There’s a story behind this shirt

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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’.

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Portraits of the new boys

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.

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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

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Lit portrait

Lit portraits

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)

Hannah Clarke – Olympic Torch

Hannah Clarke - Olympic Torch

This was my studio for Thursday and Friday (It’s the reception of Aviva in Perth) as I took 100 charity portraits of Aviva employees and their families with Hannah Clarke’s Olympic torch – read about Hannah at  www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Clarke.

Hannah is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life, she’s raised a heap of money for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Mary Leishman Foundation.

Had a great time on this shoot, and thanks to the staff at Aviva in Perth for their generousity towards Hannah’s causes.

Carl Finnigan portrait

Carl Finnigan

Dundee striker Carl Finnigan poses for a portrait

Dundee new boy Carl Finnigan was at Dens Park to meet the press and be photographed this week and this is a portrait I grabbed during the shoot.

Carl was on loan at Dens, from St Johnstone, last season so I’d met him already and he gave us all the time we needed to make pictures, not always the case with footballers.

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Calum Elliot

24 year old striker Calum Elliot joins Dundee on loan from Hearts

24 year old striker Calum Elliot joins Dundee on loan from Hearts

Shot signing pics of Hearts striker Calum Elliot as he joined Dundee on a month’s loan, he’s been out injured for a while and is desperate to get back playing. Hopefully he’ll be running my way after scoring this afternoon – More pics at www.davidyoungphoto.co.uk

loving the play offs

I shot the play off final for promotion from second to first division of the IRN BRU Scottish Football League and saw Ayr United delight a large and noisy traveling support by coming from behind to win 2-1 with a late winner from Michael Moffat – here’s Ayr manager Brian Reid enjoying the moment as Ayr party after the final whistle.

More pics at http://bit.ly/ihZp6s

Ayr boss Brian Reid - Brechin City v Ayr United, IRN BRU Scottish Football League 1st/2nd Division Play Off Final 2nd leg at Glebe Park

Ayr boss Brian Reid - Brechin City v Ayr United, IRN BRU Scottish Football League 1st/2nd Division Play Off Final 2nd leg at Glebe Park