Barclays Premiership Football - Aston Villa FC vs Manchester City FC

November 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Hello sports fans,

On Sunday I travelled south to Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club to photograph images from their home game with Manchester City for Action Plus Sports Images. The past months have been hard for Villa with a succession of losses and the recent demise of Tim Sherwood, and now the new manager, Remi Garde taking on the mantle of the club.

The home supporters were looking for something of a spark from the Villa team against Manchester City and they were not disappointed and raised hope for the future. The match was frantic at times but the Villa team put up an unwavering commitment assisted by some good fortune. Manchester City failed to score even after a few wasted opportunities and this was the second time since March that they had failed to score.

Villa Park is a tough venue to photograph football as the supporters seating is at the same level as the photographers and we do restrict the views. I do wish that Stadium designers would consider or even discuss with professional photographers about their needs and design-in at the outset these requirements. There is a demand for our imagery but as always they see television as a priority even though this is short lived whereas photographs last long in to the future. Anyway, enough of my 'rant'.

After arriving and collecting my accreditation and bib, I walked around the stadium to capture general views and supporters before waiting for the visitors coach to arrive. The arrival of the away team provides an opportunity to see which players are attending and possibly some images of autograph signing but this is becoming rarer at the Premier League level. Once the images are downloaded, then off to the player warm-up session pre-game to capture player portraits. In the final minutes before the game starts, I head for the dug out to capture images of the managers arrival and greeting which can provide some great imagery and especially at this match with Remi's first outing as the club manager.

With the whistle blown, and continuously watching the action on the pitch, my first task was to download and caption all my images before uploading to the server. Shooting football for the wire services requires some multi-tasking skills as you are always trying to do a numbers of jobs simultaneously and also be very efficient in your workflow. We must constantly and simultaneously watch the action, capture images, download images, caption images, edit images and upload images to the news wire. It takes time to master the skill and it is high pressure work which I love since you are working full on from the whistle to an hour after the match ends.

The match itself showed Villa's confidence and determination whilst City pushed hard but missed chances. As always, it was a pleasure to see the players perform from a close viewpoint and the match provided a selection of images which can be seen on the Action Plus Sports Images website.

Regards

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