April's choice (posted April 4)
This image of the Norwegian junior women's team at the World Junior Championships in Perth last month was taken by Richrd Gray. It was shot with his Canon EOS 40D, using the Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS lens, at a focal length of 80mm, in shutter priority mode at a speed of one eighth of a second, using an aperture of f4 and ISO 100, whilst panning.
Richard says, "Normally, I look for something in the image to be sharp, preferably a face but I think this image works even without that. Largely down to those wonderful troos!"
I agree. I think it's a great pic, unusual, and most deserving to be April's POTM!
March's choice (posted March 2)
This is another of Richard Gray's photos. Claire Hamilton was competing in the Columba Cream Scottish Women's Championship at Perth. I was interested in how it was taken. It's a panned shot, at one fifteenth of a second, f3.2, ISO 100 with his Canon EOS 40D, EF70-200 IS USM lens set at 145mm.
February's choice (posted February 2)
January's choice (posted December 31)
December's POTM seems to have got lost in the chaos that accompanied my return from Champery, apologies. Here is January's offering.
The photo was taken with my Canon EOS 40D, with a Sigma 70-200 lens, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/160, f2.8.
November's choice (posted November 7)
I took the photo with my Canon EOS 40D, with a Sigma 70-200 lens, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/80, f 5.0.
October's choice (posted September 27)
It's not technically a particularly good photo, but it seemed to me to capture the moment as a Turkish last stone just slips through the house. I took the pic with my Canon EOS 40D, with a Sigma 70-200 lens, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/80, f 3.5
September's choice (posted August 27)
I took the photo with a 35mm compact camera using slide film. The 35mm slide was digitised commercially, and remains an interesting, perhaps unique, record from that day.
The plan is to pick a Photo of the Month during the season. Let's start though with my pick for the best of Season 2009-10!
This pic was taken by Richard Gray during the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Aberdeen last December. It's Katja Kiiskinnen of Finland.
Richard took this with his Canon EOS-1Ds Mk2 with a 500mm lens, ISO 800, shutter speed 1/332, f 4.0.
The photo is interesting and unusual in any case, but what makes it special in my opinion is Richard's positioning, within his composition, of the Australian red back spider which is a component of Redback Drilling Tools arena advert.
Katja was of course completely unaware that it is only the bite of the female Latrodectus hasselti that is poisonous to humans, or so it says on this website!