Rugby Union photography: Cleckheaton vs Harrogate

Cleckheaton Hooker Ben Thrower mid-line-out. Click for larger image. ©JoeWhitley

Cleckheaton Hooker Ben Thrower mid-line-out. Click for larger image. ©JoeWhitley

I have a lot of experience taking photos at rugby matches, but this was one of the toughest I have ever had to do. I was commissioned by The Press (a newspaper based in Batley, West Yorkshire) to photograph a Rugby Union clash between Cleckheaton and Harrogate in 2012. It was a late afternoon kick-off in winter and the images were going to be used over at least 3/4 of a page in the paper. That meant raising the ISO over 2000 was not an option.

I therefore had to sacrifice a bit of sharpness and open the aperture wide to ensure the shutter speed would be sufficient to freeze the action. The client was very happy with my results – they not only booked me for future work but shared one of the shots with their Facebook fans to improve sales of their next issue.

A tussle for the ball between Cleckheaton and Harrogate RUFC. Click for larger image. ©JoeWhitley

A tussle for the ball between Cleckheaton and Harrogate RUFC. Click for larger image. ©JoeWhitley

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