Australia v India: 3rd Test Boxing Day Test match Cricket

A few of my selects from the 2014 Boxing day test match between Australia Vs India.
The match ended in a draw seeing Australia regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on a tense final day at the MCG.

Not the most exciting cricket match in terms of photos, in fact day 1 was easily the most boring day of cricket i have ever covered.

General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com

G20 Leaders Summit 2014 Brisbane

My first major political summit, first of many I hope. I have always had a great interest in geo-politics so getting the ‘guernsey’ to cover G20 was certainly a privilege. In saying this I wouldn’t be lying if I said it was a bit anti-climatic from a photographers point of view as most sessions were highly restricted for accredited media. Photographing press conferences can be mundane at the best of times let alone in rooms where the light is even & the backgrounds the same from most angles, so whenever the chance to shoot something slightly different presented itself I made sure to jump on it. Nevertheless being in the presence of some of the world biggest movers & shakers, the various press corps & delegates made for an interesting experience.

Below are a few of my selects.

United States of America, President Barack Obama walks towards the podium to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United States of America President Barack Obama walks towards the podium to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy makes an expression during a Joint EU Presidential media briefing at the G20 Leader's summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy makes an expression during a Joint EU Presidential media briefing at the G20 Leader’s summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Kingdom Prime Minster David Cameron speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Kingdom Prime Minster David Cameron speaks during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United States of America, President Barack Obama speaks and makes a gesture with his hands during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama speaks and makes a gesture with his hands during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a gesture while he addresses the press during at the G20 Leader's summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a gesture while he addresses the press during at the G20 Leader’s summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Police form a line to block protestors from walking through the CBD during the G20 Leader's summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Police form a line to block protestors from walking through the CBD during the G20 Leader’s summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Aboriginal rights activists protest during the G20 Leader's summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Aboriginal rights activists protest during the G20 Leader’s summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
A G20 protestors holds up a sign reading 'Don't shoot' in front of a police officer during the G20 Leader's summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
A G20 protestors holds up a sign reading ‘Don’t shoot’ in front of a police officer during the G20 Leader’s summit held in Brisbane Australia. Protests were held in a peaceful manner under the close observation of Police. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
 President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott arrives to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott arrives to speak during his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) Madame Christine Lagarde speaks and makes a gesture with her hand during her final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) Madame Christine Lagarde speaks and makes a gesture with her hand during her final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama (silhouette) walks off the stage at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit.  (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved
President Barack Obama (silhouette) walks off the stage at the conclusion of his final press conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane at the conclusion of the g20 Leaders Summit. (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake all right reserved

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 5 OF 5

Day 5 of 5 of the ‪#‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge‬ a good place to end at Flinders Street station in my home city of Melbourne.
Thanks all for looking at my work over the last 5 days, its been good for me to go back through my archive.

Commuters in front of Flinders Street Station
Commuters in front of Flinders Street Station

If you would like to see some Australia’s leading Photojournalists & Sport photographers work during the #‎fivedayblackandwhitechallenge highly regarded & well respected Australian Photojournalist Brian Cassey (www.briancasseyphotographer.com) has been kind enough to compile a list of photographers work over on his blog.

http://www.briancasseyphotographer.com/blog/2014/11/5-day-bw-challenge/

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 4 OF 5

Day 4 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge
A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.

A bit of a story about this pic. This man pictured tried to get my attention from the other side of the road, i asked my fixer what the issue was & all he wanted a photo taken of him, so i happily obliged.

We spoke (through my fixer) & i found out he fought for the Mujahideen against the Russians & stepped on a land mine. We spoke a bit more about apples & cricket of all things. I asked him if he was going to be around the bazaar for long & told him to hang around cause i want to get the photo printed & hand it to him. An hour later i got the print but couldn’t find the man….

#BlackandWhiteChallenge #reportage #travelphotography #lonelyplanetimages #B&Wchallenge
#Afghanistan

A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.
A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 3 OF 5

Day 3 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge A portrait of an elderly Aboriginal women at her home in the remote community of Warburton in Western Australia, just to the south of the Gibson Desert.

A portrait of an elderly Aboriginal women at her home in the remote community of Warburton in Western Australia, just to the south of the Gibson Desert. 20/05/2009
A portrait of an elderly Aboriginal women at her home in the remote community of Warburton in Western Australia, just to the south of the Gibson Desert. 20/05/2009

#australia #BlackandWhiteChallenge #reportage #photojournalism #australia #B&Wchallenge

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE DAY 2 OF 5

Day 2 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amongst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010

#BLACKANDWHITECHALLENGE #reportage #photojournalism #Afghanistan #refugees #B&Wchallenge

A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amoungst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010
A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amoungst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp in the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010

Black and White Photography Challenge Day 1 of 5

I have been nominated by Mark Dadswell(www.markdadswell.com) & Jeff Crowe (www.explorer-media.com) for the B&W challenge.
So lets go back to when my career started nearly 5 years ago.
3/2/2010 – A large number of supporters of defeated 2010 Presidential Candidate former Army General Sarath Fonseka cheer at a rally where Fonseka denounced the results and claimed that the election results were fraudulent. – Hyde Park Colombo Sri Lanka.

Hyde Park Sarath Fonseka Rally

2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup

My 5th Melbourne cup and by now I would like to think I have got the hang of it. I have always had a love hate relationship with covering the cup, I’m not a fan of horse racing for a few reasons nor am I a fan of waiting in the VIP birdcage section for some B-grade celebrity to rock up so I can take a photo of them begrudgingly holding a lavazza coffee cup in one of the many shameless publicity displays.

What I do love though is photographing the people. It’s the one event where you get a complete cross-section of society. From the rich to the working class to the MEGA rich, to the classy, the chronic gambler, the alcoholic, the trashy and everything in between all within walking distance from one another.

The day starts with grace in all corners & generally ends with varying degrees of moral decay. To borrow a quote from Sydney Morning Herald columnist Sam de Brito (@samdebrito) Melbourne cup “It’s New Year’s Eve at 3pm with animal cruelty”. Below are a few of my selects from the day.

Winning Jockey Ryan Moore who rode Protectionist to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup raises the trophy as photographers take photos during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Winning Jockey Ryan Moore who rode Protectionist to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup raises the trophy as photographers take photos during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Ryan Moore riding Protectionist approaches the finish line before winning the race during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ryan Moore riding Protectionist approaches the finish line before winning the race during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Two drunk racegoers passed out on the lawn surrounded by rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Two drunk racegoers passed out on the lawn surrounded by rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Racegoers in one of the VIP tents during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Racegoers in one of the VIP tents during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A spectator in a wheelchair is pushed through the crowd along the lawns of the General Admin area during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A spectator in a wheelchair is pushed through the crowd along the lawns of the General Admin area during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women jumps over piles of rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women jumps over piles of rubbish during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Men dressed as Teenage mutant ninja turtles taunt a man who has been arrested by police during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Men dressed as Teenage mutant ninja turtles taunt a man who has been arrested by police during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women with a colourful headpiece sitting on a bench smokes a cigarette during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A women with a colourful headpiece sitting on a bench smokes a cigarette during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A Silhouette of a racegoers's headpiece during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A Silhouette of a racegoers’s headpiece during the Emirates Melbourne Cup Day held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia.Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

More pics at the telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/picturegalleries/11207422/Melbourne-Cup-in-pictures-British-jockey-Ryan-Moore-wins-on-Protectionist.html?frame=3094738

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/picturegalleries/11207422/Melbourne-Cup-in-pictures-British-jockey-Ryan-Moore-wins-on-Protectionist.html?frame=3094738
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/picturegalleries/11207422/Melbourne-Cup-in-pictures-British-jockey-Ryan-Moore-wins-on-Protectionist.html?frame=3094738

 

 

 

And one in print at the Daily Mirror
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Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2014

Easily one of the weirdest things i have photographed but something refreshingly different too.

A-League Round 3 : Melbourne Victory Vs Melbourne City F.C

Not just another ordinary night at Etihad but the first Melbourne Derby between Melbourne Victory & the Re-branded Melbourne City F.C. In front of a sold out crowd, spectators were spoilt with goals in an entertaining first half with Melbourne City F.C with the assistance of World Cup Winner David Villa, seeing their side go into half time at 2-2 against the highly rated Victory. The second half however was one way traffic with Melbourne Victory showing why they are the standout side so far this season ending up victors 5-2.

From a photographers point of view, as always i ended up shooting at the end with the least amount of goals. Even the rare chance to shoot a football superstar in David Villa proved to be anti-climatic as his teammates (albeit for a brief period of 4 games) hardly passed him the ball.  Anyway below are a few of my selects from the evening.

October 25, 2014: Melbourne Victory fans celebrate as a flare is lit during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Melbourne Victory fans celebrate as a flare is lit during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Archie Thompson (#10) of Melbourne Victory gets his shirt pulled during a tackle by Jason Hoffman (#17) of Melbourne Cityduring the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Archie Thompson (#10) of Melbourne Victory gets his shirt pulled during a tackle by Jason Hoffman (#17) of Melbourne Cityduring the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Besart Berisha (#8) of Melbourne Victory is challenged for the ball by Aaron Mooy (#6) as Rob Wieleart of Melbourne City slides in for a tackle during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Besart Berisha (#8) of Melbourne Victory is challenged for the ball by Aaron Mooy (#6) as Rob Wieleart of Melbourne City slides in for a tackle during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Besart Berisha (#8) of Melbourne Victory celebrates with Daniel Georgievski (#15) of Melbourne Victory after scoring a goal during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Besart Berisha (#8) of Melbourne Victory celebrates with Daniel Georgievski (#15) of Melbourne Victory after scoring a goal during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Nathan Coe (#1) of Melbourne Victory clears the ball from the box away from Mate Dugandzic (#23) of Melbourne City during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Nathan Coe (#1) of Melbourne Victory clears the ball from the box away from Mate Dugandzic (#23) of Melbourne City during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Iain Ramsay (#7) of Melbourne City kicks the ball mid air during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Iain Ramsay (#7) of Melbourne City kicks the ball mid air during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: James Brown (#14) of Melbourne City collides with Leigh Broxham (#6) of Melbourne Victory after going up for a header during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: James Brown (#14) of Melbourne City collides with Leigh Broxham (#6) of Melbourne Victory after going up for a header during the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Mark Milligan (#5) of Melbourne Victory tackles James Brown (#14) of Melbourne Cityduring the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 25, 2014: Mark Milligan (#5) of Melbourne Victory tackles James Brown (#14) of Melbourne Cityduring the match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City F.C at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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