Liverpool Hope University Arrivals Weekend

27 09 2010

Spent a busy two days photography the new intake of students arriving at Liverpool Hope University. The job entails plenty of walking . The Campus at Hope Park is split into two sites and as a rough estimate I  must have walked 4 miles per day.I decided to shoot with one camera a Nikon D3 and a 70 -200 2.8 AFS V11 and carry the 24-702.8 in a waist bag,changing the lens when I needed a wider angle. With a full frame camera though I was able to shoot 90% of the images with the 70-200. Might look at purchasing the new 24 -120 f4 lens. This would be ideal for this sort of walk around job. Looking forward to seeing some test images from this lens.

The weather was good on both days and  the sun lifted the images. However this was a problem early morning with strong shadows needing a little fill flash to balance the photos.In all edited the photos down to about 400 from the two days.The images can be viewed at http://www.f2images-photolibrary.co.uk in the Education Section. Some photos below:

Arriving on Campus

Loaded up with Bags!

The right hat is essential!

Making friends

The new Library at the Crative Campus

The new library at the Creative Campus

Down to work already!





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.

Photos online at http://www.f2images.co.uk







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

Further images from the game can be viewed and purchased at  www.f2images-photolibrary.co.uk

Alan Edwards





European Championships 2010

12 04 2010

The European Gymnastics Championships for men and women is in Birmingham England this year. The event happens over two weeks starting on the 17.4.10 and finishing on 2.5.10. http://www.british-gymnastics.org/site/
I have been covering the Euros for the last 15 years as Official Photographer to British Gymnastics. This year I am also shooting the event as official UEG Photographer http://www.ueg-gymnastics.com

The venue is the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.I have photographed here on many occasions.Transport links are good and the hotel is a 5 minute walk away.A rare luxury.I will be shooting from inside the podium so the main lens camera combination will be the Nikon 200 f2 and aD3.

The Women’s Teams  juniors and seniors include: 2009 World Floor Champion Beth Tweddle, British Senior Champion Becky Downie, and first time Seniors Nicole Hibbert, Danusia Francis and Niamh Rippin. The accompanying Junior Team includes Lizzie Beddoe, who finished 2nd in the All-Around in the 2009 Junior British Championships, UK Schools Games All-Around Champion Laura Mitchell, Venus Romaeo (2nd in the All-around at the British Espoir Championships), British Espoir Vault Champion Rebecca Tunney and Ruby Harrold (4th on Vault at the British Espoir Championships).

Beth Tweddle

Becky Downie

The mens line ups include 2009 World All-around Silver medallist Daniel Keatings, 2008 Olympic Pommel Horse Bronze medallist Louis Smith, and World 6th placed All-around gymnast Kristian Thomas; along with the current Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14 British All-around Champions Reiss Beckford, Sam Oldham and Frank Baines who will compete in the Junior Team.

Daniel Keatings

British Gymnastics, Men’s Technical Director, Eddie Van Hoof said: “We are very excited and looking forward to testing ourselves against the best European Teams in Birmingham. We hope to follow the individual successes from the 2009 World Championships, with success in the Team rankings. Great Britain are current Junior European Team Champions and we know we face a very tough test to retain such a high position.”

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