A month ago, the Devils were back on the pitch, this time lining up against the London Blitz. The Devils faced London Blitz in their first game and it was a good opportunity to see how far they had come during their first season back in the National League. The Devils have had a great first season but the London Blitz were unbeaten as they walked on to the field.
The weather was the complete opposite to the week before. The strong wind and driving rain was gone and replaced with high temperatures and dust. For me, this weather was much better for taking for photographs and the dust made for some dramatic shots but I suspect both teams were feeling the heat.
It was great to see the London Blitz play; they were fast,accurate and set the bar high. Seeing the Devils rise to this was amazing. They had their fair share of great plays, catches and intercepts as well as two touch downs. Despite best efforts from the Devils, the London Blitz won the game and ended their season unbeaten.
This game was the end to my second season shooting with the Norwich Devil. I have learnt a lot about shooting American Football and tried to develop my own style. I particularly like filling the frame with an action shot of a player mid tackle or at full sprint. I think these shots transports the viewer right into the middle of the action. I'm also getting to know the game so I am able to preempt where the ball may be heading so I can get my lens pointing in the right direction.
My Canon 7D MII has held up well despite the variable weather conditions and having its shutter count rapidly increased with frequent 11 fps bursts. The camera is now sporting 4 year old technology which is still producing great shots and I don't plan to jump to a different camera for sports any time soon. However, I'm looking forward to seeing what the new Canon mirrorless camera can do.
With the season at an end, the Devils now face the playoffs. To be in the playoffs in their first season back in the National League is a testament to all of the hard work the team has put in to get the team to where it is today.
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