URC gun dog tests at Shardeloes – the pictures are now online!


Here is a selection of the images from last weekends URC gun dog test at Shardeloes. Another fantastic event with a great number of entrants with people travelling several miles to take part. This time I opted to position myself on the river bank (well in the river really sitting on a damp log – ahh the glamorous life I lead!) in the morning to photograph the dogs crashing through the water. Well, this certainly had it’s challenges with the low light due to the tree canopy, it was not the best conditions to be photographing dogs flying through the water! But still, thanks to modern technology I have managed to get some great shots of some of the dogs whilst also getting soaked as they charged passed me.

To the competitors, apologies for not getting all of the dogs in the water but it was particularly challenging in the river. Also, sorry for not being able to photograph each of you before you sent your dogs to retrieve – I know this is a great way to reference your dogs when viewing the pictures but it was not possible in the morning.
Some of the water pictures may be slightly ‘softer’ then normal due to the low light conditions however all of them will be fine in the smaller sizes up to 12″x8″ If you would like something larger for the wall of your dog please check with me before ordering.

In the afternoon it all fell into place with good light and I was able to photograph each handler before the dogs were sent to retrieve the dummy. So hopefully any black lab owners will now be able to identify their dogs this time!

With previous events I have put all of the images onto this blog, however it can run a bit slow on some people’s computers so this time I have tried something different.

The pictures are now on http://www.photoboxgallery.com/marklord a gallery I have set up on a site with Photobox. Here you will be able to view the images and purchase them online direct from Photobox. There is a HUGE range of products available from prints to mouse mats and make up bags!

For those that require prints you are welcome to email me or call me with your order and I will order them on your behalf and have them sent to your home address. The photobox gallery will remain online for 4 weeks.

Some people last weekend asked me about a CD of the images of their dogs. I am happy to offer a CD of high resolution images of your dog for £70 or if you have attended other tests at Portman Burtley, West Wycombe and Englefield then I can supply you a CD of all of the images of your dog (s) for £120. You will have to let me know the reference numbers though!!

As before I am happy to offer the popular compilation of 4 images printed onto an A4 for £25 or the larger A3 with 4, 6 or 8 images on together with your dog’s full name, the estate name and date etc for just £50.

Print price are
6×4 -£10
7×5 -£12
9×6 -£15
12×8 – £20 closest to A4
15×10 – £25
18×12 – £35 closest to A3

A4 compilation – £25
A3 compilation – £50

p+p £1.95 on all print orders placed with me.

Please email any order for prints to thesportingpicture@gmail.com or call me on 07971093423. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Thank you,









Some of my favourite images from 2011/ 2012

Here are a few of my favourite images from the last 12 months from various shoots and trips away. I have some new business cards on the way featuring some of these images so if you see me at an event please tap me on the shoulder and I will be happy to give you a card!

I hope you enjoy them….

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United Retrievers Club – Bucks Area Novice Working Test at Englefield Park, Sunday 8th July 2012

Oh… it’s him again!

Yesterday I was at the home of the Benyon family photographing the above gun dog event in their deer park. I photographed a mark and a blind event in the morning and then a mark water retrieve in the afternoon. I’m a total novice at this and still coming to terms with the lingo so please forgive me if I’m talking nonsense!

Anyhow, for all those competitors eager to see the pictures of their dogs here they are! Before you shoot down the page to see them please read the following:

For all those black lab owners who struggle to recognise their dog I have now photographed each handler at the start of their test as an indication that your dog will follow! Most of the pictures are great of handler and dog however if you are not happy with your expression etc please note they are for reference only.

All images on here are purely for viewing and the colours and contrast are only an average setting. Black dogs may appear too black and lighter dogs may appear to light. The foliage of the mornings events may look better in some images than in others due to the process I apply to get these images online asap.

Prints or digital files can be ordered by emailing me at thesportingpicture@gmail.com or calling me on 07971093423. Any orders will be colour assessed by me and produced to a high standard. Blemishes can be removed on dogs as well as owners (!) if necessary. I will naturally clean up eyes, dribble etc on the dogs unless asked not to do so. As we all are aware black dogs coats can show a lack of detail when photographed – in most cases any prints ordered will show very good tonality in their coats.

At the last event at West Wycombe I offered a sequence of images at half price e.g 6 images for the price of 3 – this is a great offer if you wanted a series of your dog running, jumping retrieving etc. This offer is available for any print order over 6 prints.

A couple of people have also asked me if I can do a montage of images of 4 or 6 pictures on one piece of paper.  So I would now like to offer an additional product of a montage with your dogs details on it and the date of the event such as the montage featured below. The Cost of this is just £50 and can contain up to 8 images. I will display them in the most suitable way.

I am happy to put whatever info you require on the montage so please just email me your requirements.

Also, as lovely as the colours were (especially in the morning!) I can also offer black and white versions such as these images below.  Black and white offers a timeless more classical portrait of your dog removing the complication of bright surroundings. If you wish to see you dog in black and white please email me the reference number and I can send it back to you for you to view before making your decision.

For all orders over £25 made before the 20th July please deduct 10% from the total.

Now onto the stars of the show…..

Print Prices
6×4 -£10
7×5 -£12
9×6 -£15
12×8 – £20 closest to A4
15×10 – £25
18×12 – £35 closest to A3

A3 montage of up to 8 images with dogs details etc -£50

A4 montage of 4 images – with or without details £25

p+p £1.95 on all orders.

Canvases and framed wall products available on request. Should you require something that is not featured on my price list please do get in touch and I will do my best to accomodate your request.

Thank you,


thesportingpicture@gmail.com Tel. 07971093423


Pictures from the Open Working Test for the Bucks Area of the United Retriever Club

 Here are the photographs from the Open Working Test for the Bucks Area of the United Retriever Club held on the Portman Burtley Estate, Beaconsfield on Sunday 20th May by kind permission of Shoot Owner, Mr John Blakeston. The test was a qualifying event to select the Bucks Area team for the URC Area Finals to be held on July 15th.