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 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.

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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.

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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:

Honour 8 – Part 2

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

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)

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.

Some notes about the shoot: By this time we’ve started having problems with the lack of light, as it started to get dark (especially by the end of the 4th fight). The prime lens was great and I love the photos that came out of it, but only worked when the fighters were on the far side of the ring from me. I ended up throwing out a lot of photos from the other camera because although they had good angles and captured great moments, there wasn’t sufficient light for it to work, we really needed four lights on the corners of the ring. J had better luck by standing by one of the corners instead of the neutral corner and caught some of the light from the front, and he also shot at a slower speed. I did lower the speed for some shots but didn’t end up getting shots I wanted that way, and I am not comfortable to shoot below certain speed for fights (this is when extra f stops would be very helpful). I can make it work with the usual setup that I’ve worked with in the past fight events, but at this particular event I really felt the disadvantage of one of my lenses to handle the poor lighting. But on almost all the blogs on ring fight photography I read, they said expect to come across lighting problems, it’s all a learning process and I took away a lesson from it for next time. On a positive note, some of the shots came out very dramatic due to the light condition and the sharp shadows, it was unintentional, but I like some of it very much.

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.

Kaysey Warner (COMBAT ROOM) vs Xan Humphries (JAI)

Ants Bennett (ALPHA) vs Kieran Garcia (JAI)

Watch the fights here:

Honour 8 – Part 1

Wow time went so fast! Before I knew it it was time for Honour 8 fight night! Amazing fights throughout the night and I’m happy to cover at ring side again, and I had my partner covering the reverse shots (watch for the JBL initial on the photos for his shots). It was tough to shoot this time as there were only 2 lights at the 2 corners which also doubled as corner lights, and the house lights weren’t on, and there were only a few uplights by the pillars. The skylight helped a little on the earlier fights, but as it got later into the night it was getting a lot tougher to shoot. But I welcome challenges and I’m very glad for the opportunity to shoot another  great Muay Thai event, thank you Razor Promotion.

Shot using Canon 50D, Canon 20D with 18-200mm and 50mm f1.4 and J was using Nikon D90 with 18-105mm. Kudos to him for learning the camera almost on the fly (he’s a Canon user – but he got the chance to borrow the Nikon off his brother so he did).

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

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)

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

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

Vivian Rees-Boland (ALPHA) vs Jody Dirkx (COMBAT ROOM)

 Clint Dysart (ALPHA) vs Iggy Phillips (HE TOA)

Come on, I know you want to watch the fights:

Honour 7 Favourites

Sorry for the late post. I was at ring side again at this event, and in addition I did some crowd shots as well. To view all photos from this event, click here, otherwise here are my favourite shots out of all the photos I took at Honour 7.

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Gerard Roach vs Daniel Chadfield

Gerard Roach vs Daniel Chadfield

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“Lethal” Leighann Banham vs Baybee “Pitbull” Nansen

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Clint Dysart vs Kohatu Kamaru

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Kyle Searancke vs Damien Brehaut

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Tangi Waikari vs Michelle Forbes

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Rehua Smallman vs Rick Smith

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Ngapera Parata vs Olya Sokhieva

Honour 7 – Part 6

View part 1 here: Chris Wellings vs Braxton Robinson & Clint Dysart vs Kohatu Kamaru

View part 2 here: Kyle Searancke vs Damien Brehaut & Laddie Tamati vs Jacob Faletutul

View part 3 here: Tangi Waikari vs Michelle Forbes & Kaysey Warner vs Carlie Flavell

View part 4 here: Gerard Roach vs Daniel Chadfield & Ken “The Warlord” Ford vs Mike Devoe

View part 5 here: Rehua Smallman vs Rick Smith & Ngapera Parata vs Olya Sokhieva

View part 7 here: Charles Smiler Memorial Trophy, the crowd photos, & CombatRoom family photo

Photos below, click to enlarge

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The WMC New Zealand Womens Featherweight Professional Title:

“Lethal” Leighann Banham (JACKALS) vs Baybee “Pitbull” Nansen (SMAC)