2013 Australian MotoGP

A bit late but here are a few pics from last week’s Australian Moto Gp in Phillip Island.

A few more pics on my website (link at the bottom of the page)

Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Marc Marquez leaves the pits during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo leaves the pits during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Photographers at the top of Lukey Heights
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 : Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
20 October 2013 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) riding for the Yamaha Factory Racing during free practice on Race day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Riders descend lukey heights
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Moto 2 riders descend down Lukey Heights
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
19 October 2013 :Marcel Schrotter during the Qualifying day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
Gino Rea leads, Simone Corsi, Mika Kallio
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
20 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Dani Pedrosa (SPA) & Valentino Rossi (ITA) spray champagne on the podium during Race day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Australian Moto GP
20 October 2013 : Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) riding for the Yamaha Factory Racing hugs his trophy after winning during Race day of the round 16 2013 Tissot Australian Moto GP at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Victoria, Australia

More pics on my website
http://abrfoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/2013-Australian-Moto-GP/G0000SfZveDNY3F4/C0000TGXd2anGZXM

One of my photos in the April issue of National Geographic Traveller magazine (UK)

Every month i go through my Royalty statements to see where my work goes, how its used & in what countries its used. Turns out i had a photo used in National Geographic Traveller  magazine (UK) April edition.

National Geographic Traveller April edition (UK)
National Geographic Traveller April edition (UK)

This particular photo taken in Sri Lanka, is of a group of women at sweet/general shop in one of the many little alleyways of the inner Colombo suburb of Pettah. I have placed a tear-sheet of the article below.

Women at a sweet store in Pettah by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Women at a sweet store in Pettah

Lonely Planets : ‘Best in travel 2013’ book

Lonely Planet Best in travel 2013 book at Dymocks
Lonely Planet Best in travel 2013 book at Dymocks

 

While killing some time i walked into a bookshop (yes, they still exist) & came across the usual Lonely planet collection of books & noticed the ‘Best in travel 2013’ book. I knew my work was used in some of the marketing material during the release of the book but didnt think they would use any in the print but they did.
They choose to go with one of my images from the Nawam Maha Perahera in Colombo outside the Gangaramaya Temple near the picturesque Beira Lake.

Kandyan themed drummers walking towards Gangaramaya Temple.
Kandyan themed drummers walking towards Gangaramaya Temple.

So there you go, killing time proved to be useful for once.

Named as one of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers

Just picked up a copy of Australia’s top-selling Pro Photography magazine ‘Capture’ to see that i have been named amongst ‘Australia’s Best Emerging Photographers’ in the Sports Photography category.

Congrats to all the winners in all the categories, some amazing work by this countries top emerging photographers.

Australia's Top Emerging Photographers
Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers

Digging through the archive : Shooting from the scoreboard at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

This post was originally posted on my column over on Island Cricket

Shooting from the Pallekelle Scoreboard

If there is one thing I dislike about covering cricket, it’s the stationary nature of the assignment. Occasionally, photographers do move around, but if you work for a newswire service, as I do, you’re generally stuck at your makeshift desk shooting, editing and uploading your shots.

During the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eight match between the West Indies and New Zealand in Pallekelle, I chose to divert from the norm, and head elsewhere for a change. With the sun setting behind the picturesque Hunnasgiriya mountain range, I decided to venture up the scoreboard for a wide-angle shot of the ground and the sunset.

Scoreboard attendant looks out of the scoreboard

After opening the front door to the scoreboard, you’re confronted by a narrow set of stairs. As I head up, I come across large narrow rooms. On each floor are scoreboard attendants manually inserting numbers, names and moving a big wheel with numbers on it.

I would compare a manual scoreboard to an office building. Instead of the accounts department on the third floor, you have the ‘extras and bowling figures’ department. On the fourth, fifth and sixth floors are the attendants in charge of the batsmen’s names, and up at the very top is the total score.

Once I had taken the sunset shot that I was after, I hung around for a little while longer to take photos of the young chaps hard at work. The oversized signs, numbers and the ingenious mechanics of it all were intriguing.

Utilising a PA system inside the scoreboard, the attendants follow the instructions of the scorekeeper in a meticulous manner. Each attendant is in charge of a section of the board — overs, players’ names, runs, fall of wicket ect. This army of local lads from Kandy were at first shocked to see a photographer inside the scoreboard taking photos of them, and not of the match. They wanted to take a few shots with my camera. In return, I got to be a scoreboard attendant rotating the big wheel.

 
Scoreboard attendant pushes the scoring wheel

When you consider the manpower required for the whole operation, you begin to understand why many traditional scoreboards around the world have been demolished. I would imagine that the accounts department would deem it not so cost-effective. In an age of spider cams, hawk-eye and mammoth electronic scoreboards, it’s nice to see all the Sri Lankan Test venues still using the humble, yet iconic manually-operated scoreboards.

Two scoreboard attendants look out of the scoreboard