It really has been a while since my last full blog, in fact I was looking over my last article and realised that I never actually posted it. So I guess that we have a lot of catching up to do.
Since the last blog I have been able to cover cricket matches and a golf tournament. So lets go into a bit more detail over those times to see what I have learned from them.
In total I went to 5 Chester-le-Street Cricket Club matches, 4 of them at home. I had purchased a 1.5x teleconverter, using the teleconverter with my 70-200mm f2.8 lens gave a significant improvement from the first game I went to but even with the converter I know that I do need to have further camera kit. This is where a 300mm f2.8 lens will come in to play and I may also go with a 2x tele-converter. I am still just going to stay with local cricket and that means that during the summer of 2015 you will see me even more at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club.
I got my very first booking this year to cover a Captains Day golf tournament at Roseberry Grange Golf Club, Grange Villa. I was asked to take photos of everyone as they tee’d off for the 1st hole after that I was free to roam the course to get other shots. I decided to stay around 3 different holes that where I could get photos on the green, fairways and again off the tee. I already had an idea of different photos that I was wanting to get especially from fairways and my favourite, the bunker. The fairways also added confirmation for the need of the 300mm lens.
In the end I was happy with the photos that I took and supplied to the golf club. I am hoping that next year I will be able to continue with more golf tournaments.
As the season is now well underway I’ve continued to cover games for Gateshead FC and when they aren’t at home I still go to Chester-le-Street Town FC games. Since the start of the season I have become Chester-le-Street Town FC Team Photographer, mainly because I took the team photo for last season and also this season, I also took all the head shots so that the club can use them for the player profiles. I am also now officially a Gateshead FC Club photographer, It’s always good to know that the work you do is appreciated.
As of yesterday Gateshead FC qualified for the 1st round proper of the FA Cup, personally I am hoping that they have a home tie but if they have an away tie to teams that aren’t too far away such as Hartlepool or Sheffield United then I could be tempted to go on an away trip.
Also last Sunday I was a guest on the Heed Army Podcast, if you have never listended to it then I do recommend that you do, it’s available on Spreaker and all you nned to do is either create an account or if your on Facebook then there is an option to login via your Facebook account. The main person behind it all is David Gaddess and a lot of people won’t realise just how much work he puts into the whole program (not much really). It’s classed as a podcast for the fans by the fans and serious topics are discussed along with having a good laugh. It’s that combination that has me listening every week and was also why I wanted to try and be a guest on the show.
I certainly had a good laugh and I was also able to put my opinions across regarding games and some of the players as I do have that different perspective. I know I already thanked them on Twitter when I returned home but again I want to thank David Gaddess, Andrew McInness and also Mickey Barrass for their hospitality and allowing me to be a guest.
The last 2 weeks I have had 5 photos from Gateshead FC games published in the Sunday Sun, naturally I am over the moon with this as it confirms my progression in the sports photography field.