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That’s my youngest son, Alex, competing in a World Archery Federation competition on December 19. It was an impressive event with well over 200 archers throughout the weekend. The best part was that Lancaster Archery Academy has a fantastic venue that allowed me to get reasonable close to Alex while he was shooting (this shot was his idea). I had to get in the right spot and manually focus on his sight to get this shot. The lighting was better than most competitions, but it’s still a challenge to get a shot at a low ISO (this was ISO 1000).
He’s shooting at the top target with the 3 little circles. In a competition, they shoot 3 arrows per ‘end’ and there are 15 ‘ends’ for a total of 60 arrows. Each ‘end’ is timed; if you don’t complete, you get a zero for the shot, just like a miss. The highest score is 10 points per arrow; a perfect score would be 600. He shot a 480, averaging 8 points per shot. That’s pretty good; the master shooters average over 9.4 points a shot, very impressive!