Thank you for the kind words - I agree with you MK Al, it is one of the most successful and balanced sets I have. All shot with a ridiculously large lens and a brilliant camera.
8TIGGI8 - I am allowed to sit rather than stand pitchside - so I sit on a little fishing stool. On Saturday, I was allowed to sit anywhere in front of the North, South and West stands. I chose to sit at the North and South ends of the ground. Hannah Wearmouth sat near me. In the second half, I was sat only a few metres away from Dave Rogers from Getty. Dave took the photo of Tiny that was used on the Offy.
I of course, want to shoot Saints attack which means I need to know which way round the teams are playing. Having Sky at the ground is great because I now know many of the Sky team and they know I want to know and tell me. Some of the referees are very helpful too. On Saturday, I had to wait to see which way round the teams were and dash to my position.
The rules about access to the pitch vary from club to club (and in the case of ERC get stricter as the HEC progresses). Before the match it is usually very limited so we don't get in the way of either the warm up or the players coming on to the pitch. I occasionally get asked by barfly to take the mascot photo and if a player is celebrating a number of caps and leading the team out I get to take the photo of the player.
At the end of the game, it's pack up and get onto the turf as quickly as possible. I rarely do the Man of the Match stuff (phew!) and instead I like to get shots of the players as they walk round the pitch thanking the supporters.
Saturday was really the first time I had attempted to take the end of match events with the 400mm. It's quite hard work lugging it about the place. I am delighted with the results. I was actually 20 metres away when I took the shots of Ashton and Nacho so I am not actually that close.
It's a privilege to have such access and whilst I have the opportunity, I'll keep taking photos of the men in GB&G with a stupidly large grin on my face
Worcester vs Saints photos here...
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