Capital Punishment 34 – Favourites

Wow it feels like it has been such a long time since I last shot at a Muay Thai event, and actually, it has. The last Muay Thai event I shot was Honour 9 back in November last year. This was my first Capital Punishment show, and I had a lot of fun shooting at the gig. So here are my favourite shots from the night.

To view all the photos from this event, click here.

These photos are copyrighted materials, please read Silver Duck’s Copyright Info.

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Wellington Big Bash 2016 Favourites

I’m a little late on this, but I finally got to choosing my favourite shots from this event. Wellington Big Bash 2016 was my 2nd boxing shot, and I have to say that I was pleased with the results, especially upon seeing the improvements since shooting The Trade Off last year. I think a big part of it was because the ring was well lit so I had more flexibility when snapping these. I still missed cues sometimes as I’m still getting used to looking for the twitch (it’s quite different from Muay Thai fights), but overall I think I didn’t do too badly.

Below are my favourite shots from the night. Check out Silver Duck’s website to view all photos from this event.

Copyright © 2016 Silver Duck. All rights reserved.

New dojo!

Yesterday, Aikido Tenshindo Wellington dojo moved to a new location at 2 Bell Road, Brooklyn. I have been a part of this Aikido family for over 3 years now, and I admit it was really hard having to move location.

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The dojo at the old location

This was the second relocation I was a part of within 6 months, with Combat Room moving to a new location in October last year. Saying goodbye was never easy, but it was heart-warming to see so many club members showed up and helped with the move. There were so many of us that the whole move was done in under 2 hours. I haven’t seen a lot of them for awhile too because many of us come to class at different times of the day and week, so there are many members who I only get to meet at seminars, gradings, or club’s social functions.

The move itself was a lot more of a ritual for me. I wanted to help out, and I also needed to do it. It was my way of saying thank you and goodbye to the space that had provided us roof for us to train under, then saying hello to the new space that would let us continue our training, and I’m going through it together with everyone else.

Our new space is very spacious, it’s also a home to a couple of other clubs. We explored the space yesterday, we found a hidden staircase to the attic (by hidden I meant easy to miss), and quite frankly the attic was pretty awesome and have an amazing view. It looks like we’d be on a cleaning mission sometimes in the next week to spruce up our new home.

New beginning at the new place, as much as I’m sad to leave the old place, I’m excited to train at the new dojo! I feel blessed to be a part of this Aikido family.

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Aikido Tenshindo Wellington family

Honour 9 Favourites

I actually had another shoot before Honour 9, which you can find on my website over at silverduck.co.nz, from the event The Trade Off. Unfortunately I didn’t find particular shots that I could categorize as my favourite shots.

Anyway, Honour 9 happened on 14 November 2015 at the Porirua Kennel Club, Porirua, Wellington. It was a long night, with 13 fights and all went the full rounds, we had over 3,000 photos as a result of the combined effort of my partner and I. It was the first time I was running low on memory on the cards, and low on battery as well. We had spares but we didn’t expect to be needing more spares. It’s a lesson for next time though :)

So here are my favourite shots from this event (click to enlarge). To view the rest of the photos from Honour 9, click here (this will open a new window/tab and take you to my Silver Duck website’s Honour 9 posts).

These photos are copyrighted materials, please read Silver Duck’s Copyright Info.

Copyright © 2015 Silver Duck. All rights reserved.

Looking back

Also posted here.

In the past 3 years, I have grown to love coming to training at Combat Room Muay Thai on Ghuznee St, Wellington. I found the gym when I decided that I’ve had enough of sitting around after 10 years of absence from martial arts. On Wednesday, I attended my last training session at the Ghuznee St gym. CRMT is moving to a new location on Hania St in about a week.

This is not the first time Combat Room moved location, but it is the first time for me, so I won’t lie, it’s hard to say goodbye to the place. I have emotional connection to that place and the people I met through the gym, but as someone pointed out, it’s a good thing to have that sort of attachment, but changes are inevitable, so just move with it, and see where it takes you.

Apart from the health benefits and friendships forged at this place, CRMT and the CR family are also largely responsible in developing my photography skills. I’m forever thankful to Charlie (RIP) who gave me the opportunity and had faith in me to shoot my very first ring side gig at Combat 1, and to Pete and Dex, who encourage me to keep taking photos. Over time, I learned so much about the mechanics of fight photography, and I learned more about my gear and its limitation (and how to push it).

So today I’m taking a look back and share the progress and improvement of my fight shots since I started shooting fights, thanks to Combat Room.

2013

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Joe Kelly (Alpha) vs Manuel Mancini (Jai) at Honour 4.

Honour 4 was the very first Muay Thai fight I have ever shot. I took the shots from the audience seats while also supporting my friends who were fighting on that night.

2014

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The North Island WMC Light Welterweight Full Muay Thai Rules Title Fight: Michael Foy (JAI) vs Jesse Mika (SMAC AKL), at Honour 5.

At Honour 5, I started to learn more about timing, and how to anticipate, turns out it’s not that much different than anticipating an attack while sparring or fighting, you are still looking for that twitch a split second beforehand.

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Rehua Smallman (Combat Room) vs Tipene Maniapoto (Zero Tolerance) at Combat 1

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Aisea Lealea (Combat Room) vs Jason Solomon (JAI) at Combat 1

Combat 1 was my very first ring-side fight photo gig, and the first thing I noticed when I stood by the ring that night was that everything looked so different from there.

Desmond Jones vs Gene-Gregory Elbourne - Siam 1

Desmond Jones (JAI) vs Gene-Gregory Elbourne (MAI Dojo) at Siam 1

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Tomo Greer (JAI) vs Mamta Morganan (ETK) at Siam 1

With one of the Combat Room boys fighting at Siam 1, I decided that I would like to come along and watch the fights (with my camera in tow, of course). I asked the organizer if it’s ok to bring a camera and gave her the link to where I’d put my pictures up, and that’s how I ended up at ring side, she asked if I would take picture at ring side, and of course I said yes. I found myself more comfortable this time around, and in general I was happy with the results, but I also learned that I need to work on my endurance so that the results of my shot are consistent throughout the whole event.

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Gerard Roach (ALPHA) vs Daniel Chadfield (Relentless) at Honour 7

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Rehua Smallman (COMBAT ROOM) vs Rick Smith (STRIKEFORCE) at Honour 7

To date, I found my best shots were from Honour 7 fights, mainly due to the great lighting setup and the venue, and I was happy with the overall result of the shoot.

2015

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Rosie Duxfield (ALPHA) vs Louise Fuller (BULLDOGS) at Honour 8

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Carl “Meat” Tangen at Honour 8

I found many problems shooting at Honour 8 due to the lack of lighting, and it was the driving force for me to try out another lens that I have been eyeing for awhile for my next shoot.

Rohan Clark vs Kristopher Annear at The Trade Off

Henry Harper vs Kev Patterson at The Trade Off

The Trade Off was my very first boxing match I shot, and it was also the first time my partner and I shot a gig under Silver Duck.

Thank you for the amazing years at Ghuznee St!

Photo by J Mealings

Our big happy Combat Room family! – Photo by J Mealings

Honour 8 Favourites

Here it is again, my favourite shots from Razor Promotions‘ fight event, Honour 8. You can find the rest of the photos from this event here (which includes shots from my partner as well).

I came across a lot of lighting problem in this particular fight event as the four lights that are normally on the corners of the ring weren’t there (there were only 2, one on the red and another on the blue corner, these were used as corner lights, as well as ring lights), and the house lights weren’t turned on. The skylight and frosted windows helped a little at the beginning, but as it got darker in the night it started to get tough to shoot.

Shot using Canon 50D, Canon 20D with 18-200mm and 50mm f1.4.

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Honour 8 – Part 6

View part 1 here (Vivian Rees-Boland vs Jody Dirkx and Clint Dysart vs Iggy Phillips).

View part 2 here (Kaysey Warner​ vs Xan Humphries and Ants Bennett vs Kieran Garcia)

View part 3 here (Rosie Duxfield vs Louise Fuller and James Craughwell vs Frazier Maiava)

View part 4 here (Ngapera Parata vs Miriam “Hummingbird” Tio and Ash Ahipene vs Daria “The Boss” Smith)

View part 5 here (Adam “Fancy” Manisy vs Carl “Meat” Tangen and Pumipi “Ceazer” Ngaronoa vs Alexi “Phet” Serepisos)

Shot using Canon 50D, Canon 20D with 18-200mm and 50mm f1.4 and J was using Nikon D90 with 18-105mm. Watch for the JBL initial on the photos for J’s shots.

All images are © copyright of the photographer. You may NOT replicate, manipulate, modify, or use these images in any way without permission.

Charles Smiler Memorial Trophy

Presented to the fighter with the most heart.

The Crowd

The supporters!

Honour 8 – Part 5

View part 1 here (Vivian Rees-Boland vs Jody Dirkx and Clint Dysart vs Iggy Phillips).

View part 2 here (Kaysey Warner​ vs Xan Humphries and Ants Bennett vs Kieran Garcia)

View part 3 here (Rosie Duxfield vs Louise Fuller and James Craughwell vs Frazier Maiava)

View part 4 here (Ngapera Parata vs Miriam “Hummingbird” Tio and Ash Ahipene vs Daria “The Boss” Smith)

View part 6 here (Charles Smiler Memorial Trophy and the crowd photos)

Shot using Canon 50D, Canon 20D with 18-200mm and 50mm f1.4 and J was using Nikon D90 with 18-105mm. Watch for the JBL initial on the photos for J’s shots.

If you haven’t already, scroll down and press that play button to watch the fights, or go to Dex’s Channel on Youtube.

All images are © copyright of the photographer. You may NOT replicate, manipulate, modify, or use these images in any way without permission.

Adam “Fancy” Manisy (ARCH ANGELS) vs Carl “Meat” Tangen (COMBAT ROOM)

Pumipi “Ceazer” Ngaronoa (BULLDOGS) vs Alexi “Phet” Serepisos (JAI)

Watch the fights here:

Honour 8 – Part 4

View part 1 here (Vivian Rees-Boland vs Jody Dirkx and Clint Dysart vs Iggy Phillips).

View part 2 here (Kaysey Warner​ vs Xan Humphries and Ants Bennett vs Kieran Garcia)

View part 3 here (Rosie Duxfield vs Louise Fuller and James Craughwell vs Frazier Maiava)

View part 5 here (Adam “Fancy” Manisy vs Carl “Meat” Tangen and Pumipi “Ceazer” Ngaronoa vs Alexi “Phet” Serepisos)

View part 6 here (Charles Smiler Memorial Trophy and the crowd photos)

Shot using Canon 50D, Canon 20D with 18-200mm and 50mm f1.4 and J was using Nikon D90 with 18-105mm. Watch for the JBL initial on the photos for J’s shots.

If you haven’t already, scroll down and press that play button to watch the fights, or go to Dex’s Channel on Youtube.

All images are © copyright of the photographer. You may NOT replicate, manipulate, modify, or use these images in any way without permission.

Ngapera Parata (FORTITUDE) vs Miriam “Hummingbird” Tio (REBELS)

Ash Ahipene (BULLDOGS) vs Daria “The Boss” Smith (LEGACY LEE GAR)

Watch the fights here:

Honour 8 – Part 3

View part 1 here (Vivian Rees-Boland vs Jody Dirkx and Clint Dysart vs Iggy Phillips).

View part 2 here (Kaysey Warner​ vs Xan Humphries and Ants Bennett vs Kieran Garcia)

View part 4 here (Ngapera Parata vs Miriam “Hummingbird” Tio and Ash Ahipene vs Daria “The Boss” Smith)

View part 5 here (Adam “Fancy” Manisy vs Carl “Meat” Tangen and Pumipi “Ceazer” Ngaronoa vs Alexi “Phet” Serepisos)

View part 6 here (Charles Smiler Memorial Trophy and the crowd photos)

Shot using Canon 50D, Canon 20D with 18-200mm and 50mm f1.4 and J was using Nikon D90 with 18-105mm. Watch for the JBL initial on the photos for J’s shots.

If you haven’t already, scroll down and press that play button to watch the fights, or go to Dex’s Channel on Youtube.

All images are © copyright of the photographer. You may NOT replicate, manipulate, modify, or use these images in any way without permission.

Rosie Duxfield (ALPHA) vs Louise Fuller (BULLDOGS)

James Craughwell (ALPHA) vs Frazier Maiava (SMAC)

Watch the fights here: