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gmen
15th of January 2005 (Sat), 14:40
Last week Exeter City (stripes) drew 0-0 at Manchester United ('some' might say the most famous football club in the world) in the FA Cup - a fantastic result for Exeter...

This week, the media bandwagon arrived at Billericay to see if they could achieve what Manchester United could not! ...and it very nearly happened, Billericay led 2-0 with three minutes to go but let their lead slip and now have to replay at Exeter... the week after Manchester United play there!

Here are some pics:

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx030.jpg

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx031.jpg

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx035.jpg

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx032.jpg

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx033.jpg

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx034.jpg

http://www.tgsphoto.co.uk/forum_images/pfx036.jpg

gmen
21st of January 2005 (Fri), 14:31
Exeter went out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night at the hands of Manchester United - I wonder if Billericay can repeat the trick when they replay at Exeter next week? And will my sports editor pay my expenses to go down there to cover it? Somehow I doubt it.... comment on the pics are still welcome!

Molydood
26th of January 2005 (Wed), 16:56
nice pics, what kit have you got?
I live in Billericay!

gmen
26th of January 2005 (Wed), 17:10
nice pics, what kit have you got?
I live in Billericay!

Crikey, what a small world it is! Do you ever get over to New Lodge for a match? Town are having a pretty good season... although they did lose the replay at Exeter last night.

Oh yes... these were shot with the 1D MkII + 300mm f/2.8L + 1.4x extender.

blinking8s
26th of January 2005 (Wed), 17:53
I'll be in Europe this summer...belgium first for a photography internship (hopefully) then to Prague for fun and then to England to see friends from highschool (college)...think you can get me into a game? hehe...

Man U is by far the most known football club, even here in the US...well its probably the only known team here...A few more educated people might know Chelsea or InterMilan...

You shot quality is always consistant...which is great, but I feel like that final touch is always missing...guess those WOW shots dont come around in football all that often...at least you are consistant though, I shot an entire basketball game last week and didnt get crap out of it :(

gmen
27th of January 2005 (Thu), 02:42
You shot quality is always consistant...which is great, but I feel like that final touch is always missing...guess those WOW shots dont come around in football all that often...at least you are consistant though, I shot an entire basketball game last week and didnt get crap out of it :(

The WOW factor is certainly hard to come by! I suppose there are two things going on...

Firstly, football doesn't always provide incredibly spectacular action (although the last two shots show that the players can fly about a bit)...

And secondly, I always seem to be on some sort of deadline, so I rarely get the benefit of covering the whole match and being able to experiment. I'm usually trying to get a consistent, newsworthy result to satisfy a couple of different publications - this can stifle the opportunities to be creative. I need to get a dozen or so 'good' images inside the first 20-30 minutes of the match no matter what! The it's time to transmit and/or move onto another job... Oh yes, and at the same time I'm shooting 'stock' pics for the papers as well...

The newsworthy pics that I'm seeking aren't always the most spectacular. The 'goal' shot can often be a dull one... and the 'celebration' pic frequently looks just like the last celebration pic!

Sometimes when I review my images later on, other pics jump out at me that I'd missed the first time round which may have more 'WOW' value through some cropping etc... but that's all part of the fun of this sports photography malarkey!

blinking8s
27th of January 2005 (Thu), 04:31
I usually have to leave basketball games a little after halftime to prep for the news summary on the internet. I miss all the good action it seems :( guess its part of the job field I am prepping myself for...haha

Wazza
27th of January 2005 (Thu), 12:39
Some very nice shots there as usual. :)
It's a pity you can't hang around for the full game.

Molydood
27th of January 2005 (Thu), 18:25
hi gmen, i dont have an interest in football so no matches for me, but i do fancy shooting it just for fun, it looks quite challenging, but i may need more than 200mm to get anything?

i thought those looked like 1D pics.

gmen
28th of January 2005 (Fri), 09:13
hi gmen, i dont have an interest in football so no matches for me, but i do fancy shooting it just for fun, it looks quite challenging, but i may need more than 200mm to get anything?

i thought those looked like 1D pics.

200mm will work quite nicely if you stick to the goal-line and just shoot action in and around the penalty area. You just won't have the reach to shoot midfield stuff. There's normally a game at New Lodge most Saturdays as Chelmsford City play their home games there as well... might be worth popping down when you've nothing better to do!

Molydood
28th of January 2005 (Fri), 16:04
thanks, I may pop down and do some shooting.
sorry for being dumb, but can I choose where I sit?

thanks!

gmen
28th of January 2005 (Fri), 16:22
thanks, I may pop down and do some shooting.
sorry for being dumb, but can I choose where I sit?

thanks!

You can pretty much go anywhere! The last game I shot there had a crowd of around 1,500 and that was a 'bumper' attendance - well above the norm!

The only problem you'll have is if you want to sit pitchside. They'll only let you over the barrier if you've got accreditation - but there should be no reason why you can't stand behind the hoardings and shoot.

Molydood
9th of February 2005 (Wed), 17:00
thanks for that :-)