Into May and ‘final season’ has arrived. With two associations and four leagues there are an overwhelming number of cup competitions in Fife. Friday was my first final of the year featuring AM Soccer against Auchtermuchty Bellevue in the Ron Brindley Memorial Cup (or FAFA Premier Division Cup).

I had never been to Treaton Park, home of Junior club Kennoway Star, to photograph before so I was amused to find myself parking in a farmer’s field and then having to walk between more fields to get up to the pitch. The park itself was nice with facilities to cater for a sizable number of supporters however I was a bit baffled by the choice of location given that the pitch sits on the side of a hill with an obvious incline creating one of the most uneven playing surfaces I’ve seen.

Initially I was going to setup my gear at the bottom of the hill expecting the goals at that end. However I had come out to support AM Soccer and the teams opted to switch sides before kick-off so I went to the top end of the ground instead. As luck would have it, the change ended up putting me in the perfect spot. AM Soccer scored in the first half, then had a man sent off before half time. I gambled on Auchtermuchty taking advantage of the extra man to get back into the game and that too paid off nicely as they scored twice. The first being the shot of the goalkeeper stretching in vain as the ball goes over his head and hits the back of the net. Not the type of shot I get often so when it pays off it looks unique.

One interesting element of this match was the post processing of the images. The horrible fog that started to set in during the second half meant visibility was reduced and shots at distance lacked contrast. I normally like to keep my workflow very simple in order to maximise the speed of my post processing but I had to throw in a little dehaze adjustment to correct the contrast.

I have another final coming up next Friday as Leven United take on Greig Park Rangers up at Kelty. It has been a few years since I’ve been up there but I’m looking forward to photographing the two local rivals as they contest the Fife Cup.