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I have been doing a little work recently for the North Queensland Fury ahead of their start to the 2010-2011 Hyundai A-League season. Great people to deal with and along with the Townsville Crocodiles that makes two out of three national sporting teams in Townsville that are good to deal with!
Thought I’d share some recent pics I’ve shot for trading cards and their team poster. Take note though, I had 20 minutes to shoot the 19 players for the trading card photos. You don’t get a lot of time to muck around in this gig
Had a bit of spare time to muck around today while shooting a football training session so I thought I’d hook my 5D MkII (with a 16-35) to my monopod with a magic arm to give you an idea of the field of view difference between a 16mm lens on a full frame camera compared to a 400mm lens on a 1.3x crop DSLR (equivalent to 520mm on a full frame camera).
It’s not that exciting but hopefully it’s better than a poke in the eye! Feel free to check it out in HD by hitting this link or watch the embedded video below.
Yesterday was race one of the 2010 Townsville 400 and Jamie Whincup once again finished first. I took the opportunity to set the 5D MkII (with 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM) down to shoot a quick demo 1080 24p HD video of the first lap from turn one while I was shooting with the long lens. Here’s a quick look – feel free to click here to watch in 720p or in the full 1080p res!
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!
Last week I was commissioned by Adelaide’s Sunday Mail to photograph 36er small forward Nathan Herbert who was in town for their NBL clash with the Crocodiles. Only had 20 mins to do the shoot but managed to get a nice set of pics and considering it was such a beautiful day in Townsville I was compelled to shoot it outdoors and show off our great weather!
Nathan has fielded an offer from an AFL club who appear to be making the most of the unstable National Basketball League and snapping up freakishly tall & fit athletes. Who can blame them?
Anyway, like most of the NBL players Nathan was absolutely superb to work with. Thanks heaps Nathan! I’ve added a gallery below to show you what sort of pics I supply to a paper from a job like this.