Continuing our series of extracts from ‘The Lost World of Football’ ….
Hardest game in the World… taking photos up the football. Or, at least, it used to be.
Photographers now can set up their little camp a comfortable distance from the touchline, because their 30,000x optical zoom lens can focus on an ant’s kneecap on the edge of the penalty area.
Not like their counterparts from the 70s who used to build a fortress of silver camera boxes a few inches from the whitewashed line on the turf. Each sharp, gleaming corner waiting to break the fall of your new £100,000 centre-forward.
Today’s photographers can fire off 200 shots free of charge and then pick the best one after a quick viewing on the laptop. The snappers from the old days had to use up expensive film and hope like hell they had managed to capture something worthwhile.
Photo: Dave Morcom
Instead of instantly uploading their images to a photo agency they had to send a runner off on a motorbike back to the office to develop the film, scan the best images using a machine the size of a modest family saloon, and then fax the pixelated version up the phone line to Fleet Street in readiness for the Sunday papers.
And they still looked crap.
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