25 Jan

Best of 2016 Sports Images

In Sport by Simon King / January 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

2016 has been a busy year covering lots of Rugby and a first International Cricket match for me. As we move into 2017 I thought I would post some of my favourite images from last year. Often as photographers we are given a brief to follow and it is key that you get the images requested by clients. Sometimes you get the opportunity to go beyond the brief and capture images that appeal on a personal level, this selection showcases those photographs.

This image shows Alun Wyn Jones looking thoroughly dejected after the Ospreys lost to Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12 back in January. For me sport is not just about the action but also about the emotion, the highs and lows and as a photographer it is key to capture that.

Guinness PRO12 Round 12 – Ospreys v Leinster – Liberty Stadium – Swansea © CameraSport

As with the image above you can see the shock on the French Scrum Half’s face as they lost to Wales during the Women’s RBS Six Nations. France were favourites for the title but got a surprise in Neath that day. They did go on to win the Championship on the final day.

Women’s 2016 RBS Six Nations – The Knoll – Neath © CameraSport

Here George North is roaring with delight before scoring during the Wales v Italy game in the Mens RBS Six Nations, although Wales won with plenty to spare there is no doubting the pleasure in scoring for your country!

Wales v Italy – 2016 RBS Six Nations – Principality Stadium – Cardiff © CameraSport

At the end of a tight game between Saracens and Wasps in the EPCR Champions Cup Semi Final Will Fraser let out a roar of delight at the result.

Saracens v Wasps – EPCR Champions Cup Semi Final – Madejski Stadium – Reading © CameraSport

Ospreys won the bragging rights during the Judgement Day fixture against the Cardiff Blues with James King crossing the try line just in front of me. One of those rare moments when I was pretty much on my own as most other photographers has chosen to sit at the other end.

Cardiff Blues v Ospreys – Guinness PRO12 Round 21 – Principality Stadium – Cardiff © CameraSport

Sometimes it is not just the action or emotion but the sheer magnificence of a stadium that makes for a good image. A packed Principality Stadium, with the roof open and blue sky make for a pretty impressive scene.

Guinness PRO12 Round 21 – Principality Stadium – Cardiff © CameraSport

During the Aviva Premiership I spotted Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell pointing in a way that reminded me of the famous Lord Kitchener poster from World War I. I knew the image would make a strong Black and White photograph so I converted it to monochrome and edited to my taste.

Exeter Chiefs v Wasps – Aviva Premiership Semi Final –  Sandy Park – Exeter © CameraSport

I love Cricket but hadn’t had the opportunity to cover any International games until this year so my first foray was for the ODI match England vs Pakistan. Here Sarfraz Ahmed makes an impassioned appeal to the umpire but to no avail on this occasion.

5th Royal London ODI – England v Pakistan – Sophia Gardens – Cardiff © CameraSport

It’s always good to see a classy innings and Ben Stokes provided that with a magnificent 50, but it wasn’t enough as England went on to lose, although they won the series.

5th Royal London ODI – England v Pakistan – Sophia Gardens – Cardiff © CameraSport

Sometimes it’s good to capture a fleeting moment and Ospreys’ Jeff Hassler looks down the field over the ensuing scrum.

Guinness PRO12 Round 3 – Ospreys v Benetton Rugby Treviso – Liberty Stadium – Swansea © CameraSport

I was lucky enough to photograph Australia v Argentina during the 2015 RWC at Twickenham. So when the opportunity came to photograph the two teams during the Rugby Championship in a one off fixture at Twickenham I jumped at the chance. This image shows Agustin Creevy looking on in anguish as he knocked on jus shy of the try line. At that point the game was nip and tuck and proved crucial. After that moment Australia took control of the game and won with an interception try.

Rugby Championship – Argentina v Australia -Twickenham – London © CameraSport

Australia were too strong for Wales in the first Autumn International at the Principality Stadium, Bernard Foley looking delighted as he scored his sides fourth try!

Autumn International – Wales v Australia – Principality Stadium – Cardiff © CameraSport

I love International matches people make more effort and wear fancy dress costumes, before the warm up or the action starts I always go for a walk around the local area to get stadium shots and fan shots. Before the Wales v Argentina I went out as usual and as I took pictures of the stadium saw this hoard of oompa loompas heading towards me. I approached them and asked if I could take a group photo in front of the stadium. The lads were on a stag do from Cirencester with the stag dressed as Willy Wonka. This is without doubt my favourite fan shot of all time!

Autumn International – Wales v Argentina – Principality Stadium – Cardiff © CameraSport

Sometimes there is a break in the action and you take that opportunity to look around, during the Wales v South Africa game I saw this young lad with his face painted, a sheep hat and Wales flag rise up on his dads shoulders. A memorable day for the lad as Wales comfortably beat South Africa and ended a decent Autumn with three wins from four.

Autumn International – Wales v South Africa – Principality Stadium – Cardiff © CameraSport


23 Oct

Steve and Sharon – Tunnels Beaches – Ilfracombe

In Weddings by Simon King / October 23, 2016 / 0 Comments

On 15th October 2016 I had the pleasure of Photographing Steve and Sharon’s wedding at Ilfracombe in Devon. The day started with the boys going claying pigeon shooting in the morning. Whilst the day started with promising weather it turned just before the ceremony, however, that didn’t dampen spirits at all. I think it’s fair to say that everybody had a wonderful time and the weather brightened a bit later on to help matters.

If you wish to leave a comment for Steve and Sharon below please do so.


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12 Sep

Hannah and Scott Rosedew Farm Wedding

In Weddings by Simon King / September 12, 2016 / 0 Comments

On September 10th 2016 I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Scott and Hannah. The day was spent at the stunning Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major just a short drive from the beach.

With the weather not being the best recently we hoped that it would at least be dry. Fortunately the weather improved through the day allowing us to visit the beach for a few photographs before returning to the Farm. The day was a joyful occasion full of emotion.

I wish Scott and Hannah the best for the future in all their adventures. If you wish to leave a message for the couple you can do so at the bottom of the page. I hope you enjoy the selection of photographs from the day.


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03 Jan

Abi and Peter Pencoed House

In Weddings by Simon King / January 3, 2016 / 0 Comments

On 29th December 2015 I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Abi and Peter at Pencoed House. Given the recent heavy rain fall we were concerned that the weather wouldn’t be great for the day. But on the morning of the wedding the sky changed from the recent greys to let us see some blue and bless them with perfect weather. The Bride and Groom both stayed at the nearby Vale Resort the night before, in separate suites (of course) and got ready there. Apart from a slight glitch with one of the wedding cars the day went without a hitch and everyone one had a wonderful time.

If you wish to leave Abi and Peter a message please do so at the bottom of the page, here are a selection of my favourite images from the day to remind you of the occasion.


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23 Sep

Crickhowell Wedding – Porthmawr Country House

In Weddings by Simon King / September 23, 2015 / 0 Comments

On 19th September 2015 I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Bobby and Sophie in Crickhowell. The entire day was spent at the stunning Porthmawr Country House which is right in the middle of the town. The venue blends in so well with Crickhowell that it is easy to miss.

We were blessed with incredible weather on the day, showing off the venue at it’s best. It was a very happy occaision families and friends got involved in all aspects of the wedding and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

I wish Bobby and Sophie all the best for the future in all their many adventures. If you wish to leave a message for the couple you can do so at the bottom of the page. I hope you enjoy the selection of photographs from the day.


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23 Aug

Il Palio – Siena August 2015

In Personal Projects by Simon King / August 23, 2015 / 0 Comments

On 2nd of July and 16th August each year the Palio race is held at Piazza Il Campo between the 10 of the 17 contrada of the city. The event is so much more than the race with events in the days leading up to the race and a historical pageant featuring all 17 contrada. I planned to attend the event on 16th August and duly arrived in Siena early in the morning and after taking time to familiarise myself (again) with the Piazza settled on the best spot for me. After several hours waiting with many others the organisers let everyone know by hoisting a green flag to announce that the race would be postponed.

The race was last postponed in 1980 some 35 years ago. So I resolved to return the following day and take up the same spot. However, I arrived at 10 am and found that the spot I wanted was already occupied (the race starts around 19:30!). I chose another spot and set in for the day, after a nine hour wait I was rewarded with the race itself an experience not to be missed.

The following set of images are taken from both days I hope that you enjoy them as much I enjoyed the day!


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07 May

Cotswolds Spring Wedding

In Weddings by Simon King / May 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

I was fortunate enough to photograph a wedding in the stunning Cotswolds recently. All of the venues were simply incredible especially the church. Here are a few of the selected photographs from the day I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did making them.

Wedding Kenn & Ella 2015-05-02

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07 Apr

Harry Potter Studio Tour

In Family by Simon King / April 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

We recently visited the amazing Harry Potter Studio Tour, so I thought I would post a selection of the images from the trip. If you are thinking of visiting the attraction you should it is very well done and a great family experience, especially if you are fans of the films. I haven’t had much chance to get out with my Fujifilm X-E2 lately as I have been very busy with my sports work but this provided a great opportunity to get out with the camera and capture some fun images. As always the camera performed flawlessly and reminded me how much fun it is to use for this kind of photography.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did when we were there.


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23 Dec

Cardiff Devils vs Belfast Giants

In Personal Projects by Simon King / December 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

A little while back I got to go to a Cardiff Devils game, as foster carers we had the option of going to a Christmas pantomime or the Ice Hockey. We choose the Ice Hockey and what a great experience we had, the kids absolutely loved it and I got a chance to take a few photos.

I didn’t get a press pass for this game as they had already allocated them out, but I got to shoot a few pictures from the side of the ice. The team at Cardiff Devils went out of their way to accommodate us and couldn’t have been nicer. The kids got to meet some of the players after the game and got pictures and autographs with them.

We loved it so much that we are going back next week and with any luck I’ll be able to get a pass for that game and get some more action. Here are a few images from the game, which the Devils won 4-1.


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14 Nov

Canon 7D Mark II First Impressions – Part 2

In Personal Projects by Simon King / November 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

In my last post I gave my first impressions on the Canon 7D Mark II once I had used the camera in a real world situation. In that post I covered how the camera handled at a professional rugby match. The only real disappointment I had was that the lights at the stadium were very good and meant that I didn’t need to push the ISO beyond 1600 to get the shutter speed and aperture needed to isolate and freeze the action. As a commissioned match I didn’t want to experiment too much as it was key to capture the required images. This weekend I didn’t have a commission so looked for a game to attend that would test the ISO capabilities more. I received accreditation for a game at Sandy Park featuring local rivals Exeter and Bath in the LV Cup.

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