February was a month of travelling, and thankfully, the pictures reflect that.
At the start of the month, I headed to Barcelona for a quick break, and absolutely loved it.
It’s a fantastic city worth visiting, with some fantastic Street Art and sights which is a dream for amateur photography.
Managed to get a ticket for the match at the Nou Camp against Atletico Madrid, where despite being in the second tier of the stand, I managed to get some fantastic shots of a fantastic stadium.
Almost as soon as I got home from Barcelona, I was Dublin bound to see Northern Ireland take on Scotland, in the newly built Aviva Stadium which is kind for amateur photography, even though some of the seats have shocking views.
Later in the month, I managed to see Imelda May perform at the Oh Yeah Centre for a TV show, where I managed to get into a good position for shots.
Apologies for the crap headline, but it was fated against me.
I’d hoped for “Newry to Nou Camp” but didn’t have any pictures from Newry on the list. For the same reason, “Ballymena to Barcelona” was canned.
Hope you enjoyed my month by month round-up of the football season just past, so I just thought i’d create a shortlist of my favourites, and allow people to vote in them.
I did something similar last season, and the winner was a picture of Windsor Park in the snow, while a picture of Michael Owen celebrating a goal came in second.
There a no pictures of snow or Michael Owen in this compilation, so enjoy, and feel free to vote.
For what it’s worth, my two main favourites are the pictures of Steven Douglas and Jim Ervin. It’s not that I have a throw-in fetish, but the composition just works.
Douglas at Dungannon
This came on the second Saturday of the Irish League season. Dungannon is a ground which is friendly to amateur photographers, so I was hopeful of getting a good shot.
Linfield got a throw where I was based, and play was stopped as a Dungannon player required treatment for an injury.
As Douglas waited, I siezed the opportunity to make the most of the framing, and this was the result.
Technically speaking, it’s not the greatest photo ever taken, but it’s just the emotion of it and people’s reaction which makes my love it.
This is what it feels when United score against Liverpool
Seaview Corner Flag
Got a similar photo at Richmond Park last season, so took the opportunity during a break in play at a game at Seaview to try likewise.
Again, I love the composition.
Linfield, 2-1 down and chasing an equaliser, have a corner kick late on. I was quite close to the pitch and the composition just worked.
It was actually a productive phototaking day for me, pity about the result.
January saw me visit Solitude for the first time. At half-time, I went around these new surroundings to get photos, and saw this queue, which was composed beautifully with the fog in the background, and it just worked.
Like Solitude, I visited the Nou Camp for the first time this season, and went snap happy.
This was my favourite of all the portrait shots I took.
A few days after Barcelona, I was in Dublin for the Northern Ireland match against Scotland.
Aviva Stadium is kind to amateur photography, even if some of the views are dreadful.
The only attacking action I saw in front of me was when Scotland were on the attack in the first-half, where I took the opportunity to snap Charlie Adam as he took a corner.
Tension builds as Northern Ireland have a free-kick against Slovenia in a Euro 2012 Qualifier.
For me, the composition just works.
Jim Ervin Throw
A frustrating evening of phototaking but the right result, the opposite of my previous visit.
I just love this photo of Jim Ervin.
Using people as props, I managed to snap Linfield fans watching their team’s match against Glentoran at The Oval.
Depressingly, it also shows the low attendance by this fixture’s standards that day.