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.
No matter what you’re photographing the secret is to find the story, even if your subject is something as simple as football. It’s not just getting clean pics of guys challenging for the ball and making sure you get the goals (you’ll miss some unless you are getting frames from other photographers – yes that’s how some of the big names never miss a goal) and celebrations.
Last weekend I shot Dundee’s win at Motherwell in the SPFL Premiership, a pretty much run of the mill game and not one that most people would think had much of a story, but there were several.
Three games into the new football season and I’ve still to get my first Dundee goal to shoot – here’s three that came close on Saturday as the Dark Blues lost to St Mirren.
Dundee new boy Davide Grassi
I’ve been shooting Dundee’s new signings over the summer and have been doing some of the shots with off camera flash – here’s one of Italian defender David Grassi, sky was cloudy and boring so dropped the ambient a fair bit to add some drama to this pic.
Technical stuff: Canon 1dmkii with 17-40L lens at 17mm and f14 – 1/250th second exposure – Canon 430ex six feet right of camera triggered by ETTL with on camera 550ex (fired away from subject to trigger 430)
The last few months have seen Scottish football in meltdown as Rangers imploded financially but on Saturday I saw a bright light of hope for my local teams. Continue reading