Synchronised Swimming by the Island Aquatics Syncho Club
Jan16

Synchronised Swimming by the Island Aquatics Syncho Club

Swimming has become sort of a big deal locally thanks to Olympian Alia Atkinson who is the poster girl for water sports locally after her performance at the last olympics. Now despite placing 4th, it was still a huge deal to Jamaica and support for swimming which was next to non existent is finally being given from various local organisations. At a recent function held to announce Alia Atkinson as a brand ambassador for Grace Kennedy Money Services, I had the pleasure of photographing synchronised swimming. It was very entertaining and led me to wonder will Jamaica ever have international representation in that sport, especially in light of recent attention being given to swimming. Enjoy the images from the performance by the Island Aquatics Synchro Club...

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Sports Photographer’s Log Jamaica vs Honduras World Cup Qualifier
Oct19

Sports Photographer’s Log Jamaica vs Honduras World Cup Qualifier

I photographed Jamaica’s final world cup qualifier football match recently, Jamaica vs Honduras. Though at that point qualifying was not an option for Jamaica anymore. That still didn’t mean that Jamaica wouldn’t go without a fight right? Thats what I what I thought for the entirety of 1 minute and approximately 40 seconds. That’s probably how long it took for the first honduran goal to be scored talk about crestfallen… a bad start. Moments later it was the Jamaican’s who were cheering as an equalizer was delivered putting both teams at 1 goal each. No on to something else that I figured out that really annoyed me. I’m also sure annoyed my co-worker and other sports shooters more than it did me. We’ve had to wire images back to the office for stories for the next day from the stadium on many occasions using the digicel data dongle. The digicel data dongle never works at the stadium and yesterday I finally got the reason why. I asked this guy that was there that worked for digicel to assist with the dongle. his response was use the wifi. What WiFI?? To my surprise digicel offered wireless internet for these events at the stadium for some time now, always there, always available and insanely fast!! The rage quickly filled up thinking about past experiences when working on the wire and being unable to transmit images to ftp for getty -___-. *bane voice: the rage rises* Also the data dongle doesn’t work because of the lowered level of the inside of the stadium. its actually below ground level which causes reception issues. I photographed the football match with the D800 as my main camera. The fps isn’t as high as I would like but you get used to it eventually.  In dx crop mode I think I got a little bump in fps or maybe it was mentally. I was all the way at iso 4000 on the d800 which is still pretty clean for what the images will be used for. I also had the d300s sporting the tokina 11-16mm for some images of the teams exiting the lockers and heading to the field as well as some post match photos of the hondurans celebrating their victory and confirming their status as qualified for the 2014 world cup. The Jamaica vs Honduras Match was a draw in the end at @ Goals each team but ultimately that was a win for Honduras as they advanced and qualified for the world...

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Football smacks remote camera over
Sep26

Football smacks remote camera over

the #schoolboyfootball season presses on and I’m still working on getting that Kickass remote camera image that looks hella interesting to the point that It can’t be overlooked by the sports editor. Unfortunately it still hasn’t happened as yet. The last game I covered I tried toying around with the angles a bit. Instead of putting it dead center behind the goal keeper as I’ve always done in the past i angled it from the right and it made the Image a bit more interesting. During Half time the Ball Boys for the game were playing around shooting penalty kicks and trying to save em. I made a few images out of that and got what I’m hoping to get out of the actual game well either a save attempt or an epic goal. Lady luck hasn’t graced me with the right moment just yet though. I suspect later in the season I’ll get my image though. Below we have the beginning of one of the most hilarious things I ever saw happened at a football match while shooting remotely and also explains why i’m way more comfortable using the D2h as my remote camera. A goal attempt was made by Spanish Town high school, The Kingston College goal keeper jumps to ensure he’s in the clear incase the ball dips.. it goes over the goal post wind picks up ball curves and smacks the D2h over I was concerned but still couldn’t help laughing. Here you see the d2h getting smacked over by the football. the ball must of hit the test button on the wizard or maybe the shutter button on the D2h body. It was absolutely fine though and continued to operate at 100% functionality throughout the rest of the game. That body is a solid one and made for abuse. Another thing of note when the light is right (bright and sunny) I don’t have that many concerns about image quality. once I nail the exposure of come really close to it all is well Also I get to shoot in raw with the d2h as the fps isn’t compromised due to the file size being about 3mb in raw...

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How to Setup a Remote Camera using Pocket Wizards
Sep22

How to Setup a Remote Camera using Pocket Wizards

This is gonna be a long guide to semi omni presence so lets skip my quirky banter and just dive right into it. In no order of importance the following pieces of equipment are  what I needed for me to successfully setup a remote camera and have it reliable shoot under most circumstances Equipment needed for remote camera 2 DSLR’s I shoot nikon so for me I’d be using any two of the following bodies D800, D7000, d300s or D2h. I do have a preference as to which bodies I pair though Pocket Wizard Pluss II, III, Multimax or Plus X (any will do, the multimax is best from what I now understand from using the Plus II and researching the Plus III and Multimax) Lens (I typically go wide angle as it suits my needs better) (Tokina 11 – 16 or sometimes I’ll use a nikon 18-200mm, it all depends though) Gaffer Tape (yes tape, McGyver wouldn’t have it any other way) Support System (Gorilla Pod, Super Clamp or if you got one an Fplate (something I’m contemplating picking up at some point when the budget allows)) Remote Release Cables for Pocket Wizard to Nikon 10pin and or nikon MC-DC2 Connector (I use the Flash Zebra versions, the oem pocket wizard remote cables are available as well for a few dollars more) Elastic Bands ( I actually tend to use those elastic scruchi things that i use to keep my locks out my face as they are more durable than cheap elastic band ) Camera Bag rain coat. (always something to keep from your old photo bags, they really come in handy)     Okay now that we’ve made our checklist of items required to pull of a successful remote camera setup lets walk through each element and set it up. Setting up your Remote Camera Grab your Camera’s in this case its a Nikon D300s ensure that your battery is fully charged. I use the MB-D10 battery grip so I get a boost in FPS as well as an additional battery in the camera So typically power is not an issue. Ensure your all set on storage as well, start with blank cards. and if your not doing this on a regular you should fix it. import your images make back ups and scrub your cards man it sucks when you run out of space on the job because of previous work on a card. Okay now lets get a lens on that remote camera and Do the same thing for the trigger camera as well. (i won’t walk you through that setup) Now grab both your pocket wizards set the Transmit mode to “both” from the three options...

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Photographing Horse racing at caymanas park
Sep15

Photographing Horse racing at caymanas park

Its been quite some time since I”ve covered horse racing but like most things it was like riding a bicycle so to speak picked up right where I left off which was a boring place. I decided to make it interesting by adding a remote camera into the mix. I setup a d300s with a pocket wizard using the 10pin remote release cable. With the help of a Joby Gorrilla Pod I mounted the camera to the post on the railings on the inner ring of the track. This allowed me to get images from an angle that I’m not allowed to be during a race. I was all set I thought, D800 in crop mode for the races from my side, remote d300s with 11mm wide angle for the finish line from an interesting angle.here comes the proverbial stick in the bicycle spokes I talked about earlier. apparently my 10pin connector cable is defective, for some reason it just wasn’t doing what it was supposed to consistently. The remote camera would trigger when I’m close but as the range increased it became inconsistent and eventually just stopped. As a result I didn’t get many keepers from todays races here are the semi Interesting ones. It seems I”ll have to do some more investigating as to whats wrong with the cables, may end up having to replace em luckily they aren’t terribly expensive. You can check out the nikon 10pin connector  here . Ensure you get the right one for your camera, I’ve also got the MC-DC2 version for the d7000 I’m really hoping that one isn’t defective as well. with the exception of the remote camera the other images from the d800 came out fine as expected, I stayed in aperture priority for the most part as the light was pretty good. AF-C 5/6fps keep things in the dx crop box and all was fine. Any questions leave it in the comments below. *UPDATE* Got home did some tests with a few different camera bodies see tabs A through C below. Test A Test B Test C D300S as remote with D2h as trigger = 8 FPS* || D2h as Remote with D300s as trigger = 8 FPS D7000 as remote with D300s as trigger = 6 FPS || D300S as remote with D7000 as trigger = 6 FPS D800 as remote with D300s as Trigger = 5/6 FPS* || D300S as Remote with D800 as Trigger = 5/6 FPS Now what did I learn The Triggers work and the Cables seem to be absolutely fine, Both the 10 pin remote release connector and the MC-DC2 The slowest camera in...

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Jamaica vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier
Sep11

Jamaica vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier

Jamaica Vs Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier Football match held at the national stadium on tuesday september 10, 2013. The reggae boys was able to fight for a draw in the match ending Jamaica 1 – Costa Rica 1. Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson scored the equalizer for Jamaica in the latter part of the second half of the game. In my opinion it was an unexpected draw, I was really surprised it wasn’t a complete defeat. Apparently the word on the streets is Mathematically Jamaica still has a chance of qualifying for the World cup.. There is still hope however slim it may be. I’m not a huge football fan but it is intriguing to see the final outcome of Jamaica’s journey. Patiently waiting on the next match against Honduras which should ultimate decide the continuation or halt of the journey to the world cup for Jamaica. On the technical side of things I worked the match with the D300s and the 70-200 2.8. I figured the extra reach on the crop sensor would be a good idea. The main issue was the not so great iso management on the D300s. Noise was definitely an issue I even felt as if bringing the D800 and shooting in 1.2 crop would have been a better idea. I’d have lost a bit of reach on the crop but the final resolution would be higher enabling a better crop as well as the added bonus of better noise handling and faster...

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