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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My first real venture into shooting cricket, invited to photograph Hornsey CC v’s Winchmore Hill CC in the Middlesex League. A wonderful sunny day, two competitive teams with high scoring batting, not a bad place to start. Still a lot to learn though this probably won’t be the last . A few notes more of interest for fellow photographers at the foot of this page.
For anyone who wants to learn from my excursions here are a few photographers notes.
Preparation as always helps. I didn’t know much about cricket or the ground though a quick look on Google maps allowed me to see the orientation and where it was likely I could shoot from,
Equipment was mainly my football and rugby ‘go-to’ kit primarily using a Nikon full frame with 300 f2.8 and a x1.4 extender. This proved ideal in terms of length and coverage. Depth of field is a tricky one balancing the ability to isolate your subject though show more interest especially when shooting down the wicket. Focus on constant with back button and shutter speed surprisingly high 1/1200th and more needed to catch the action.
Positioning around the ground was probably my greatest challenge and I moved continuously (though only on change of over) simply to explore, next time hopefully less so. Important aspects for me were, uncluttered backgrounds, capturing the stroke and players face, getting the ball in frame (often at odds with the ideal shot of the stroke), capturing a little of the setting eg club house, and of course catches, run outs and celebrations. Shooting close to the ‘sight screens’ at each end of the wicket demands extreme care as batsmen rely on these to focus
Next time a wide angle especially if there are clouds, and a few more incidentals, spectators and players in the field, as for capturing more incidents that’s just going to be about a little more knowledge of the sport and practice!
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.
Privileged to roam the touchline its a wonderful opportunity to capture amateur rugby action and the players from all angles. Great spirit hard fought matches and a true team ethos sums up this club from this photographers viewpoint. I am always pleased to return and shoot a match here at Bramley Road.
SailGP, the fastest sail racing in the world, arrived in the UK to make its debut on European waters at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. These catamarans foil to gain speed and topped 50 knots for the first time at Cowes.
My assignment for UKSportspics to cover the penultimate round of this new sport on the Sunday. Saturday’s racing being cancelled due to winds being just too strong.
Strong winds returned on the Sunday, with this and shooting from a rib made this exciting and at times nigh on impossible to hold a frame. Short zooms fared best though much of the credit goes to the rib skipper and his ability to place us close to the action. Tom Slingsby and Australia won all three races and in the following round in Marseilles the championship. Look out for the return of SailGP in 2020.
Saracens Vets played several matches this season, including a visiting team from Ireland. The Vets put their all into each game, have great character, enjoy their games and make for a wonderful photo shoot.
GB Rafting National selections for 2019 took place at Lee Valley White Water Centre on the Olympic Course on 8/9th December 2018. At stake a chance to represent Great Britain at the International Rafting Federation European and World Championships.
This is my 4th year of photographing the national teams and the organisation grows in strength every year. Seventeen teams competed, including five guest teams from Europe. Friendly and competitive just about sums up the racing, I have been fortunate enough to roam the waters edge working hard to seek out a new view or composition that shows off the dynamic that this sport has. This year a little more time with the shorter zooms to help me get closer to, or above the action.
Maxxis British Sidecarcross, fifth round of the championship was held at Canada Heights Swanley Kent home of Sidcup MCC. This event is something special and my fifth annual visit. The course is elevated with a wide variety of views and a great location for photographers. A few more technical comments and links at the foot of this blog
Shooting sidecarcross doesn’t require lots of kit, these visits were managed with a 70-200 zoom lens with and without a 1.4 converter and a 24-70mm zoom. Some of the most rewarding shots are close-ups on the turns. These require either careful timing or protection for the camera and lens because of the mud churned up by the motorcyle rigs. I try wherever possible to shoot with a ‘planned background’ to illustrate the event or with simply the track as my background, this avoids the visual challenge of fences and course marker tape etc. You can see this isn’t always possible. Events such as these bring families and enthusiasts more to shoot than the racing.