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.
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.
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.
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.
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.