Short track speed skating – NSW Championships 2008


I have been the official photographer for this year’s NSW Championships 2008 in short track speed skating. I have been writing on the subject of photographing the elite speed skaters for a while now. The nature of the venue with low light and its top down direction combined with bright ice, high speed an non linear direction of the races makes is a very difficult to photograph event.

I have taken close to 1500 photographs. There are many pin sharp photos from the morning session where a side window let in a lot of natural light. The later session even at high ISO resulted in some motion blur images. This is almost expected for this sport. All in all I think the event was very successful.

Here is a photo from a later session thus with a small motion blur of this year’s NSW female champion speed skater Alix-Myra Anderson. I was very impressed by Alix’s style and commitment. This girl knows how to skate.

A reminder for parents and skaters alike: You photographs are available in our on-line store.

Francesca – frozen ice, melted hearts


Today, I went to the Hyde Park to see how the pilgrims attending the World Youth Day were spending their time next to the St. Mary’s Cathedral. I was hoping to capture some individual faces as opposite to the crowd photographs from the previous day.

There were plenty of the young people around. Some were dancing and singing and some simply relaxed on the lawns of the park.

I have noticed a group of young men with Lebanese flags tightly grouped together. As I approached them for a photograph, they have asked me to take a photo of them with the ice cream seller, whose stand they have besieged. I took the photo with their small point and shoot camera and then I had another look at the ice cream girl.

Meet Francesca. She was selling frozen ice creams but melting young men’s hearts. Unsurprisingly, with the beautiful smile and captivating dark eyes she received more than a fair share of attention.