Over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending my Friday Afternoons at Stowe Archers. Troy an I have been getting together to particulate in the weekly Field League. This past Friday, however, heavy rain put a damper on our plans. Instead, I headed out to Stowe on Sunday to shoot before the monthly meeting.
Not having a partner to talk to, I decided to bring a couple of video cameras along to help fill the time. I set one camera up near the target to capture my shots and another facing in my direction. The end result isn’t nearly as action packed as a USPSA Match Video.
At first, I debated even posting the video. It was dull, like watching paint dry. Rather than waste it, I uploaded it to YouTube and watched it a second time. I was surprised, the second viewing was sort of peaceful.
Anyway, the video was a lot of extra walking (which resulted in what felt like rushed shots so that I didn’t kill my cameras before I was finished with the course) and I’m not sure if I’ll be doing more in the future. In the event that I do more recordings, I’ll set the camera up much closer to me so that I can review my form.
I walked off the course having shot 234 Points. I’m not well versed in Field Archery but I like to think that 224 Points is Par for the Course (16 Points per Target x 14 Targets) and I came out ahead. At this stage, I can’t complain about that.
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2 thoughts on “Stowe Archers Field League: Week 3”
Hi Walt, #1 remember two arrows in each target. Nice video angles. Neat close up at #6, but 80 yard walkup lost perspective at 7. Opps #12 downhill may need help (only 3 hit ?). Check body angle at 14 (fatigue ?). New release style may help bow arm to push to target, increase in consistent arrow speed will bring arrows tighter (closer to the X). Super video, now help me with mine.
I had a feeling that I was supposed to switch targets on #1 but wasn’t sure.
I knew that the 80 Yard Walk-Up was going to be a problem. I didn’t want to have to re-set the camera after each shot so I put it in a position where it could see me from all positions. I could have cropped in closer during editing but I don’t like doing that (if you crop too hard it looks bad).
The missed target was a simple mental error. I used the wrong pin and realized it as soon as soon as I triggered the release.
It looks like a few people are running into the same problem that you are with video. I’m not sure what the solution is but if you’re stuck, put the source files on a CD and I’ll edit them for you.
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