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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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

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!

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Alan Edwards