Barclays Premiership Football - Stoke City FC vs Manchester City FC

December 06, 2015  •  1 Comment

Hello sports fans,

On Saturday I travelled south to the Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City Football Club to photograph images of their home game against Manchester City for Action Plus Sports Images. This match was a 12:45pm kick off and it was good to have a midday match as the light was better albeit this day was one of the windiest days I have been ever had doing a match. The winds were in excess of 50mph and no gear was safe from being blown over.

I managed to arrive around 3 hours before the kick off and glad I did as it allowed me to pass the extra security measures put in place as well as explore more of the stadium to seek new views and images that would add a different perspective of the club in the current climate. It also allowed me to get a seat in the photographers room, which is the size of a small bedroom which on match day is overrun with photographers with many choosing not to use it because it is so small. I also managed to pick my spot of the photographer positions and based on the managers comments in the match build up, I believed Stoke would come out strong from the whistle and all I hoped for now was a lucky break that Stoke would live up to that.

With the whistle blown to start the match I was continuously watching the action on the pitch. Thankfully, my intuition paid off with Stoke taking a goal in the first six minutes and then again in the 15th minute, both scored by Arnuatovic (shown in the image below). The Stoke team was "on fire" as Jack Butland (Stoke Goalkeeper) tweeted after the match and I can only agree. Throughout the whole match Stoke pilled on the pressure with confidence and Manchester City just did not show their worth. Stoke City deserved the 3 points and Manchester City were lucky not to have lost by more goals.

After downloading and caption my images they were uploaded 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.

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

Xcite Images


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XCITE IMAGES - Sport and Event Photography
Thanks Martin, I appreciate the compliment. I always edit pitch side and use weather protected covers. In this age, time is a factor to ensure that images are with picture editors within minutes of pressing the shutter. I have in the past, when I have had time, captured all my images and then after the match uploaded them but this depends on your client needs.
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