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Cricket’s County Champions Yorks CCC take on LawBlacks in the name of charity

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You would not expect to see Andrew Gale and Tim Bresnan on the touchline of a Conference football ground on a cold December’s evening. But these genial giants of the cricketing world, along with their county colleagues answered the call to play to help the Marie Curie charity.

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Their opponents from the legal world, LawBlacks from Leeds.  Bolstered by guesting ex professional footballers, Ken Monkau (Chelsea, Southampton, Huddersfield Town), John Hendrie (Coventry City, Bradford City, Newcastle Utd, Leeds Utd, Middlesbrough,Barnsley), Wayne Jacobs (Bradford City) and ex England and Yorkshire cricketer Anthony McGrath.

Resplendent in Guiseley’s daffodil yellow kit, Yorkshire cut quite a dash.  Playing as a unit, keeping their shape and formation.  Allowing Will Rhodes to push forward when Richard Pyrah and Andrew Gale dropped back with Bressie leading the line.  The number 9 showed his all round football abilities scoring with a superbly timed header in the first half and neat footwork to round the keeper in the second.  Whilst next season’s beneficiary Pyrah bagged a brace and an ankle tap or two for his troubles.

There really was no respite for the legal eagles.

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LawBlacksThe cricketers strength and conditioning coach, Ian Fisher led by example with his rangy runs down the left flank.  He must certainly have been pleased by his charges stamina and pace in sapping underfoot conditions.

The second half commenced with a change of referee and an up turn in LawBlack’s fortunes.  With John Hendrie relinquishing the whistle and providing more purpose up front and the perfect foil for the rampaging Anthony McGrath.  Despite Hendrie’s trickery and McGrath’s bluster, Steve Patterson marshalled his Yorkshire back four to repel all invaders.  On the few occasions Blacks broke down the Tykes stout defence they could find no way past keeper Richard Damms.  Whose shot stopping in the post match penalty shoot out competition proved sublime.  No corridor of uncertainty for Richard.

Anthony McGrath Steve PattersonJohn Hendrie LawBlacksChris Allen LawBlacks Matthew FisherLawBlacks Ken MonkouWhilst the match was played for charity, neither side conceded an inch on the pitch, tackles were robust as both Tim and Richard can testify to, but played in true spirit.

Given the lighting of the ground all shots were taken between 1/800 and 1/1000 of a second using large apertures set between 1.8 and 2.8.  This gave a razor thin depth of field so focusing had to be extremely accurate on the intended player.

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Rachelle Rocks Biker Chic

1 rachelle summers colourJeans teamed with a black leather biker jacket creates a timeless fashion statement.  A look embraced by Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Kate Moss and thousands of other would be wild ones worldwide.

Armed with a size 6 jacket, All Saints vest, belt and America flag scarf sourced by Wedding Market Diva Caught In Action headed to the studio, to meet model Rachelle, to rock the look.

Whilst Rachelle applied make up and changed, I set up the lighting in the infinity coving area.  With both black and white adjacent areas it allowed me to shoot both high and low key shots with minimal adjustment.

A 4ft Octobox was fitted to the Elinchrom flash, left of camera.  This would act as the key light and create a large light source, ensuring a gradual transition from light to shadows.  The power was set between 1.5 and 2 stops less than maximum.

The fill light, at a lesser power was stationed slightly behind Rachelle to the right of camera and fitted with a gridded stripbox.

Whilst the hair light was affixed to the Colourama cross bar directly behind Rachelle and gridded to ensure accuracy and no spill.

Lastly,  a reflector was placed to the left hand side of Rachelle.

The white balance on the camera was set to flash, all shots were taken at ISO200, with a flash sync speed 1/125 sec with apertures between F7.6 and F10.

After a couple of test shots we were good to go with the session yielding high key and low key shots from full length to head shots.

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Finally, using the grafitti wall I bounced the key light, set at maximum power off the adjacent wall to light the scene with a reflector at the side of Rachelle.

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With the shots in the bag all that was left was the processing.

 

 

 

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2013 Rugby League World Cup

1  rl world cupThe 2013 Rugby League World Cup was heralded with much finery, glitter, pomp and circumstance at the Millenium Stadium on the 26th October where Australia (the tournament favourites) played hosts England.

England’s sprightly opening with composed structured play mirrored the opening ceremonies energy and sheen. Alas, Australia ran out eventual winners 28 : 20 to dampen the England fans enthusiasm.

What greeted Caught In Action, for the Fiji v Ireland match at Rochdale on the evening of the 28th can best be described as a downpour of the stair rod variety. Ah, a chance to practice big rain shots, much employed by wedding photographers. Thanks, but I’d rather not. Thank goodness for Nike gortex jackets which kept me dry whilst the Canon’s were protected by Acqua Tech.

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As horrific as the weather became the more exhilarating and hard-hitting the Fijians played. Whilst their supporters choral singing will linger in my memory long after the tournament. Fiji triumphed 32 : 14 with fleet footed winger Akuila Uate running in a hat-trick.

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Baring in mind the prevailing weather conditions and the floodlights, which can sometimes be patchy or if too high create shadows where eye sockets should be seen I decided I would process some of my personal shots as black and white. Deliberately ignoring noise ninja and allowing the grain to prevail to create gritty images and using the backlights almost like rim lights in a fashion shoot.

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The World Cup really caught the public’s imagination from Workington down to Bristol crowds proved to be at full capacity. Records being set at Huddersfield where England beat Ireland 42 : 0. although the second half proved less than remarkable.

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In spite of the nation embracing the sport England unfortunately didn’t make the final. Being beaten by the holders in the dying seconds as New Zealand rolled the dice at Wembley.

During the tournament the sport lost one of its finest exponents and all time good guy, Steve Prescott, whose passing was marked by the Scotland captain, Danny Brough wearing a specially emblazoned shirt bearing Steve’s name.

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The final at Old Trafford between the two Anzac nations also created a crowd record for rugby held at the stadium. But proved a hurdle too far for the holders who lost their crown to Australia 2 : 34. Sonny Bill Williams, the New Zealand second rower who had put Papua New Guinea to the sword at Headingley, with a devastating hat-trick could not repeat his heroics against the green and golds with the Man of the Match award going to Australia’s stand off Jonathan Thurston.

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As always the shots were taken using shutter priority therefore allowing me to dictate the speed of the shutter whilst the camera dictates the aperture required, which I find beneficial when covering sporting events, changeable light and movement. By using a fast shutter speed it allows the use of large apertures which in turn creates a narrow depth of field.  Allowing the focus on the main subject whilst the background is out of focus and therefore less distracting.  This is particularly useful where the background is cluttered or spectators are rather sparse.  At Old Trafford for the final we were not allowed to have remote cameras fixed nor to cover the Haka from either on field or a high vantage point. This access and facility was reserved for the official photographers and a very large picture agency.

I would like to thank all the volunteers of Team 13 for their help and assistance in directing me to press rooms and ensuring we were well looked after. Also Hannah of the RFL is an absolute trooper and ensured along with Tony and Joe that there were no glitches with regard to accreditation or communication. Thank you.

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