Australian cricket November 2, 2009

Adam's eyes

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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....

  • Tom Shaw on November 8, 2009, 14:13 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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....

  • Tom Shaw on November 8, 2009, 14:13 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sushil on November 5, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Well i belong to NGP and clearly remember due to BCCI politics getting hotter (Mainly Dalmiya Vs anti dalmiya group) local authorities decided to give India run for thier money by Making super fast green pitch... rest is history as they say... Ind lost in no time.

  • David Frith on November 5, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    Beg to differ. That raised fist and gaping mouth are the ugly symbols of modern cricket. Grace, Bradman, Sobers and co. played hard without stooping to this awful imagery. Let's hope the game will soon enter a more dignified era.

  • Syed Arbab Ahmed on November 5, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    That passion for the game made them what they were, "SIMPLY UNTOUCHABLES". from Karachi, Pakistan.

  • Harsh on November 5, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    Love the idea of this blog and also the fact that you explaining how u took the shot. It'll help us budding photographers understand the art a lot more.

  • Moiz Uddin on November 5, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    Xcellent - Just excellent - Well done keep it up. Thanks

  • Moiz Uddin on November 5, 2009, 4:53 GMT

    X-cellent - Just excellent - Well keep it up. Thanks

  • sami on November 4, 2009, 21:39 GMT

    despite the 2-1 end result, it was one of the most entertaining contests with the chennai test being rained out. this pic just goes to show that if the passion for the game is there, the body will follow- no matter how old.

  • Asif Rahman on November 4, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    One of my favorite photographs too. You can see the sheer passion in the man's eyes and this is the kind of stuff I pay to watch cricket for.

    A great ambassador of the game, is Adam Gilchrist.

  • Rushbh Shah on November 4, 2009, 14:05 GMT

    It pays to beat India at home in test matches and when you see that happening...no better picture can explain the joy as that of Adam Gilchrist.

    A very good photo to be kept in the memories.

  • Rushbh Shah on November 4, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    It pays to beat India at home in test matches and when you see that happening...no better picture can explain the joy as that of Adam Gilchrist.

    A very good photo to be kept in the memories.

  • Damith Pathirana on November 4, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    Yaaaaaaaaahhh gud work. I have nvr seen Gilly n this kinda mood. fantastic camera work

  • Zafar Abbasi on November 4, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    Just say "Whaoo!"

  • harman on November 4, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    yeah,i luv gilly's victory as he himself scored runs in that series and his expressions say it all.he is no doubt the all time superstar wicket keeper batsman and no will be able to get close to his achievements.

  • Kabir on November 3, 2009, 23:54 GMT

    Thanks for the camera settings :)

  • lareina on November 3, 2009, 18:37 GMT

    I already love this blog.

  • Priyanka on November 3, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    A very intense shot indeed! I like this blog, would be looking forward to more posts soon!

  • faisal on November 3, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    This pic make me a bit nostalgist.It was at calcutta in 2001 ,where I thought the glory was going to be all for aussies but Laxman stole it with an epic. But three years later though there was no waugh or even ponting Aussies had done it. Good old days,it was a great achievement and the pic says it all,how often do you ever see such exuberance in Gilchrist's eyes?

  • Kunal Talgeri on November 3, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    Two thumbs-up! :-) Really looks like Gilly crossed the final frontier!

  • Sairam Krishnan on November 3, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Oh!!! Love it Mr.Blair.... Gilly's eyes say it all.. The sheer exhilaration of leading his team to victory under pressure is reflected.... Do keep posting sir...

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  • Sairam Krishnan on November 3, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    Oh!!! Love it Mr.Blair.... Gilly's eyes say it all.. The sheer exhilaration of leading his team to victory under pressure is reflected.... Do keep posting sir...

  • Kunal Talgeri on November 3, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    Two thumbs-up! :-) Really looks like Gilly crossed the final frontier!

  • faisal on November 3, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    This pic make me a bit nostalgist.It was at calcutta in 2001 ,where I thought the glory was going to be all for aussies but Laxman stole it with an epic. But three years later though there was no waugh or even ponting Aussies had done it. Good old days,it was a great achievement and the pic says it all,how often do you ever see such exuberance in Gilchrist's eyes?

  • Priyanka on November 3, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    A very intense shot indeed! I like this blog, would be looking forward to more posts soon!

  • lareina on November 3, 2009, 18:37 GMT

    I already love this blog.

  • Kabir on November 3, 2009, 23:54 GMT

    Thanks for the camera settings :)

  • harman on November 4, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    yeah,i luv gilly's victory as he himself scored runs in that series and his expressions say it all.he is no doubt the all time superstar wicket keeper batsman and no will be able to get close to his achievements.

  • Zafar Abbasi on November 4, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    Just say "Whaoo!"

  • Damith Pathirana on November 4, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    Yaaaaaaaaahhh gud work. I have nvr seen Gilly n this kinda mood. fantastic camera work

  • Rushbh Shah on November 4, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    It pays to beat India at home in test matches and when you see that happening...no better picture can explain the joy as that of Adam Gilchrist.

    A very good photo to be kept in the memories.