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Ama Click Click

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.

Soccer City on 17 June 2010.  Argentina vs South Korea

South African Crowd on 16 June 2010 at Loftus in Pretoria. Bafana Bafana vs Uruguay.

Ama Click Click at Soccer city on 14 June 2010. Denmark vs Holland

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.


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.


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.


Bafana Bafana vs Jamaica

Well i don’t know if Bennie McCarthy is the right player to save Bafana Bafana’s dreams for the 2010 World Cup but i heard that CJ vd Linde is injured so maybe this is the right guy to go and save the Boks at prop. And if it is starting to going bad in the kicking department he can also sort the kicking out.

Looking at the next photo you will see that Bennie can still  jump so maybe he can also sort out the line-out out if there might be a problem om Saturday against Italy. I’m telling you this is the guy for tight head prop………..just a joke, i think he is still a very good player. Maybe 15 kilos lighter and he can safe Bafana Bafana as well.

Photo taken on 17 November 2009 when Bafana Bafana played Jamaica at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein.


Nikon 400mm F2.8

Got a mail from my photographer friend in the UK Matthew last week and it went like this;

“How are you using your lens, do you have a 400mm with a 1.4x converter ? It is very sharp if it is, I guess thats the advantage of Nikon over the Canon I use”

I answered him like this;

“At the moment i’m using the 1.7 converter on the 400mm which give you a 680mm F4.8. Then the camera can switch between full frame and a 1.5 conversion which give you a 1020mm F4.8.  So if i sit behind the pitch i’m using it on the 1020mm setting on the far side and on 680mm on the closest wickets”

Here an image of Graeme Smith on 15 November 2009 in the game between England and South Africa at Centurion.


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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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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.

Gavin Hunt BlogGerhard

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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