Barclays Premiership Football - Leicester City FC v Swansea City FC

April 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hello sports fans,

The past weekend was full of football with a double header of Premiership Football. On Saturday afternoon, I travelled north west to the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club and again on Sunday I was off to the King Power Stadium to photograph Leicester City Football at home to Swansea City Football Club. I was their to photograph images of their game for Action Plus Sports Images. This Barclays Premier League match was a 16:15pm kick off so a later start.

I arrived around 3.5  hours before the kick off and once parked I walked over to the stadium which is some way. I arrived at the media entrance just as the doors opened. After the usual security checks I walked over to the photographers room where I collected my accreditation and bib. Once I set up a base in the room, I made my way out to the pitch to identify a good location and mark my spot. Leicester City has restricted access to photographers and no photographers are allowed on the dug-out side of the pitch and in reality photographers are only allowed on the opposite side which restricts image possibilities. There is also very limited access to ethernet ports (only 3 ethernet ports in the corners) which means your best chance it to find a spot along the side line and use mobile communications to transmit images.

As with all stadiums, I did a complete walk around to see what unique views I can capture as well as keeping an eye out for interesting stories on the day. Once I downloaded, edited, captioned and uploaded my pre-match images, I was off to the pitch again to see the supporters arrive and capture any that stand out. It is always good to see and capture imagery of the people that made an effort to dress up for the match. After setting up my laptop on pitch side it was time for the teams to warm up. It usual for me to capture images of prominent players or players in the news at the time. Unfortunately, Vardy was in the dug out for this match after his suspension but there were still lots of players to photograph.

With the whistle blown to start the match I was continuously watching the action on the pitch. It was not long before Leicester took first blood with Riyad Mahrez scoring in the 9th minute and from then on it seemed to be a one sided match. In the 29th minute Leonardo Ulloa headed the ball in to the bottom left corner to take a 2-0 lead before half time. The Leicester team was on form and supremely confident with their tight passing and ease with which they moved around. In the second half there was no let up for Swansea. Leonardo Ulloa continued his form and in the 59th minute he scored his second with a tap in to the goal close the the goal area. Finally to add insult to injury, Marc Albrighton scored their teams fourth goal in the 84th minute. So a very convincing 4-0 win for Leicester City and it takes them 8 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premiership League. It is now looking like the dream will become a reality if they stay focussed. On a side note, after a successful match, Riyad Mahrez has been named Professional Football of the Year 2016 by the Professional Footballer Association.

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.

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.


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