A game of two halves

On Sunday I was due to shoot the first cup final of the season, and waking up to glorious sunshine, I was very much looking forward to it. With barely a cloud in the sky, I made my way to the ground in Welwyn, only to find it deserted.

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After a quick search online, I found out that the match had been postponed, so I made my way to King George V playing fields, where two pitches had been cleared for use.

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The sun continued to beat down on me, so I spent some time switching between the two matches, capturing some decent action in nice light.

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During the second half, the sunshine suddenly disappeared, replaced by ominous dark clouds as the heavens opened.

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Rain turned to hail, as a strong wind blasted across the field, freezing the participants to the core. In the space of five minutes, I went from warm and bone dry to completely soaked through.

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With the rain lashing down relentlessly, my camera stopped focusing properly, the lens was constantly foggy, and water was collecting in the lens hood.

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Eventually I had to stop shooting as my hands were so numb I couldn’t feel the camera, and the only way I could tell whether I was pressing the shutter button or not was from the clicks!

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To see more photos from the Welwyn Hatfield Sunday Football League, visit my dedicated webpage andytodd.co/whsfl.

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