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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.


Balance and Time

If you looking for the difference between the good international sports men and the brilliant outstanding in a different class sportsmen there are two characteristics that is always standing out and that is balance and time. If they doing something on the sports field it always look so easy and it always look like they got so much more time to make a decision.

There are quit a lot of them you can single out like, Pele, Maradonna, Jacques Kallis, Torres, Kaka, Naas Botha, Tiger Woods, Dan Carter, Matt Giteau  and many more. These guys just let it seem so simple and so easy to do what they do and have done.

The question is it talent or is it just plain hard work. My opinion is that it is just hard work and more hard work. A co cyclist told Neil Armstrong once that he got such a lot of talent and Neil answered him “And where were you last winter when i was practicing in the Alps?”

Here an image of Maritzburg’s Fadluraghman Davids that i took during the game between Amazulu FC and Maritzburg United on 29 November 2009.


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Moses Mabhida Stadium – 28 November

It is 28 November  2009, a day before the opening match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. I’m at the Kingspark Swimming pool across the street busy with the Westville sprints gala. Just finished taken photos for the day at 6:30 pm and went out to get some fresh air.

See the light outside, rush back inside, grab my D3, 24-70mm, 20mm and 10.4mm lenses. Ran to the outside pavilion to the top and took around thirty images with the three lenses for about 10 minutes. Normally stadium lights and ambient light balances out for only 10 minutes or so. So to get the right balance one must be quick and be at the right time at the right place.

Tomorrow at 3:30pm is the opening match between Amazulu and Maritzburg united. All the tickets are sold out which mean there will be more than  70 000  people in the stadium. I’m going to cover the game and looking forward to see the stadium from the inside for the first time. One of the 2010 World Cup Semi Finals will be hosted at the stadium. Hope i will have the priviledge to attend that match as well.

Here one of the images i took with the Nikon 20mm F2.8 lens.


George du Rand

George du Rand smashes the 200m backstroke world record today (7 November 2009) in a time of 1min. 47.08sec in Moscow Russia at the Fina/Arena World Cup Swimming event.

The old record was held by Markus Rogan of Austria. His world record time was 1min 47,84sec.

Here an image of George that i took at the African leg of the Fina/Arena World Cup swimming on 17 October 2009 in Durban.

George BlogGerhard

Cheetahs – 2009

To think the U/19, U/21 and the senior Cheetah teams in the finals in Pretoria on the 31 October 2009.  If there is a will there is a way!!

An image of myself  taking photos at the semi Final on 17 October in Durban during the semi Final between the Cheetahs and the Sharks. I’m busy taking photos of the Cheetahs celebrating their 23-21 win with my Nikon D3 and 10.5mm F2.8 fisheye lens.

Photo taking by photographer Howard Cleland.

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FINA World Cup Swim 2009

16-17 October 2009 Durban hosted the South African leg of the Fina World cup short course swimming champs. Therese Alshammar of Sweden was the big star with two world records to her name in the 100m IM and the 50m Fly events.

I went to the event with the attitude to really try and took as many shots that isn’t the normal straight forward action shots and really got away with some amazing images. These image can be viewed on

Here an image of Jessica Pengelly, South African swimmer. i used a shutter speed of 1/40 sec to get the result.


A documentary image of photographers Anesh Debiky, Christiaan Kotze and Steve Haag. I don’t know what the difference is between normal images and documentary images but know when i see it. Maybe it is the story telling effect .


Sometimes even something getting in the way can produce some interesting photos.


Here the  TV camera Crew in action at 1/30 sec.


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Two new world records in five minutes

Cameron  vd Burgh and Roland Schoeman sets up new world records at the SA National Short Course Champs in Pietermaritzburg today the 8th of August 2009.

First Cameron won the 50m Breast stroke in a time of 25.43 sec and right after this event Roland won the 50m Butterfly in a time of 20.30 sec.

After his second world record for the night in the 100m breast Cameron had this to say;

“When I swim in the FINA/Arena World Cup series I get US$ 10 000 every-time I break a world record, so I am actually making life difficult for myself by taking so much time off the world marks here in Pietermaritzburg, but it just proves that I swim for the passion and its not always about the money,” said van der Burgh.

“It’s not like athletics. I can’t raise the bar a centimetre at each event. I can’t control speed according to fractions of a second. I just have to race as fast as possible.”

“I am in good form now having come to KwaZulu Natal straight after the FINA World Championships, and with the African leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup happening in Durban from October 16-17, I will have to see how my form is then. But the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban is more conducive to fast times.”

“The swimming pool there has touch-pads on both ends of the pool. Here in Pietermaritzburg, there are touch pads only at one end, and I am slipping a bit on the wall when I do the turns at the other end which probably costs me around 0,2 secs in a race.”

Here images of Cameron and Roland celebrating their world records. Photos taken 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.

Moses MabhidaGerhard

Bryan Habana & Jean de Villiers – 50th Test

Image of Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers running onto the field on 1 August 2009 in their 50th test for the boks. Photo taken with a Nikon D3 and a 10.5mm F2.8 Fisheye lens.

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Springboks (31) – All Blacks (19)

Morne Steyn scored 31 points to set a new record for a springbok player with the most points in a test match on Saturday 1 August against the All Blacks in Durban.

I went down to Durban with my two photographer friends Johan Pretorius and Hilton Kotze. We had a great weekend and i learned a lot from them about Apple Macs, Photoshop, Photography, Facebook and how to do networking. Really two masters when it comes to network with other photographers and organizers. 

Here a photo of Morne Steyn (man of the match) and Rodney So’oailo try to charge a kick down.

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