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The first part of [livejournal.com profile] twentypence's stag do yesterday was a day at the Mission Airsoft site near Tuddenham.
Our party was just a part of the group (I'd say about two thirds), the rest were other regular players. In this lot of photos I concentrated on our lot, there will be a few more of the others, especially as the organisers have asked for copies of the photos, too.
They ran a variety of games throughout the day with the last being a special "Stag Run" for [livejournal.com profile] twentypence which was basically a version of running the gauntlet. [livejournal.com profile] twentypence and a few of choice mates - Chris (his Best Man), [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man, Simon D and one of the snipers - were in a group and had to run along a row of buidings around and in which all the others were sitting, guns on single shot. The objective for the Stag's mates was to protect him from incoming fire and IIRC, they almost managed. :o)

On to the photos, I'm surprised that I got as many photos out of it as I did, considering the poor light and not having done this sort of action photography before. There's some dodgy focus, obviously and interesting framing isn't that easy, either but I had to do a lot less cropping than I thought I would.

So here's a selection of the best, the full set is on flickr. [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man, please pass this link on to your airsoft forum.


Posing before the fun started



El Robinator

Paul D

[livejournal.com profile] diasporal_waves I really like this shot as it's uncropped and as is, at the full 400mm

[livejournal.com profile] gandalf_t_black hiding underneath a big red X

[livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man looking professional

[livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke defending their base

[livejournal.com profile] rirekon in full swing. Now we know why the army insist on hair nets. ;oÞ

[livejournal.com profile] whiskeylover, the only real pro

[livejournal.com profile] twentypence's last cigarette before his Stag Run

The Stag Guard getting ready

Off they run


Duck and cover!

Almost made it

Group photo at the end

Nikon D70, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 APO, Sigma 2x tele converter, last bits with kit lens; ISO with the Sigma combo was between 1000 and 1600 because it was a really dark day and I wanted to get reasonable exposure times and compensate for camera shake, too (a VR lens would have been fantastic), ISO 400 with the kit lens. Not ideal but it worked OK, I think.

Date: 3/9/06 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkapplejam.livejournal.com
Brilliant pics!! The last one is great ^^

Date: 3/9/06 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
*grins* Thank you.
I had a lot of fun taking them but I don't think I'm fit enough to participate, I'm still knackered...

Date: 3/9/06 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
I'm trying but it's not something that comes easily. (A bit complicated to explain)

Date: 3/9/06 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raggedyman.livejournal.com
i know, i think you've told me some vague elements of it before.
all i do know is that actually doing airsoft on a regular basis does get you fitter quite quickly.

Date: 4/9/06 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-wez.livejournal.com
I'm not at all fit and I managed to take part for about five hours, when I had a fluey cold thing & was Lemsipped up, so you'd probably be fine. :)

Date: 4/9/06 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Possibly, but I would be even deader the next day...

Date: 4/9/06 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-wez.livejournal.com
Hmmmm. We need to ween you on to a diet of Duracell Bunny stews. Then you'll last Up To Five Times Longer(*).

(*) It's up to you whether that's as dodgy as it sounds.

Date: 3/9/06 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raggedyman.livejournal.com
The gunman guys want to know if they can get a disc of all the pics of them, for they are a vein bunch of folks.

Date: 3/9/06 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Cheers. Remind them that there will be more pics following as I concentrated on our lot.
I know, they asked me personally. Will all be sorted when I've got them all.

Date: 3/9/06 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raggedyman.livejournal.com
I will :-)
And they have baged me over it something chronic since I posted the pics to the A-TAK. Seem's like you've made some new friends :-p

Date: 3/9/06 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Can you send me a link to that forum post, please?

Date: 3/9/06 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raggedyman.livejournal.com
the A-TAK can be found here.

Date: 3/9/06 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saintammie.livejournal.com
Airsoft = fun. My dad took me to some of this at the gun range.

Date: 4/9/06 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonsire.livejournal.com
gotta admint.. being armed does sound like the best way to survive a stag do :)
great pics.

Date: 4/9/06 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Heh, getting ideas for your own? ;oÞ


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