Thursday, 9 November 2017

Top Tip #2

Get a good camera. And a good long lens.

And that's pretty much it.

Chances are, if you're a Brit like C. Moore, you've had your fun trying to sneak a pic or two at a Bodybuilding event. Hope you had better luck than me. Would be quicker to tell you the federations that will still let me into the venue than those that won't. It's made C. Moore become a master of disguise, but that's a story for another day.

So, where you going to go to get your female muscle fix?

Sporting events is where.

C. Moore told all about his early athletics fascination the other day. And I still reserve most of my rare forays into the outside world for track meets (as you Americans like to call them). I'm mobile, schedule in hand. End of the back straight for the start of the 200m, right behind the start of the long jump/triple jump run, as close to the pole vault as I can get etc. - wherever the best chance of a glootage filled frame is.

It don't have to be track & field (we call it athletics, you know). Pick your sport, and take your camera. Gymnastics, tennis, beach volleyball (I know that's a popular and gloot-filled one), we have Crossfit events now, swimming used to be good (those body suits are the devil's work) but diving is still a winner... Check your local listings.

Sure, you are probably not going to see any of these top names, but consider this - once upon a time at local track & field events the Papoutsaki bum was on display; once upon a time Chelsea Coleman was on the floor at a state gymnastics competition; once upon a time Heather Watson was grunting at a county level tennis match.

But it doesn't end there.

Soon you realise you've got to take it everywhere. In these increasingly female-muscle-filled times you might pass potential memories every day. Summer and temptation may be around every corner. Winter perhaps not so much, but you won't forgive yourself if you're at the mall and spot some definition and don't have your equipment. Get used to lugging it around. The more it becomes part of you, the more like a real photographer you will feel, and the more genuine you'll seem to others.

And take it to the beach.

Take all the necessary precautions to make sure you don't fug it up by getting sand everywhere by finding a spot just off and putting that long lens to work. Seriously, it's a day out like no other, even if you don't see any great female beef, the prospect that you might will keep you going. And once in a while my friends, once in a while...

And then maybe once in a lifetime...

C. Moore recommends the Sigma 150-600mm Sport.

Though if Aleesha's hubby had invested, we might all be blind by now.

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