2 world champions, 1 wind tunnel & 10 minutes

Recently, Cycling Australia & the Australian Institute of Sport made use of Monash University’s Wind Tunnel facility for aerodynamics testing.

World Champion cyclists Matthew Glaetzer (2012 Team Sprint World Champion) and Anna Meares (4x World Champion & Olympic Gold Medallist) were present to test their carbon fibre track weapons.

As this was a private test session and not a media call, I only had access to shoot each rider for 5 minutes each.

A big thankyou to Monash University, Cycling Australia & the riders for the opportunity.

Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
World Champion track cyclist and olympic Gold Medalist Anna Meares conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
World Champion track cyclist and olympic Gold Medalist Anna Meares conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
World Champion track cyclist and olympic Gold Medalist Anna Meares conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
World Champion track cyclist and olympic Gold Medalist Anna Meares conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer conducts a wind test inside the Monash University Wind Tunnel Facility. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix Melbourne

I only found out I was covering the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix three days out from the race. Covering my hometown race for the first time (finally) with little preparation I didn’t have much time to get acquainted with that F1 Paddock lifestyle, instead it was early morning starts & very late finishes.

Considering I’ve driven along the track hundreds of times, I still needed to re-familiarise myself with the track & figure the best angles to shoot from & where the sun would hit at certain times. My ‘Home ground advantage’ counted for little when the whole course is basically fenced like a birdcage.
Unashamedly I spent hours on Thursday night going through archives of Melbourne f1 photos, looking to see what works & what doesn’t. Even though Formula 1 isn’t a sport I specialise in I’m always looking at the work of f1 photographers as inspiration for my own work. Their composition & use of available light is unique when compared to most sports & a lot can be learnt from their work.

Below are a few of my selects from the weekend, now it’s back to covering this never ending Cricket World Cup.

MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Felipe Massa (BRA) #19 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Felipe Massa (BRA) #19 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sergio Perez (MEX) #11 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sergio Perez (MEX) #11 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Valtteri Bottas (FIN) #77 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Valtteri Bottas (FIN) #77 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Sparks fly out of  Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull as Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) #7 from the Scuderia Ferrari team approach turn 3  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Sparks fly out of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull as Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) #7 from the Scuderia Ferrari team approach turn 3 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo enters the first corner on lap 1 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo enters the first corner on lap 1 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14 : Romain Grosjean (FRA) #8 from the Lotus F1 Team during the Saturday Free Practice 3 session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14 : Romain Grosjean (FRA) #8 from the Lotus F1 Team during the Saturday Free Practice 3 session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Qualifying session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Qualifying session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : 2nd Place driver Nico Rosberg shakes hands with 3rd place Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : 2nd Place driver Nico Rosberg shakes hands with 3rd place Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : 1st Place Lewis Hamilton Sprays champagne on the podim at the conclusion of the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : 1st Place Lewis Hamilton Sprays champagne on the podim at the conclusion of the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger shouts 'I'll Be Back" during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger shouts ‘I’ll Be Back” during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

International Test Rugby Australia v France Game 2

Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yaonn Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Yoann Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins and Yaonn Huget while challenging for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Nick Cummins (right) and Yoann Huget (left) both challenge for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Mathieu Bastareaud of france tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mathieu Bastareaud of France tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Isreal Folau of the Wallabies gets tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of France during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

 

By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Follow me on Google+

Throwback Thursday : Farewell Lucas Neill

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announced this week that (former) Socceroos captain Lucas Neill wouldn’t be in the World Cup squad for this years World Cup In Brazil.
It wasn’t really a surprise, Neill has been in questionable form for a while and has struggled to find a respectable club let alone playing time. He was one of the last standing of the ‘golden generation’ and in the opinion of many, Australia’s best football captain. His socceroo career whilst not officially over but inevitably so, Neill’s contribution to Australian football has been immense, it would be a real shame if he didnt get a proper send off in the green & gold.

Below are two photos from one of his last matches during the World Cup Qualifier against Jordan, in which Neill scored in the 85th minute.
The photo below of Neill walking down the tunnel being congratulated by David Gallop is a personal favourite. This win by the Socceroos was a massive relief for the whole of Football Australia, a loss or even a draw would have put the Socceroos in a very precarious position, potentially seeing the Socceroos not qualify at all. The 4-0 win meant the Socceroos were just one win away from Brazil, much to the relief of David Gallop and the F.F.A Bank balance.

Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Ashes : 5th Test Sydney Australia Vs England

The last Test of what has been a humiliating tour for the English, foolishly i booked my stay for 5 days…
For those curious Qantas charge $70 for a flight change.

General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading 'Whats your plan B' during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading ‘Whats your plan B’ during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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