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Grow­ing up in Ber­muda gave Guilden M Gil­bert Jr a pen­chant for foot­ball and cricket, which in­spires his love of shoot­ing all man­ner of sports to­day

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A Ber­muda-based reader shows off his mem­o­rable series of sporty shots of cricket, foot­ball and ath­let­ics

My par­ents tell me I took an in­ter­est in cam­eras at a very early age, but my pas­sion truly be­gan back in 1981, as a 14-year-old, where I elected for pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards.

We shot and de­vel­oped black-and-white film, print­ing the im­ages in the dark­room. See­ing the pho­to­graphs ap­pear in the print de­vel­op­ment process helped to get me hooked on this hobby. I bought an SLR and ran through be­tween eight and 10 rolls of film a week, that was when I re­ally learned pho­tog­ra­phy.

Since then my cam­era gear has changed a lot, and for these im­ages gear was def­i­nitely im­por­tant. I needed reach, fill­ing the frame be­ing a key rea­son these im­ages work.

Shoot­ing un­der sta­dium lights re­quires a sen­sor that can han­dle high ISO and pro­vide great image qual­ity – sta­di­ums are darker than peo­ple think.

Grow­ing up in Ber­muda I played and loved two sports, cricket and foot­ball. I cap­tured the cricket photo dur­ing the An­nual Cup Match Clas­sic in Ber­muda [1]. This is played be­tween two Ber­mu­dian cricket clubs – St. Ge­orge’s and Som­er­set – and is a cel­e­bra­tion of eman­ci­pa­tion (the abo­li­tion of slav­ery). This year (2018) was the 117th edi­tion.

Pho­tograph­ing cricket re­quires pa­tience and tim­ing; some­times you can al­most sense that a wicket is about to fall and you pre­pare for it. My per­sonal pref­er­ence, when shoot­ing a sport like cricket, is to en­sure that the ball gets in­cluded in the shot.

But I don’t just shoot ball games. This is Amer­i­can

sprinter Dez­erea Bryant com­ing out of the blocks in the 4x100mm Re­lay dur­ing the IAAF World Re­lays event in Nas­sau, Ba­hamas, April 2017 [2]. I wanted to cap­ture the ex­plo­sive power of a sprinter launch­ing out of the blocks, so I needed a shut­ter speed of 1/800 sec to freeze her mo­tion.

Fast shut­ter speeds are im­por­tant for cap­tur­ing mo­ments of time. Take this shot of a Trinidad and Tobago beach foot­ball player dur­ing the CON­CA­CAF Beach Foot­ball World Cup Qual­i­fiers, for ex­am­ple [3]. A sport like beach foot­ball is dif­fi­cult to shoot be­cause it is such a fast-paced game in such a small space. The ball moves from one end of the field to the other quickly. There’s al­ways ac­tion, which can cause one to ‘spray and pray’. But, watch­ing the game closely, these scis­sor kicks are com­mon and one can start to read the in­tent of the player.

Speak­ing of in­tent of the player, you’re never sure where each ath­lete is go­ing to end up. This image is very spe­cial to me be­cause of my love of foot­ball [4]. It was taken at an ex­hi­bi­tion game held in the Ba­hamas, be­tween Tot­ten­ham and Ja­maica at the T.A. Robin­son Na­tional Sta­dium. It was the year Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid and I be­lieve this may have been one of the last im­ages of him in Tot­ten­ham kit.

1 Bowled Nikon D500, 200400mm f/4, 1/640 sec, f/4.5, ISO400 2 Out of the blocks Nikon D3S, 300mm f/2.8 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO4000 3 Trig­ger cocked Nikon D3S, 200-400mm f/4, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO400

4 Gareth Bale Nikon D700, 300mm f/2.8, 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO1000

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