England v Italy

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  1. Tobers

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    Game on! Arrived well early with 2 bags and a big box for my 300 2.8. I had to arrange to take some "special" shots for the customer which involved getting up into the top of the top tier of the grandstand during the start of the 2nd half, so I had to have a chat with the security folks.

    Plan for the day - execute close-in supporter shots, branding etc, zap the action of the game and FTP captioned pics real-time, do the grandstand shot bits, more game action, then cover a post-match Q&A with a couple of England players. My plan for the game itself was to shoot the 1st half from the Italian 22 yard line with England attacking towards me. Benefit of this is that the majority of other togs were behind the Italian goal line for the tries so I'd get some unique action angles. Then shoot the 2nd half from behind the Italian goal line to get some tries in the bag hopefully. I was shooting the action with the camera tethered to the PC to be able to view, crop, caption & upload pics as fast as possible.

    Today I was shooting with a 1D3, 40D, 300 2.8, 70-200 4.0, 10-20, 24-105, 50 1.4 and 17-40. And a 580 EXII. Jings! Surprised I could walk with that lot. Add in the monopod and folding stool thing as well.

    #1 My colleagues looking for Prince Harry. Not my bag really and if there's 10 togs all going for the same shot there's not much point really so I thought I'd shoot them instead.
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    #2 The Boss looking skywards for inspiration
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    #3 Happy Italians. They were great.
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    #4 England run out. Note England Rugby logo strategically positioned. This shot with the 40D and 10-20 with the 580 lightening things up a tad.
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    #5 Is he a flanker? Is he a scrumhalf? Even Bergamasco himself wasn't so sure.
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    #6 Lineout ball. The benefit of being on the 22 yard line. This with the 40D and 70-200. Lovely crisp lens.
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    #7 Me? Man of the match? Amazing. Harry Ellis moments after his first try. Whilst I didn't get the try, I did get the celebrations as the players all turn away from the goal-line cameras and back towards their team to celebrate.
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    #8 Shot of the day for me. Nick Kennedy beating flanker/scrumhalf Bergamasco. Check out the expression on his face and the veins in his arms. Awesome - love it. Another benefit of sitting on the 22.
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    #9 Yay! Italians get a penalty over.
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    #10 That man Nick Kennedy styling it up for the cameras again
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    #11 Harry Ellis's 2nd try in the 2nd half. Bit annoyed as the main shot in the Sunday Times today is this one but taken by the guy sitting next to me. And I did send mine to the Sunday Times too. Oh well.
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    #12 There's something I really like about this shot. James Haskell is an awesome player. The position I was in for this shot meant my eyeline was about 30cm above the pitch, so you get really good depth of field separation of the subject from the foregound and background.
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    That's your lot. I had a ball. I found it actually quite easy to handle the tethered shooting and captioning, but my laptop still leaves a lot to be desired as the screen is so poor it's really hard to determine if the pics are exposed correctly, colours look OK etc.

    Cheers

    Tobers
     
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  2. IAN P

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    Great action shot no' 10.:thumbsup:


    Pity England were so content with kicking the ball instead of running it with the backs.
     
  3. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    #10 is the one that stands out.Others all good pics but 10 has that something.:thumbsup:
     
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    excellent work! :thumbsup:
     
  6. PaddyK

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    Excellent shots as always Tobbers, 8 and 10 for me.

    That shot of Bergamasco at scrum half could be a rare one after his howler performance. Haskell was excellent, apart from his stupid trip.

    Great pics and thanks for the write-up, very interesting. Wish I'd been there
     
  7. cedmondson

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    Top stuff :thumbsup:
    #8,10,12 for me (but all first class).
    Great pics but crap game, sadly.
    Does the O2 sponsorship help here ;)?
     
  8. Tobers

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    Possibly :cool:
     
  9. Bristol Pete

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    As stated elsewhere, nice. :thumbsup:
     
  10. jonnypb

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    superb shots :clap:
     
  11. TarMoo

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    Some cracking shots here. :smashin:

    I expect you must be pleased with all of them.
     
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    Great set. Love number 10.

    Is that just luck of the draw or the other guy has a foot in the door (and sends a bottle down at Christmas with his name on it)!?
     
  13. Tobers

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    He was Mark Aspland - their staff photographer, so he'll always get first crack. And he's really rather good too!
     
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    nice work as always :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    Excellent shots :thumbsup:better than the game. I went and it was an awful game. England won without putting in a performance to worry the other nations.
     

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