Boxing

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. ImageTrouble 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.

ImageI 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.

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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.

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It seemed any time I had a nicely framed shot, the leg of the referee would step into view!

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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!

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All in all a good night, both my friends won and the shots were at least exposed correctly.

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World War 2. London in Colour

I am fascinated by the blitz. Every time I go to London I look at buildings, a mix of old and new and you can pretty much guarantee the mix is there due to bomb damage during World War 2. More than a million houses were destroyed in the blitz. It must have been such a scary time and yet the people of Britain showed tremendous pride and courage and refused to roll over.

William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
A view of London after a German air raid, 1940.
These latest set of colour photos are some of the most stunning, interesting photos I have ever seen. From an art point of view they are beautiful, such amazing colours. From a historical point of view they are of vital importance to remind ourselves of those brave souls.
Somehow seeing them in colour makes it even more real. Black and white images are things of yesteryear and something the playstation generation cannot always connect with.
What you have to remember is that the blitz was designed to crush spirit, industry and the economy. A residential house was as valid a target as an airfield.
I think the best photos contain the right mix of capturing the moment, striking imagery and something that gives us an emotion. These certainly do. See more here
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.