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.
- Jonathan Holland (rugby union) (en.wikipedia.org)
- Heineken Cup backed by five unions (bbc.co.uk)
- Huddersfield Rugby Union Club conceded late try as Rossendale snatch victory at Lockwood Park in National III North (examiner.co.uk)