Dundee are back preparing for the new Ladbrokes’ Premiership season and I’ve photographed their two pre-season friendlies – Tuesday night saw them win at Dumbarton while Friday evening brought a draw at Alloa, a match where there was a mixture of sunshine and rain throughout, which produced a nice rainbow.
Dumbarton brought something much worse than rain – I was bitten to bits by midges – not my most enjoyable experience photographing football.
Tech stuff: Canon 5d mkiii with 17-40 f4L lens at 17mm – 1/1000th sec at f4.5 and 100iso
One month ago today I was photographing the Dundee derby – two minutes into injury time with the score at 1-1 and Dundee United effectively relegated from the Premiership the other photographers sitting in the corner I was located at headed off to shoot the full time reaction of United boss Mixu Paatelainen and his walk of misery down the touchline.
That’s not something that was in my brief so I stayed put, the only photographer sitting in front of the corner of the ground where Dundee and United fans were only yards apart.
THEN – local boy and lifelong Dundee fan Craig Wighton scored the goal which put the final nail in United’s coffin – and he was only ever going to celebrate in one place – I got 72 shots of his celebration in just a few seconds, thanks to the wonderful Canon 1dx – this is the only way I can show them without the longest blog post of all time.
There won’t to be a derby next year – I’ll miss it, easily the best days of the season, but the last moments of the last derby gave me a set of images that I’ll remember for a long time.
It’s been a very decent start to my photography year – largely due to the guy pictured above – Kane Hemmings has been on fire in front of goal recently, 10 goals in his last seven games stretching back to the start of December.
Until recently I’d never photographed women’s football, I’d barely watched it, but a couple of months ago I was approached by Forfar Farmington who play in the SWPL – the top division of Women’s football in Scotland, they’d seen how I photograph Dundee and asked if I could do the same for them.
There’s a story behind this shirt – 100 years ago, in September 1915, Dundee’s local army regiment The Black Watch suffered their cruellest day at the Battle of Loos – 57% of their soldiers who took part were killed, something that hit the city and surrounding areas badly where nearly everyone was affected by the loss of a relative or friend. Dundee would wear this kit against Ross County on 26th September the nearest match to the anniversary of the battle to salute the memory of ‘Dundee’s own’.
Took a couple of portraits while Dundee’s transfer deadline signings spoke to the press – one lit by flash and one not.
First up is striker Rhys Healey who is on loan at Dens from Cardiff City.
Shot with a Canon 5d MkIII and 70-200 f2.8L lens (zoomed to 165mm) – Rhys was lit by a Canon 550ex pointed straight up at the white portion of the ceiling – Shutter speed is 1/200th of a second and aperture is f2.8 – Auto ISO which is limited by flash firing to ISO 400
We’re three weeks into the new season and I’ve taken a lot of photographs – a new season is usually quite hard work at the start. Friendlies are basically there to get players fit, so there’s few (if any) easy ‘run my way’ goal celebrations, and photographers like players are rusty at first – or at least I normally am.