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’.
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.
Photographed the William Hill Scottish FA Cup Fourth Round draw, the round when the Premier League clubs enter the competition and Junior Cup holders Auchinleck Talbot got a dream draw away to, arguably Scotland’s third biggest team, Hearts. Talbot director Colin Chisholm couldn’t hide his delight as he looked at the cup while waiting to be interviewed by SKY Sports News.
One of the most frustrating things about shooting football (soccer) is when a goal is scored and you are completely blocked from getting the shot (ie: a player or referee is directly between your shooting position and the scorer) – it happened to me yesterday, but I got away with it because of my remote.
The picture above shows what I saw, but despite not being able to get a photograph of the goal from where I was I kept shooting in the hope that my remote would catch something and I got lucky – see after the jump.
A late goal decided the Dundee v Raith Rovers match I photographed on Saturday and scorer Ryan Conroy ran exactly the way I didn’t want him too – he’s been telt (as they say in Dundee) and he knows which way to celebrate when he scores at that end of the ground from now on.
On the plus side while I was trying to track him racing away with his back to me the autofocus caught Rovers’ goalie David McGurn reacting to the goal, the ball actually went through his legs as Conroy scrambled it home – accidents will happen but it’s nice when one produces a nice pic.
Sadly Calum Elliot, who I photographed after he signed a month’s loan deal at Dens on Friday got a nasty looking injury from the first tackle of the match – hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked at the time.
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