I finally fulfilled a long term promise to actually see both Aberdeen University & Robert Gordon University play basketball this season. As awesome as it has been to watch some of the best teams in the North of the UK visit St Andrews this year, all of the matches have been massively one sided. I have missed the excitement of the Wednesday BUCS matches in Scottish 1A which in the past have gone right down to the wire.

This match was part of the Granite City Challenge varsity battle between Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University. RGU won BUCS Scottish 1A earlier this year but Aberdeen took the victory here 50-48 in a thrilling close contest.

What a challenge this turned out to be. The Sports Village in Aberdeen is a little similar to Oriam in design with bright blue walls on one side and spectator seating down the other. The key difference though is that they were playing in two thirds of the hall which meant a big green curtain was drawn behind one of the baskets. For some crazy reason I decided to shoot into the green curtain completely forgetting the disaster I had when doing that at Scotstoun last month. Unsurprisingly the end result was .

I’m not a fan of spending hours on post processing images but I had a bit of nightmare here. Firstly I had the set white balance similar to what I normally use at Oriam. Unfortunately I forgot to compensate for the fact that early in the match it was still daylight. Once the daylight started to fade my primary light source became the fluorescent lights which offer a much more blue tint.

I’m still not entirely satisfied with some of the early shots in the gallery which seem to look a little overexposed on two of my screens. My work laptop has one of those ridiculous HD displays with gorgeous colour definition but once I step away from it I can see my shots look nowhere near as vibrant or pretty on older screens. It’s something I need to bare in mind for future.

Special thanks goes to Aberdeen University for hosting, in particular Elena Georgiou for making this happen and Robert Gordon University for being so patient in waiting for me to get around to shooting them again. Hopefully I will see most of you again at some point next year in BUCS!

A full gallery of images can be found on my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pg/craigdoylemedia/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1263105430447480