally Woodcock & Pheasant on 1st October.DSGM- ML-IMG_4639_044I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph a grouse shoot last Autumn in Yorkshire. Here is a selection of the images from the day.

I am available to photograph your shoot day from just £250 for attendance – during the day I will photograph in a photo-journalistic style, capturing the day as it unfolds. From the beaters to the guns he will tell the story of your shoot. I spend time on peg with each of your guests as they shoot away capturing the great shots and misses!

After the event we work on the images and upload them to a secure gallery for your guests to see. We can also provide a CD of high resolution digital images for you to print from. All of these images are digitally enhanced to remove blemishes etc and finished to the highest standard for your own use. Alternatively, we can provide you with an album of the images expertly designed showing the images at their best in a beautifully bound coffee table book. Prices from £250 for the first book, additional books for your friends or guests are available on request at a discounted rate.

Here’s to a great shooting season – photographs & birds!

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#URC #Gundog Finals Photos – Great Windsor Park Now Online!!!

Yesterday I had the privilege of photographing the United Retriever Club Gundog Finals hosted by the Buckinghamshire area club at Windsor Great Park. A fantastic day for all that attended and the 27 dogs that I photographed from the 9 regions were a joy to watch (and photograph!). The first test I photographed was a water test and the second test I photographed was a walked up style test which worked really well for photography. I was in the middle of the beating line with teams on either side of me!

For those wishing to see the images please visit the client area of my main website and look for the gallery “URC Gundog Finals, Windsor

http://www.marklordphotography-clientarea.com

The access code is   urc2014windsor (no spaces)

Here are a few favourite images of a trio of dogs from yesterday. Enjoy the pictures!  Gundog PhotographerGun Dog PhotographyGundog Photography

#Gundog #Photography Offer

Why not celebrate the end of the shooting season with some stunning photographs of your dog or dogs?

A gun dog portrait photography session is a great way to finish the shooting season whilst your dogs are looking fit and trim! Gun dog photography sessions from just £50 for up to two hours in the South Oxfordshire area. I am happy to travel to you for the shoot and travel expenses will be charged. Print prices and digital files start at just £25 per picture.

Why not treat your loved one to a special gift of some wonderful pictures of man’s best friend? Vouchers available on request and can be valid for up to 12 months.

Please call 07971093423 or email thesportingpicture@gmail.com to find out more.

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Last day of the season tomorrow – see if you can go out on a high! #FieldSports

Tomorrow is the last day of the shooting season so I hope you all have a fabulous day. I’ve been out today with the gun and left the camera behind and we all had a great day in the Oxfordshire countryside. Thankfully we finished just in time before the bad weather came in and we were all tucked up in the local pub with ham, egg and chips!

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Here is a shot all of my Twitter followers will have seen that I took earlier this month. It was from another lovely Oxfordshire shoot I photographed, we had just had a shower and then on the last drive the rainbow appeared.

It is a fabulous experience being out in the great outdoors and I love it whether I have my camera, a gun and even my flag in hand. Roll on the 1st September 2014!

Have a great year everyone, those that don’t follow me on Twitter may wish to as it’s a bit more active then my blog! @thesportingpic

Also, my new website is online for those of you that have not had a chance to look at it http://www.thesportingpicture.co.uk

Stay safe!

 

 

The Field Magazine Cover and New Website!

Those of you that do not follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will be left in the dark so here is the news!

I am delighted and proud to say I have the front cover of The Field Magazine this month for their partridge issue! The picture was taken on the West Wycombe Estate two seasons ago.

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Also my new ‘The Sporting Picture’ website has just been launched today. Please click here to see it. My Sporting Picture blog (which you are reading now) will continue to run alongside my website.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few years in making my countryside and country sports photography possible.

Have a great shooting season!

 

 

Working Gun Dog Tests – Pictures Coming Soon…..

Keep an eye out on The Sporting Picture blog for the pictures from today’s working gun dog tests at Beaconsfield. I hope to have them online by the end of this week.

Here’s one of my favourites to keep you going. Not only could the Lab clear the jump easily but also pose for the camera!

Point to Point Racing, Kingston Blount, Oxfordshire

Last Saturday I went to my first Point to Point meeting and what fun it was! Living just half a mile from the racecourse it seemed a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday afternoon supporting local businesses, having a flutter and taking some pictures along the way.

This Point to Point event was at Kingston Blount, Oxfordshire and have a select number of race days a year. At this event there were seven races with the first five being with horses and the last two with ponies. There was a great atmosphere with both young and old and people from all walks of life watching the horses as they race around the course with some jumps along the way.

The Kingston Blount race course has a beer tent, hog roast, other catering facilities and a selection of countryside based stalls for the visitors. With entry for cars being £20 and only a fiver if you walked there it has to be one of the best fivers I’ve ever spent. I lost a bit more with the bookmakers but I still came away with a smile on my face and some great pictures to back up my enjoyment.

So here are a few of my favourite pictures telling the story of the Kingston Blount Point to Point. More details about Kingston Blount and their fixtures can be found here.

Enjoy the pictures!