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. ┬áIn 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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On Assingment: Walker Cup Football Match
Oct21

On Assingment: Walker Cup Football Match

making progress with remote shooting for football. there are still a few things that are odd for me though.. first is the exposure. its kinda tricky setting the exposure because well the lighting isn’t and can’t be constant AS its not indoor, the sun was in and out of the clouds etc.., shooting at night with the stadium lights would probably work out better because the light at that 1 remote camera spot will be constant all 90 minutes of that football game… The gorilla pod and the giottos mini bullhead was a good idea. lives up to its theoretical and now practical promise. good support with flexible usage and position. The D2h is a tad heavy for it imo but it works and stood up for both 90 minutes and overtime for the matches. “was a looooong day”. my limitations thus far though.. I need something wider than the 18mm that i got. I’ve got a 17mm but its still not that big a difference. I’m thinking Fish eye wide. maybe 10mm. There’s a Rokinon MF that I’m eyeing. its at about USD$300 if not that maybe one of the ultra wide angles from Tokina, Preferably something for FX as I hope to be transitioning from DX soon. Must say the one thing that i know for sure about sports photography its hellla expensive!! I have yet to get my own super Telephoto and thats gonna run me about USD$3000 and up for an entry level minimum to shoot for results that I want. I’ve got access to the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 but sadly not all the time. Its a beautiful lens to use, most of the images in my portfolio are when I’m using that piece of glass, I just really need to acquire my own to ensure that everything I do with regards to sports can have the same output quality and consistency.. #consistency is very important. Maybe i should put the Dreams of FX on hold and focus on the optics...

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On Assigment: Manning Cup Football
Oct07

On Assigment: Manning Cup Football

Wasn’t my assignment actually my gigs for the day were prettty laid back. one was with a millionaire entrepreneur from the states that came to Jamaica to share his story with anyone that wanted to listen as it seemed like an open to the public event. To stay on topic though I’ll jump to it, the photojournalist that was to cover the manning cup match couldn’t make it and with my new found interest in Sports Photography I didn’t mind picking up the slack there at all, that…. and I wanted to test out a remote camera setup which I’m code naming OmniPresence #Getit It was raining so I made a little rain coat from the Kata rain cover that came with my kata backpack and set the remote camera (D2h + Pocket Wizard Pluss II and the 10 pin connector cable that can be had from Flash Zebra) behind the Goal that i figured would get hammered. I got a few interesting photos but saddddlly the shutter cable wasn’t properly plugged into the wizard so it stopped shooting after a while. (need gaffer tape to affix to ensure nothing like that happens next time). I realized that once i added the second camera it gave me one more thing to think about which kinda screwed with me at first. I guess after i get used to it It’ll be like second nature n i’ll kinda just deal with it like i deal with breathing or blinking. Another thing i figured was, It would be smart to get two same size CF cards and make sure they’re empty before starting a game.. that way i can have an idea of the image count remaining on the remote camera when i look at the image remaning count on the main camera Here’s an outtake from the remote camera D2H @ 18mm of the Dunoon High School Goal Keeper saving a shot at the goal from one of the St. Georges College Strikers. And from the D300s @ 300m And here’s one more for fun.. its a dead photo really as it doesn’t have the ball visible but I kinda liked it...

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On Assignment: Jamaica Vs USA World Cup Qualifier Football Match
Sep10

On Assignment: Jamaica Vs USA World Cup Qualifier Football Match

The Premise The other day I landed a job for Getty Images to shoot the Jamaica vs USA football match which was played locally at the Jamaica National Stadium thanks to the refferals from a few local photographers Londie Murray of the JPA and a few others *thanks guys*. the procedure was. get images of fans. shoot action of the game and then goals as well as crowd reactions to the goals. Ensured I got to the stadium early. I dual weilding that day. a D300s with a Nikon 300mm f4 and Nikon 70-200 f2.8 on a d700. things were going fine at first.. but as the evening light faded and the night set in i realize that f4 just would not be fast enough for these stadium lights. i was all the way up to iso 2000 at some point. after a few shots i figured i gotta switch the 300mm f/4 to the d7000 as it has better noise handling that the d300s and and put the 70-200 f/2.8 on the d300s. While this helped it didn’t help that much. Now Enter the drama. Wiring Images back to Getty Images Its an ftp setup to get the images back. you gotta caption in a specific method they stipulate then upload em to a ftp folder. simple right. well thats PROVIDED YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION DOESN’T DECIDE TO FLIP YOU THE BIRD. there was no internet from the dongle. I had. and the stadium had no wireless access points for media it seems. had to find workarounds and then rush back to the office after and ftp the rest of the images within the 1hr time limit i had post game to deliver. The Exprience Its pretty nerve racking in regards to worrying about the deadlines for which you need to wire images. 15 minutes in the game. then half time then after the game. you find your self missing alot of the action because your consumed with sorting through images to get on the wire. I missed the goal that was scored in the first 40seconds of the game because i was busy trying to wire images back that i took prior to the game starting of the USA fans and so on cheering and so on. What have I learned I’d make my life simpler by bringing a second person to do the ftp transfers for me. secondly I’d use remote camera’s to shoot behind each goal post while i work the four corners of the field. and i’d probably have a third person to intermittently check on the remote camera’s. Also lastly 70-200 2.8 on a...

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