Blog posts for 11/2010  

Images from Rugby VII Torino vs Rugby Parabiago

A few group pictures from the match between Rugby VII Torino and Rugby Parabiago. Snow fell on Settimo Torinese before the match, but most of it had gone by the time the teams started playing.

Rugby VII Settimo before the match

Rugby Parabiago before the match

The two teams

A moment of the match

A moment of the match

Players of Rugby Parabiago getting ready for the kick that will decide the match

Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

Rugby VII Torino vs Parabiago 23-24

The Parabiago team celebrate their victory. Rugby VII players, defeated, are left pondering what could have been
U.S. Rugby Parabiago visited Rugby VII Torino in Settimo Torinese, and got away with victory after a closely fought match. 24-23 was the final score, after a last second kick by the hosts bounced off the bar.

More pictures to follow.

Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

DSLRs banned in Kuwait. What's next?

If you are travelling to Kuwait and you have a digital reflex camera (DSLR), you might want to leave it at home. Three Kuwaiti ministries have banner the use of DSLRs in public in Kuwait. The ban comes from the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance. According to the Kuwait Times, the three ministries decided that professional cameras (DSLRs) should be used only for journalism. Well, professional ... among other cameras I have a Nikon D40, which now cannot be used in public in Kuwait, but it would be quite a stretch to consider it a professional camera.

The ban will apparently not limit the right to use compact cameras and mobile phones with cameras. Also, it seem to leave out film cameras.

I guess digital SLRs look more dangerous.

Tags: photographers rights

Triathlon is so photogenic: more pics from Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore

There was no live rugby for me last weekend, therefore I have been doing some digging in my "pics that should be published" list. And the result is ... more pictures from the 2010 Aviva Ironman 70.3 triathlon competition, held in Singapore on 21st March 2010.








Tags: pictures, Singapore, sport, triathlon

More pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia

Last chunk of pictures from the match between VII Rugby Torino and CUS Pavia. More pics from the same match available at "VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia", "Pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia" and "Preparing for the scrum".



Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

Preparing for the scrum

Another couple of pictures from the match between VII Rugby Torino and CUS Pavia played on 14/11/2010.





More pics from the same match available at "VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia", "Pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia" and "More pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia". All pictures are available in larger format.

Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

Pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia

A few more pictures from yesterday's match between VII Rugby Torino and CUS Pavia. Please look at the copyright notes in you plan to fiddle with these pics...

An image of the match

An image of the match

An image of the match


Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia

Another Sunday taking rugby photos, another Sunday watching a victory for VII Rugby Torino. This time it was 40-16 on CUS Pavia, on a dry-ish day in Settimo Torinese.

Before the match
Before the match

During the match
During the match

After the match
After the match

More pics from the same match available at "Pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia", "Preparing for the scrum" and "More pictures from VII Rugby Torino vs CUS Pavia". All pictures are available in larger format.

Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

My first Oval Ball Weekend, the other match: Rivoli Blacks vs Lancieri Novara

As I said a few weeks ago, in October I had the opportunity to follow an American football match from the sidelines. In 2010. Two-thousands-and-ten. That's about thirty years after the first NFL match I saw on tv. Well, yes, I did wait a bit. And thanks to the Rivoli Blacks press agent - and to coach Gianni Brena, I suppose - I have been welcomed on the sidelines of the Blacks complex in Grugliasco, near Turin (that's Turin, Italy, not Turin, Georgia, USA).

Guess what: it did rain a lot. And it was a dark Saturday night. It looks like I am bound to take sports pics in near darkness, lately...

Not. Enough. Light. Did I say that already? Light is really the most important thing one can ask for, when taking pictures. The light I found in the American West was great. The low, wintry light I encountered in New Zealand was almost magic. Taking good pictures with that kind of light was a pleasure and almost a guarantee of good pics.

Whatever the excuse, the 8Gb of pics I took during the Blacks-Lanceri match were mostly unusable. Which is a pity, because the match - valid for the Under 21 FIF championship - was exciting, despite being quite one-sided. Very one-sided, in truth: the Blacks won fair and square, beating the Lanceri Novara 50-0. Most of the points came from #28, a Mr. Roagna who seems to be quite apt at running wild along the sidelines. This is Italian American football, and Roagna is no Chris Johnson, but on that night, he certainly looked like the Tennessee Titans standout.

A few pics below. #27 is a very young promise for the Blacks team, playing for their Under 13 squad.









Tags: American football, pictures, sport

A few more pictures from a rainy rugby match (Settimo vs Borgo Poncarale)

Keeping the camera dry on such a rainy day was just not possible, so I am glad the camera did not die on me. And a brighter lens would have been in order: the Sigma 50-500mm offers a range few lenses can match, but it is not the right lens if you have to work in overcast weather. And talking about this... if anybody has a Nikkor 80-200mm/2.8 to sell, let me know.

Despite the above mentioned limitations, I took many pictures at the match. I am publishing them in case some of the players fancy having a memento of this well fought match.

A moment of the match

A moment of the match

A moment of the match

A moment of the match


Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

Always protect your head

Bracing for a kick (that never came)
Another image from the Rugby VII Torino vs Borgo Poncarale match played on 31/10/2010. The player on the ground was initially hidden by a forest of legs; I took this picture after most of the players had moved away.
Quite remarkably, he appeared to not having been hit while laying on the ground.

Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

In rugby, your age doesn't matter

Despite watching rugby since the early Eighties, I have never seen a live rugby match before this, in October 2010. Rugby was not the most common sport in my neighbourhood in Italy, and even in the years I spent in the UK I have never seen people playing rugby. So all the rugby players I have ever seen were in their 20s or 30s. I am glad to see that there are exceptions, and that age, sometimes, does not matter: the gentleman wearing the yellow and blue jersey in the pictures below is not in this 30s, and most definitely not in his 20s. And he played as good as any other player on the field in the two Rugby VII Torino matches I watched, with Borgo Poncarale and with Rugby San Mauro.





Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport

Rugby VII Torino vs Borgo Poncarale: It's raining, it's pouring...

The location: Settimo Torinese, near Turin, in Italy. The event: a rugby match between Rugby VII Torino, the home team, and Borgo Poncarale from Veneto. The unwelcome guest: rain constantly pouring down on players, umpires and yours truly.








Tags: pictures, rugby, Settimo Torinese, sport


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