Little bit of Women’s Basketball to help Saturday afternoon go by !
Leicester Riders Interviews
As it had been a while since a game in the UK, for me – I headed down to Cardiff for the Trophy game between Archers and Riders. Enjoyable game at the ‘green room’ – with Archers missing Stef Collins for the first half of the game (due to traveling difficulties – from overseas as I understood it).
Archers still kept the game nice and close – and if it hadn’t been for the on the ‘death’ three pointer.. it would have been even closer.
For me – the game was mostly about giving the Canon 200mm f1.8 lens another outing. The lens just gives beautiful images – even if my copy probably will be retired in the next year or two.
Second half saw Riders pulling away quickly with Maaja Bratka working the point from under the basket on her way to a big double-double. Bratka and Evans combined for 44 points of the Riders 81 points.
It was also big thanks to Elliot-King who hit some crucial three pointers at the right time for Riders. For Archers – Collins entered the game for a while in the second half, but Riders kept pulling away.
In the end a comfortable win for Riders, who take another step closer to the Trophy Final – after the game, quick comments from Riders side with Kastine Evans and Coach Harber giving their views of the game.
Now, that’s of course the way to start a post that will tell how magnificent it is to be a sports photographer and how traveling is the best thing since sliced bread and no-one else should attempt to do sports photography…. 😉
During the weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to cover to basketball games in Germany. A Women’s DBBL game in Wasserburg with Tiina Sten and then Sunday a BEKO BBL game in Ludwigsburg with Shawn Huff, both who are Finnish International players for the senior national teams.
Two very different games, with Sten’s Wasserburg running clear winners over Rhein-Mein and in Ludwigsburg a late heart-break for Huff’s MHP Reisen as they lost to Phoenix Hagen, who made a strong come back in the second half of the game.
Photography-wise also very different approach to both games, with different things to look for in the action – and for myself the focus was mainly on the two Finnish players to get good pictures of them in action.
But as a photograph (who happens to enjoy covering basketball) I couldn’t help but take pictures of the whole game while there.
Also – for some reason while in Wasserburg, even I got interviewed, now I am used to doing the interviews from the otherside.. but someone interviewing me. That doesn’t happen too often – hope I made some sense with my answers.
Positive things to notice was that around 1000 fans had come to the Women’s game – a sport that doesn’t always get the limelight and amount of fans it deserves. Drums and all.. In Ludwigsburg – once again almost full house and great presentation of the event.. I have been to two games in Ludwigsburg and can’t wait to get to the third!
Travel-wise, some time spent on the Germans autobahn – bit of free-time photography in Wasserburg (beautiful little town) – delayed flight due to fog in Munich, so got to spend an extra night on the road as I missed my connecting flight to Birmingham.
Did also get to use skills from my old job of being a Chef, as I got to use the kitchen to cook a dinner for three Finns in Germany… makes a change to trying to find the nearest McD’s of KFC 😉
Big thank to Tiina Sten for everything over the first two days, and also to Shawn for coming to have a chat after the game! Looking forward to catching up with both either during this season or during the ‘Susi-summer 2015’
Few photos of the two games attached – to colour things up a little. The interviews will be put online LATE tonight!!
Small re-cap of the past weeks EuroTravel to Belgium for first EuroChallenge game of 2014-2015 season.
For the last three season I’ve been lucky enough to cover Kataja Basket in EuroChallenge, and it has taken me to exciting places in Latvia, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania.. to name few. Since the ‘regionalisation’ of the competition the visits have been closer to home.. but games have been good (mostly).
So the first trip of this season took me to Mons in Belgium – where Kataja faced the Mons-Hainault team. Traveling to the game with the flu, wasn’t the greatest experience while driving Folkestone to overnight and then continue to Mons.
Game itself is something Kataja might quickly forget – only five players scoring and home team were comfortable winners in the end. But at least one Kataja fan took advantage of the local hospitality (see picture!!) – where as the team certainly know they can perform better.
Wiring images abroad can at times be challenging – despite all the help from the club, giving me THREE different passwords to THREE different networks.. none worked for me during the game. My mobile didn’t want to connect to internet and my Mi-Fi didn’t want to either. So it was lots of frustration as you battle against print dead-line on a timezone an hour ahead of 8.30pm tip-off.
From my own point of view – Mons seemed nice enough city and enjoyed the art installation that they were building there, also took in the sights of the funfair and ate fries&sauce while watching the locals enjoy late night out.
Second part of the ‘road-trip’ took me to Women’s Volleyball Champions League game… but more of that in my photo blog (so as to keep these pages just for basketball).
Next weekend – off to cover some BBL and DBBL in Germany!!
Something every photographer comes to deal with, especially after cover the same sport for many years. You need to somehow be better/different than all the competition out there.
For me that has in the recent years meant exploring photographing basketball from above the basket. In one of the recent posts I posted an image from EuroCup game from behind the backboard. Now – a glimpse at what the action looks like when looking down on the basket from the ceiling.
This image was taken in a British Basketball League game at Worcester Arena on Halloween 2014 – in a game featuring Worcester Wolves and Bristol Flyers. In the action Flyers, Greg Streete is attempting to block a shot by Wolves, Alex Owumi.
A longer post is coming with more images from the game – and for photographers a longer post explaining the instalment of the camera and other practicalities.
Last week I had my ‘annual trip’ to Ljubljana, Slovenia – to photograph an EuroCup game between Olimpija Ljublajana and BC Khimki.
In addition to the normal action images from behind the baseline, this year I also used a remote camera being a backboard – just to get a different perspective to the action and hopefully getting something good from it.
As well as the usual selection of dunks – this image of BC Khimki player Tyrese Rice stuck out from the bunch. It is, for me, one of those images that makes installing a remote camera worth it.
There are sometimes many games in a row where you don’t get a single image you look at and go “Yes, that’s a cracker!”. But you persevere because when you get something good… it really is GOOD!
For this image – the equipment used was Canon 1DX, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 (at about 16-17mm).
Shame about the empty stands behind – this due to the game being played without a crowd (last season crowd trouble in Ljubljana).
Few years ago I was quite good at keeping my Basketballviews.com website – there were interviews with players, videos, photos and lots more.
But then clients started to pay me to do all the things I did for free (or to promote myself). So the time to keep-up a website just disappeared somewhere and after some updating of backend of the hosting.. all the old files were deleted.
Now it is time to get back doing things – there are few projects in the pipeline that hopefully will get readers interested in following the story – and also some random photography things for those more interested in taking pictures than looking at them.
So – please bear with me over the coming weeks when the site starts to get more content and looking better… but for now, this is a start and hopefully the project will go on for many years to come!