Skrill Premier Conference
The R Costings Abbey Stadium, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire – Saturday 31st August 2013
No.9 Adam Cunnington celebrating after scoring a penalty – Click to display bigger
Average camera settings throughout the match:
Shutter: 1/5000 – 1/8000 sec
f/ stop: 4 with a Nikon 1.4x Teleconverter
ISO: 250 – 560
White balance: Auto
I came I saw I conquered
So far it was the furthest I have had to travel to cover the beautiful game and thankfully the good weather came to greet me. Arriving with my brother around 1pm, I took the opportunity in familiarizing myself with the Stadium and where I was going to be sitting based on where the sun direction will be. I always try to at least have the sun behind me so that the players are all lit up.
Cambridge United Plack – Click to display bigger
The R Costings Abbey Stadium – Click to display bigger
No pressure on me then to photograph the winning moments – Click to display bigger
Finding your spot
OK I’ve already mentioned that the Sun plays an important piece in your photographic creation, without it, you haven’t got a hope in hell of photographing anything. However, for any photographer that specialise in photographing Wildlife or Sports, unanticipated moments will be a constant motion throughout your assignment. So finding a nice sport where ‘hopefully’ most of the action will come your way is the Holy Grail for any such photographer. You can do as much research as you want when capturing your subjects, unfortunately is all completely unpredictable and like the Sun you have no control over it.
So what do you do?
Well quite simple find a spot (preferably with Sun behind you) and pray to God you capture amazing moments. Also if you were aware that one of the team you are covering is doing far better then the other one, its not a safe bet, but a good ‘guess’ to pitch yourself on the attacking side of the team that are odds on to win, in this case it was the home team Cambridge United.
Here are the highlights:
No.9 Adam Cunnington scoring from a penalty, which was to be his first goal for his new club against his old club Tamworth – Click to display bigger
No.24 Nathan Arnold holds the ball against No.19 Tony Capaldi – Click to display bigger
A young Cambridge FC fan celebrating the first goal – Click to display bigger
No.21 Captain Wayne Thomas pushes No.11 Harrison Dunk – Click to display bigger
No.2 Jack Evans holding the ball from No.11 Harrison Dunk – Click to display bigger
TIP: If you miss the goal, try to at least photograph the celebration even if it is not a perfect one. No.18 Luke Berry celebrating after scoring his first of two goals on the day. – Click to display bigger
No.11 Harrison Dunk leaps over No.2 Jack Evans – Click to display bigger
No.24 Nathan Arnold turns away from No.2 Jack Evans – Click to display bigger
No.16 Mitch Austin gets tripped by No.5 Jordan Rose – Click to display bigger
No.24 Nathan Arnold volleys the ball passed No.21 Captain Wayne Tomas – Click to display bigger
This is the ‘DVD extras’ part in this blog post:
Thinking outside the box
Nearing the end of the second half, I had already captured goals and celebrations, the story was all wrapped up so what did I do, well there was a lovley big terrace behind me and got me thinking of capturing the action from above. Why not, would not make much of a picture if there was no action right. So I swapped my 70-200mm with a 10-24mm and dashed up the terrace, waited for a good moment and the correct direction of the sun and CLICK!.
View of The R Costings Abbey Stadium from the South Stand – Click to open
My 15 minutes of fame
After the game was finished I briskly walked into the main office and got connected to the Wi-Fi to send my first batch of images to The Non-League Paper. I was asked by the Media Manager of the club if they can use the celebration photograph I captured as a ‘Feature photograph’ to tell the story. I was happy to oblige…
The next day I noticed in The Non-League Paper two of the many photographs I sent off featured along with the reporters story about the match :D.
OK its a no brainier, of course I was going to have some sort of photograph featured anyway, I was assigned by them in the first place. However, you should never assume you will see any of your photographs featured for a start. Why, because if you do think like that then pressure is off you and you’ll send something off to the Newspapers with a lifeless action photograph. The answer to this…keep the pressure on you at all times, when the whistle starts the game you pull out all the stocks and ‘try your best’ nothing less.
So what can I take away from this
The most important thing first is NOT to get cocky or put yourself on a giant pedestal and think your the dog’s plums. Always as I will, reassure yourself that it was not the camera that produced those sporting moments…it was you. Learn from what you have experienced, and go to the next game as I will with my head held high, be modest and carry on as usual. Or in the simplest of terms…Be British about it.