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End of 2009

Can you believe it is the end of another year. It feels like every year is going by faster than the previous one. It was just the other day that i was taken photos of the test between SA and Australia. That was in 1997 at Centurion in Pretoria. Last week i was at the same ground taken photos of the game between SA and England. This is twelve years later.

Here two images of the two games. The first one is of Hansie Cronje batting in 1997 and the second of Jacques Kallis batting. I can’t remember how many runs Hansie got in that game but Jacques got 120 runs in this innings in 2009.

In 1997 i was using a Nikon F5 and a Nikon 600mm F4 lens. This year i was using a Nikon D3 and a Nikon 400mm F2.8 lens fitted with a 1.7 converter.


ICC Champions Trophy 2009

The past week i had the priviledge to cover five of the ICC Champions Trophy games in Gauteng South Africa. The images can be viewed on It was great to sit next to all the big names in the Sports Photography world and chat to them about angles and watch their workflow they using on their laptops. On Monday 5 October i’m going to cover the Final and looking forward to it. The Final will be at Centurion Pretoria which lend it more to nice images than at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

I got this nice image of the Wanderers Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 September 2009 when England played New Zealand. I used a Nikon D3 and a Nikon 10,5mm F2.8 lens.


Celtic (1) – Kaizer Chiefs (0)

Celtic beats Kaizer Chiefs yesterday 1-0 and stay at third place on the log of the PSL. Kaizer Chiefs with seven points remain at 11th position on the log. Prince Olomu scored celtic’s only goal in the last five minutes of the game. Vodacom Park nearly erupt when over forty thousand supporters went crazy and were ecstatic with their home team playing so well at the moment.

At half time the noise levels were so high, the announcer ask the spectators to calm down because the players couldn’t hear each other talk in the dressing room. I think this will rate as one of my top 5 atmospheres i experienced in my life at a sporting event.

Here an image of Prince Olomu, the goal scorer for Celtic FC.

Prince BlogI used a Nikon D3 and a 400mm F2.8 lens with a 1.4 converter fitted to it. My settings were as follow;

Shutter: 1/800 sec

Aperture: F4

ISO: 3200

White Balance: 5000  Kelvin


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Proteas vs Sri Lanka

South Africa lose the opening match of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy yesterday when Sri Lanka defeated them at Centurion in Pretoria. This put the Proteas under so much pressure for the rest of the series.

Here two moments which i think switch the game in Sri Lanka’s favour.

Dilshan blogTillakaratne Dilshan getting his 100. He ended up making 106.

JP BlogJP Duminy clean bowled by Ajantha Mendis for a duck.

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Eagles vs Cobras – 17 September 2009

I covered the Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Cobras Cricket match today. For the first time i used the Nikon 1.7 teleconverter in the field and must say i’m very impressed. the contrast and sharpness is remarkable and i really can’t see the use of a 600mm anymore specially if you look at the ISO capabilities of the Nikon D3. One loses one and a half stop light with the 1.7 converter but no problem, just push the ISO one and a half stop up and you’re fixed.

The next photo of Richard Levi i took with a Nikon D3, 400mm F2.8 lens fitted with the 1.7 teleconverter. Further i switch to the 1.5 crop factor on the camera which give you in effect a 1020mm F4.8 lens.

My settings were as follow;

Shutter: 1/1000 sec.

Aperture: F5

ISO: 360

Just a few tips when shooting cricket:

1.  One must see the players eyes in the photo (if possible).

2.  The ball must be in the photo ( if possible).

3.  Keep the background as clean as possible.

4.  Throw the background out of focus as much as possible.

5. It is always nice if there are more than one player in the image for instance the batsman and the wicket keeper.

6.  Keep the shutter speed above 1/1000 sec. if you want to freeze the action.

7.  Remember rules are there to be broken. So always look for something different.

Levi BlogGerhard

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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  , in the media in India and also on

At the moment one of the images i took of  Tillakaratne Dilshan is the most popular image on smugmug. If you go to 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.