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Civilian
Spectacular
Prime
Athletes
Makes
Balls
Pass
Run!
Awaits
Warned

Civilian

My entry for 'The Word of the Week Competition' with Nick Cox (http://500px.com/NickCox) and John Cox (http://500px.com/JohnCox). The word was "Civilian" Another shot from our day at the Olympics. We got into the stadium very early and were able to see the "civilians" (aka GamesMakers and Omega timing team) setting everything up for the day The Word of the Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the top headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday.

Spectacular

My entry for 'The Word of the Week Competition' with Nick Cox (http://500px.com/NickCox) and John Cox (http://500px.com/JohnCox). The word was "Spectacular", and so another chance to use one of the shots from our day in the Olympic Park. These black boxes were attached to EVERY seat in the stadium, and are what helped to great the light images in Danny Boyle's Spectacular opening ceremony. Each box has a grid of 16 (i think) LED lights...so with 70,000+ seats, I suspect the programming task was rather "interesting" and making sure each one worked was slightly more challenging than checking the lights on your xmas tree each year! The Word of the Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the top headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday.

Prime

My entry for 'The Word of the Week Competition' with Nick Cox (http://500px.com/NickCox) and John Cox (http://500px.com/JohnCox). This week's word was "Prime", and a chance to use a photo taken at the Olympics this week...something that I suspect will be a theme of Word Of The Week submissions for some time :-) As the 4x400 Men's relay heat was setting up, one of the official press photographers (from Sports Illustrated if the writing on the lens hood is correct) lined himself up in prime position at the side of the track ...with the stunning Canon ef400m f2.8L II prime lens if i'm not mistaken! The Word of the Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the top headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday.

Athletes

This week's Word of the Week Competition with Nick Cox (http://500px.com/NickCox) and John Cox (http://500px.com/JohnCox). We're all getting a little behind on the weekly competition....but here's mine from 2 weeks ago, for "Athletes" Again taken from the Sheffield park run a few weeks back The Word of the Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the top headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday.

Makes

This week's Word of the Week Competition with Nick Cox (http://500px.com/NickCox) and John Cox (http://500px.com/JohnCox). The word this week was "Makes", and this is a shot of my fiancee as she makes it across the finish line of the weekly Sheffield 5k park run. It's a little unfair to say "as she makes it..." as it suggests it was a struggle for her, which is far from the case as she is stupidly fit and is sub-23 minutes on only her 3rd week of doing it (2 times in Norwich, and this one in Sheffield whilst we caught up with my other non-WOTW competitor brother James, his wife Lucy, and our new niece Mary) She'll also hate having her photo up on the WOTW challenge (her second unwitting entry - see "jobs")...so if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why!! The Word of the Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the top headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday.

Balls

The Word Of The Week competition with Nick Cox (500px.com/nickcox) entry for this week. Balls was the word, so a "tribute" to my local Premier League team Norwich City Shot through the window of the club shop on Carrow Road. The Word Of The Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the first headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday...with 8 hours to go before next week's is chosen, we currently have "Council"... let's see if it's still there in the morning

Pass

After a long holiday hiatus, the Word of the Week Competition with Nick Cox (http://500px.com/digitalsights) is back. The word this week was "Pass". So I started the week with the intention of NOT posting another American Football shot, as there were so many options for taking a photo relating to the word. However as the week went on I think I had too many options in my mind, but never focussed on going and taking the shots. So when Saturday came, and I was ready to go and take the shot i'd settled on....the heavens opened, and it wasn't a photo that would have worked in the rain. Never mind I thought, i'll go to the UEA Pirates game on Sunday and get some great passing shots....unfortunately they had a real tough derby game with the Essex Blades, and basically ran the whole match (i.e hardly any passing). So...and yep that pre-amble was all me getting my excuse ready...here's a shot from a few weeks back at another UEA Pirates game. I actually had missed this one in my previous review of the shots I took. Not great, but at least 2 weeks in, and 2 photos done. Hoping next week proves more fruitful The Word of the Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the top headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday.

Run!

Whilst 500px.com/nickcox and I are catching up on the Word Of The Week backlog, I realised there were a few shots that I'd taken recently but done nothing with. Given it's the NFL playoff's, I thought i'd use that as an excuse to post this (and maybe a few others!) The UEA Pirates play at home again the weekend after the Superbowl, so I'm sure there will be more pictures after that, especially now I have the 100-400L lens!

Awaits

The Word Of The Week competition with Nick Cox (500px.com/nickcox) entry for this week "Awaits" was the word and I've now realised I can do almost every word so far using a shot from a local UEA Pirates match! This one was from this week's game against the Hertfordshire Hurricanes...who, even to my uneducated eye, are an awesome team. The final score was 53-15 to the 'canes (as I now call them). I kinda liked this shot it as it showed the ref awaiting blowing his whistle, and the 'canes number 82 awaiting both the catch and the inevitable tackle. Given how the game went, I suspect most of the crowd were also awaiting the subsequent touch-down from number 82's successful catch. I, however, would probably have missed this, as I have to admit to not seeing most of the game due to some serious "camera gear envy". The 'canes official photographer was sporting two Canon bodies, a 500m Canon L prime lens (or longer) on a monopod, and most impressively...knee pads. Having reviewed my finances, i've decided that the knee pads are my next purchase. The Word Of The Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the first headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday

Warned

The Word Of The Week competition with Nick Cox (500px.com/nickcox) entry for this week....ok last week, we're both getting a little slack "Warned" was the word (not that Nick thought that!) and here's a shot from the several hundred I took at the local UEA Pirates match last Sunday. No, I haven't moved to the US to join Nick. The UEA Pirates are the local (in the UK) University's American Football team. Having been getting more into the sport recently, my friend Joe (who knows the Head Coach you know...) and I headed out to watch the first game of the season..."we" won 20-14 against Brighton Tsunami...no comments on the names please. Many better shots were taken, and will be duly posted, but this was the only decent one involving the ref and the flag being thrown-down, which was what I was trying to get for "warned" This was also my first proper attempt at sports photography and, whilst it doesn't come across in this shot, I learnt a hell of a lot relating to action/speed shots...including not getting scared when you see a bundle of large men crashing into you through the viewfinder (Hint: You've zoomed in...they're still quite a way away...) Anyway...we're off to the next home game this weekend too...so a chance to improve my skills The Word Of The Week is decided by the first (usable) word in the first headline on the BBC News page at 8am (GMT) on a Monday