I was asked at the a few months ago by my good friend Rannoch Donald of http://www.100repchallenge.com/ to photograph the World Calisthenic Organisation's Battle of the Bars 21 event at the Birmingham N.E.C as part of the Body Power Expo. This wasn't a difficult decision to make as it gave me my first opportunity to photograph such a big event like this.
My camera of choice for the event was a Sony A6000 with a 16-50mm lens (the only digital camera i have), which was great for the job as it is so easy to use, light to carry and i knew it wouldn't let me down. As with most of my work i shot the whole event in black and white using the on camera flash.
I have to admit i was fairly nervous on the day itself as i had never done anything like this before, but as soon as i arrived i was put at ease by the friendliness of all the athletes and crew and how chilled out everyone was.
I wasn't the only photographer at the event either. Accompanied and helped by his partner i had the pleasure to meet and get some advice from Chris of Chris Bevan Photography http://chrisbevanphotography.co.uk/. Watching another photographer with experience in this game was an excellent opportunity to learn from someone who knew how to work with the athletes. Without doubt i learnt a lot from Chris that day.
Once the action started i just went with the flow, not having any real plan i just tried to capture as many good moments as i could.
Hope you enjoy looking at the images.
A big thank you to Rannoch Donald and Brendan Cosso of the WCO for allowing me to photograph the event.
Can't wait to see everyone again next year.