November 24, 2009

England cricket

Pietersen feels the pain

Hamish Blair
 © Getty Images

Hi everyone, thanks again for all your feedback.

Today's photo was taken during the first ODI of the 2006-07 Australian summer between Australia and England.

Kevin Pietersen was batting in his usual aggressive way, making runs at a good rate. Glenn McGrath was bowling and Pietersen had been walking down the wicket to a number of deliveries, hitting through midwicket.

On this particular delivery, Pietersen again attempted to walk down the pitch and pull a shorter ball. He mistimed his effort and was struck a painful blow in the midriff. The result was cracked ribs and while he managed to bat on until being dismissed a few overs later, it was the end of his tour.

This photo was taken from a different angle from the last couple of photos I have posted. As I mentioned previously, the very fine leg or the straight long-off position is the usual position to shoot cricket from, but it isn't compulsory.

Depending on the state of play, particularly if the batsmen are dominating, it can be good to move to a different position to get a new angle. Batting photos often look better when taken from a position more square of the wicket.

For this photo I was working from deep midwicket. It is a position I often like to work from during ODIs. Due to the nature of limited-overs games, with the batting team often dominating, it can work well. If the bowling team does well, the angle can still work or I can move to a straighter position if needed. Also, working for Getty Images, we often have one or two other photographers at a match, as we did at this one, so it is necessary to find a few different angles for us all to work from.

The position I was in helps for this photo. Pietersen was attempting to play the ball in my direction, so after he was struck, his momentum turned his body to face me. The pain on his face as the ball bounces out tells the story. It is never nice to see someone being hurt, but as the injury meant the end of Pietersen's tour, it was the photo that told the story of the day.


Hamish Blair is a Melbourne-based photographer for Getty Images

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Posted by Rossco on (April 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Someone has just told Pietersen that New Zealand pay their players more than England does.

Posted by Kapil Kurlekar on (April 23, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

This truly amazing photo. Tells the entire story. The culprit (The Ball) is also pretty much in focus. The expression on KP's face, his cocked body due the impact is also amazing. Would love to know what setting were used for this one. Also a small request. Like you have posted Sachin's picture in one of your previous posts, would love to see Lara's image with his high back lift, with the ball in focus ready to unleash a masterful cover drive.

Posted by bob blasdall on (February 3, 2010, 2:38 GMT)

Saw this on tele which portrayed little of the drama and none of the physical anquish. The not quite head on angle really works a treat. Well thought out, well executed, well done Hamish.

Posted by john on (December 17, 2009, 19:30 GMT)

owwuch .. perfect pic

Posted by unni on (December 6, 2009, 6:54 GMT)

Awesome pic hamish! pain well captured! i remember watching it live

Posted by Dimuthu R on (November 30, 2009, 19:20 GMT)

Hi Hamish. Love your work. Whenever i go to a cricket match i love taking photos. One thing i would like to know is, how do you calculate the depth of field required to take a shot as this? Also, what F stop value do you usually use? Thanks

Posted by Anupam Mukerji on (November 28, 2009, 16:01 GMT)

Dude, u r super talented!

Posted by Niyam on (November 27, 2009, 12:23 GMT)

Really makes me grimace after seeing that. OUCHH! I would love to see the sheperd one if you have it.

Posted by hemant brar on (November 26, 2009, 12:45 GMT)

nice work hamish sir.......but why don't you put just 100% resolution pictures sachin's, this one is also is FANTASTIC....

Posted by Cricsense on (November 25, 2009, 19:50 GMT)

you never mess with pidge ma(i)te...

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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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