Steve O'Sullivan Photography: Blog en-us (C) Steve O'Sullivan Photography [email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Steve O'Sullivan Photography: Blog 120 90 'Your first 10, 000 photographs are your worst' 'Your first 10, 000 photographs are your worst'
Henri Cartier-Bresson

I would agree with that! Although there are still times when I look at an image now and see that it deserves to be in that first 10, 000.

My first blog post for well over 18 months sees me planning the next phase of my progress. To have photographed the World Indoor Athletics Championships, World Cup Athletics, European Indoor Athletic Championships and the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Paris last month, I need a new challenge. A new, higher goal to aim for.

The European Outdoor Athletic Championships take place in Paris next year and I am aiming to be there. To achieve that goal will take a big effort - that's the name of the game! Nothing is easy. Nothing can be taken for granted.

Spending a year photographing Premiership and International Football has honed my skills. The opportunity given to me by Dan Hambury at Focus Images has enabled me to learn from some fantastic photographers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

To stand next to and watch Mark Shearman (Athletic Images) work at several athletic events has given me a real insight into how to capture the action. Mark has an unparalleled history in photographing all levels of Athletics and has covered every Olympic Games since 1964! To witness a master at work is such a motivating experience.

Learning from my photographer friends, like Tom Smeeth and Ian Stephen, has made me challenge myself to push for a better result and a more captivating image.

Shooting sporting events is what I enthuse about, however, I also photograph a lot more outside of sport. My experience and knowledge extends from shooting portraits and headshots to events and from weddings to corporate work

Above all, I have made some great friends and enjoyed the banter that goes with the territory. 

The next phase has begun ...

My image of Andy Murray at Queen's Tennis Championships June 2019

[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Athletics Ian Stephen Mark Shearman Paris Queen's Tennis Steve O'Sullivan Photography Tom SMeeth Fri, 06 Sep 2019 18:00:00 GMT
Developing my skills ... It's what we do, right?

Strive to be the best we can. Keep reaching for those stars. Never standing still.

From tomorrow (weather permitting) I will join the Media at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at Arena Birmingham. Following a thoroughly enjoyable time at the British Indoor Athletic Championships, I was successful with my application for accreditation to 'The Worlds'

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mark Shearman MBE, Tom Smeeth and Adrian Royle was only going to be a positive for me. Learning from experienced sports photographers about settings and positioning was invaluable. Hopefully I will be able to put what I have learned into practice and move on with my photography.

There will be over 75 photographers in Birmingham for the championships and I will be trying my best to get some great shots. I have invested in a mini tripod and two Pocket Wizard wireless shutter release gizmos. Can't wait to give them a try. Better make sure I register the remotes and if I get authorization, place my camera no less than 1.5 hours before the event I want to capture.

Getting on to the infield will be difficult as there are agency photographers and other country photographers who do take priority. I will put my name down for one of the 'floating' infield bibs, however, and do my utmost when on there. Tomorrow sees the opening ceremony getting us off to a good start followed by the 2 high jump competitions and the Women's 3000m

I am ready for the challenge!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:39:13 GMT
365 Challenge - catchup Very remiss of me I know not to update my website with my #365Challenge images ...

I will post all the images that are outstanding now!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:53:11 GMT
"Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running." "Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running." - Julie Isphording, former Olympic runner

That quote would certainly apply to Angela Duncan of Hillingdon AC. Angela ran in the England Athletics National Cross Country Championships on Saturday 24 February 2018 for her club. So did over 9000 other runners! Parliament Hill, often quoted as the spiritual home of cross country, was the setting for Angela's run and what a beautiful sunny day it was. 

On climbing the hill (those of you who know the course will instantly recognise the enormity of my task!) Linda and I were gently cooled by a strong easterly wind blowing in as a pre-cursor to the Beast from the East. No, Vladimir Putin is not making a state visit any time soon - this is the name given by those clever meteorologists and weather people to the winds and weather coming at us from 'over there' wherever that may  be.

The races were off to a fine start with the Under 17 Women and followed very quickly by all the other age-groups (8 in all) culminating with the Senior Men, who ran over 12 kilometres. At the present time there is much debate about the inequality regarding the difference in race distances for the genders. It is a debate that will, hopefully, be resolved sensibly. Women race the same distances as Men on the track, so, why not cross country?

Angela ran in the Senior Women's race - 8k - and, at 77 years old was the oldest in the race. I do wonder when I get there, what am I doing here? It is cold and miserable but once you get that first mud splash and feet wet it can be quite amusing.”  she told Nick Hoult of The Daily Telegraph (you can read the article about the National Cross Country here).

Linda and I were made aware of the exploits of Angela by one of her clubmates, who told us quite a bit about this runner. On getting home, I googled Angela's name and found out that she also runs parkrun and ran, one week before 'The National', 32:01 at Black Park parkrun. Her best time over a 5k parkrun course is 28:44 completed in the 75 - 79 age group.

There is no doubting Angela's credentials or her quality. She also has a philosophical view when it comes to equality in race distances. “I don’t really want to go any further than I have to. Twice up that hill is a bit much,” says Angela Duncan, who has run eight marathons since her late 60s. “But I am old enough to remember when women were not allowed to do the marathon, the fact we can do that sort of thing is great. The youngsters coming through are brilliant and I can see they want to do the same as the men. It would send a more positive message to young girls but when you are out there and you are only doing 8k and the men are doing 10, it is quite nice.” (Once again - credit to the Daily Telegraph and Nick Hoult for the quote)

Angela completed the course in a time of 1:04.14 and finished 1105 out of 1113 finishers. 


[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:05:49 GMT
Keeping my focus This weekend, Linda and I are travelling to Birmingham.

Arena Birmingham is the venue for the British Athletics Indoor Championships and I am proud to have received accreditation to photograph the event. It is not that long ago that I started out on my journey, photographing Banstead Woods parkrun.

My first DSLR was a Canon 30D bought on eBay with a kit lens for around £190. It took a while to get used to the sophistication of the camera, however, I really enjoyed the rekindling of my interest in photography that had been born when I was a young boy. Don Esslemont, a very accomplished photographer, helped me immensely in those early stages at parkrun where I learned a lot about taking photographs of people moving.

Having been a runner in my youth, this was a great way to reconnect with a sport that had taken up so much of my teenage years. It gave me a renewed enthusiasm for my sport. It gave me a 'focus' and determination to improve. Many parkrun events followed and I also tried photographing other sports, including hang gliding!

Understanding how my camera worked gave rise to an improvement in the quality of my images. Trying different settings and having the confidence to make mistakes and learn from them has been crucial to that improvement. I decided I needed further guidance and enrolled on a photography day with award-winning photographer Mark Pain.

We shot at Wembley Stadium on the day that Saracens and Harlequins went head-to-head in their 'Derby Day' match. What an experience! I certainly learnt a lot that day about how fast rugby is at that level. No sooner had I focused than the play was already 20 metres further on. I did manage to get some decent shots. More practice was needed!

My camera body had now changed to a Canon 7D mark I, which is a semi-pro body designed for sports photography. A camera doth not make the photographer however. You can take amazing images using a camera phone. The technique needed and the composition required are what I had to refine and improve. The camera did help with capturing high speed action.

2016 was a pivotal year for me as I was striving again to improve and challenge myself. Higher standard events had become my mantra. I wanted to try photographing football and managed to get along to two Womens Super League matches featuring Chelsea Ladies FC. In September 2016, I became the official club photographer of Dorking Wanderers FC. I must thank Kris Lea for the faith he showed in me and for the huge welcome I got from all at the club! 'The Wanderers' has become yet another 'home' for me and Linda.

2016 also saw me capture a sub 4 minute mile at the famous Iffley Road track in Oxford. This was the track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4 minutes for the mile barrier back in 1954. On the day I was there, for a British Milers Club event, Andy Baddeley broke the 4 minute barrier in his first win for a number of years. It was a great moment. I also had the pleasure of meeting David Lowes, an England Athletic coach and National Secretary of the BMC.

Parliament Hill in May 2017 was a massive event for me. Ben Pochee agreed for me to capture images of the impressive 'Night of the 10,000m PB's'. What an event! It gave me a platform to showcase what I had learned so far and the opportunity to capture images of top athletes. I must have done a good job as Ben has appointed me official photographer for this year's event which incorporates the European Cup team 10,000m event.

I managed to get along to some British Athletics League and Southern Athletics League meetings and a couple of BMC meets. This was adding to my experience and gave me plenty opportunities to hone my skills - a task that truly is ongoing and will always be that way. My camera bodies are now the excellent Canon 1DX mark I and the Canon 5D mark III. Lenses are all f/2.8 or wider.

Shooting indoor sport is a challenge, however, it is one that I relish. Two major Pole Vault events gave me that opportunity and I have to thank Allan Williams for that. Allan was an international pole vaulter back in the 1970's and is also a World Masters champion. We have become good friends and Al is such a motivator to pole vaulters and supporters alike!

To today. On the eve of my latest event, I can reflect on the road I have travelled. There are many people who have given me encouragement and support and advice. I thank you all. However, the journey does not end here. This weekend is a stepping stone and one I am looking forward to.

[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:42:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 41 The twelfth letter of the Modern English Alphabet features today. It is also the first letter in the forename of my Wife.


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:43:30 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 40 Linda (often an inspiration to me) came up with this idea for Day 40 of my 365 Challenge.

It is entitled "Sunday Marking" and it is a task on this day Teachers across the country try to avoid. However, with so much else going on at weekends, Linda marked today ...

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:52:44 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 39 Day 39 of my #365Challenge took me to Burgess Hill for a Mid Sussex Active #KeyStepsGym competition at St Pauls Catholic College.

Several schools took part in the Upper KS2 event which was superbly organised by MSA and judged professionally by the Sports Leaders

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:48:36 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 38 Not particularly creative this shot.

Not particularly arty.

What it is though, is a bit of History. My image today for Day 38 of my #365Challenge is of 5 pieces of the #coldwar #USSR

I visited the #USSR in Feb 1974 #StPetersburg #Mockba #PhotoADay

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 37 It had to be, didn't it?

Day 37 of my #365Challenge and the #Supermoon2018 is my #photoaday #PhotographyIsArt

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:20:25 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 36 Day 36 of my 365 Challenge took me to Banstead High Street and after my meeting with Hannah from Pink Spaghetti in Caffe Nero I took this shot ... (Tuesday 30 January 2018)

It looks like a traditional high street to me @WOIBanstead #streetphotography #photoaday #PhotographyIsArt


Suurrey Wedding PhotographerDay 36

[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:10:59 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 35 Indoors again today (Monday) for a close-up image of a pack (deck) of cards.

Can you spot the Joker in the pack?


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 34 On Sunday, the football theme continued with a visit ti #FAWSL team Chelsea Ladies FC who were playing Eevrton Ladied FC at Kingsmeadow in Kingston.

There was a great atmosphere and there were many families in attendance. This chap summed up the day for me!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 33 Football - Non-League that is - plays a big part in our lives. Linda and I have travelled many miles to support Dorking Wanderers of the Bostik Premier League and every one of them has been worth it!

Saturday was no exception. An 'awayday' to Brightlingsea Regent in Essex provided my #photoaday image for today (Saturday). I entitle this one "That's what winning feels like!"


Surrey Wedding PhotographerDay 33

[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 32 Beddington Park in Wallington was my venue for Day 32 of my #photoaday challenge.

The sun decided to put its hat on and provide a lovely blue sky as a backdrop for me. The church is St Mary's, Beddington and is #GradeII listed and was built in the 14th Century.


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:46:31 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 31 Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!

#BurnsNight2018 is my theme for my #365Callenge today #photoaday #sláintemhaith

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 30 The weather outside is frightful!

Those words were certainly relevant yesterday ...

What is challenging me, are days like that and working out what to put in my image of the day. Hope this one works


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:30:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 29 I started collecting the Penguin Crime series books a few years ago and I have read a lot of them. It is refreshing to read the English language from many years ago.


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 28 Carshalton Ponds on a sunny afternoon was my venue for this image. There are many birds and varieties thereof to be captured, especially when someone throws some bread their way!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:21:27 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 27 Today has been quite grey and cold. Add in some sleet, snow and rain and it has prompted me to go for an indoor shot. Linda and I have been collecting old glass bottles for a few years now and they were reflecting the light interestingly a few minutes ago.


What will Day 28 bring?


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:30:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 26 Yesterday (Saturday 20 January 2018) found me at Westhumble Playing Fields. Before the Dorking Wanderers FC match, I decided that the view of Box Hill shrouded in low cloud and mist would be a great image to capture.


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:30:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 25 Thursday mornings (from 7am to 8:30am) are usually spent at Betchworth Park Golf Course in Dorking attending the Dorking Business Breakfast Group. Last Thursday was no different ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:30:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 24 I was 60 last year. For my Birthday I organised a bit of a bash. One of the many wonderful and thoughtful presents I received was this bottle of champagne. With thanks to the Executive Committee of Dorking Wanderers FC


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:26:20 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 23 Possibly my favourite sport to photograph is Track and Field Athletics. The reasons for this are ...

I really enjoyed my time as an athlete competing first for Kingston AC based in the then named Norbiton Sports Ground (now known as Kingsmeadow). After a year at Kingston AC I moved to Hercules Wimbledon (based at Wimbledon Park Athletics Track). I spent many happy years competing for this club and my school.

It seemed a natural progression a few years ago, with the realisation that I would not be able to run any more, to capture those moments from a great sport. To be able to photograph the South of England Indoor Championships at the impressive Lee Valley Athletics Centre, was a privilege and pleasure for me! The full gallery is here


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:26:32 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 22 Following a meeting in Dorking, I decided to pop round to the Meadowbank Stadium and get a shot for today. It was still very grey and overcast, however, there was no drizzle today!

Not easy taking a photograph with a tall fence in the way - managed to hold the camera steady though and capture a decent shot. I especially like the way the St Martin's Church is keeping watch on the new stadium ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:15:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 21 Today was yet another grey drizzly day and I decided not to shoot any images outdoors. It didn't help that the drizzle didn't stop for very long. 

Also, the sky was a blank canvas today and not at all interesting. Therefore, my decision was to take a photograph indoors. I hope you like the image ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:05:50 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 20 This evening brings you a few of the corks we save every time we enjoy a bottle of wine, or Champagne! Our outlet of choice is Laithwaite's and we have tried many new wines from there.

I don't mind admitting I have actually enjoyed wines from Australia, New Zealand and California!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:24:11 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 19 Day 19 - I did go to a Grade II Listed building not far from where I live, however, there were too many cars in close proximity to get a clear view of it (This will feature at a later date). I decided to go to Beddington Park instead.

That did not turn out as planned either! Emergency Road works snarled traffic up for nearly 30 minutes right by the entrance I needed.

Where then?

Why, park in Sainsbury's car park and take a stroll. I noticed the 'old style' lamps and decided they would be the point of focus ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:45:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 18 This evening, Linda suggested taking a photo of her medal display which is in the hallway. She has worked very hard to get herself to a half-marathon from no running at all in 4 years. Linda ran her first parkrun at Banstead Woods on 22 January 2011 and her first half marathon on 01 March 2015.

Not bad at all!

The image is also a link to yesterday ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:29:33 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 17 Yesterday took me to Dorking. Not for football for a change!

It was the Surrey County AA Cross Country Championships for all age groups from U13 to Seniors.

The venue was Denbies Vineyard and what a great venue t was too. The Surrey CAA officials and volunteers were fantastic and the event ran smoothly from start to finish. The image below was taken just after the first 3 or 4 athleted had ccrossed the finish line in the U15 Girls race.

I called it "That was tough ..."


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:00:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 16 We decided to take the Christmas decorations down from the tree on Saturday as we had a spare (rare) afternoon. This was due to a waterlogged pitch causing the match to be called off - Dorking Wanderers FC v Wingate & Finchley FC that is.

The 'front room' had a good old clean and tidy up and I thought it would be a good place to take the Day 16 image. I am really enjoying experimenting with longer exposure and I used it again on Saturday.


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:10:13 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 15 My image today comes from Richmond Park - one of the Royal Parks.

This tree looked a lot more interesting than the majority in the park! The clouds decided to put in an appearance just at the right time too


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:04:48 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 14 Outside in the garden was my location for Day 14 of my #365Challenge ...

This won't be used for a while yet!

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:33:54 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 13 Day 13 of my #365Challenge also saw me indoors ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:32:20 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 12 Day 12 of my #365Challenge is a very popular board game ...

I hope you like my closeup this evening. It is (approx) a quarter of a million miles closer than yesterday's image. #PhotographyIsArt #photography #canonphotography #photoaday 


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) 365 challenge Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:30:41 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 11 After our lovely trip to Warrington and its environs (can I include Liverpool in that?!) and Halfway Bridge in West Sussex, I was wondering what to photograph today.

A casual glance outside revealed a very bright moon, low in the sky covered by scudding clouds.

A few attempts finally resulted in this image ...


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:35:57 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 10 A trip into Chichester yesterday took in the high street and Cathedral of this West Sussex city.

Whilst we were enjoying our walk, we came across this artwork drawn by Stik a graffiti artist who has murals all over the world.


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:31:27 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 9 You really do need to check out The Halfway Bridge Inn near Petworth in West Sussex. It is situated in a small hamlet along the A272 between Petworth and Midhurst.

We travelled down on Saturday after the Dorking Wanderers match (another 3 points!) and stayed until Monday 1st January 2018.

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:25:45 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 8 What to do for Day 8 when it was already approaching 8:30pm ...

As we made our way back to the Premiere Inn, Warrington, we decided to go for a long exposure shot from the Manchester Road 'flyover' above the M6. Junction 21 to be precise.

Again, for those technically minded amongst you, my settings were:-

ISO 100

Aperture f/22

Shutter Speed  30 seconds

Canon 5D mark III

Canon 35mm Lens


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:21:00 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 7 It was off to Liverpool yesterday to take the Grandkids to the Mattel Play area

We met Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam - what a treat!

The image is of the Radio City Tower


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:02:53 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 6 Day 6 found us up in Warrington visiting family. The image is of the corridor in the Premiere Inn, Warrington.

I was lying down on the carper outside our room to get this shot!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:59:33 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 5 A day at the football meant an opportunity for a wide angle view of Westhumble Playing Fields, the current home of Dorking Wanderers FC before the match started.

#photographyisart #365Challenge #photoaday #landscapephotography


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:21:01 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 4 Christmas evening relaxing with my wife, Linda ...

After a lovely day, we sat down and enjoyed a glass of 10 year-old White Port with some blue cheese.

Merry Christmas!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:56:20 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 3 As it's Christmas-time, we though we would bake some biscuits!

The recipe for these delightful cookies has been lying around for a couple of years now. Not sure why we chose this Christmas to make them ...


Day 3 is brought to you with the expertise of Linda on the baking front!


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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:06:13 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 2 It's day 2 of my 365 Challenge and it too me to Park Farm, Banstead Woods.

This is a regular Saturday morning venue for Linda and me, being as we are, Co-Directors of Banstead Woods parkrun. We arrived a bit early, so I decided to grab a quick photo.

Very different to yesterday's image. But then, that is what it is all about!

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[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:52:52 GMT
365 Challenge - Day 1 It's Day 1 of my #365challenge and the photograph is one from yesterday evening.

Linda and I travelled to London Bridge and walked to Butlers Wharf downriver from Tower Bridge. We took a few shots there and outside the GLA building and made our way to the Millenium Bridge. 

St Paul's Cathedral was, by now, lit up and looking resplendent under the early evening sky. This particular shot, for those of you fond of the technical stuff was take with a long exposure. ISO was 100 and I set the aperture to f/7.0. This resulted in a 14 second exposure. Linda stayed very still on the bridge which meant that she stood out amongst the smooth blurring of those people moving across the bridge.

I do hope you like the image. If you woild like to see more of the images we shot, please go to my Landscape gallery where there are all the images including some of the London Eye.

Day 2 tomorrow ...


[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) london millenium bridge river thames st paul's cathedral Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:51:46 GMT
365 Challenge 365 Challenge ...

"What on earth is a 365 challenge?", I can hear a few people asking.

If you google it, you will find that it is a challenge to photographers of the DSLR to the iPhone to take/capture an image every day for a year. Sounds easy doesn't it! Well, if you read a few blogs you will find that it is not so easy. That is why i am going to take the challenge and shoot every day regardless of what my assignment is that day and post it here on my blog.

Discipline is quite key in all of this. It's not just about being creative - it's about being creative every single day and thinking of interesting ways to portray your thoughts. Some have taken on a challenge set by others. Some have come up with a list of their own so that they can plan their days and their photographs.

My take on this challenge will be to decide on the day what it is I would like to capture. If I am really going to push myself to be more creative, I need that bit of pressure. I need to think on my feet. I need to capture the imagination of you - the people taking an interest in my work.

When will I start?

The 1st of January seems like a logical start date n'est-ce pas? For that reason alone it won't be! The day will arrive and I will start. It will be soon ...


[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) 365 challenge Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:01:20 GMT
25 Laps of the track ... 25 laps of the track ...


not something I ever contemplated when I was a young athlete!

You have got to be a Bedford, Radcliffe, Clarke, Potter, Farah, Pavey, Viren, Dibaba et al.

Now, to see and experience close up runners in the very top rankings of Europe, you can come along to Parliament Hill Athletics Track on Saturday 19 May 2018. The wizard event organiser that is Ben Pochee is at it again - only he has got several steps further by securing the European Cup 10,000m competition on the same afternoon and evening as the fantastic 'Night of the 10,000m pb's'

I was there last May, capturing as much of the action as I could. It was awesome. We don't often say that now where Track & Field is concerned. It's had a bad press for many years ... Not for me to be the judge. I was honoured to be part of what was a truly memorable event celebrating what is good about Track and Field and 10,000m especially.

Crystal Palace, on the 13 July 1973, was the venue for the memorable front-running of Dave Bedford when he broke the world record for the 10,000m. Here was a man who regularly clocked up 250 miles in training! It was a truly electric atmosphere that day. 

Fast-forward to 9 May 2017 and I was present at an event that hit the highs in terms of atmosphere - throw in appearances by none other than Lord Seb Coe, Paula Radcliffe MBE, Wendy Sly MBE and Ronnie O'Sullivan OBE and you were guaranteed to have a fun night. The real sparkle was provided by Ben and his wonderful team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to provide an inspiring and fun-packed event.

Athletes commented how much the atmosphere helped them and how it spurred them on. The place was buzzing! British Trials were won and lost; many pb's were set; many beers were drunk. Overall, it was a tremendous advert for Track and Field in this country and especially for 10,000m running. Read what Athletics weekly said after the 2017 event

Next year, in 2018, the atmosphere will definitely be going up a few notches as Europe comes to town! Read what European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen had to say about the event here

Here is one of my images from the event on 9 May this year. I am already looking forward to my association with the event next year as Official #Highgate10k Event Photographer.


[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:15:10 GMT
Keeping my focus ... Keeping your focus when making a conscious decision to diversify is not going to be easy!

What you need to be is bold and forward thinking. A plan is usually a good idea too!

With that in mind, I have taken on the challenge of photographing people and subjects that are not moving when I press the shutter. Portrait, weddings and corporate headshots spring to mind here although the only spring has been the one in my step.

It is a totally different mindset to the one I use when capturing those moving subjects as they rise high above the ground during their pole vault competition or sprint away from a tackle during a football match. Street photography is a blend of all things for me and one I enjoyed when I recently joined a walk through the lanes and roads of Brighton with 12 other keen snappers. 

Organised by the Royal Photographic Society no less, this was a day to get creative and capture images of all that is urban or street photography. Strangely, perhaps, it is not necessarily about the people - more a story of what you encounter whilst on your walk. 

It was an interesting day and I certainly pushed myself to look for what I perceived as 'interesting'. Now, that may not be what other people see. However, it is a matter of subjectivity ...


Portrait photography, on the other hand, is different again and a style I very much want to pursue. My recent foray into this 'genre' of photography was helped enormously by the delightful Claudia Lavender, who is not only an accomplished pole vaulter (pb of 3.60m), but is also a very accomplished model. I will probably make her blush a little when I say that as she is a very modest young woman.

Our shoot was an interesting one and I certainly learnt a lot about lighting and posing that day.

It has been very rewarding to push myself out of my 'comfort zone' and learn and hone skills that will no doubt help me become a better photographer. The joy I get when I capture a moment is fulfilling and gives me a real buzz. Long may that continue! Surrey Portrait Photographer



[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:30:00 GMT
It's a Marathon not a Sprint ...        As the Ryman League South season draws to a close after 46 regular season matches, I am very excited about the match taking place at Westhumble Playing Fields tomorrow evening. On top of this semi-final playoff match, I am also looking forward to the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend starting on Saturday 29th April and finishing on Monday 1st May.

       Now, if Dorking Wanderers are successful against Hastings United FC tomorrow evening, they will be playing at 3pm on Saturday 29th April! I will need to to get my skates on to be at Westhumble in plenty of time to capture all the action. Coming back to the football, 'The Wanderers' have amassed a fantastic total of 105 points - exactly the same as Tooting and Mitcham United FC. Tooting and Mitcham were champions by goal difference. After a season that started in mid-August it's a tremendous achievement to reach that level especially as it is only Dorking's second season in the Ryman South.

       Looking forward to Saturday, I am very pleased to be involved with an event that brings the community together around East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. This superb event has been going for 6 years and is going from strength to strength. Many organisations are involved in supporting the event and it has 3 main sponsors - mid sussex wellbeing    Mid Sussex Argus    New River

       Having been involved with 'The Wanderers' since 27th September 2016, I have become a real fan! I am always buzzing when I arrive at the ground and have found that I am getting there so early now that I am there before the coaching staff and players. It allows me to soak up the atmosphere in the build up to kick off. It really has been a marathon season. Come on The lads!

       On Sunday I will be making my way from Haywards Heath after the 10 miler to Swanley in Kent to do a website shoot. This involves taking photographs of the client's business with a view to showcasing the business on their website. Again, it will be a case of getting my act together to make it on time at the shoot in Swanley.

       Finally, I have a journey to Burgess Hill for the 3rd part of the marathon weekend - 10K or 6 miles - which will be quite an achievement for those runners who complete all 3 races. My marathon doesn't end there however, as I will have all the captured images to edit and upload.

Bring it on!  

[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:18:39 GMT
Spring has sprung! Spring has most definitely sprung! 

The warm and fantastic conditions at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton are testament to that. There were some outstanding performances by the young athletes from the local Surrey and South London area - all of them 19 or younger.

My main aim for the day was to capture images for Sutton and District AC, however, such was the variety of events that I ended up snapping away quite regularly.

On the track we had everything from 100m up to 1500m. Wheelchair athletes were also on show and the races were competitive and exciting. How refreshing to be a part of an inclusive event ... David Weir and his coach, Jenny Archer, were there too. What a day!


Spring has seen the launch of my new website too, with lots of galleries and a showcase for all my photographic work. You can see Olympic athletes alongside non-league footballers and landscapes alongside wildlife. There is something for everyone here.

Take a look at the Portrait pages too. I recently attended a course at the award-winning Hannah Couzens' Studio in St Albans. I was learning how to light models in the studio and came away with such a buzz! If you need a corporate headshot, or a newborn photoshoot, give me a call.

[email protected] (Steve O'Sullivan Photography) Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:23:10 GMT