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No more Sandy Smith Photos

Posted by Sandy Smith on June 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Regretfully, there will be no more Sandy Smith photos posted to this site.

Sandy passed away unexpectedly in February 2014.

Her images live on however and will remain here for as long as possible.

Vale Sandy. You were a very talented phtotographer and you are missed greatly.

Summer sports 2012

Posted by Sandy Smith on November 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (1)

As it starts to warm up people are getting into their summer sports.

I will be on the beat each weekend covering sport and social events in Mudgee. Most weekends I would take over 1,000 images then edit and pass the best to the Mudgee Guardian for first choice.

However there are many great shots of our local sportspersons which never make it into print and which can be displayed on this website.

The problem has been letting the people photographed know they are up there. 

So I have decided to change my operation somewhat.

Instead of posting what I think may be of interest, I will be posting on request. This way I hope to better match the images I post online with the people who are visiting this site.

So if you see that I am covering your sporting event, let me know if you are interested in seeing those images. Either ask me at the ground or use the email link on the 'Inquiry Form' page of this website soon after the event.



What's happened to the sports photos lately??

Posted by Sandy Smith on June 2, 2012 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

So why have there been so few sports photos posted of late?

I've been indulging myself in my other great passion: travel photography. A trip through Myanmar (Burma), southern China (Yunnan province and Tibet) has kept me away from Mudgee's sports grounds for a few weeks.

You'll need to be patient a little while longer, but I'll be back soon!!

Meanwhile there are a few folders from a very soggy weekend in Mudgee sport in the photo gallery.

Mudgee from the steeple!

Posted by Sandy Smith on February 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I know, it's been a while...

I recently had the opportunity of going up, up, UP, some 40 metres above Mudgee's CBD to take some shots. So here's a folder of photos from an unusual perspective of our beautiful town.  See them in the Photo Gallery.

Huntington Estate Music Festival

Posted by Sandy Smith on November 28, 2011 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Another great Huntington Estate Music Festival behind us!

Wonderful musicians presenting a wide range of musical styles - from Monteverdi to John Cage! (And that was just in the first of the 8 concert programs!) Well done Musica Viva, under Carl Vine's directorship.

The food and wine are also fantasic (thanks Edwena and Tim!) - not that I get more than the odd glass during the festival. But I did buy a carton for later!

The festival allows me to reconnect with my music teaching past (20 years in high schools in Parkes and Mudgee), but also to undertake the challenge of low light photography. The live concert hall is an extremely difficult photographic environment to work in: ever mindful of the need to work silently and unobtrusively yet try to capture the magic of the musical performance.

If you're wondering how we seem to get some 'action' shots without disturbing a performance with the inevitable 'clunk' of a heavy SLR shutter, here's a few secrets: some playing shots are actually taken while settling in before the piece begins. Then there's the magic instant while bows are still in the air just as applause starts. Better still is the small hole in the wall of the packing room. This can allow for some great shots - or none at all - depending on the seating of the musicians. It's the only place from which we can 'shoot' during the performance without being heard. Even then we use the camera on 'silent' (= 'less clunk') mode.

But best of all are the shots when musicians agree to pose onstage, say during interval. Thanks so much to the Adelaide Chamber Singers and to Alice Giles for giving up their time for this. Check out the photo of Alice at the harp: photo #7749 (folder 1). It's my favourite!

It was also a pleasure to meet ABC Classic FM presenter Emma Ayres. Even set the alarm for 6am this morning to catch the whole of her program!

But now, back to editing the rest of those photos!

Time for a break

Posted by Sandy Smith on September 19, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

With the end of the winter sports season, it is time to take a break and evaluate how my new business venture is going. If anyone had told me this time last year I would be doing this I wouldn't have believed them! It's a big step away from a regular income. 

So I'll be taking a break for a while then back to pick up with some summer sport.

I will still be processing orders made through the website but it may take a little longer to respond. Orders can be picked up and paid for at Visual Expanse, 28 Church St Mudgee, as usual.

I'd like to hear from you if you have any comments about the sports photos service. I've learnt a lot in the last two months but there's always areas of improvement and I'd be grateful for some feedback.



Busy! Busy!

Posted by Sandy Smith on August 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This weekend looks like being HUGE! There's the Mudgee Readers' Festival (with an awesome lineup of literary talent), The Mudgee Running Festival (with fun runs, half and full marathons for those who won't have their heads in books), the Junior Rugby Union finals, and lots of other sporting events. How to be everywhere at once?

Meanwhile as the winter sporting season is drawing to a close, I will endeavour to put up lots more photos from the past season. If you have a particular request for a sport you'd like to see more photos from, please let me know.

But please note that orders will have to be in by mid-September at the latest as I will be taking a break after that and won't be able to process further orders for some time. Watch this space and 'MUDGEE SPORTS PHOTOS' on Facebook for updates.

School's back!

Posted by Sandy Smith on July 23, 2011 at 4:28 AM Comments comments (0)

First week back after the school holidays means that there's a full round of junior sport on. That will be a test!

Today I covered Netball at the new courts at Glen Willow. The courts look great and it all seemed to be running well!

Pity there aren't paths that link the car park with the courts! With 'Keep off the Grass' signs everywhere it makes it tricky to get from the car park to the courts without walking all round the world! Who is going to walk 200 metres when the direct line is less than 10 metres! How about putting paths where people need to walk? Take out 1-2 metres of rose bed and let us walk through!

As for parking at the Glen Willow complex, it needs a serious look! It's as though the planners put the car park as far as possible from anywhere. What little space is closer has been barricaded off, or has had loads of dirt dumped on it.

Once I managed to park, Junior football was all good! The Under-6s are always terrific to photograph and I went back to get the U10-11s Virgo Cabling v Carpet Court.

Senior hockey was S&S Meats v Harvey World Travel. A close match!

I won't be putting up any results on this website. You'll have to go to The Mudgee Guardian on Monday to find those!

Wombats v Coolah Roos (Rugby Union)

Posted by Sandy Smith on July 16, 2011 at 7:19 AM Comments comments (0)

What a thriller! Coolah skipped away to an early lead but the Wombats were not going to let the game slip through their fingers without a fight. A lot of dropped ball proved costly - leaving the Wombats to play catch up.


Mark Dwyer Cycle Classic & PVG Scratch Race

Posted by Sandy Smith on July 14, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

  Last weekend was the Mark Dwyer Cycle Classic and the Pieter van Gent Scratch Race. Held just outside Mudgee this was a great chance to see some of the state's top riders in action. Always a challenge for the photographer - these guys don't stick around for long!

Despite cold, windy weather, these riders made light work of Saturday's 88km course.

Then as if that wasn't enough, they backed up again on Sunday for their choice of a 40km, 80km or 120km course in the Pieter van Gent Scratch Race!

It was hard enough just standing, freezing, watching them.

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