Quite a year for the Huskies who have strengthened their squad, come second in the league and gained a well earned place in the final of the Wilkinson Cup at the close of the season. They always make a exciting evening for the spectator, and now have sizeable and loyal following. Alexandra Palace remains their home and has been filled to capacity more than a few times this year. I am delighted again to be the Huskies ‘de facto’ photographer and I am happy to share images from the 2021-2022 season here
More photographs from the 2022 season can be found here;
So enjoyed capturing moments for our new client London Playing Fields Foundation both at their playing fields and summer London fund raising social at the Oval. Without their work London would be poorer in sporting facilities for all, and by a long way. Please check out here for more details https://www.lpff.org.uk/
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Another outing to test how the micro four thirds Olympus can measure up to photographing fast moving action, and personally missing sidecar motocross. This was my first opportunity to catch a round of the British Championship this year. This event was round six at staged at Milton Malsor in Northamptonshire, a compact, interesting and accessible track. Previous visits have all been to Canada Heights which is a wonderful woodland setting with lots if elevation, Milton Malsor looks like a good contender for more visits.
For the photographers, I partnered the Olympus EM1 with the 40-150 zoom and 300 f4, both performed better than I expected, excellent focus tracking and lens stabilisation meant no need for a support and made shooting much simpler allowing me to test out a wide range of angles and approaches. Shutter speeds between 1/1600-1/2000 to capture the action and 1/40 for the panning shots. I also set a couple of the custom modes beforehand to easily switch between shooting styles whilst at the track, I recommend this so as not to miss shots After a few races to check the best vantage points, I found on almost all locations a lower viewpoint* offered the best approach and the opportunity to get level with the sidecar passengers eyes. The abundance of wild grasses and flowers provided a further element of interest to the foreground.
* with any fast moving sports, make sure your shooting position is safe and only ever one knee on the ground.
Haringey Huskies finish their 2020 season as Champions of the NIHL Div 2 South. Mostly shot at their home in Alexandra Palace they have a growing and loyal following. This year despite still shooting through a net expect to see more and more panning shots typically between 1/40 and 1/60th sec, enough to freeze a portion of the action though still convey the speed and dynamic of this tough and fast sport.
Shooting for UKsportspics the British Basketball League Championships is a new venture for me. Close action and a great venue at the Copperbox Arena Olympic Park London and friendly supporters help as well.
Round Two of the British Jetsports Championships at Wyboston Lakes Bedfordshire. This is my second opportunity to shoot this fast growing sport. Great action spread over two days. This year the action was brought a little closer to shore and more accessible to those viewing.
I can only describe this as an almost missed opportunity. Shot back in September 2014, the first Invictus games before sports became my chosen genre. Walking through the Olympics Park fortunately with a 70-200 in my bag, I came across the Velodrome complex where the outdoor cycling event was taking place. A truly inspiring group of competitors with all measure of disabilities and physical challenges and yet attacking the track as any competitor would, you dont need to be interested in sports to want to watch or record that. The event had minimal security so shooting was pretty much from the track perimeter. Some great captures and possibly an influence on things to come…