Getting Old

CF Cards

Must be losing my mind, I left the Brentford match on Saturday convinced that I had picked up everything, until I got to the car & thought f*ck it I have left a 16Gb CF Card on the Electronic Advertising were I was sitting. Thinking it’s not worth traipsing all the way back to the ground to collect it. I wasn’t too fussed as I had already copied the contents to the laptop.

Checked everywhere when I got home, and next day I ordered a couple of new 32Gb CF Cards. No sooner than I had placed the order, I looked at the fleece I had been wearing the day before, which was sitting on top of my lens box, and I could see through the mesh on the breast pocket a shiny CF Card. Yep, daft old sod, I forgot to check that pocket.

Anyway, probably was about time to replace them as they have been on front line duty for a couple of years.

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Home Win

Brentford v Millwall EFL Sky Bet Championship03/11/2018.

Brentford’s Sergi Canos celebrates during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall at Griffin Park, London, England on 3 November 2018.

Brentford won a tricky match against Millwall, typically both goals were at the other end of the pitch from me. 😦

Brentford v Millwall EFL Sky Bet Championship03/11/2018.

Millwall’s Lee Gregory can’t beat Brentford’s Defender Ezri Konsa & Brentford’s Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall at Griffin Park, London, England on 3 November 2018.

Brentford v Millwall EFL Sky Bet Championship03/11/2018.

Brentford’s Ollie Watkins during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall at Griffin Park, London, England on 3 November 2018.

Poor Performance

Fulham v Bournemouth Premier League 27/10/2018.

Bournemouth celebrate their 3rd goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, London, England on 27 October 2018.

I was at Fulham v Bournemouth in the Premier League game on Saturday, Fulham didn’t really turn up & were comprehensively beaten 3 – 0.

Fulham v Bournemouth Premier League 27/10/2018.

Bournemouth’s Defender Nathan Ake during the Premier League match between Fulham and Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, London, England on 27 October 2018.

Fulham v Bournemouth Premier League 27/10/2018.

Bournemouth AFC lead during the Premier League match between Fulham and Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, London, England on 27 October 2018.

Fulham v Bournemouth Premier League 27/10/2018.

Bournemouth’s Defender Charlie Daniels shoots during the Premier League match between Fulham and Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, London, England on 27 October 2018.

Fulham v Bournemouth Premier League 27/10/2018.

GOAL Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson scores from the spot during the Premier League match between Fulham and Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, London, England on 27 October 2018.

Fulham v Bournemouth Premier League 27/10/2018.

GOAL Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson scores from the spot during the Premier League match between Fulham and Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, London, England on 27 October 2018.

Another Good Win

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa EFL Sky Bet Championship26/10/2018.

Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia challended by Rangers Midfielder Massimo Luongo during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at the Loftus Road Stadium, London, England on 26 October 2018.

Friday evening saw me at the QPR v Aston Villa.

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa EFL Sky Bet Championship26/10/2018.

Aston Villa’s Tammy ABRA during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at the Loftus Road Stadium, London, England on 26 October 2018.

A good Win

Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday EFL Sky Bet Championship23/10/2018.

Rangers Tomer Hemed celebrates during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday at the Loftus Road Stadium, London, England on 23 October 2018.

Monday night saw me at QPR v Sheffield Wednesday.

Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday EFL Sky Bet Championship23/10/2018.

GOAL Rangers Midfielder Luke Freeman scores during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday at the Loftus Road Stadium, London, England on 23 October 2018.

Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday EFL Sky Bet Championship23/10/2018.

GOAL Rangers Nahki Wells celebrates during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday at the Loftus Road Stadium, London, England on 23 October 2018.

Disappointing…

Brentford v Bristol CityEFL Sky Bet Championship
20/10/2018.

GOAL City’s Midfielder Niclas Eliasson scores during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Bristol City at Griffin Park

I was at the Brentford v Bristol City match on Saturday, a disappointing loss by a single late goal.

Brentford v Bristol CityEFL Sky Bet Championship
20/10/2018.

GOAL City’s Midfielder Niclas Eliasson scores during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Bristol City at Griffin Park

Football Workflow

A couple of people have asked recently about my workflow, so here is an overview.

For my workflow I use a couple of applications Adobe Photoshop & PhotoMechanic, although at a football match I do everything from within PhotoMechanic.

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First step in the workflow is to get the images from the camera on to the laptop, so plug in the card reader & CF Card, & fire up PhotoMechanic.

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I have PM configured to automatically ingest any CF once it appears on the desktop, at this point I have the system add a basic IPTC caption to all of the images, I leave the file names unaltered at this point. The files are copied to a folder called Card Dump.

 

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Once I have all the images on the laptop I scroll through the images in full frame (Click the β€œf” key to toggle between normal & full screen) preview mode and zoom in (click the β€œz” key to toggle zoom mode), I will make a selection tagging each (if you click the fullstop key it will tag the photograph) frame that I am going to wire, at the same time I will do any cropping & straightening of the images, (to crop hit the β€œx” key.

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As part of this process I will also edit the captions to reflect the content of the photograph if you hit the β€œi” key it will open the caption dialogue box, then using a series of code replacements that I have already created I can add the players name simply by entering a code (in the case of QPR Defender Geoff Cameron I type \QPR05\ and it replaces it with the full name.

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Having completed the edit I will the select all tagged images and FTP them direct to the client (click β€œu” to show the FTP dialogue box and away you go, it is at this point that the client naming protocols are used to rename & resize the photograph, as well as the actual cropping taking place, the sent images are then automatically saved in the Pix Sent Folder

Brentford v Reading EFL Sky Bet Championship29/09/2018.

GOAL Brentford’s Neal Maupay scores during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Reading at Griffin Park, London, England on 29 September 2018.

There maybe times during the match that images need to be moved rather more quickly, ie a goal & celebration pictures, I usually like to send as soon as possible, these I don’t tend to tag, but just go through them and caption, crop & send them individually.