Last weekend I was one of the official photographers for the South West Fighting Championships (SWFC 6). It was the first time I had used my new lens, other than messing around with it at training.
Here are some of my favourite shots from the night. I found the best setting around half way through the night. I wish I had found it sooner (especially for Oli's knock out photo).
P.S Finally made a watermark- success!
|The Ring Girls|
|Gracie Barra Plymouth boys.|
|Luke getting his hands wrapped|
On to the fights
|Oli getting ready|
|Oli's knock out|
|Ricky, ready to go|
|Cranking on a guillotine|
|One of the boxing bouts|
|Phil, ready to fight|
I really like this one. The red/green glare in the bottom left corner, and the focus on Josh's 1987 thigh tattoo. Boom.
|Josh, throwing one of 6 bajillion kicks he threw|
|Kris giving Josh advice|
|The second time Josh flawed the guy. Being warned for, being awesome? I don't know.|
|Ready for the verdict|
The picture below is probably my favourite shot of the night. I was stood in the right place, at the right time. My camera didn't leave my face all evening. The achy hand and squinty eye is worth it for shots like this.
Again, going against my preferred super saturated look. I dimmed the colour to draw attention to Luke's focussed face.
Aaaand I added back the saturation again..
|Kris, giving out more advice.|
|Punch to face, shin to ribs. Not sure which I'd prefer..|
The last lot of photos were from the main event of the evening (the featherweight title bout). The first 3 shots are from Josh O'Shea's entrance. It always makes photography more fun when the fighters put on a good show for the audience (both in terms of their fighting, and in terms of being showman). Josh's entrance was a real crowd pleaser. He hyped up the crowd, and came in singing to his entrance song. Meant I could catch images like this:
Note to other fighters- if you want people to take pictures of you, do more of this. You're putting on a show and entertaining people. Not heading to death row..
Speaking of facials: Fightworx Academy's head Thai, and BJJ coaches, Kris Barras and Darren Yeoman pulled some epic faces during Josh's title fight. This photo was taken towards to end of the final round. Josh had dominated the fight, but had given up his back, and was turtled up and in a lot of trouble at the moment I took this shot.
He managed to get the guy off his back, but he very quickly transitioned to an armbar. Which sucked for Josh, but was good for me. Yayy, jiu jitsu shots.
But, he still won. Happy face. Thanks to the guy next to me who's epic flash went off at the same time as my camera so I got this super bright shot of happy Josh.
|Thanks for the photobomb, Luke|
Hopefully I'll get the chance to take some more at the next SWFC!
Enjoy the pictures, and head over to www.facebook.com/shebeastbjj for the full albums (with the shitty watermark- sorry about that).