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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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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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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