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Month: May, 2009

British Lions vs Royal XV

On 30 May 2009 the British and Irish Lions played their first match at the Royal Bafokeng stadium near Rustenburg against the Royal XV team. The Lions did’nt played well at all but still manage to scrape through to win the match. Below is a photo of Paul O’Connell, Captian and Lock Forward of the Lions. This photo was used on the front page of the “The Mail on Sunday” Sport’s supplement in the UK on 31 May 2009. To view more of the Lions images go to www.supermedia.co.za

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Gerhard

www.supermedia.co.za

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Look behind you

I think i read this somewhere or someone told me that if you misses the action in front of you or it is just one of those days that you’re in the wrong place the whole time, just look behind you. Most of the time there are some activity going on behind you. You can try it and i can promise you that 80% of the time you will walk away with a nice shot or two.

The photo below i took last year May when Bafana Bafana played Ghana in Bloemfontein. I used a Nikon D3 and a Nikon 400mm F2.8 lens. The crowd at these games are just amazing and one can just take photos of them the whole match.

To view more of the Bafana Bafana soccer photos go to www.supermedia.co.za

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IPLt20 – Tillakaratne Dilshan

On Sunday 17 May i covered the iplt 20 match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Delji Daredevils. I covered the game for IPL and all the images went to them for usage on their site www.iplt20.com  , in the media in India and also on http://www.smugmug.com

At the moment one of the images i took of  Tillakaratne Dilshan is the most popular image on smugmug. If you go to www.t20.smugmug.com you will see it under most popular photos. Not to bad if you think there are plus minus 5000 images on the IPLt20 portfolio at the moment.

Gerhard

www.supermedia.co.za

1997 British Lions

In less than two weeks time the 2009 British Lions start their campaign in South Africa. I’m going to cover a few games but also had the privileged to cover the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa.

In those days we still used film like the Fuji 800 ASA. The light at the stadiums were so poor that we had to push the film one stop to 1600 ASA and still the maximum shutter speed was around 1/400sec. The result was a lot of grain and a lot of movement in the images. 

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This is James Small tackled by Lawrence Dallaglio. At the back from left is Andre Venter, Andre Snyman and Henry Honniball. I used a Nikon F5 and a Nikon 600mm lens. I still got this lens and camera. The 600mm i’m still using and in fact used it a few days ago at a IPL t20 cricket match. The F5 is on display in my studio and if necessary i can use it as a weapon so hard it is(Titanium casing for the view finder and so on).

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This is Jeremy Guscott centre of the 1997 British Lions. I remember how desperately i wanted a nice photo of him because he was such an amazing player. Up to date he is still one of my all time favorites.

If you want to view more of these images go to www.supermedia.co.za

Gerhard

Self Portrait

American Singer songwriter Keb Mo got a song called ‘If nobody loves you you can love yourself’. If you’re a photographer and you got nobody to take a photo of at least you can take a photo of yourself.  Just make sure you got your settings right and don’t stuff up the photo. Go to the nearest mirror and press the shutter.  

Well okay you have messed it up.  The ISO is still on 200, the camera still on aperture priority mode in result the shutter much to low. you can either get it right by changing the settings or the artist in you can kick in and do something with this piece of crap in photoshop.

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Gerhard

www.supermedia.co.za

Love him or Hate him

On Saturday 16 May the Cheetahs played the Stormers in Bloemfontein.  Luke Watson as usual got booo’s!! from the crowd whenever he touches the ball. One thing is for certain. You must give the man credit at how he is playing at the moment.  He is absolute brilliant and just showed that at the moment he is just on another level when it comes to loose forward play.  It will really be a shame if he is not chosen for the Springboks to compete against the British Lions in 2009 because in my oppinion then the best loose forward won’t be on the field whatever the circumstances might be.

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Gerhard

www.supermedia.co.za

Celtic FC vs Platinum Stars

Celtic got away from the relegation danger zone by winning Platinum Stars 2-0 on Sunday 3 May at Vodacompark in Bloemfontein.

Here’s a photo of Lebo Ramolesa and Joel Lupahla going for the ball. I used a Nikon D3 body and a Nikon 400mm F2.8 lens. My settings on the camera were as follow;

Aperture – F4.5

Shutter – 1/800 sec

ISO – 720

Picture Control – Vivid

White Balance – Auto

To view more photos of the match go to www.supermedia.co.za

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Keep your eye on that little Hole

Stop watching your own photos and keep concentrating on the game.  Well that’s what Joe McNally says and also what i told a lot of young people starting of in photograpy and specially action photography.

Well i got some of my own medicine on Friday 1 May when the Cheetahs played the Waratahs in a Super 14 clash in Bloemfontein.

Johan Pretorius took this photo of me watching the game on my 2.5″ screen at the back of my Nikon D3. Maybe the bigscreen on the other side of the field would have been a much better option where i could have got a view at 25 frames a sec where on my D3 it was set at only 8 frames per sec. By the way, i always tell the young photographers not to use their motodrives but rather concentrate on the shot they want and shoot it on single frame.

gerhard-01Well luckily i got away with a lot of nice shots to justify all of this.  You are more than welcome to go to www.supermedia.co.za where there are 75 more photos of the game you can watch. Here is one of Wycliff Palu, Eigthman of the Waratahs, tackled by Heinrich Brussow, Flank Forward of the Cheetahs. As seen on the above photo i used the 400mm F2.8 lens and the Nikon D3 body.

wycliff-paluTill next time

Gerhard

www.supermedia.co.za