Tuesday 26 March, 2013

Full Gallery: Super Rugby Rd 6 – Waratahs v Blues

Click to enlarge pictureIzzy
Izzy
Izzy

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 400
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: +0.3
fstop: f/18.2
SHUTTER: 1/25 s
 

Is there a better footballer around at the moment that Izzy? Some will disagree with me, but on and off the field, the guy is a true champion.  I’ll admit (and he probably would too) that the whole AFL thing was a little sideway for a guy of his experience, but that’s in the past and he can concentrate on his future. He’s looking much more confident on the field as the union season progresses. Considering he’s just been named in the Wallabies 30-man squad, It won’t be too long before he gets to add the ‘dual test international’ to his CV.

But back to sports photography, and this shot in particular. You don’t see too much panning these days, especially not in sports such as union and league. I guess you can miss too many news-worthy moments if your playing around with slower shutter speeds, but I love experimenting and this image I made is one of the better examples of mine when it does work.

Having one part of the image as sharp as it can be really helps to draw your eye into the image. And believe me, it’s hard to get any part of an image sharp when you’re shooting at 1/25, panning and your subject is as fast as Israel Folau.

Trust me, I dropped quite a few frames to get to this one.

Friday 15 March, 2013

Full Gallery: Super Rugby Rd 3 – Waratahs v Rebels

Click to enlarge pictureThe Maiden One
The Maiden One
The Maiden One

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 3200
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: -0.3
fstop: f/3.5
SHUTTER: 1/1250 s
 

It’s appropriate that I should write this post from the sidelines of Allianz Stadium as I await the kickoff to the Waratahs v Cheetahs game thats about to commence. It’s where I made this photo of Paddy Ryan scoring his maiden try in Super Rugby.

While technically, it’s probably not my best sports photography image, it was a turning point in the game – something that I’m always striving to capture. Emotions on players faces always makes for a great shot and this surely has that.

Hand on the ball and the ball over the line, there’s no doubting in his mind that it’s a try and hopefully one of many more to come it Ryan’s career.

Now, better go get my bib!

Saturday 02 March, 2013

Full Gallery: A-League Rd 23 Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers

Click to enlarge pictureRed and Black Passion
Red and Black Passion
Red and Black Passion

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: n.a.
ISO: 3200
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: -0.3
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/1250 s
 

2013 has been a great year for football in this country. The Hyundai A-League has had record numbers at their games, and the competition is starting to really infiltrate some of the major sporting codes here. What’s even more incredible is the latest team to enter the competition The Western Sydney Wanderers is not only top of the table, but has probably one of the most loyal fan bases in the league. A pretty monumental achievement for their maiden year.

It was my first time shooting them on the weekend and I was completely blown away by the amount of supporters they had considering it wasn’t even their home game and the weather was atrocious. They won 1-0 against the Central Coast Mariners, but both teams played their hearts out. On the sports photography side of things, it was also one of the wettest games I’ve shot since, well since last weekend. The amount of rain we’ve had in my part of the world of late has been incredible, but it’s made for some great football. You can check out more of my shots here: A-League Rd 23 Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers but the above image just summed up the night for me. I’d be bloody proud of my team if I was a WSW supporter.

 

Monday 25 February, 2013

Full Gallery: A-League Rd 22 Mariners v Victory

Click to enlarge pictureHeartbreak
Heartbreak
Heartbreak

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 3200
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: -0.3
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/1000 s
 

We had 110mm of rain in the 24hrs that I shot this game to say that I was wet was an understatement. I recently invested in some ThinkTank Hydrophobia covers to keep my kit nice and dry and there’s been some times where they’ve done there job, but nothing like the rain I experienced on the weekend.

You know it’s a wet match when you have to dry you tele a couple of times, but to have to pull out the cloth 7 times over a 120min period is a drenching.

Aside from that, you can usually make some nice football photos in the rain and players are usually slipping and sliding all over the field.

This game presented a couple of opportunities, but a photo I really liked came from some emotion after the Central Coast Mariners had scored their 4th goal against the Melbourne Victory.

The look on Andrew Nabbout’s face says it all.

Sunday 17 February, 2013
Click to enlarge pictureYou've got the look
You've got the look
You’ve got the look

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 500
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: 0.0
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/3200 s
 

It’s rugby season again – finally.

As much as shooting pros is the challenge every sports photographer wants to excel at, shooting semi-pro is just as good, sometimes even better. The access is great, you can shoot from pretty much anywhere you like. There’s no egos, well a couple but not as big as some. And the atmosphere just feels more like it used to for me. You can smell the turf, hear the banter of the players, coaches and crowd.

My advice to any aspiring sports photog is to get involved in a local sports club that interests you. Go out of your way to shoot not just home games but away games, take the team portraits, get to know the players and the staff and give them some cracking images that they’ll remember the whole season, and if you’re lucky – you might even walk away with one or two images that season that you’re really proud of yourself. And that would be a good year!

 

 

Tuesday 12 February, 2013

Full Gallery: ODI Series – Australia v West Indies

Click to enlarge pictureDark Clouds
Dark Clouds
Dark Clouds

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
LENS: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
ISO: 800
FOCAL LENGTH: 16.0 mm
EXPOSURE: 0.0
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/800 s
 

Getting good stadium shots is tough, especially when you’re the only sports photographer covering a match for your publisher. Sometimes you need to sacrifice the play to get up into the stands and get a nice wide point-of-view.

There’s that magic hour that any photographer will tell you happens at around dusk. The colours are subdued, the light is mystical and as the sun sets the clouds acts as a massive diffuser to help control the light.

I probably left this shot a little late as I really had to crank up the ISO to get as much available light as I could – hand held.

The Sydney Cricket Ground is and iconic building within the Sydney CBD and at night can really come alive with dramatic sunsets. I wasn’t lucky enough to get a nice clear sky, but the drama in these clouds lends itself to a much more dramatic image.