Friday, 29th March 2019 — Singapore National Stadium
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As a photographer, I’m pretty much always ready to pick up my bag and head out to shoot something. I keep my workhorse cameras, lens, batteries, and cards packed and ready to go in a backpack. I make sure the cameras and lenses are clean, the batteries hold full charges, and the cards are clear of the last gig’s media. This means charging the batteries after every single shoot regardless of how much they were used – even if, say, a battery has 70% charge, I’ll top it up to 100%. It also means taking good care of my lenses, cleaning them with air, cloth, and cleaning fluid. Lastly, while I do have a third, extra XQD card, and while all my cards are 128 GB (big enough for several thousand images), I do make it a point to transfer and backup all the data in my cards as soon as possible. Usually, this means the same evening or night as the event.
National school’s track and field was the biggest opportunity I’ve had to take photos so far, this year. I’ve done a couple concerts, and those have been exciting, but they most certainly could not compare to the experience of shooting on-field in the National Stadium.
For starters, National Schools’ track was the first event I’ve shot for that strictly required a photo pass. I’m holding it up in the cover picture. This year’s track and field competitions ran over the month of March. Most days, the races ran at Chua Chu Kang stadium. I technically needed a media pass to get trackside there as well, but the officials were less strict about it.
At the National Stadium, they wouldn’t let me into the stands with my camera gear without the photographer pass, let alone trackside. Here are some photos from Thursday’s (28/03) races.
I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the security officers on duty. He told me than he and his colleagues would be tied up in their duties all the way till seven or eight in the evening. Suddenly, being able to leave at 4 P.M. seemed a lot more of a privilege to me. I got home on Thursday and immediately started editing photos. I had everything edited and captioned by the evening. Some sports are an absolute pain in the ass to caption, especially those where the players’ [jersey] numbers are printed in small font, on only one side, or sometimes not at all. Because their numbers are the only way I can identify them and name them in the caption, sports where these numbers are missing pose a significant threat to sleep… if you get my meaning. Track and field is a pleasure to caption; every participant has their number literally plastered to their chest.
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