Water Sports 29.3.10

29 03 2010

Spent the day photographing watersports on Crosby Marina. This was a commission for Sefton Council Leisure Services.As luck would have it was freezing cold and raining……..so much for Spring!To make matters worse I forgot to bring my rain cover Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia 70-200.

I  managed to leave it my other camera bag which I use for rugby.So instead I had to fashion a makeshift one out of an old bin sack and some gaffer tape. This worked really well under the circumstances and saved my camera and lens from a real soaking.

Despite the rain and cold lots of people turned up for the come and try sessions. These consisted of canoeing,kayaking and the opportunity to row  a dragon boat. A selection of todays images appear below.

I used a D3 and 70-200 2.8 VR11 combination exclusively.I am very pleased with this new lens it is so sharp.I am beginning to wonder whether there was something wrong with my old 70-200 2.8. VR .I still have this lens and think I will send it back to Nikon for a service and focus check.

Liverpool Hope University Capstone Opening Week.

29 03 2010

I have been busy over the last week photographing Liverpool Hope University Capstone Opening Week.

The £6.5m Capstone building is Liverpool Hope’s new Centre for Music, Performance and Innovation. By day it will be home to Creative and Performing Arts students and staff.

By night, it will open its doors to the people of Liverpool who can enjoy shows at Hope Theatre, a space designed specifically to have the best possible acoustic, ideal for classical and contemporary music.
During the opening week I was commissioned to shoot the formal ceremonies and the performances.

The lighting inside the theatre is very good.I was mostly using a 70-200 lens 1600 asa 2.8 giving a shutter speed of 1/500s.

The program was varied with music,dance and poetry. One problem during the quiet music pieces was the noise of the D3 Shutter.I really must consider buying a blimp for these occasions it would make life a lot easier. A selection of photos from the week below.

The photos were required almost immediately after the event so most of the editing was done on my Macbook Pro on site. Workflow on the MacBook  consists of  Firewire card reader, browse in Photo Mechanic,edit selections in Light Room.


29 03 2010

After following Sportsshooter for a number of years I decided to take the plunge and join.Sportsshooter is a site for professional sports photographers to swap ideas and share resources.Sports Shooter began in 1998 as an e-mail newsletter created by USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro. His newsletter originally was passed along to a handful of sports photographers, photojournalists and colleagues as a way for Hanashiro to share his experiences, insight, concerns and rants about the state of sports photography.
Over time, Sports Shooter grew to include more than 7,000 subscribers and countless editorial contributions from professional sports photographers who donated their time and shared their wealth of information.

My member page can be viewed here   http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=9018

Athletics Track & Field

8 03 2010

The athletics track and field season gets underway next month.I will be covering some of the National meets this year as well as some local events.The photo above shows Liverpool Harrier and World Youth Heptathlon Champion Katarina Johnson- Thompson.This photo was taken last summer at the Merseyside Track and Field  Championships.

Shooting action photos is all about timing.The modern trend is to keep your finger on the shutter and you are bound to “get the shot”.This is not always the case and a little knowledge about the sport and anticipation often leads to a better photograph. This was shot using a 300 2.8 lens with a D3 camera.I also try to look for uncluttered backgrounds,this along with a narrow depth of focus gives a pleasing result.

Alan Edwards           http://www.f2images.co.uk             http://www.sports-photo.co.uk