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.
I photographed the ‘wee derby’ between Dundee and Dundee United at Link Park, Montrose last night and before arriving at the ground I’d decided that I was going to shoot part of the game from the back of the stand.
I’m not a massive fan of testimonial matches, there’s usually little atmosphere and they are played at half pace but on Tuesday evening I was in South London to photograph Julian Speroni’s testimonial game and it was maybe the most enjoyable football experience I’ve ever had, including cup finals and European trips.
I got asked on Monday how the media manage to get goal scorers in football matches wrong, I’m not talking about games being broadcast on live TV where they obviously have the ability to play back the goal instantly to determine who scored, but the written press and photographers. This followed SKY Sports website and a good few other media outlets crediting David Clarkson’s goal for Dundee at Inverness to Paul McGowan at the weekend.