A couple of my friends were due to have their first fight in a fundraising boxing match and I have recently purchased a Hasselblad 500cm so thought I would try my hand at shooting the fight. Trouble with shooting a boxing match are its dark and fast. Not great combos to try and shoot but I thought I’d give it a go.
I wanted to shoot black and white as I wanted to make it look old school and having not been to the venue before it could be more flattering.
I didn’t make it to the shop in time to buy some Delta 3200 but after tweeting a couple of people (thanks guys) I was confident that Delta 400 could be pushed. This would produce lots of grain but would at least allow me to shoot.
Shooting medium format was both a joy and a pain. Looking at the fight through the viewfinder was just beautiful, trying to track two fast moving fighters and focus was ridiculously hard.
It seemed any time I had a nicely framed shot, the leg of the referee would step into view!
Fairly happy with the shots I got, was a good challenging experience and I’m confident I could do better next time. I was suprised how nice the judges were when I asked to crouch by them so I could get close to the ring. The official photographer for the night was a really nice guy (who got some great shots) and was loving my Hasselblad!
All in all a good night, both my friends won and the shots were at least exposed correctly.