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Big night for me tomorrow – my wife and I are heading to the Crown Casino in Melbourne for the Walkley Awards where I’ll collect my 2010 Nikon-Walkley Australian Portrait Prize! Will be awesome to catch up with a lot of my news colleagues from around Oz and it’s also VERY rare for me to get in a full tuxedo so that should be fun (or funny depending on how you look at it).
Independent Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP today issued a press release about my award and he discusses his thoughts about the pic and its relevence to the federal election campaign. The full PDF of the release is available here or you can click on the image below to read a JPG version.
I’ve also been on ABC local radio today where I was interviewed by presenter Paula Tapiolas. You can listen to an MP3 of the interview here (Cam’s interview on ABC Radio) and visit the ABC website here to see their blog/story about my Walkley along with an extra pic.
Tomorrow morning I’m live on Melbourne talkback radio MTR1377 with ‘shock-jock’ Steve Price. You can listen to me make a fool of myself (hopefully not!) live online at this link. Hit the ‘Listen Live’ button for all the fun!
And here’s my winning pic fyi…
Recently I was asked to write a monthly photography column for a sports magazine. I thought “why the heck not, I’ll give just about anything a shot”. Not sure how many months I’ll be able to come up with interesting content but as long as I can think something up that isn’t total drivel then I’ll keep writing. Below is a look at the page, if you click on it you can view a full pdf of the page or if you’d prefer I’ve just reproduced the text below.
“Want me to carry your bag for you?” is a request I get a lot – one that almost always follows the question “What are you up to this weekend?” Especially in Townsville during the NRL season.
I’ve been photographing sport since I first joined the (then) Townsville Sun’s NBL franchise as their team photographer in 1993. I’m really chuffed to still be working with them now but my, how things have changed over these 17 years. It’s a similar story with the North Queensland Cowboys – I started with them in 1995 and still photograph many of their training sessions and all of their NRL matches.
During this period photography has gone through major changes since Louis Daguerre invented the Daguerreotype in the mid 1800s. Digital photography is now the norm. And what a godsend it is!
Until mid 1999, everything I shot was on film and the majority of my sports photography was shot on 35mm FujiPress 800 film. When shooting NRL matches at night or NBL games indoors I would push this film to 1600 (by underexposing a stop) and then slow down the processing to allow the film to overdevelop by a stop to bring life back to the thin negative. This was pretty commonplace as it allowed snappers to increase shutter speeds to a minimum of 1/500 with our f2.8 lenses wide open. The downside was increased grain but with most of the images appearing in newsprint it really didn’t matter that much.
Processing? At the stadium??
That’s right – a night covering a match always involved two unusual options. Either find a local minilab near the stadium and offer enough cash for them to stay open until about 11.00pm on a Saturday night; or take a small processing kit to the stadium and have someone stand guard at the toilet door while you fumbled your way around in complete darkness trying to load and process film. This was definitely the worst choice as the ‘aroma’ of toilets combined with that of the processing chemicals made for a VERY unpleasant evening at the footy! To cap it off picture editors were often yelling for pics even before the match had started. That meant I would generally have to shoot the first 5 minutes of action, jump in my car and race to the lab where they would develop and then I would scan and upload about 8 pics (at a snail’s pace) and then race back to the stadium to continue shooting. As you can imagine it was even worse if I were processing at the stadium!
Generally, I would shoot about eight rolls of film during a match, so I had just under 300 pics to pull off around 25 winners.
With all that in mind it’s hard to believe we still whinge and whine about how a particular memory card reader is a minute slower than another or how the white balance on one camera is slightly better than another.
While it isn’t an easy job it has become a lot more refined over the past 10 years. I now shoot between 800-1200 pics during a match and have my first set of six pics uploaded and on the picture editor’s desk by the 10th minute of the match. The picture desk would receive another 10-15 pics at half time and then another 15-20 after the match. This is thanks to having my laptop set up on the sideline with a lightning-fast 3G connection.
But it’s not just the method of processing and getting pics transmitted that has improved – the gear has as well! We can now get thousands of pics out of a single battery charge, we can store thousands of hi-res images on a card and we don’t have to really worry too much about things like white balance and perfect exposure.
Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?
Well, keep your eye on a sideline snapper next time you are at a big match and you’ll see that there’s a lot more to it than just pushing a button!
Ventured down to take a look at F16 Falcons from the USAF Thunderbirds complete their final practice before taking part in an airshow in the northern Australian city of Townsville. It would have been superb if not for a massive dust storm that has swept across eastern Australia over the past 5 days. Visibility was very limited and it really spoiled the opportunity for some cracking photos. Anyway, was still good fun, worth the effort. Anyway, knocked up this quick video to give you an idea of what we saw. You can either view here or click the blue title at the top of the video to view in 1280×720 HD on the Vimeo.com site.
Took a couple of minutes out of shooting yesterday to give you a look at the view from a few photo positions around the Townsville 400 track. Thank god for earplugs (when I remember to put them in!)
Been working away in the hot sun at the Townsville 400 V8 Supercar event. Only day 1 of 4 and already I have the best pic of the event in the bag. Easy peasy!
(yes, that’d be me in the middle!)