Saturday 22nd Feb, I was at Chester-le-Street Town FC vs Northallerton Town. The only thing that I was planning on doing differently at this game was just to use my Black Rapid RS-5 sling instead of my monopod. I wanted to give the sling a really good test and the outcome is that it is excellent but I also have had to order a further piece called BRAD (Black Rapid Arm Defence). This basically stops the sling from slipping down your shoulder when you are using the camera.
The weather on Saturday wasn’t too bad the only condition that I had to contend with was the sun as it was low in the sky. This would occasionally cause photos to be over exposed and I would have to keep altering the camera settings to compensate.
I was very happy with the photos that I took and using Black Rapid RS-5 meant that I wasn’t stuck in one position and I therefore moved round to different areas during the game.
I was also very happy with the result as Chester Town played excellently in the second half and they won 4-2. However, the referee and the linesmen didn’t exactly have the best days though as they missed some fouls but most of all they missed Northallerton’s keeper punching Tony Healer in the face after he had scored Chester’s fourth goal.
Sunday 23rd Feb, was the start of me going to other sporting events as I went to my very first bike trials. If your not sure what they are then think back to when you were younger and there was that great TV program, Kick Start. The event took place at Rogerley Quarry which is along the A689 in between Stanhope and Frosterley.
I had been checking the weather and the only main concern was that there were supposed to be winds of up to 25 miles an hour. I really wish that was the only actual condition as there was also rain on the day. Normally I wouldn’t be too worried about the rain but with the high winds it meant that depending on where you were facing the rain was getting blown into your face and also into the lens which could ruin the shot.
I did learn a lot on Sunday as luckily there was another photographer there, Stephen, and he gave me a lot of advice, I started off with my Sigma 70-200mm lens but soon learned that I would actually need my Sigma 18-250mm lens as I was very close to the riders. The only problem with that lens is that I can’t shoot with the aperture f2.8, so another lens needs to be bought. Other things that I learned was if I do slip and fall not to worry to much as everyone does it and on your first time it’s like a baptism of fire. Also that I am better off taking my normal camera bag with my flash gun, the bag is better to put the camera in when going from one section to another in case you do fall and saves the camera getting damaged etc. The flash gun will come in handy if one of the sections is in a woods and its darker in there.
I am again very happy with the photos that I took and I will be definatley attending more trial events as well as hopefully motocross but I just need to hear back from some motocross clubs.
Equipment used: Nikon D7000, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 lens, Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-4.5, Black Rapid RS-5