GB v Switzerland Gymnastics International 28.8.10

2 09 2010

Traveled up to Gateshead by train. Taxi from Newcastle station to the arena in Gateshead.  Journey time around four hours each way. Still traveling by train does give the opportunity to edit the photos on the return journey.The lighting in the arena was bright mainly due to the roof windows. This was fine regarding shutter speed but did create a few problems when the sun shone through onto beam,bars and floor! I arrived with an hour before the competition started. This gave me a  to take some images of current British Champion Hannah Whelan.I missed the British Championships in July and this provided a good opportunity to update some stock shots of Hannah and indeed the other British girls. I brought two lenses with me Nikon 200 f 2 and the Nikon 70-2002.8.vr11.In the end the light was good so I decided to use the 70-200 lens, loosing a stop but gaining the flexibility of the zoom.This is especially useful on the floor. The competition was dominated by GB(Rebecca Downie, Jenni Pinches, Danusia Francis, Nicole Hibbert, and Hannah Whelan) who beat Switzerland (Ariella Kaeslin, Jennifer Senn, Jennifer Rutz, Linda Stampfli, Minu Krasniqi) .
The GBR Team scored 168.700 to the Swiss Team’s 152.850.

British Gymnastics Olympic Performance Director Tim Jones said: “It’s been a very strong day with a lot of good performances across the British group. This creates a tremendous challenge and many opportunities as we look to the World Championships and Commonwealth Games selection process; I’m very pleased the girls are making our job so difficult.”

In the All-around event, Becky Downie made a welcome return to the top of the medal rostrum scoring 55.950 ahead of British Champion Hannah Whelan (55.850) and Jenni Pinches (55.300). Swiss star Ariella Kaeslin finished in 5th position scoring 53.100.

Beckie Downie on bars

Beckie Downie on bars

Ariella Kaeslin of Switzerland on bars

Danusia Francis performs for GB on floor

Hannah Whelan in action for GB

Hannah Whelan performs on floor

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International Basketball in Liverpool 26.8.10

2 09 2010

Still catching up with some blog posts. Covered the Basketball Internationals recently at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Found the official cycle parking area at last. Its round at the back of the arena and quite hard to spot. Picked up the accreditation and was taken to the photographer positions at court side. First impressions,good lighting and plenty of room to work. Photographers tables set up court side,which meant you could photograph,edit and transmit with out leaving the court. Shot with the 70-200 2.8 for the whole time. Camera settings were as follows: aperture 2.8 ISO 2500 shutter speed 1000s.I found that custom white balance worked the best to balance the lights. On the the matches . The GB  men faced  Bosnia Hercegovina and the women Germany.

The GB men qualified for the European finals for the second successive time with a 94-85 overtime win over Bosnia-Hercegovina.Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu both produced their highest scores for GB, Deng hitting 38 points and Mensah-Bonsu adding 32 and 21 rebounds.GB needed two free throws with 19 seconds left to reach overtime at 81-81 but dominated the extra period.Nate Reinking added 16 points as GB reached EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

The women also has a successful outcome and qualified for the European Finals.GB women booked their place in the EuroBasket finals for the first time with a 77-59 demolition of Germany .Led by a fantastic performance from Julie Page who finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists, Tom Maher’s side never looked back after a strong first half.

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