Continuing on my photographic journey and the road of discovery I recently was given the chance to spend time with professional sports photographer and all round top bloke Russell Pritchard. If you haven't heard of or been networking with him then you've definitely being missing out!
Up until now I'd only ever been in contact with Russell via Twitter and Instagram so I was slightly nervous about being out of my depth and spending the evening with a pro. This was shortlived however as soon as we met I immediately felt at ease due to his friendly welcome and typical Northern Irish nature. I knew right away that I had been presented with a great opportunity and was looking forward to getting into the thick of it.
My weapon of choice for the evening was the Tamron 70-300, I say choice but that's not really true, because that's the only telephoto lens I have truth be told so it was either that or the 35mm and 50mm primes and they weren't going to cut it.
Russell lifted out a travel box and a luggage bag and I thought he was about to take a flight out of the City Airport at that stage but once we got pitchside all was revealed as he pulled out the Nikon D4 and an RPG-esque Nikon 500mm lens. Now I know how most guys must feel when Ron Jeremy strolls into the showers but enough innuendos for now.
Finally I'd like to add a special thanks to Russell Pritchard for his time and ongoing support. There aren't too many genuine people left these days who are willing to give up some of their own time, effort and expertise but he did and I'm truly grateful. Maybe in years to come he'll be the guy that I'll be telling stories about and I'll get to pass my knowledge on too. Cheers Russell ;)