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World Cup 2010

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.

Jozy Altidore after scoring for the USA.

Clint Dempsey after scoring his goal for the USA.

Torres on one knee after Spain losing against USA in the semi final during the 2009 Confederations Cup in Bloemfontein, South Africa.


Seisa Ramabodu Stadium

Seisa Ramabodu stadium in Rocklands near Bloemfontein in South Africa is the home of Bloemfontein Celtic FC. This ground haven’t got a big capacity and can host around 17 000 people. The stadium going to feature as one of the practice fields during the 2010 World Cup.

Although not big the atmosphere is fantastic and the crowd is by far the best you will get anywhere in South Africa. They are just a happy bunch singing and clapping and enjoy the game soccer. It is always a pleasure to cover a game at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium.

Here an image i took before the start of the PSL game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United on 9 December 2009. I used a Nikon D3 camera and a Nikon 20 mm F2.8 lens.


Nikon 1.7 Teleconverter

I got the Nikon 1.7 teleconverter today and tested it on my model, Lucas the Jack Russell. One can always rely on him for a good performance and a quick run.

Although the autofocus seem to be a bit slower(I must admit that the light was a bit low which can make the focus considerable slower) it still were more than capable following the tiger deluxe running straight at me. I can’t see any problem with the sharpness at all although theoretically it must be a bit softer, and also considering the fact that i used a ISO of 3200 due to the low lighting conditions. I used it on the 400mm F2.8 lens which convert it to a 680mm F4.8.

Overall i’m happy and can’t wait to shoot my first cricket game with it on Wednesday when the Eagles play the Cobras in Bloemfontein. Next week i’m covering the ICC Cricket Trophy in Gauteng where i will also put it through some testing.

My settings on the camera(D3) were as follow;

Exposure:  1/800sec.

Aperture: F5

ISO: 3200

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Gavin Hunt

What does it take to win the win the PSL(Premier Soccer League) two times in a row.  The answer is Gavin Hunt as head coach and a well balanced side which he got in Supersport United.

This guy got so much passion and is so much part of the game that there is no way his players can’t play up to their full potential.

On Wednesday 26 August Celtic FC. played Supersport at Seisa Ramabodu in Bloemfontein and i took a couple of images of Gavin. You can go and watch them on You will then understand what the real meaning of the word passion is.

Here is one of the images that i took with a Nikon D3 and a 400mm F2.8 lens.

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Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium

Well i don’t know if the Moses Manhida soccer stadium in Durban South Africa is the most beautiful soccer stadium in the world but for sure is the most beautiful stadium i have seen in my life. The architecture is out of this world and in 2010 during the soccer world cup a total of nine games are going to be played in this stadium with a capacity of plus minus eighty thousand. This include one of the semi finals.

I took this image during July this year with a Nikon D3 and a 24-70mm F2.8 lens. To get the right lighting one must shoot it on manual otherwise the cameras light meter always tend to over expose a photo like this which let it look very dull with no punch.

Settings on the D3;

Shutter – 1/320

Aperture – F7.1

ISO – 1000

White Balance – Auto

The security around the stadium is very strict and there is no way one can get inside to get a few shots with a different angle.

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Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming; Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution! No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave. Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”: And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Well the USA didn’t won the 2009 Confederations Cup but certainly got a lot of pride out of the tournament and probably the best win in the history of the USA soccer.

Here a image of the USA team singing the well known national anthem of America, the Star Spangled Banner, before the start of the semi final between them and Spain. Photo taken with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 mm F2.8 Lens.

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USA vs Spain – 24 June 2009

The USA win Spain 2-0 in the 2009 Confederations Cup Semi Final in Bloemfontein on 24 June. This was a big surprise for everyone and specially for the Spain players. The defenders of the USA did really well to cut of Xavi from his strikers, Torres and David Villa and couldn’t find any gaps through the middle where they like to play. The result was that they had to come in from the side which didn’t worked for them.  The coach of the USA, Bob Bradley, did  well to sort out this tactic and it payed of in the end.

The next image is of Spain walking onto the field. Nikon SA had a service stall in the media building and lend me a Nikon D3 fitted with a 14-24 mm f2.8 lens to test it. I got some nice shots and is impress with the sharpness right through the focal lenght. The handling of the lens is fantastic. My favorite focal lenght is on the 14mm setting. Well for those of you who know me that won’t come as a surprise. “Go in tight and shoot wide” as Joe McNally would say. Hendri and Lourens from Nikon SA and Paul Lewis from Nikon Europe did a great job with the service they gave us.

Spian on Field

Jozy Altidore got the first goal for the USA with a brilliant header. Photo taken with a Nikon D3 and Nikon 400mm F2.8 lens.

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Rocklands Township – 23 June 2009

It is 22 June and a day before the Semi Final of the 2009 Confederations Cup Soccer in South Africa between Spain and USA in Bloemfontein. All the media guys(there are hundreds of them) try to kill some time by doing something positive in Blommies. Anesh(photographer from Durban) , Chris (Journalist from Durban) and me head out to Rocklands,Township just outside Bloemfontein to go and take some kids in the streets playing street soccer.

I was very sceptical to go because it was near freezing point in Bloemfontein with a cold front passing through. Driving into Rocklands it was very  quiet with not much going on as expected. After we spot a few kids we stop and ask them if we can take a few photos.

The word spread quickly and in a few minutes there were enough kids to keep us busy for ten days.

What amazes me the most was how happy these kids are. They got absolutely nothing and haven’t got hang ups about a 14-24 mm Nikon lens that they want to buy or the new 13″ Mac Book Pro that’s out. They just enjoy them self by playing soccer with a ball that got a hole in it as big as a tennis ball.

SokkerThe kids were more than willing to pose for us and i really got some nice images with my D3, 10.5 mm lens and a SB 900 flash using it with a cord off camera.

Kinders-01After a while this old lady walks by and i ask her if  we can take a few photos. These people really like photos taken of them.

Ou VrouThen this old man walks by. He was very friendly but give me just one photo and of he went. Enough of this #$% and mad people with these funny stuff in their hands.

Ou ManIn a Cookka shop near by these two guys, sitting close to there Konka to keep warm, are selling anything from Pap en Sous to Oranges. This is how they make a living and keep them self busy. Can you imagine some days i’m complaining that i have to take to many photos or work to hard.

Cooka shopAfterwards we head of to Carramellos for a Coffee and a Scone with Jam and Cheese. It was a great experience and maybe something that will keep me humble for a while. I still can’t understand how people can be so happy with so little.


Bafana Bafana vs Spain – 20 June 2009

Spain won the game 2-0 but didn’t humiliate South Africa at all. Bafana really played well and in the first half Matthew Booth keep Torres at bay very well.   Suddenly SA is starting to play very good soccer and i think a lot of credit must go to Joel Santana the Coach. I don’t know what it is but his doing something right.

Joel Santana-01The Bloemfontein crowd again was at there utmost best and Bafana can’t complain that they haven’t efficient support. I even heard a overseas lady said on the TV that she haven’t seen such passion even as a Liverpool fan going to all their games. Just one negative thing. I think they must ban the Vuvuzelas as quickly as possible because all the noise is killing the positive atmosphere that wants to come through by the singing and clapping hands of the crowd.

Crowd-01On the field Spain showed why they are the European Champs. They got such a lot of options that it is very difficult for another team to counter them. This image of Torres trying to beat Tsepo Masilela, one of Bafana’s defenders.

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Spain vs Iraq – 17 June 2009

The fifth match of the 2009 Confederations Cup was played in Bloemfontein South Africa on 17 June.  I must say the organizing of the match tickets and accreditation was a pleasure compared to Sundays match between Brazil and Egypt. I think the organizers got everything under control by now and everything went very smoothly.

The media centre is something out of this world with working space galore and Wi Fi at 54MBS. I eventually sort out my wireless after targeted Jeremia the IT consultant on duty.  Wired networking if you want is available and lots of power points and plus minus 40 plasma screens working overtime. Oh yes and a restaurant with burgers, cool drinks and lots of other snacks.

The following image is of the media centre where +- 2000 images, according to stats by the IT department, get send after each match. In front sit Anesh my big photographer friend from Durban and my working space is just right of him.

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Every photographer(there must be around 70 of them per game), get a number before the game and must sit on a chair with the same number on the field. Every seat got a wired network available and a power point for you laptop. To give you an idea at some rugby matches they even rejected our request for one power point on the field.

The following image of Etienne photographer for The Star sorting his Laptop out before the game. Yes he is an old scholar of Grey College in Bloem.


The crowd were amazing and at one stage over thirty thousand fans were clapping hands and singing Siwelele (official song for Celtic FC).  Even the Spain and Iraq fans were singing with the rest. I don’t think they had a clue what they were singing but they enjoyed it anyway.

Crowd-01On the field Spain won the game 1-0 with a header goal by David Villa. It was a great experience to see players like Torres and Sergio Ramos in action.

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