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23.04.19

One More

The tape, the boots and the beer.

Here’s one more image from last Thursday’s club between Alhambra Union and Southern. This one’s of Paul Tupai’s first of two tries he scored. Between him and and Mackenzie Haugh they scored five of Southern tries in their 45 – 19 defeat of Alhambra Union.

Further south at Kaitangata in the annual North and South  match the Northern side 33 – 26 over the Southern side to win the Caelib Edwards Memorial Cup.

Alhambra Union v Southern (18.04.19)Paul Tupai of Southern runs in to score a try during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Alhambra Union and Southern played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Thursday 18th April, 2019.  – Buy

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby - Pirates Premier 2 v Brighton Premier 2 - 12th June 2010
Action from the Premier 2 match between Pirates and Brighton played at Hancock Park, Dunedin, 12th June 2010. – Buy

Tape, boots and beer is a blog dedicated to grassroots rugby in New Zealand and the people involved. Through an ever evolving visual narrative, Tape, boots and beer portrays the daily and weekly happenings of the local club rugby scene in Dunedin and from around New Zealand. It’s a story about people, their love affair with rugby and the communities they come from.


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Arrowtown Frost

Have Some Things In Common?

There are these areas in Arrowtown that are covered in frost for most of the day during winter. Walking through parks or shaded areas on a frosty winter morning can be a really strange thing as you move quickly from areas of bright warm sun that heat relatively quickly to areas of shade that are still covered in frost with leaves that crunch under your feet like broken glass. The great thing about Arrowtown is that it has all sorts of paths and walkways to enjoy and they are just as nice in winter as they are in summer.

Have Some Things In Common?Have Some Things In Common? – Buy

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22.04.19

ISO

The tape, the boots and the beer.

Last Thursday was the first club game of the season where the light was really challenging. I didn’t realise how lucky I’d been with the weather up until Thursday. When I shoot, I tend to keep the shutter speed at or above 1/1000sec for rugby, generally speaking. So far this season the ISO setting’s have maxed out at between 1200 – 1600, but Thursday’s 4:00pm kick off meant my IS0 was sitting at 3200 at kick off and was reaching 6000 to 8000 by midway through the second half (that’s shoot at 4.5). The image quality can really start to drop off in those ranges under such limited lighting however those are the challenges when shooting outdoor sports in autumn and winter.

Alhambra Union v Southern (18.04.19)Levi Emery of Alhambra Union moves the ball wide during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Alhambra Union and Southern played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Thursday 18th April, 2019. – Buy

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby Semi Final - Alhambra Union v Pirates- 10th July 2010Part of the crowd during the Premier semi-final match between Alhambra Union and Pirates played at Carisbrook, Dunedin, 10th July 2010. – Buy

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Waikawa Bay

Resting by the past of tomorrow.

Waikawa Bay in Picton reminds me a lot of Halfmoon Bay in Stewart Island, only on a smaller scale. I think it’s the combination of the shape of the bay, the surrounding hills, the boats at anchor that drift with the tide but the similarities are far beyond physical. The casual, easy going nature of the people that past by and the relaxed feel of the small Picton Bay are hard not to enjoy. I spent a morning out in the water taking all kind of shots and watching the sun reflect in crazy ways between the boats.


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19.04.19

Cropping

The tape, the boots and the beer.

One image, two different crops for you to see. I thought I’d show you today how cropping can change an image. Really, all the cropping should be done in camera however in sports photography that’s rarely possible.  The image below is from a club match here in Dunedin yesterday. The second image is a tight crop of the player winning the lineout where as the first has a lot of unused place around the image. Which one you like comes down to personal preference and what you’re using the image for but it does show you how cropping an completely change an image.

 

Alhambra Union v Southern (18.04.19)Utu Tapueluelu of Alhambra Union wins a lineout during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Alhambra Union and Southern played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Thursday 18th April, 2019. – Buy

 

Alhambra Union v Southern (18.04.19)
Utu Tapueluelu of Alhambra Union wins a lineout during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Alhambra Union and Southern played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Thursday 18th April, 2019. – Buy

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby - Pirates v Alhambra Union - 12th June 2010
The ball is cleared from a lineout during a Premier match between Pirates and Alhambra Union played at Hancock Park, Dunedin, 12th June 2010. – Buy

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Queenstown Gardens

Be Thy Peace And Space

The pond in the Queenstown Gardens is marvellous when it’s covered in leaves. When I went there it had all sorts of colours surrounding it and reflecting off the water.  It’s a great place to have a stroll at lunchtime being only a few minutes walk from central Queenstown. It even has an 18 hole disc golf course.

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18.04.19 (Part 2)

Around The Grounds – Scores

Game Day.

A midweek round of rugby today before the long weekend hits. It was a case of low light and a high (ish – compared to what I’ve been using recently) ISO this afternoon at the North Ground where Southern defeated Alhambra Union 45 – 19. Across town Green Island had a 27 – 6 win over Dunedin, Kaikorai won 66 – 39 over Zingari Richmond and University won out at Peter Johnson Park 38 – 10.

Metro Competition
University defeated Taieri 38 – 10
Kaikorai defeated Zingari Richmond 66 – 39
Southern defeated Alhambra Union 45 – 19
Green Island defeated Dunedin 27 – 6

 

Alhambra Union v Southern (18.04.19)Sam Pene of Southern breaks a tackle during the Dunedin premier club rugby match between Alhambra Union and Southern played at the North Ground in Dunedin, on Thursday 18th April, 2019.  – Buy

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18.04.19 (Part 1)

Seniors

The tape, the boots and the beer.
I don’t often get to see matches from the Seniors grade anymore. Usually the matches are played at the same time as Premier games so it makes it hard to see them. Luckily, on Saturday at Kaitangata there was a Seniors game being played right beside a Premier game so I was able to keep an eye on it. I shot the first 15 minutes, then 10-15 minutes just after halftime. I’ve included a link below if you want to see the shots. For the record, Crescent won 34 – 24.

Images from GI Seniors v Crescent Seniors, right here. 

Crescent Seniors v Green Island Seniors (13.04.19)
The Crescent and Green Island Seniors played at the Crescent Rugby Grounds in Kaitangata, on Saturday 13th April, 2019. – Buy

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby - Taieri v Pirates - 17th April 2010
Pirates winger Jeremy Cave makes a run during a Premier match between Taieri and Pirates played at Peter Johnson Park, Dunedin, 17th April 2010. – Buy

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Historic Gold Miners Cottages

Till The Sun Does Descend

Following yesterday’s astounding autumn colours from Arrowtown and the Chinese Village by the Arrow River, here’s another autumn in Arrowtown image. Most of the images I see of the historic Gold Miners Cottages on the main street are fairly old, so I set out one day to create my own updated version. These cottages date back 140 years to the gold rush days and have been restored in the last years by the Department of Conservation.

 

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By The Arrow River

The Echoing Path

I’m not sure Central Otago and the Lakes District have a bad season. Summer and Winter are seasons of extremes and are completely unique while autumn is full of colour, as it is now. There are so many great reasons to visit Arrowtown and the colour of autumn is definitely one of them. If you get a chance to explore the Chinese Village by the Arrow River then the autumn leaves, trees and colours will astound you. I was lucky when I took this photo as it was a fairly still day, meaning the only blur I had to worry about was from other visitors. Sometimes blur and movement is okay in photos but on this particular occasion I wanted everything completely still.


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