Barclays Premiership Football - Aston Villa FC vs Crystal Palace FC
Hello sports fans,
On Tuesday evening, I travelled south to Villa Park Stadium, home of Aston Villa Football Club to photograph images of their home game against Crystal Palace for Action Plus Sports Images. This match was a 7:45pm kick off which meant a late return home.
I arrived around 3 hours before the kick off and managed to park reasonably close to the stadium and free of the limitations of its closure soon after the match finishes. It is usual to stay after the match and check through all my images for any further to upload which could be used. After showing my accreditation and collecting my pass and bib, I was off to the mascot lounge which has a section set aside for photographers. The usual photographer area frequented by many is very small and comprises of approximately 10 wooden bays fixed to the wall and no chairs - so standing throughout. After reviewing the match programme and updating my image documents for the match, I was off to capture the supporters and team arrivals.
Once I downloaded, edited, captioned and uploaded my pre-match images, I was off to the pitch. At this time their was a very real threat of heavy rain so I got out all my wet weather equipment covers. Better to be prepared as once the action starts, it is impossible to do with all the action going on. A few more warm up images of Villa players and ready for the match to start. With a leg injury, I was not as mobile as I normally would be so I was unable to capture the images I wanted around the pitch.
With the whistle blown to start the match I was continuously watching the action on the pitch. On paper, Villa have not won the last 19 matches and are at the bottom of the Premiership with only another 17 games remaining. On this occassion, I decided to locate myself more centrally to capture both sides of the action as who knows if Villa could pull a win out of desperation. Villa looked strong and they were repaid with a Lescott goal in the 58th minute. Palace tried to fight back but Villa kept their cool and held them off for a well earned victory.
After downloading and captioning 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.
Keywords: 12th January, 2016, Action Plus, Aston Villa, Barclays, Crystal Palace, Football, League, Premiership, Villa Park
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