RANGSIT, THAILAND: Last Saturday, September 8, 2012, the Siamerican Wanderer was up in/around the Thai capital to do some reporting for the Phuket Gazette.
One of his assignments was to cover (and enjoy) a Thai Yamaha One league (Division 1) football or soccer match between Airforce United and Phuket FC, of which the former, the home team, was victorious by a score of 3-0.
The match was played in front of about 531 fans at North Bangkok (North Krungthep) University’s Rangsit Campus stadium.
For such match reports, published online and in a weekly newspaper (see link below), the Siamerican usually can rely on professional photographers to supply photographs, but due to logistic and budget restraints, this was not possible for last week’s match. So this time, he would try his own amateurish skills with the most basic of a modern and cheap digital camera.
Following are some images taken using a basic, 10 megapixel, 4x optical zoon, point-and-shoot Canon camera with optimal, moving-target, rapid-shoot settings used. The pictures were taken from the stands, near the sidelines, and since the match was played before sunset, between 4pm and 6.30pm, lighting wasn’t too much of an issue.
As you can see, the photos are decent considering what he was using, though ofcourse small point and shoot cameras are no substitute if one is concerned about photo noise for such high speed, relatively distant subjects. It goes to show, however, that photography isn’t necessarily about having the most expensive, top of the line camera, with super wide angle lense, etc., as some would like to believe.
Capturing the moment can be achieved with the optimal settings, lighting and positioning, and it is possible to get good pictures for the internet and print newspaper of even difficult sports subject, without spending a fortune, especially in today’s age.
Though, this is not to say that top-of-the-line photography, i.e. for billboards, gloss magazines, or action night and indoor photos etc can always optimally be done with basic point-and-shoots. Nonetheless, at the rate technology is advancing, it won’t be long before these big bulky and expensive SLR cameras and their lenses are unnecessary altogehter.
For a full report of the match, see this report on Phuket Gazette
The following photos have been cropped to 400 pixel widths, Click the thumbnails for a better view.