I know I'm cheating here, but I couldn't decide which photo's to use.
So here a some shots I took last season...
... and here are some shots that I have taken in the last 2 weeks. The lads are playing a couple of 'friendlies' in preparation for the start of the season.
Last year was the first time I had tried to capture sport in photographs, and the first couple of matches I did as a way of practising in case 'movement' came up for our exam.
After much piss taking by the lads, and providing them with bucket loads of amusement in renaming me David Bailey, it wasn't long at all before I heard
'Did you get that?' after every goal or heavy duty tackle!! It even came to be a standing joke that if I didn't capture it with the camera, it simply didn't happen. Therefore, when one of the defence, the captain no less, scored a goal off a corner the team all denied it back at the pub...
'What goal' they all said!!
I also learnt, very quickly, that to capture the moment you have to be permanently ready, and learn the art of anticipation. If you wait to push the shutter button until you see an interesting shot, it's too late, the moment has already happened.
I also learnt 2 other very, very, important things last season:
1. Even if the lads are NOT on the pitch ... be ready!!!
2. Never, never, ask for water, it doesn't always come in a bottle!!!