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December 2013 - not updated here for sometime but I have been carrying on with the football around Sussex and Surrey. I replaced the Canon 50D with a 700D, classed as a ‘beginners’ camera but a higher spec than the 50D. I am also using almost identical refurb Canon 650D as second body.
While still enjoying the football I am trying to improve my skills with some bird and animal
shots. I am also trying off camera flash and ‘painting with light’ techniques.
Spending time ‘down the pub’ shooting local bands is proving a lot of fun and beats going pitchside on cold winter nights!
Posted in 2012 - Arundel to Wembley it only took 8 years.
Since August 2011 - 68 football matches including 23½ finals.
August included another enjoyable visit to Huxleys Birds of Prey and Gardens just south of Horsham
I enjoyed an excellent holiday at Sandbanks again and got another chance to shoot the Red Bull Matadors and also ventured into the Wessex League for Hamworthy United v Bournemouth, not allowed pitchside under Wessex League rules.
Purchased the excellent little Fuji 550EXR camera so that I am always armed with something. I got to use it when my brother Keith invited me along with Emmett to the Boom Boom club in Sutton to see and hear Focus one of my all time favourite bands. While on the subject of bands I also got to shoot Lights Out and The Okee Dokee Band at The Hen and Chicken in Southwater.
On the football scene again I got to see and shoot Guernsey FC when they visited Dorking to play Bookham.
In November 2011 I was thrilled to meet my new grandson Jake.
Started shooting Cup Finals at the end of February with Marquis Rangers v Millhouse, the first of many visits to SCFA HQ at Lancing.
My longest match ever Polegate v Balcombe the Montgomery Challenge Cup Final played at Leylands Park Burgess Hill. Ran from 7.30 to 11.15 - 50 minutes injury, extra time and penalties.
As in previous years I did the Sussex County Football League Good Friday triple header, AFC Uckfield v Three Bridges at Hassocks FC, Newhaven v Ifield at Shoreham FC and Littlehampton Town v East Preston played at Arundel FC, being asked to chose Man of the Match along with Simon Roe and Andy Nunn at all three SCFL finals on Good Friday added a scary sense of responsibility but it was great to be directly involved.
Finished the season at The Amex for the SCFA Final Crawley Down v Whitehawk and then my first Wembley game and the biggest non league game of any season, the Blue Square Bet Premier promotion final at Wembley Stadium where York City beat Luton Town 2-1 to gain promotion to League 2.
Really missed covering AFC Wimbledon.
The Non League of Extraordinary Photographers is going well with lots of new friendships being made and a lot of mutual support being enjoyed.
Again this season I have made a lot of new friends and enjoyed excellent feedback from players, officials and supporters, great for my ego but I think I am going to have to take it a bit easier next season
Wembley - made it!
Picture by Andy Nunn
2014 - a mixed year of highs and lows. This year we lost my Aunt Audrey and my best friend of 62 years Graham Pirson. In October, Pam and I were priviledged to spend time with Grahams brothers and family up at The Crown Inn, Elton in Cambridgeshire.
In my photography world I covered about 70 games, including a number of cup finals at many levels. Highlights included the successful run of East Preston FC, the Sussex County FA final between Bognor Regis Town and Peacehaven and Telscombe at the Amex and the Ladies International England v Montenegro where I met a number of professionals. It was here that I got one of my best ever shots when Toni Duggan scored the 2nd of her 3 goals.
Toni Duggan was named as Vauxhall England Women’s Player of the Year 2014.
I also enjoyed photo opportunities on holiday at Sandbanks and also continued shooting bands including Contraband Blues Band, Objayda, The Okee Dokee Band and Startled Hampsters.
In 2014 we moved to Storrington and I am still exploring photo opportunities in the area.
2015 - another mixed year of highs and lows. This year we lost my brother in law Alan and Sussex suffered the tragedy of the Shoreham Airshow disaster which killed 11 people including two lads from Worthing United, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt. I had photgraphed ‘The Mavericks’ just a few weeks earlier when they won promotion. Football photography continued with a number of Cup Finals for Sussex County FA plus something different, the opening of the County FAs new 3G pitch by Greg Dyke. I again enjoyed a week away in Dorset with Pam , Valerie and Joy. I also managed to photograph a number of bands in pubs and at local festivals. One of my highlights was a visit to Huxleys Birds of Prey where I got to handle a number of remarkable characters. My albums can be found here
2016 - I have definitely decided to ease up a bit this year so to force myself to keep to this I have sold some of my photography equipment and this will make it more difficult for me to get the results I have previously been getting, particularly in the darker months and at night games. I have also decided not to renew my National League licence and public liability insurance so I will just have to see how it goes from here
This year included some shots from the incredible Heartbeat United where 36 players
and their support team broke the world record of 105 days non stop football in memory
of three local footballers who lost their lives so very young. Also in football I
covered quite a lot of cup finals including the Sussex FA v Liverpool FA County
Youth Cup Final.
Other highlights included a trip to the Isle of Wight with Dan and Kian and a visit to West Wight Alpacas , Four Play Prog Rock in Bracknell featuring The Far Meadow and Spriggan Mist, Remembering Graham a walk in London with the family to remember my best friend and some shots from the incredible Craig Peters Burpee Challenge
I finished the year with a shot on Meridian Weather