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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Into the new season

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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.

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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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got lucky

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Dundee's Steven Milne challenges Aberdeen keeper Jason Brown during Aberdeen v Dundee, Scottish Communities League Cup at Pittodrie, Milne was booked for the challengeI

I didn’t have the best of nights while shooting Aberdeen v Dundee in the Scottish Communities League Cup at Pittodrie, I was shooting Dundee attacking and most of the chances happened at the other end – as I was photographing the match for two papers in Dundee changing ends wasn’t really an option.

Then I got lucky with this picture – I like it a lot, though I’m pretty sure Aberdeen keeper Jason Brown wouldn’t agree.

I was pleased to see it used back page, above the fold and big, in the Evening Telegraph this afternoon.

More pics from the game at www.davidyoungphoto.co.uk.