Blitzbokke posted a something about my photography. Feel free to go and have a look.
So far 2010 has been a great experience for me. As a Sports Photographer the Soccer World Cup open up a new world for me and lifted my photography once again to another level.
But again i learned that you must never think you can take photos and think you’re a “yster”. I saw some photo’s of the other photographers during the tournament that will keep me humble for awhile an will inspire me for the next few years.
Well at least i featured in the latest addition of Sports Illustrated (August 2010). Although i was watching the game at that stage and not taking photos as i was suppose to do. This photo was taking during the Bafana vs France Game in Bloemfontein on 22 June 2010 by Jewel Samad of AFP.
Okay here the image i took just before this photo was taken. Yes see, sometimes i do take photos and does not sit and watch the game the whole time. This is a photo of Bongani KHUMALO after he scored the first goal for South Africa vs France. Bafana Bafana won the game 2-1
Thirty days, 7500km, 15 games, 7 stadiums, thousands of images and now it’s all over. Spain is the new world champion after beating Holland 1-0 at Soccer City last night.
I had the privilege to be commissioned by a French Media Company to cover the World cup for them.
Once again it was an experience second to none as my friend Jubs would say and worth every single kilometer I drove through the country stopping at hundreds of road work stops, well nearly feels like hundreds and nearly as bad as sorting out match passes and parking passes. The rest were a blast and I had the most memorable time of my life.
Although the final wasn’t the greatest of games to watch as most finals are the closing ceremony was out of this world with technology you can’t believe. After everything I think we as South Africans can be very proud and can just say… VIVA South Africa….! because we are champions in our own right to host an event of this calibre. Congratulations to Danny Jordaan and his team who exceed all expectations.
Next week is the Billabong Pro in J-Bay. How great it’s going to be not to be hit by long lenses on the left and right of your head when the game is moving from left to right. Hope to get a few nice surf images and catch up with my old Varsity buds Jubs and Willis.
In the middle is Iker CASILLAS the captain of Spain with the World Cup Trophy.
At the moment I’m at Ellispark to cover the USA vs Slovenia match at 16:00. The fifth match I’m covering this week in the 2010 Soccer World Cup. So far it’s been an experience of a lifetime and actually a dream come true. To shoot at Soccer city with a capacity of 95 000 people is something i can’t describe in words. Specially yesterday’s match between Argentina and South Korea was amazing. To see all the banners hanging from this stadium around ten story buildings high is something i haven’t experience before.
From L to R; Lefty(Gallo),Etienne(Star),Trevor(APA),Myself en Allan(Backpage)
Stampeding photographers at Ellispark on 15 June 2010. Brazil vs North Korea. This is just a small group of the photographers at such a game. At this game there were over 200 accredited photographers.
Seven days to go and everyone in South africa are waiting in anticipation to see if everything will go of well.
Looking forward to see favorite teams like Spain, Brazil in action with players like Kaka, Xavi, Torres and David Villa in Action. And then probably the worlds nr. one player at the moment, Lionel Messi of Argentina. Okay then one mustn’t forget players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney and Ribinho. This is going to be one big feast.
Spain must be one of the favorite teams to win this tournament seeing the fact that they only lost one game out of 45 in three and a half years. That one game was during the Confederations Cup 2009 in South Africa against the United States of America during the semi-Final in Bloemfontein. Another reason that make Spain the favorite is that seven of Spain’s players are rated among the top 50 players in the world. Nearly the whole team. South Africa’s Steven Pienaar is the only player from South Africa that is rated in the top 50.
I had the privilege to cover that game in 2009. Here a few decisive moments that let the USA through to the Final which they played against Brazil. Brazil won the tournament by the way with Kaka the man of the series.
Did Frances and Lenise’s wedding today at the Anglican Cathedral in Bloemfontein. Major Henry Warden, founder of Bloemfontein, laid the foundations of this wonderful Victorian building in 1850. The Anglican Cathedral is located in the east end of Saint George’s Street and is well worth a visit when in Bloemfontein. St Georges street is the street where Bloemfontein actually started in 1840.
Also in St. Georges street is the First Raadsaal. This is a very modest building made of dung floors and has a thatched roof. This house once served as a church, then a conference chamber, a parliament house, school for the local children, and at one time it housed all of the city’s original civil institutions.
Here a few photos that i took in the Anglican Cathedral. I took a White Balance reading with a CBL lens and further used only available light. Camera used was a Nikon D3 and a 24-70mm F2.8 lens.
Die naweek wat verby is was weer ‘n bedrywige een op kantoor met die Noord Vrystaat vs Suid Vrystaat swem op Donderdag, Inter Hoër swem op Vrydag en Saterdag en ook die Suid Vrystaatse Laerskole Atletiek kampioenskappe op Saterdag.
Hier ‘n paar fotos wat ek geneem het tydens die Inter Hoër Swem.
Ek het vandag ‘n portrait shoot met my groot musiek vriend Gerrie van Heerden gehad. Die doel was om fotos te neem vir sy nuwe website. Die lekkerte van so ‘n shoot is dat ek kon doen wat ek wil, dat daar geen pretensies is nie, maw. dat ek eintlik niks reg hoef te doen nie want ek hoef niemand te beindruk met die fotos nie en dat ek geen reëls hoef te volg van derdes en lyne wat in en uit loop en ek weet nie wat se stront alles nie.
Ek glo net aan een reël in fotografie en dit is gevoel. As ‘n foto gevoel het is hy reg en as hy dit nie het nie, al is al die belaglike reëls wat fotografie studente vir drie jaar moet leer, nagekom dan drag jy daai oulike,pragtige kiekie so vinnig as moontlik in die asblik in want hy beteken absoluut niks nie behalwe, ja daar is altyd ‘n behalwe en dit is as daar ‘n kliënt betrokke is wat betaal en verwag dat jy tegnies korrekte fotos moet verskaf afgesien of dit enige gevoel hoegenaamd besit of nie, om die waarheid te sê jy sal nog gevra word om ‘n sekere deel van die foto kleur te hou en die res swart en wit te maak en dalk om een of ander belaglike border om die foto te plaas en dit vir goed op te neuk.
Ek moet noem dat Gerrie een van die mees begaafste musikante is wat ek nog gesien, ontmoet het en natuurlik saam mee gespeel en gegig het. Jammer hy bly in ‘n land waar kommersiele musiek absoluut oorhersend is.
Thanks Gerrie dat ek vir ‘n slag fotos kon neem net soos ek dit sien.
2010? Wel ons is nog aan die gang en besig. Op die oomblik met al die junior swem en atletiek byeenkomste tot einde Maart. In April doen ons die Nasionale Swem kampioenskappe in Durban.
Met die internasionale sport en ook op provinsiale vlak vat ek dit ‘n bietjie kalmer as in 2009. Die eenvoudige rede is dat die mark vir die fotos net te beperk is in SA soos ek alreeds verduidelik het in vorige posts. Ek doen wel ‘n paar super 14 wedstryde vir Sportzpics en Photosport in NZ in die nabye toekoms en sal dan sien wat later die jaar gebeur.
Op die trou front lyk dit baie goed en die bookings vir die res van die jaar lyk goed en tel nog steeds op.
Ons het gister Sentraal Hoërskool se Top 20 Atletiek byeenkoms gedoen en moet sê dit was ongelooflike atletiek met van die land se beste junior atlete teenwoordig. Hier ‘n hekkie foto wat ek geneem het tydens die byeenkoms.