One Wall: Two Shoots

When I moved Fotofilia to the current premises within BOM (Birmingham Open Media), one of the items I was determined not to leave behind was a large piece of flooring vinyl. Not (just) because I’m a bit of a tightwad, but because this piece of aluminium chequerplate-effect vinyl had proven its worth as a very versatile background at the old premises and I really didn’t want to be without it.

As an example of its versatility, here are examples of two very different shoots using the same background taken within a week of each other..

 

In the unlikely event that you can’t tell the difference, the images on the left feature the gorgeous Kate-Anne Cooper (taken at a Fotofilia “Special Studio Evening”) and the ones on the right are boxers from Fighting Fit City Gym who came in for some promo shots for their forthcoming boxing show at Gatecrasher in Birmingham.

There’ll probably come a time when I get bored of this background. Maybe.

In Pursuit Of The Knockout Shot (part 2)

A few more images from the early bouts of Fighting Fit City Gym‘s Bill Meddings Cup boxing show at Gatecrasher, Birmingham on Saturday.

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I should mention that in addition to the kind of action shots that the client really wants and expects, I like to capture some of the other little details like the boxers before the first bell of the bout, or what happens in the corners between rounds. These are more for my own personal satisfaction, really.

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More soon…

In Pursuit Of The Knockout Shot (part 1)

Lighting and position are always critical considerations when photographing but never more so than when shooting boxing. On Saturday evening I covered another amateur boxing event for Neil Perkins at Fighting Fit City Gym. In this case it was for the Bill Meddings Memorial Cup and although I don’t profess to be an expert (just someone who photographs a lot of boxing), I thought this was one of the best boxing events I’ve ever covered.

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More images from other bouts to follow in later posts.

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Now then, as I was saying, lighting is always critical but when you need shutter speeds of at least 1/500s to capture action like this, high ISO’s are inevitable. However, the venue for Saturday’s event was Gatecrasher nightclub in Birmingham and so lighting is usually pretty good. As usual though, the area at the “back” of the ring (furthest away from the crowd) wasn’t very well covered by the spotlights. This meant that any action taking place in that part of the ring would be nigh on impossible to photograph.

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However, as my weapon of choice lens-wise for these events is my (fixed focal length) 50mm f1.4, I know from experience that when the action is right on top of me ie, against the ropes on the side I’m shooting from, it’s unlikely I’m going to get many successful shots of that action anyway. And so I decided to pitch myself in a corner on the dark side of the ring, knowing that I’d then be able to cover the action everywhere else in the ring (the other 80%).

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As luck would have it, this also meant i was out of the way of the judges, time-keepers and audience too, plus the background from that angle included some great coloured screens.

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And one more…

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Thanks to the reasonable light levels in 80% of the ring, I was able to shoot at 1600ISO or less all evening which meant better quality images and fewer worries about battling the noise during post-production.

Find out more about Fighting Fit City Gym at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fighting-Fit-City-Gym/37835833657?fref=ts

More soon.

 

Back In The Box

Back of camera shot taken on iphone.

Back of camera shot taken on iphone.

One of the previously unforeseen benefits of my ongoing documentary project about Priory Park ABC has been that it brought me into contact with Neil Perkins and his team at Fighting Fit City Gym which is located conveniently close to Fotofilia.

Over the last couple of years I’ve covered quite a few of Neil’s “white collar” boxing events and was pleased to help provide some publicity images for the boxers taking part in Fighting Fit’s next big show – The Bill Meddings Memorial Cup which takes place at Birmingham’s Gatecrasher club on 21st September (and which I’ll be photographing from ringside as usual). This involved taking a few shots of each boxer (and groups of boxers) at the studio plus some “in training” shots back at the gym.

Chantelle Johal at Fotofilia

Chantelle Johal at Fotofilia

James Collins (left) and Joel Ducille (right)

James Collins (left) and Joel Ducille (right)

There was also the opportunity to shoot some toe-to-toe face-off moments. Usually, these were accompanied by a lot of laughing, and sometimes there was a palpable whiff of “needle” in the air.

Elliot Hill

Elliot Hill

This promises to be a fantastic night of boxing and I can’t wait to be there to capture it. To find out more, please see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fighting-Fit-City-Gym/37835833657?fref=ts or http://www.fightingfitcitygym.com/