Photographer's Note

19 June 2006, Federation Square, Melbourne

In the wee hours (2am) on the morning of June 19, thousands of Socceroos fans--and a few brave Brazilians-- huddled at Federation Square against the chilly winter air to watch Brazil fight Australia for possession of a small white ball on the big screen live from Germany.

Here a group of fans, dressed for the occassion in the famous Aussie "green and gold", (ironically the same colours as Brazil) play up for the local press.

Soccer has suddenly taken the Australian sporting psyche by storm, the world game normally loses out to rugby and Australian-rules football for popularity and national coverage.

All that changed when Australia qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in 34 years, beating Uraguay for the last qualifying place in late 2005.

This is a messy, chaotic, sloppy photograph but I like it-- it captures the energetic face of the crowd, keen to ham it up for the press. And, as a stroke of rare luck-- my exposure was long enough to capture both my strobe and the one belonging to the press photographer next to me.

Therefore, this is one of the few photographs on TE to be captured using both Nikon and Canon flashes...

12mm, ISO640, fill flash -1.7EV compensation

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