Snapping Rooney as he bursts through
- 26 Jun 06, 02:15 PM
Ross Kinnaird is a sports photographer covering the World Cup for Getty Images. He has been sharing some of his photos and the techniques behind them on our blog.
His latest guest entry shows Wayne Rooney muscling his way through the Ecuador defence.
England v Ecuador, 25 June 2006, Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium, Stuttgart, Germany. Rooney battles his way between two Ecuador defenders
This picture shows the tension of the match with the stifling heat and Ecuador's defence all thrown into the mix. I shot this on a 400mm lens, 640th of a second at 2.8, which was perfect to capture this particular shot. But it was a bit risky because if Rooney had carried on running towards the goal and looked set to score, I'd have had to act fast to change the settings on the camera to take the best possible image of the goal/shot. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the way England are performing - so here's mine! There's a striking similarity in the way our team is playing now compared to the England team of 1966 - both started off the World Cup tournament by playing some pretty ordinary football. But, as everybody knows, you can't win the World Cup in the first few weeks of the tournament, so things are really starting to heat up in Germany now we're through to play Portugal…