Full Gallery: Wyong Roos v Nth Sydney Bears (NSW Cup Trial Match)
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
SHUTTER: 1/1250 s
I’ve always been a big rugby league fan which is one of the reasons why I like shooting the game so much. Compared to other sports it’s quite difficult to get a good set of sports photography images from a single game. It moves so fast and there’s so many bodies in play that getting simple clean shots can be quite tricky.
Shooting on suburban rugby league fields doesn’t help either as there’s always something clogging up you backgrounds – fences, cars, garbage bins etc. I find a lot of my shots of park footy tend to be tighter crops just to keep the backgrounds cleaner.
Here’s a photo I quite like of Justin Toomey-White copping a shoulder from Elias Sukkar of the North Sydney Bears. You can tell it’s a late tackle because there’s no ball in the shot, meaning it’s been offloaded well in advance.
Any sports photography that shows someones face/body being distorted by and impact will always make for a compelling photo.