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I'm a part-time freelance sports photographer covering Caithness and the North of Scotland.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Best photos selection











Since I started my business 22 months ago I have taken many thousands of photos and I have picked around 200 of the ones I like best and have added a "Best Photos" page to my website gallery.  A selection of these are shown above.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Caithness RFC vs Lasswade





As I was busy taking photos at the Halkirk vs Thurso and also the Wick vs Nairn matches, Colin Gregory stepped in to take photos of the Caithness vs Lasswade rugby game at Millbank.  The Greens got thumped 46-3 and apparently they got no favours from the referee.

The game was played in very dull and wet conditions and so not great for photos.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Halkirk Utd vs Thurso





Halkirk Utd lost 2-3 to Thurso in the Jock MacKay Memorial cup today.  I left 15 mins before the end and 2 Halkirk players had been sent off. Tempers were getting frayed!  I managed to catch Wayne Monkman scoring Thurso's second goal with a header at the back post - see top photo.

Wick Academy vs Nairn






Wick Academy and Nairn battled out a 0-0 draw in constant drizzly rain today.  Man of the match was Wick's centre half Andrew Macleod.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Cromarty bridge

I stopped for a bite to eat at the Storehouse of Foulis last week (just north of the Cromarty bridge) and had an excellent home made carrot soup and a freshly cut smoked salmon sandwich. I could see why the restaurant was packed out.

The day was cold, perfectly still and slightly misty, so I ventured down to the waters edge and took a few handheld snaps with the bridge in the distance. I think the line of old trees were part of the old ferry pier.













Scrabster harbour at night

Martina Cross gave a talk to Thurso Camera Club members on Monday evening all about night photography and afterwards everyone went to Scrabster harbour to give it a go. The night was perfectly still and gave good conditions for reflections. Shutter speeds were around 15-30 secs.

I have been to Scrabster during the day, but this was my first night-time shoot there.








Sunday, 17 January 2010

Wick Academy vs Brora Rangers

I was due to attend the SWPP convention and Photographer of the Year awards this weekend in London, but looking at the weather forecast for the South of England earlier in the week, I decided not to go.

This decision combined with the big thaw in Caithness, gave the chance to try out my new camera (Canon 7D) and lens (Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM) at the Wick vs Brora local derby match. My first football match since 28th November. The camera was fully tested as the poor lighting meant I was at ISO 6400 and wide open at f2.8 for the second half (and still only got a shutter speed of 1/320 sec)


Wick won 2-1 in a scrappy match where tempers became frayed near the end and the yellow card was flashed a few times.

Wick keeper Alan Bokas got sent off in the 43rd minute for taking down John Cameron 1 yard from the goal line - see below. Centre Half Andrew MacLeod took over in goals and won the man of the match award.