A portrait of Croatia in 100 images

#23 Rab – medieval crossbow tournament

Rab Medieval Crossbow Tournament. Rab, June 2013.
Rab Medieval Crossbow Tournament, Croatia. Photography copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. HRrab_0787b
The tournament, which dates back to the 14th century and marks the successful defense of the city against a siege in 1358, was revived by the Rab Crossbowmen’s Association (Udruga rapskih samostrelicara) in 1995, and is held annually on 9 May, 25 June, 27 July (St Christopher’s Day, the city’s patron saint) and 15 August (Assumption Day). It’s one of only two such tournaments using the medieval crossbow (the other is in San Marino in Italy) – a heavy weapon which shoots a handcrafted wooden bolt at speeds of around 90m per second – at a target the size of a small dinner plate.
Photo and text copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, stored, distributed or published in any form without prior written permission from Rudolf Abraham.

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4 responses

  1. This works wonderfully in monochrome, as well.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

  2. I love this shot Rudolf! Great B&W conversion and I love the shallow DOF. I love the idea of this blog, it’s like a book in the making, with pages being added as you watch.

    Derek.

    July 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    • Thank you Derek, your comments are always appreciated. B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro, as you probably already guessed ;~)

      August 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

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