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Last weekend I was invited by Joanne Poole to photograph her 18th Birthday Party. It was a whole lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed photographing the event. I ended up with around 200 photographs that documented the event. I took wide angle photos for “context”, telephoto shots of people enjoying themselves and “detail” shots of the tables etc…

The stars and Happy Birthday wishes spread out across the surface of the tables.

Joanne Poole. Happy Birthday! 😉

Joanne with her friend...

The birthday cake...

Joanne welcoming her friends to the party.

The guys enjoying the beer...

One of Joanne's friends.

I took many shots like this of people enjoying themselves.

Joanne with her boyfriend Kevin.

Everybody cheering for Joanne before she got her cake...

The girls...

Another one of the girls...

Joanne is a very successful Arm Wrestler in the UK and has won numerous competitions! Joanne is 13 x British Champion winner (Junior & Senior Together), 2x International Champion, 2x European Silver Medalist and World Bronze Medalist. Truly an amazing achievement by the age of 18. You can follow Joanne here (link).

I’ve photographed Joanne a few times before and below are a small collection of those images.

I took this back in early 2009. Key flash through an umbrella and the 2nd flash with gobo lighting the wall.

High key shot of Joanne .

Its easy to see why Joanne has won so many competitions! 😉

Joanne arm wrestling with her father, Richard Poole.

This was taken in the summer of 2008. That is definitely a competition face!

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Today I decided to try again and practice shooting basket ball. It is difficult to capture the action shots with the ball in frame. The ball moves around the court a lot faster than you imagine! I’ve also hit the 50,000 frame count on my camera! Another 50,000 and I’ll have to send my camera in for servicing…

ISO 200, 1/1250 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/800 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/800 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/3200 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

Today's sunset. I took this while sitting on a nice comfortable chair and having a foot massage on a balcony. ISO 250, 1/60 sec, F22, Manual Mode, roughly -1EV on the camera's exposure meter.

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Day 55 – Kite Boarding

Before I went to the Miss Earth event, I popped down to Bolabog beach to do some more practice in shooting sports action. I do feel I’m improving which I hope this next batch of images show. My framing is getting better. I’m anticipating when to shoot is getting better. And the focusing technique I learnt from my cousin Barry is getting better also…

ISO 400, 1/1000 sec, F3.5, 200mm, +0.7 EV.

ISO 400, 1/1250 sec, F3.5, 200mm, +0.7 EV.

I love this frame! I found out who this guy was today. His name is Ken at Free Style Kite Boarding.

I love the way he's just hanging on waiting to eventually come down to the water.

I met this person today (Day 57). She's letting the air out of her kite in this photo.

ISO 320, 1/1600 sec, F2.8, 200mm, +0.7 EV.

My last frame of the shoot...

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Well today… I decided to use the action sports photography techniques that my cousin Barry taught me in Melbourne. Boracay is a major place for kite boarding and wind surfing. The Bolabog beach is perfect because the beach is shallow for a long way out. This means that if you fall off, you can easily get back on.

This is pretty much my first attempt at this sort of photography… so it was more of a practice session and inspect the images afterwards. Sports photography is quite hard and the pros make it look so easy! There’s a lot that you need to look out for and framing is extremely important!

I noticed that the reflections of the water were quite strong and I decided to use my polarising filter to remove the reflections. Wow! You can really see the colour of the water in some of these images!

Let’s have a look then eh…

Bolabog beach full of kite surfing gear!

ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, F2.8.

ISO 200, 1/1250 sec, F2.8.

ISO 200, 1/1600 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3 EV.

ISO 200, 1/1250 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

ISO 250, 1/1600 sec, F3.5, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

ISO 250, 1/1000 sec, F3.5, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

ISO 250, 1/800 sec, F3.5, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

ISO 250, 1/800 sec, F3.5, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

ISO 250, 1/1000 sec, F4, Aperture Priority, +0.7 EV.

I then wondered over the White Beach... Photo to the left...

Photo to the right...

Just look at how the polarising filter brings that colour out!

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