November 2, 2009

Australian cricket

Adam's eyes

Hamish Blair
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This is one of my favourite cricket photographs. Australia had just won the Nagpur Test which gave them an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series. Ricky Ponting had missed the first three Tests with an injured thumb, leaving Adam Gilchrist to captain the team at a short notice. And India was the 'final frontier' for the Australian team: this was their first Test series win there in 35 years.

This photograph was taken with a wide angle lens as the team celebrated their victory on the field. Gilchrist was a natural subject to focus on, and I shot him while he was gesturing towards a small group of Australian supporters in the crowd.

I love the emotion on Gilchrist's face. It adds to the picture that he is still wearing his sweaty whites, his baggy green and his inner gloves.

It was late in the afternoon, which meant despite being a clear sunny day this part of the field was in shadow. To keep the blue of the sky it was necessary to balance the photo with flash. Camera flash, particularly outdoors, can often be more trouble than it's worth. It can take a long time for the flash to recharge after firing. From memory, I took about 10 - 15 pictures of this moment and the flash only fired twice. Luckily for me, one of them was this photo. My other option, would have been to shoot without flash for which I would have had to set my exposure for the shadows and leave the sky all washed out. I could have got some usable photos that way, but it would not have been as nice.


Hamish Blair is a Melbourne-based photographer for Getty Images

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Posted by Atul on (March 17, 2010, 6:40 GMT)

its good information about cricket. I am realy enjoy this blog. Mr.

Hamish Blair has done a great job by not missing on a single.

Posted by Suhail Ahmad on (February 15, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

Absolutely great picture. This is a wonderful blog moreover Mr Blair has done a great job by not missing on a single.

Posted by bob blasdall on (February 3, 2010, 2:45 GMT)

You are a genius Mr. Blair. In my opinion this is one of the most expressive, intense "live the dream" cricket shots ever taken. Extraordinary really extraordinary.

Posted by Mick on (November 28, 2009, 23:30 GMT)

Please keep taking these pics!!! Wonderful. And when are Australia touring India next? What about a 5 test series next time?

Posted by Mayooran on (November 10, 2009, 0:46 GMT)

How did you come up with this idea?!! this is absolutely fantastic!!! Not only do we get to see brilliant photos but also tips about photography! luvin it....

Posted by Tom Shaw on (November 8, 2009, 14:13 GMT)

A most excellent blog and most excellent picture sir. more please

Posted by Sidhanta Patnaik on (November 8, 2009, 12:33 GMT)

Look at that satisfaction on Gilly's face. A rare moment in the history of cricket.

Posted by Prashanth on (November 8, 2009, 11:33 GMT)

I'm angry with you for posting this pic for the first of many in your new blog and remind us Indians of the painful loss at Nagpur that sealed the Border-Gavaskar series Australia's way.

But apart from that, this is a wonderful new attempt in reliving history- moments encased in a frame for posterity.

Kudos to you for taking the pics and for Cricinfo for hosting this blog. Keep up the good work!

Posted by yock on (November 7, 2009, 3:05 GMT)

David Frith's comments wishing for a return to standards of days gone by and his dislike of the ugliness of showing emotion are thought provoking. I think his hopes of a return to a more dignified era are unlikely to come to fruition. I find the emotion clearly shown by Adam in this shot all the more meaningful in that he is respected as a thoughtful cricketer with high moral standards (as shown, for example, by his decisions to "walk" when he knows he is out). It is the journalist's job (in this case a photographer) to report what happened, which Hamish seems to have done most effectively. His technical explanation gives a fascinating insight into the difficulties in a job we mostly take for granted especially if we haven't tried it ourselves. I too look forward to further blogs in this series.

Posted by Shahbaaz on (November 6, 2009, 3:57 GMT)

Being my fav cricketer of all times, I cannot miss anything 'Gilly'. This photograph has what I love about the man, determination! the fist clenched, the eyes filled with a thousand eemotions, the teeth grating against each other and all done with elan, he is simply the best idol I have had in my life. Long live Gilly and all the best to you Sir. Great Pic.

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Hamish Blair
Hamish Blair is a Melbourne-based Australian photographer who works for Getty Images. He covered his first Test match in 1996 and has spent a good deal of his career since following the Australian cricket team around the world. He has photographed over 100 Tests in the 13 years he has been shooting cricket.

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