Glyndwr Men’s 1st v Liverpool Hope

Wednesday 25th January 2017 was my initial appointment with one of the sports teams at Glyndwr, this was really to see if I was able to capture the images that were going to be required to become the dedicated photographer for Glyndwr Sports teams at the University.

The location was Colliers Park 4g pitch (Wrexham FC’s training pitch) in Gresford, with a 2pm kick off time, I arrived at 1:30pm and got my kit together which comprised of a Nikon d3200 fitted with my 18-55mm stock lens and my Nikon d5300 fitted with my Sigma 70-300mm, the lighting was pretty good, it was a cold, clear sunny winters day so I set both camera’s shutter speed to 1/500th and had the white balance on direct sunlight which gave me no motion blur and a good quality photograph, however 10 minutes into the 2nd half an incident occurred which resulted in the referee walking off and leaving the gave without an official resulting in a match abandonment with the Men’s 1st team trailing by two goals to nil. In all my time watching or attending football matches I have never experienced anything like what I say that Wednesday, it was almost comical. Overall a very enjoyable experience, one that I will be doing again very soon.

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Glyndŵr Sports Teams

Just on the off chance I made a visit to the students union at Glyndŵr where I spoke with a guy by the name of William Medforth, who just happens to be the sports and activities manager for the university, I introduced myself and explained that I was currently in university studying a film & photographer degree and proceeded to enquire if the university had a dedicated photographer for the sports teams to which he replied “no we do not, but we are looking at doing something along these lines in the very near future”.

Not having someone who was dedicated came as a bit of a surprise to me so without hesitation I duly offered my services after I had explained where I hoped I was going to end up after completing university, being a sports photographer.

Will explained what was required and showed me a few examples from a previous university where he was previously employed, the things he showed me were the types of photograph they would hopefully capture with a view to having it published in a university magazine and / or the local newspaper. Will has supplied me with two fixtures which are both unfortunately on the same day, one is badminton and the other is football, depending on the weather as to which I will be doing, this is only so that Will can see what kind of photographs I am capable of producing, after this if they like what I have done I will become the dedicated photographer for the universities sports teams.

Phone numbers and email addresses exchanged, fingers crossed!

 

FC Nomads v Overton

Saturday 10th December 2016 I was asked by a fellow student’s (Suzanne) husband ( Yoz) if I could possibly film a match that he was part of the coaching staff so that he could use it to analyse the players and their positioning during the game.

This was an interesting experience in which I encountered no problems, I set up my tripod along with my Nikon d5300 to 720HD so that the file size was not too large, saying this it has still come back at over 8GB after it was all joined (the default length is 20 minutes on 720HD, this is to stop the sensor from overheating and ultimately being damaged)

Overall I really enjoyed this experience and will hopefully be attending more matches to film for analysis, I can see myself doing this as it is something that I am interested in (football) Yoz has also given my email to ‘the powers that be’ within the Welsh National football leagues hierarchy with a view to obtaining work which will further solidify my passion to get into this type of work.