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Rugby: Sharks vs Bulls at King's Park Stadium, Durban
Posted By: Neville, 04-18-2015, 10:48 PM

I had two firsts last night.

I used my new (to me) Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens for the first time on my K5-II, and I received accreditation to take photos, for the first time, at a top level rugby match at King's Park stadium in Durban.

It was a night of mixed experiences and emotions - learning to use the lens at a high level match in front of a huge crowd was daunting. I did not have a monopod, so the lens took its toll on my arm muscles. I also broke a few rules, like walking in front of the TV cameraman and forgetting to collect my sponsored photographer bib, etc. But all in all, it was a fantastic experience!

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Some terrific lineout shots there. Also looks like you got better at anticipating the action as the game progressed. The Sharks player fend against no 27 is fantastic grab.
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I really liked the shots!!!! Nice job!!! Even though I don't understand the finer points of what is going on, the images - the expressions, the crowd shots, the kids, the pregame - it was all interesting to me. You caught my attention and kept it. Sooooo much I don't understand about the game - but I won't show my absolute ignorance here...

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Those are some excellent shots. You grabbed some great action shots. I shot sports back in my days of film and really miss it. It can be one big adrenaline rush. Yeah a monopod can help out a lot. I do not think I could shoot all night without one now. I used to start without one and then switch to it once I started to get tired. You do not get sharp images like that by just relying autofocus alone.

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I like the cheerleader shots the best!

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