Barnet FC Mascot, Barnet vs. Camrbridge United, Cambridge United fans, Captain/Player Manager No.1 Edgar Davids, No.11 Harrison Dunk, No.15 Kieron Cadogan, No.18 Luke Berry, No.21 Kwesi Appiah, No.30 David Stephens, No.6 Jack Saville, No.9 Adam Cunnington, Richard Money, The Hive Stadium
Skrill Premier Conference
The Hive Stadium, Harrow, London – Saturday 16th November 2013
Average camera settings throughout the match:
Shutter: 1/6400 – 1/8000 sec
f/ stop: 2.8
White balance: Auto
Priority: Auto & Manual
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter
A few positives was to come out of the this match for me even before I arrived. Firstly, the teams were amongst the best in the league and I was going to use my new camera for the game. The new camera was a Nikon D700 which bagged an impressive 8 FPS, 6400 ISO and it was full frame (FX). So when I fired a few frames at some players I noticed a shocking difference when comparing it to my other camera the D300s. So beaming like a Cheshire Cat I went out and the creativity juices started to flow through. The only downside to the match was that it was very cold.
Arriving at The Hive only took me an hour to travel so it was for a change a short distance to a game. The place was rocking with a few supporters turning up early and the police arriving in large numbers before the majority of both sets of fans would arrive. The atmosphere was electric not only with the delighted for the club that yet again BT Sport broadcasting the match LIVE at The Hive, but a lot of excitement around the club that both teams needed a win.
For the match, I was hired by Cambridge United FC to be their club photographer for the night to cover not only the match but also the away supporters, for which I was delighted that they turned up with over a thousand with families and great positively. The usage of the photographs will be displayed on the clubs website, social media and print format.
Here are the highlights:
After the final whistle I heard happened to pack my gear away as usual then noticed behind me a small scuffle broke out and caused a large number of police trying to control and move along with supporters. On a personally level I found it emotionally difficult to photograph such moments that any other sensible person would just stay clear and into safety. For me as a photographer, ignoring my emotions and fear, I felt it was my duty to recorded these moments.
I like to thank Barnet FC for their fantastic hospitality and support throughout the day. Cambridge United supporters for allowing me to photograph them and the Metropolitan Police for their quick response in controlling the incident after the game.