Oxford United Dance Off – not only did Alfie Potter score a great goal here but he scores a 10 for the best dance move. All Newport can pull off here is a mere ‘wave your hands in the air’ move, Alfie on the other hand wins with his flamenco inspired move polished off with a click of his fingers.
This is a really lovely example of perfect remote flash. These days pretty much every picture that a press photographer has a moment to set the picture up, the remote flash is the first thought. This picture of 10-year-old writer Nadir El-Hosny has the flash hidden behind the big book he wrote to softly light up his face. Photographer Cliff Hide has made sure the rest of the room is nice and dark so the main focus is where he chooses his flash to light up. Good job Cliff!
I’m not a big fan of the whole ‘person stood outside a building’ shot but Mark Hemsworth has composed this shot very nicely. The building’s reflection is positioned perfectly just over Gary Soame’s right shoulder and his eyes point in that same direction which helps direct our eyes to the key point of the image. It also helps that there was a nice blue fluffy cloud sky to reflect in the flood water.
It’s a tricky one when you arrive to photo some dancers or anything active at the subject’s home. Dancers photo much better in a dance studio for example. That’s why I take my hat off to Aimee Kirkham for this great shot. She’s cleared as much of the living room as possible and luckily has some big white curtains to use as a backdrop. If the curtains would have been any dark colour then this job would have been a hard one with Gareth and Laura Walker wearing all black.
Now I haven’t asked Mark Hemsworth how he took this picture but I’m fairly sure he didn’t get eaten alive in the process. I’m also not sure if he placed his camera inside the model T-Rex and use a remote trigger or if he managed to squeeze in there with it. Whichever way he took this he left his flash on the outside nice and safe to light up Christopher Peterson, eight, who was at the reopening of Oxford’s Natural History Museum last weekend.
Antony Moore took this lovely shot of four-year-old Sammy Ketland at the Bate Collection playing a rauschpfeife. I really like how he’s used a super wide angle lens to make the pipe appear to be bigger than little Sammy but has used enough aperture to keep it looking like the size you see is the size it could be. It almost looks like Sammy can hardly hold it up, strong lad!