Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy – 03/02/2018

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy. Possibly the first time the two sides have met at Crabble, happy to be corrected on that one. It was a thrilling 7 goal thriller which the visitors ran out winners with a stoppage time winning goal. One of those days where your just at the wrong end!

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy

Leyton Orient’s defender George Elokobi celebrates after scoring the O’s first goal during the The FA Trophy match between Dover Athletic and Leyton Orient at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 3 February 2018.

There was a moment when it appeared that Dover were on the verge of an epic comeback. They came back from 3 goals down to level the score. But alas it wasn’t to be.

Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy

Team mates flock to Dover’s forward Ryan Bird to celebrate his goal during the The FA Trophy match between Dover Athletic and Leyton Orient at Crabble Stadium, Kent on 3 February 2018. Photo by Matt Bristow.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game. There is a full gallery here and as usual there will be pictures in The Non-League Football Paper

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC – 27/01/2018

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC. It is a wet and windy January and high flying Dover Athletic host lowely Guiseley FC in the Vanorama National League. Whats not to like?

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC

Guiseleys defender Harry Flowers keeps Dover’s midfielder Mitch Brundle from the ball.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Now I’m not one to complain and its great to have a player celebrate right in front of you, but sometimes its too close! I literally couldn’t focus on Mitch Pinnock. I did get up and move back and Mitch Brundle then performed some kind of smack down move on my stool LOL!

Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC

Thanks guys but too close! fail on my behalf!

There is a larger gallery of Dover Athletic v Guiseley FC on my Photoshelter account

Rielly Cycleworks at Copper Rivet Distillery

Rielly Cycleworks at Copper Rivet Distillery – Cycling PR in a Distillery

Rielly Cycleworks at Copper Rivet Distillery – Towards the end of 2017 I was asked to do a PR shoot with a slight difference.

Rielly Cycleworks at Copper Rivet Distillery

Simple set up for ease of movement

The job was to take promotional shots of a thorough-bred racing bicycle built by the renowned Reilly Cycleworks at The Copper Rivet Distillery in Chatham, Kent. Therefore, it was easy to agree to the job as both elements are something that interest me! I basically had a free hand on the creativity as well.

It also gave me the opportunity to properly road test some Godox ad200 flash heads I had been playing around with. More on them another time.

The setup was simple. Just three heads which were easy and quick to move around when I needed to.

 

Its very much like shooting a car feature. You need to show the whole thing then pick out pieces of detail, In this case the detail pieces were components from sponsors so very important to include everything.

Rielly Cycleworks at Copper Rivet Distillery

Carl Strugnell’s custom Reilly carbon race bike shot at Copper Rivet Distillary in Chatham.

The third strobe I gelled to get the green detail in the background. Here are a few of the detail images.

Theres always one image in a shoot like this thats a standout favorite for me it was this one. I used a lesser know technique called the Brenizer Method. More on that here.

An image stack using the Brenizer Method

If you’d like to know more about Karl’s Reilly Cycleworks bike theres a full article on Pez Cycling News

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – 18/11/2017

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – To set the scene. Its a cold, damp Saturday in November and its my first time working at the very nice Matchroom Stadium.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – My first visit to the Matchroom Stadium. The sides, rather surprisingly have never met before in competitive competition. So its a massive jumble of unknown. Dover Athletic, who currently sit at the top of the National League and Leyton Orient who after relegation from the football league last season are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. The final score line was a draw with each side bagging a goal a piece. Here are a few of my favorites from the game. There is a larger gallery here, all images are available for licenced use, self billing applies where appropriate.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic - First Visit To The Matchroom Stadium

Dover players celebrate after Nortei Nortey scores Dovers first goal in the first half during the Vanorama National League match between Leyton Orient and Dover Athletic at the Matchroom Stadium, London, England on 18 November 2017.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic - First Visit To The Matchroom Stadium

Leyton Orient’s keeper Sam Sargeant comes to collect the ball as Dover’s defender Manny Parry lines up for a shot during the Vanorama National League match between Leyton Orient and Dover Athletic at the Matchroom Stadium, London, England on 18 November 2017.

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC – 11/11/2017

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC – 11th November, 2017

As a full time sports photographer I love my job, its particularly enjoyable when its your local football team that is literally meeting the Conference battle head-on. Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC. Its nearly half way through the season and the Whites are top of the league! and might I add look like they could stay there for sometime. This new Dover team has come together better than most would have dreamt of. Whats probably more inspiring is their goal difference. They are in good company as only a handful of League and Premiership sides have a similar boast.

Top of the table Dover Athletic hosted visitors Eastleigh in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. The home side ran out emphatic winners 2-0 to remain at the top of the National League. Here are just a few of my favorites. A full gallery can be found here.

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

Moments before Dover’s forward James Alabi heads the whites first goal.

I do feel that the current run of success to largely due to Chris Kinnear and his ability to build an effective team

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

NOVEMBER 11: Dover’s manager Chris Kinnear looks on as his side retain the top spot.

 

 

East Kent Cyclocross Round 3 – 4th November 2017

East Kent Cyclocross Round 3 – 4th November 2017.

EKCX is promoted by VC Deal and Rob Kingsland. Its now in its third year and going from strength to strength and rightfully so. Round three this year was held at Northbourne School. Look out for a full report/article in due course. For now here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Most noteworthy was Mike Butler who dominated the Mens Elite Race

The course layout was very good consequently offering some great racing. Furthermore the support from VC Deal members is great to see

Finally from me, there is always one everywhere I go and there was no exception today!

There is a much larger gallery here should you be interested

Dover Athletic V Boreham Wood 12th September 2017

Dover Athletic V Boreham Wood. So who would have thought it the Whites are top of the table! I know its early days but surely the last time this must have happened someone thought that hover craft were the new way to get to France! It was a text book Autumn Tuesday evening, very windy and rain! Unfortunately not the result the home side were looking for.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game. A full gallery can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies.

Dover Athletic v Boreham Wood. Conference Premier

Dover’s forward Ryan Bird is swamped by Boreham Wood players.

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Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC – 12th August 2017

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC and whites get back to winning ways and climb up the table and sit in joint forth place. Early days yet but an encouraging team performance. Here are a few of my favorites from the game. A full gallery can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies. Sometimes you sit in just the right spot, sometimes you sit in too much of the right spot! I just about managed to move the camera in time!

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC

AUGUST 12: Dover Athletic against Wrexham in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. (Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net)

Dover Athletic V Bromely FC – 8th August 2017

So I have been slightly remiss in updating this area, a little over a year since my last post! so I have decided to post a bit more often! Here are just a few of my favorites from the Whites opening home game in the 2017 – 2018 season. Dover Athletic V Bromely FC – sadly it was a 2-1 loss! A full gallery is available here.

Dover Athletic V Bromely FC

AUGUST 08: Dover Athletic v Bromley FC in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. Dover’s forward Kadell Daniel came on as a sub and made an instant impact on the game.

A few more from Dover Athletic v Bromley FC from tonight. The new flood lights are kind of strange with great big dark spots on the pitch! however a huge improvement on the old ones.

After an emphatic first game win this loss sees the Whites slip to 12th position. its a long way to go! I’ll be back at Crabble on Saturday to cover the game against Wrexham for the None League Paper so more action to come then.

Just a quick note on usage of these images. All are available to download and use, however no matter who you are it incurs a cost, so self billing applies to all pictures.

Kent Grand National – First Time at the Races

Kent Grand National – With the Grand National 2016 upon us I thought I would share my first experience covering horse racing.

Kent Grand National – A few weeks ago I went and covered my first point to point meeting at Charing Race Course. Its fair to say that I’m not a huge horse fan and that I had never before even been t a race meeting so I didn’t really have much idea what to expect. I was there to cover the Kent Grand National as well so no pressure there then. As the cherry on the cake it was very muddy and I only had trainers! One of which got stuck in the mud and fell off my foot to the amusement of some of the race goers that saw it happen.

Kent Grand National

Here are a few of my favorites

I’m guessing this jockey has had betters days at the office

Faller at the second fence

Faller at the second fence

It was Winner Hunters Lodge ridden by Gareth Henderson that won the coveted Kent Grand National 2016

Winner Hunters Lodge ridden by Gareth Henderson

Winner Hunters Lodge heading for the finish line

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience covering point to point racing, as a Sport Photographer it had long been on my list of sports to turn my hand to, safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was a baptism of fire I will hopefully look to spend more time covering horse racing in the future. I even managed to experiment a little as well.

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As ever always interested in what people think so please feel free to let me know what you think.