Monday 11 February, 2013

Full Gallery: ODI Series – Australia v West Indies

Click to enlarge pictureThe Pitcher
The Pitcher
The Pitcher

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
ISO: 250
FOCAL LENGTH: 560.0 mm
EXPOSURE: 0.0
fstop: f/4.0
SHUTTER: 1/1250 s
 

Here’s a sports photography image I made at the One Day International cricket match between Australia and the West Indies. I noticed that a couple of the Australian fielders were having to chase the ball down behind the wicket so when Ben Cutting fielded this ball, I made use of the nice clean black background. It’s a really simple use of the sight screens but is somewhat different from most of the cricket shot you come to see. Could it almost be mistaken for someone playing baseball?

Sunday 10 February, 2013

Full Gallery: Wyong Roos v Nth Sydney Bears (NSW Cup Trial Match)

Click to enlarge pictureShoulder the load
Shoulder the load
Shoulder the load

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 640
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: 0.0
fstop: f/2.8
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.

Sunday 03 February, 2013

Full Gallery: Hyundai A-League Rd 19 Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets

Click to enlarge pictureIt's a football
It's a football
It’s a football

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 1600
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: +0.7
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/1600 s
 

While not the action shot that you associate with sports photography, it captures your imagination in other ways. What on earth is going on? You’d be mistaken for thinking that Alessandro Del Piero was a kid again and was pretending to have a baby stuffed up under his jersey. But no, it was a rain soaked game and it’s one way of of drying the ball before a free kick right?

Thursday 31 January, 2013

Full Gallery: Mundine v Geale 2 IBF Middleweight Title

Click to enlarge pictureTake That
Take That
Take That

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: n.a.
ISO: 3200
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: -0.7
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/2000 s
 

I’ll admit it – I’m not a boxing fan. Not because I don’t like the sport, I’ve just never been as exposed to it as other sports. But when you get the chance to shoot it, you jump at it. Especially when it’s one of the biggest fights in Australian boxing history.

There’s so many different sports photography images you can get, ringside, fighters entering the ring, over the ropes etc, but my favourite shot of the night came from the back of the venue shooting down into the ring. I was almost going to leave my 400 at home when at the last minute thought I should take it and get some shots from the back for a couple of rounds.

Technically it’s a little harder because you have to contend with backgrounds you can’t control as much and because you want to get more in the frame, the boxers need to be further away from you.

This image I made exemplified the type of shot I was aiming for all night. Great emotion from both Mundine and Geale.

 

 

 

Sunday 27 January, 2013

Full Gallery: T20 International – Australia v Sri Lanka

Click to enlarge pictureThe Catch
The Catch
The Catch

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D X
LENS: EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
ISO: 2000
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: 0.0
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/1250 s
 

T20 cricket is a great game to watch, and shoot. It’s over in a matter of hours and there’s so much action both at the crease and on the field. You could point your camera at the wickets the whole game and still come away with some great sports photography. But a lot goes on in the outfield where there’s great emotion to be captured from the players.

Sometimes to get action away from the stumps you need to be prepared to sacrifice the bowlers and batters in return for a catch or a miss.

I was lucky in one regard to get this shot as I had a couple of frames of the stroke that this catch came off. It was quite a high ball that gave me enough time to take my eye from the viewfinder to see where it was heading. I could see Ben Laughlin running for it but just didn’t think he’d get there. I fixed on him and managed to get him mid air. It was a superb catch, that could only have been made better by being in front of him.

 

Saturday 19 January, 2013

Full Gallery: Hyundai A-League Rd 17 Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets

Click to enlarge pictureDown, but never out
Down, but never out
Down, but never out

CAMERA: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
LENS: n.a.
ISO: 3200
FOCAL LENGTH: 400.0 mm
EXPOSURE: -1.0
fstop: f/2.8
SHUTTER: 1/1600 s
 

Daniel McBreen of the Central Coast Mariners is a tough player. He’s always where the action is, supports his teammates at every opportunity and gives as good as he receives.

So it’s fair to say that most of my shots of McBreen show him in an offensive pose or attacking his defenders, that’s why this one struck out as being different. It’s not the McBreen you’re used to seeing and sometimes in sports photography that’s what makes a unique shot.

Another reason I like this shot is because it tells a story. Newcastle has attempted to get the ball from McBreen, tripped him in the process and James Virgili is there to recover. Simple, unbiased example of photojournalism in sport!