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.
I was meant to shoot Dundee v Ayr United on Tuesday evening but floodlight failure as the teams warmed up meant that the game was cancelled just fifteen minutes before kick off – here’s a pic I liked as the players listen to the tannoy announcement that the game won’t take place.
Instead of football this afternoon I shot the British Universities Camogie (Women’s Hurling) in light blue team against the Scottish Universities Shinty team in an amalgam of the the two sports. The camogie girls won.
I’ve had quite a lot of pictures in various newspapers in the last week or so but the one I’m most pleased got published is of these gentlemen – It’s Dundee fan Wullie Reilly with former Dundee and Chelsea star Charlie Cooke and it was taken over a year ago when Wullie first got diagnosed with cancer.
The Evening Telegraph did a feature on him having only a couple of months to live last night and with various wee stories from his life and they used my picture of Charlie and Wullie, not this exact frame (I like this one better) – Wullie is a legend amongst Dundee fans and he’s holding a ‘going away’ party this Sunday at Lyrics – everyone he knows is invited with a donation to Macmillan nurses being requested.
I take a lot of pictures of fans, Dundee and other teams, and I’ve missed Wullie being in the crowd at Dundee’s games recently – I hope I get to take his photo at a match again.
Donate to Macmillan nurses here – www.macmillan.org.uk/Donate/Donate.aspx