THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.1.2012

1. Lloyd – Dedication To My Ex
2. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
3. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
4. Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
5. The Beatles – Taxman

Seeing as it was Burns Night this week, though i’d do a Top Five of songs by Scottish acts. Why not?

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
2. Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
3. Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
4. KT Tunstall – Black horse And The Cherry Tree
5. Del Amitri – Roll To Me

TOP FIVE BURNS

1= Aaron/Billy Joe
3. Gordon
4. Montgomery
5. Pete

And seeing as it was Australia Day this week, why not have a chart countdown of Australia’s finest songs?

Sadly, New Seekers aren’t Australian enough for this chart, so “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” isn’t on the chart.

I’m awaiting angry abuse from Jason Donovan fans for him being left out of this chart.

FIVE AUSTRALIAN SONGS

1. Stefan Dennis – Don’t It Make you Feel Good
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
3. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts
4. Mental As Anything – Live It Up
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly

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2010 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

Busy month, went to Edinburgh for a week for the Festival, taking in concerts by Doves and Duke Special (and various other comedy events) and then upon my return, Stereophonics at Belsonic, as well as the start of the Irish League season.

I also got a new camera, as a result of the one my had being damaged at Belsonic, although I was considering getting a new one, the decision was made for me.

One of the first times using it was to get some sunset photos, and for the next couple of weeks, it was a case of trial and error at various events, including my first night football match, where I got an excellent photo of Curtis Allen celebrating a goal at Newry.

My favourite photo of the month was Stephen Douglas waiting to take a throw-in at Dungannon, as the composition and framing just worked, as did the pure luck of it happening right in front of me.

That day, Linfield lost 2-1 to Dungannon Swifts, leaving them with only 1 point after 2 games.

Linfield’s form has improved since that day. Wether my photography has, you’ll have to wait for forthcoming blog posts.

Stereophonics Review

Stereophonics Photos

Duke Special Review

Duke Special Photos

Doves Review

Doves Photos

LINFIELD 0-0 BALLYMENA UNITED 7.8.2010

As the 0-0 scoreline would suggest, there isn’t really a lot to be written about this game.

Linfield had more of the possession, but never had the bounce of the ball.

Even when the ball ended up in the Ballymena net, the ref disallowed it under the rule of “The keeper’s on the ground, so it must have been a foul”, even though TV replays have yet to show what this ‘foul’ was.

Stuck in the South Stand to accomodate Ballymena fans in The Kop due to maintenence in the North Stand, it was always going to beh ard to get half-decent photographs.

I did try.

Hopefully, next week at Dungannon will see a better result and some better photos.

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FOUR FOUR TWO PHOTO COMPETITION

Whilst browsing through the current edition of Four Four Two, I saw an advert for a football photography competition being sponsored by the magazine.

Now, I like football, and I like photography, so entering this is a bit of a no-brainer.

The competition is divided into two categories, so i’ll be entering the amateur competition.

I had some photos lined up in mind, but a quick look at the rules saw that photographs had to have been taken between August 2009 and July 2010, which will rule out some photos I had in mind.

I’m going to put some photos forward and ask for feedback before deciding which pictures to enter. Unsurprisingly, most of these photos will be from Linfield matches.

The first photo is from a pre-season friendly between Dunmurry Young Men and Linfield.

The venue was pretty basic, but the closesness to the pitch and the late evening light (If I remember correctly, the kick-off was 7pm, in order to get the game finished before nightfall) was a great opportunity for amateur photography, especially as the game was a routine victory for Linfield with Paul Munster’s 4 goal haul being overshadowed by a serious injury to Curtis Allen.

The season (falsely) started at Coleraine the following weekened. The traffic heading to Coleraine that day was so bad I only made it into the ground at 3.40pm.

At 3.20pm, being stuck in a trafficjam somewhere in Rasharkin and hearing that Coleraine had just went 2-0 up, the temptation to try and turn around and head home was there.

Coleraine is a ground which is friendly to amateur photographers, and I managed to get one of an attentive crowd and pitchside photographer training their eyes on the action taking place on the pitch.

In September, I attended the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford, and managed to blag myself some pitchside seats, which was a great assistance for amateur photography.

The first photo from that day was taken pre-match, as United fans unfurled a banner parodying a billboard unveiled by City to commemorate the signing of Carlos Tevez.

The second photo came right at the end, as United players and fans celebrate Michael Owen’s 90th minute winner

There’s just something about the photo which makes it great, that you can see the emotion of what victory means on Derby Day.

Moving on to the biggest derby in world football, I managed to get one well composed of a photographer getting a photo of Linfield players celebrating Mark Miskimmin’s goal against Glentoran.

November saw Linfield make trips to Newry, Portadown and Dungannon. Of the photos that were taken at these three games, my favourite was the one of Billy Joe Burns and Michael Gault battling for possession against Dungannon Swifts at a fog-covered Stangmore Park.

Come January, incliment weather meant that the Irish League was now having a Bundesliga style winter break.

I made the most of the weather to get some photos of Windsor Park covered in snow, a shot I had always been wanting to get.

Come April, the weather had improved and so had Linfield’s results. I headed to Dublin for a weekend for the Setanta Cup Semi-final against Bohemians, taking in St Patrick’s Athletic v Sporting Fingal as well.

My final favourite photo of the season came after the match against Cliftonville when Linfield clinched the title.

Phil Lowry is being interviewed by a radio reporter, and the floodlights and the composition just works for me.

Thanks for having a wee look through my photo journey of the 2009-2010 season, feel free to offer feedback and vote for which photo(s) I should enter.