Southport v AFC Wimbledon Blue Square Premier League 14.8.10

14 08 2010

First match of the new campaign for Southport.Promoted last year from the Conference North. Decided to cycle part way again for todays match. Left the car in Birkdale and cycled about three miles each way. Not sure if this is a good idea with a 400 2.8 on your back!  Haig Avenue was bathed in sunshine,the pitch looked in great condition and the contingent of Wimbledon fans were in good voice.

Used a 400 2.8 along with a D300. This combination giving me plenty of reach.Shot the game from the halfway line and was able to capture action from each goalmouth.  Prefer shooting with the D3 the viewfinder is so much bigger and brighter. Still on bright daylight games the D300 still performs well.Shooting on aperture priority auto very little post editing was required, even when shooting directly into the sun.Enjoyed this first game of the season and look forward to covering more of Southport’s home matches in the coming months.

Final score  Southport 0 AFC  Wimbledon 1.

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Warrigton v Catalan Dragons Challenge Cup Semi-Final 8.8.10

9 08 2010

Decided to carry on with my “get fit” campaign and part cycle to the game today. Had to work out how to carry a 400 lens,  two camera bodies, a laptop and a 70 -200 2.8 lens.  I used a North Face back pack for the 400 2.8 lens and one camera body,  a Thinktank Artificial Intelligence bag for the laptop and a belt system which accomodated a D3 and the 70-200 lens. I parked the car about three miles from the Stobart Stadium in Widnes.I have a Dawes Galaxy Tourer cycle which fits in the car and is quite light as well. After deciding to cycle I realised the the journey was all downhill on the way to the stadium,not looking forward to the cycle back to the car after the match!.

Arrived with time to spare,parked by bike in a secure cycle store in the main car park(why can’t all stadiums provide this?)  checked in and received my accreditation.

Great game, dominated by Warrington,glad that I decided to shoot at the end Warrington were attacking.

Warrington booked a return to Wembley on 28 August after storming to a dazzling nine-try Challenge Cup semi-final win over Catalans Dragons.The French side, beaten finalists in 2007, had beaten Warrington 29-28 in Perpignan just a fortnight ago.But there was no chance of another upset, forward Louis Anderson leading the way with three of his side’s tries.Ben Harrison, Matt King, Chris Riley, Lee Briers, Richie Myler and Jon Clarke also got in on the try-scoring act.

The final score was Warrington 54-12 Catalans Dragons.

Did not transmit from the ground and left just after half time.Cycled back up the hill and was glad to see the car after  about 20 minutes!

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Alan Edwards  8.8.2010

Warrington v St Helens Rugby Super League 31.7.2010

4 08 2010

Warrington Wolves 24 St Helens 26

Covered a great match on Saturday in the Super League.This was a thriller in front of a sell-out crowd but after 80 minutes of solid effort in both attack and defence Warrington failed once again to end their dismal record against St Helens. Used the 400 2.8 lens with nikon D3.

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David Cameron launches the Big Society at Liverpool Hope University.

4 08 2010

David Cameron launches the Big Society at Liverpool Hope University.

Covered this event for Liverpool Hope.

Used a combination of lenses from 400mm to 28mm.Nikon 400 especially useful shooting from the back of the hall.

Prime Minister David Cameron chose Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus to launch the Government’s “Big Society” project on Monday, a scheme aiming to involve more social enterprises, charities and community groups in providing local services.

Mr Cameron was greeted by Campus Provost Professor Bill Chambers before addressing an audience of community leaders, politicians and journalists in The Cornerstone’s Great Hall. He then gave TV interviews in the new Angel Field garden.

PM David Cameron Launches the "The Big Society"

PM David Cameron Launches the "The Big Society"

PM David Cameron Launches the "The Big Society"

PM David Cameron Launches the "The Big Society"

Rugby League International England v France 13.6.10

16 06 2010

I was looking forward to covering this match at the Leigh Sports Complex.It was the first chance to try out the Nikon 400 2.8 lens. I finally gave in and bought the lens last week. Hopefully it will prove to be a good investment especially for floodlit matches.It was good to use a the full frame body and have the reach of a 400 lens.

Back to the match itself,Sam Tomkins scored four first-half tries as England ran out comfortable winners against France in coach Steve McNamara’s first game in charge.It was a second international hat-trick for Tomkins, and equalled the England try-scoring record for a single match.England ran out winners 60-6.Some images fro the game below:

Ryan Hall of England

Gareth Ellis of England

Sam Tomkins scores his fourth try

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Alan Edwards

Friday Night Super League

28 02 2010

I have covered many Super League matches over the years and a good percentage of them have been on a Friday evening.The exposure under the floodlights is always challenging.On average it is 3200 asa 1/650 shutter speed and an aperture of 2.8.

Now the 300 2.8 lens is a bit short for rugby and I end up using a 1.4 converter.This gives more reach and therefore more action can be taken around the halfway line.The downside however is that you loose a stop.The exposure reading with the converter is 5000 asa 1/650 at 2.8.Under lights using a Nikon D3 this increased asa doesn’t make much difference to the finished image.It would be nice though to use a 400 2.8 lens,especially with the FX frame of the D3.On occasions usually in daylight games I use a D300 this gives extra reach with the DX format but at 5000 asa under lights the grain would be too great.The 400 2.8 remains on my wish list and if the price drops a bit I will order one.

Wigan Warriors romped to a 58-0 win over the Catalans Dragons on Friday night with an individual 38 point haul for Pat Richards. Richards scored five tries and hit 9 from 10 goals.

Wigan made if four wins from four and afterwards Head Coach Michael Maguire admitted it had been a good night,
“I was very happy with the boys performance especially first half, we completed 95% which set the tone for the game, it’s something we worked very hard on throughout the week.We went away from a few of the things we were doing well in the second half but we will identify that during the week and work hard at that.”

Conflicting fortunes

Pat Richards of Wigan….a 38 point haul pictured above and David Ferriol of Catalans takes a breather.

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