It’s been a little while since my last blog, as I haven’t had too much to talk about and couldn’t really think of anything to write about the games i have photographed, but since then i have done two games and a 6-a-side tournament. The first of them two games was my first Cup final that I have ever covered. It was the Portsmouth Cup final between Portsmouth Ladies Reserves and the University of Portsmouth Ladies in which the Portsmouth Ladies won.
Sunday (12th April) saw me cover the Portsmouth Ladies once again as they played host to Manchester City Ladies. The game was played at Hayling United’s ground at Hayling College as both Moneyfields and Havant’s Westleigh Park are currently undergoing pitch maintenance.
After arriving in Hayling Island, I got a bit lost and it took me a little while to find the ground, luckily i was in Hayling quite earlier, so by the time i found the ground, it was still half an hour before kick off.
This was my first day game with my new lens, a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8, the games before were all night ones, so I was looking forward to seeing what shots i can get at lower ISO’s with the lens. It was also the first game where I would be testing out back button focusing.
With Portsmouth beating Man City twice this season (once in the league and one in the cup) I thought I would position myself to towards the end Portsmouth were shooting, it was the right decision as after 8 minutes, Jemma Twkesbury was through on goal and calmly lifted the ball over the keeper and into the open net, 1-0 Portsmouth.
Overall, i was really pleased with the shots i got, i think all together it is one of my best sets and my most viewed, with Manchester City Ladies promoting it on their Twitter. Also, after going back and forth with back button focus and the focus being on the shutter button, I really found that the back button focus really helped and I think some of my best shots were taken when I was using back button focus. With the lens, this game was the first time i felt really comfortable using in.
You can view my whole set of photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordanhampton/sets/72157633471311093/
One last note, I’m going to try and write on this blog as much as I can as I feel it could help me a bit in my photographic career and it will be great to look back on these one day. However, as the season is mostly over now, I probably won’t be writing much over the summer but will try and write about other things I’m looking to photograph this summer, such as music gigs and maybe some other football matches, if there is any over the summer.