Ed Boyden: My top 5 photos of 2015/16

Sean Francis scores Bromley's first ever goal in the National League to make it 1-1 against Wrexham
Sean Francis scores Bromley's first ever goal in the National League to make it 1-1 against Wrexham

As part of our new fan feature photographer Ed Boyden shares his favourite photos from the 2015/16 season. 

I always find it hard to pick photos when I’m asked to select my favourites. As a photographer a favourite photo can be due to it’s technical merits or the composition, rather than the actual memory or piece of history which is being captured. Jeff has asked me to pick my “top 5 photos from Hayes Lane 2015-2016” so here they are – a mixture of both memories and what I consider my “top” photos.

Sean Francis scores Bromley's first ever goal in the National League to make it 1-1 against Wrexham
Sean Francis scores Bromley’s first ever goal in the National League to make it 1-1 against Wrexham

Photo 1

  • Details: Captured 8th August 2015 at 15:23
  • Exposure: 1/2000 at f/4
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal length: 105mm

This photo actually ticks both boxes in that it captures a great memory and in my eyes is a good action photo. The memory is obviously that it is the scoring of Bromley’s first goal in the National League against Wrexham, taking a photo of a “first” is always a great piece of history memorialised. From a technical point of view I like the captured action, the ball in flight and two defenders in the air trying to block the shot.

Angus Macdonald of Torquay United celebrates opening the scoring against
Angus Macdonald of Torquay United celebrates opening the scoring against

Photo 2

  • Details: Captured 16th April 2016 at 15.10
  • Exposure: 1/2000 at f/4
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal length: 135mm

My second photo is probably at first viewing an odd choice to appear on the Bromley website as it is of a goal being scored by the opposition but the composition of the players and the celebration and excitement on their faces makes this one of my favourite photos of the whole season.

Josh Coulsen of Cambridge United controls the ball
Josh Coulsen of Cambridge United controls the ball

Photo 3

  • Details: Captured 25th July 2015 at 16.19
  • Exposure: 1/2000 at f/4
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal length: 70mm

Pre-season is as important for photographers as players (in my opinion) after a couple of months away from taking photos of matches it can take a little while to get back up to speed. Often there isn’t that much action to capture in pre-season games so to get this photo of the player in the air with the ball resting on the end of his foot was a real highlight. I’ve probably attempted another 10 photos like this since and not got anywhere near the same precision.

Threatening skies over Hayes Lane
Threatening skies over Hayes Lane

Photo 4

  • Details: Captured 25th July 2015 at 14.22
  • Exposure: 1/2500 at f/9
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal length: 17mm

This is the only non action photo I’ve selected. Before the pre-season friendly against Cambridge United I wandered around the ground to take some general “stock” photos and noticed that a very dark threatening cloud formation was overhead. I decided to convert the photo to black and white to add to the effect.

Chris Kettings of Bromley makes a save against Chester City
Chris Kettings of Bromley makes a save against Chester City

Photo 5

  • Details: Captured 26th September 2015 at 15.01
  • Exposure: 1/4000 at f/4
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal length: 120mm

A bit like photo 3, capturing a decent photo of a goalkeeper in action is actually pretty difficult, especially if you’ve been tracking the striker as he kicks the ball and then the ball in the air. Normally you get a photo without the ball or the fans in the background in focus. Therefore this one of Chris Kettings diving to save the ball as it touches his hand is a favourite.

All of these photos plus many others of Bromley games dating back to the 2004-2005 season can be found on my website: www.edboydenphotos.co.uk

Next up will be Mark Avenell with his top 5 photos!

Wish to contribute to the new site? Drop us an email info@bromleyfc.co.uk for more details!

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