Having had the pleasure of photographing the Hull Floodlight Football Summer League across this summer with the f4 Photographic Group, courtesy of Chris Johnson at ERCFA, I was asked to cover one of their under 7’s days at the Roy West Centre in Hull. There are a number of 3G surfaced pitches, well laid out and ideal for the kids to have a really good day out – and it was. There were between 30 – 40 teams and up to 9 matches all going on at the same time. A morning session and then an afternoon session. Hull City Manager Nigel Adkins was there, as was Roary, the Tigers’ mascot and Hull City legend Dean Windass came along too. They were interviewed for TV and videoed for a programme to be aired later in the day. All in all, a great way to get kids enthused about the health benefits of sport (including Smokefree sidelines) and also to teach them about team spirit and working together. ERCFA are also looking to promote football in other areas – girls and womens football are now especially popular in light of the recent success of the womens’ national team. Here’s a selection of “action” shots from the day – if you want the whole lot, including teams, they’re over on Flickr – here.
This year in the f4 Photographic Group, we looked for some extra photo opportunities around us and one suggestion was to look for sporting events. I asked around various places and found Chris Johnson at the East Riding FA. He was very helpful and said that we could go down to photograph the Summer League on a Monday evening, and, with a programme running over a few months, it was ideal for sustained practise at something different. They are at Hull #FFL on Facebook. There are some of the f4 images on the FB page – here are some of mine.
I needed some action shots for a club competition so asked the guys at Hull Raceway if I could pop down and take some pictures. This would be a test of my panning, focussing and lowlight camera skills. For the technically minded, I found myself in a variety of lighting levels, ranging from ISO 2500 (using the 56mm f1.2 Fujinon) and ISO12800 (using the 50-140 f2.8 on my Fuji X-T2.
The guys were really helpful and there was non-stop action all the time that I was there. Here are a few of the images I took – comments welcome!
I decided to try something different yesterday. I rang North Ferriby United to see if I could take some images of their match with Woking. I was given some advice on how to obtain a Media pass for the National League which I found very useful and also was allowed to go down for the match.
North Ferriby won 2-1 which will help in their fight to stay up. Here are a few images from the day :-
There was an event on at Fosse Hill on Saturday and I took the opportunity to practise a bit of sport photography on the site. There were a number of competitions, novice riders, including John – a young at heart 62, and more experienced riders later, followed by the “Show us your best trick” competition. I had to leave before the results were announced but here’s a sample of what went on :-
A cold day for standing by the roadside, waiting for the arrival of men pedalling furiously along the road from North Newbald to High Hunsley on Day 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire.
One limiting factor was that there were only a small number of groups of cyclists, the head, a following group including Sir Bradley Wiggins and then the main peloton. They were followed by a large cavalcade of vehicles with bikes galore strapped to their roofs.
Here are a number of images from the day :-
I like walking but I’ve never played football. Sue saw an advert for walking football near to us in Cottingham and encouraged me to try it – I’m pleased she did. Although I’ve only had two sessions, I’m finding that I’m moving muscles in places I didn’t know existed (not even when I was going to the gym regularly). Anyway, a slip last week meant that I’ve tweaked something and when you’re getting a bit older, they don’t heal as fast as when you’re young, so I took the opportunity to use my camera and post a few images on here – I hope you get some encouragement from them. Give it a try – it really is good fun.
For anyone looking for some good exercise – you’ll enjoy this. Take a look here.
Here’s a sample :-