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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What’s the story?

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.

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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.
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Danny Paton-Cavanagh – one light portrait

Shot a portrait of young Canadian goalkeeper Danny Paton-Cavanagh on the pitch at Dens Park.

Canon 1D MkII and Canon 50mm f1.8 lens at f13 – Lit by Canon 430ex at 45 degree angle to right of camera – on full power. Flash fired by Yongnuo RF-602 wireless flash trigger

Young Canadian goalkeeper Danny Paton-Cavanagh, photographed on the pitch at Dens Park

Young Canadian goalkeeper Danny Paton-Cavanagh, photographed on the pitch at Dens Park

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It’s taken me a year and a half to teach this young man to run towards me when he scores goals, and just when he gets it right the bugger will be off to the Black Country this week – remember to look after the photographers who cover you every week when you score your first Premiership goal Sparky – And when you come back to play for Scotland make sure you run my way – thanks for the last eighteen months, it’s been a pleasure photographing you.

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Dundee's Leigh Griffiths dons a Wolves strip thrown to him by fans after Dundee v Falkirk, IRN BRU Scottish Football League First Division at Dens Park. Griffiths is expected to sign for the Premiership club this week