International Netball.

21 02 2010

What a fast and furious game top flight netball is.It must be one of the most difficult sports to photograph.In basketball  the players drive forward with the ball giving the photographer time to lock focus on them.In netball however there is no dribbling allowed and the some of the best action is where the ball is thrown to. You have to anticipate this and be ready for the players to jump and catch the ball making for a good action shot.

I  covered the 1st Test match between England and Australia at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Thursday 18.2.10. The hosts made early inroads, going 9-6 in front by the end of the first quarter before the Australians pulled it back to 18-18 by the second break. England built on their early momentum, leading 30-26 at the third quarter and holding on for a 41-40 win.

Shooting from behind the net I used a  Nikon D3 and 70-200 AFS 2.8 VR 11 lens combination. The settings were 2500 asa 1/800s at 2.8. I travelled light to this venue and was sorry I left the 300 2.8 at home. It would have made some nice close ups and would  have been able to capture action from the the far end of court. Next time……you never stop learning in sports photography!

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased from the following link:

http://www.photoshelter.com/c/imagelibrary/gallery/England-v-Australia-1st-Test-Match-19-2-10/G0000REy5.nzruSs/P0000HzpuJUnyS6c

Alan Edwards      www.f2images.co.uk


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