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A spectator's viewpoint.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 23 October 2010 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

Part of a 16 picture photo-story of the South Shields vs Penrith football match held at Filtrona Park on Saturday 25th September 2010.

South Shields has had a football team since around 1889 and they used to be in the Second Division of the Football League, in 1926 they finished higher in the division than Manchester United. Times changed, and relegations followed relegations, until eventually the club fell out of the League and two migrations to Gateshead ensued. "The Mariners" now play at Filtrona Park in South Shields competing in the Northern League Division One since 2008.

Non League football really represents the grass roots of the game in the UK, it is played for pride and passion and not for money, these lads all have a job to go to tomorrow! Budgets are tight to non existent with family, friends, and neighbours all playing a part in keeping clubs running, I hope this series of pictures inspires people to get out and support their local sportsmen and women wherever you are, now and then the big rich clubs can manage without you!

I hope you have all enjoyed this photo-story and I'd like to thank Gary Crutwell and Phil Reay, as well as other club officials and supporters for allowing me unfettered access to all parts of the ground during the match, which saw South Shields run out eventual winners against Penrith by three goals to one!

PENTAX K100D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 400 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great processing to add to an impressive depth of field. I like the inclusion of the linesman; he's an ever present point of reference in any game!

23 Oct 2010 5:46am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Great DOF and processing!

23 Oct 2010 6:38am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The title says it all!

23 Oct 2010 7:02am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Brilliant DOF!

23 Oct 2010 9:18am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Great portrait. Perfect depth of field

23 Oct 2010 9:54am

Dave Hill from Nether Langwith, United Kingdom

Great capture. Love the DOF

23 Oct 2010 10:12am

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

My eyes keep going around the picture, this is a winner!

23 Oct 2010 10:16am

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Cool DoF here Curly.

23 Oct 2010 10:36am

k@ from Paris, France

I like the way you framed and focused the scene A LOT.

23 Oct 2010 10:54am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

good shot :)

23 Oct 2010 11:22am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Ils sont attentifs

Bonne journée

23 Oct 2010 11:26am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great expressions ,Lovely Dof...Nicely spotted.

23 Oct 2010 1:31pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

The perfect guy to set the focus on, Curly.

23 Oct 2010 1:42pm

Mici from Toronto, Canada

You were able to do this with f5.6 , amazing, great work

23 Oct 2010 2:17pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

This series has really inspired me. I am looking out for local fixtures as I type !

23 Oct 2010 2:29pm

@Bonvilston: Well done, get out and really enjoy a game!

Yvon from Orleans, France

Excellent capture

23 Oct 2010 4:01pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent 5****

23 Oct 2010 4:21pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great face of someone absorbed in what is looking ... borrosso whole environment ... he is the center of power of this great composition! Best regards, Adela

23 Oct 2010 4:38pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Très interressant ces visages avec ce flou derrière !!
Bien vu !!

23 Oct 2010 5:25pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

haha..great one

23 Oct 2010 6:56pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

5 Stars for this one....EXCELLENT !!!

23 Oct 2010 7:07pm

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

great DOF - very interesting to view~

23 Oct 2010 7:58pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A great shot, and I like how you've isolated the spectator, good work.

23 Oct 2010 9:13pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

great shot, very creative !!

23 Oct 2010 10:12pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice one

23 Oct 2010 10:41pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Great DOF!!

24 Oct 2010 2:33am

Pamela S. Fann from Seoul, South Korea

i like your vision and the tonal range as well. charming piece.

24 Oct 2010 4:53am

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

we feel the concentration at a decisive moment of a match.

24 Oct 2010 6:28pm

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Good isolation of the spectator!

24 Oct 2010 8:02pm

Naren from Jamshedpur, India

Awesome focus. Brings out the emotion really well!

11 Nov 2010 1:01pm

1/250 second
ISO 400
450 mm (35mm equiv.)