A few pictures, not so many words.

The best way to start a fight?

I had the pleasure to receive an invitation for a Fight event in Stuttgart. A couple of Martial art schools and agents were setting up a series of fight events called Defenders Fighting Championship. Each event is planned to be full of fights of different classes and technicques. Amongst them Thaiboxing, Grappling and the famous Mixed Martial Arts.


The first event was last night. The first fight event ever to shoot for me. Not quite easy with the ring and the speed of the fighters, but it was great fun for me. Tell me what you think!

p.s. And the best way to start a fight? Well, according to comedian Ryan Stiles: Hey guys, wanna fight?’ Not the best pun, I admit.


14 responses

  1. I like this series; I think you captured the action really well.

    26/01/2013 at 23:17

  2. Really cool shots! Captured the action brilliantly!

    27/01/2013 at 12:12

  3. Great shots Andreas. I know it’s kind of a challenge with that sort of thing, a few years back I tried photographing at a professional wrestling event and had quite a hard time because of the lighting and motion (and because of the horrors of low light shutter lag with my cheeseball camera at the time). You did an excellent job, especially considering it was your first time shooting such subjects. Really, you captured the event like you’d done it a hundred times.

    28/01/2013 at 06:14

    • Thanks so much Dave! It was amazing at what speed the guys where throwing themselves onto the floor. From one second to the other they weren’t standing and kicking and boxing anymore but down trying to immobilize the opponent. I was pretty much ok with the light and shutter speed thanks to a hint of another photographer at the event. He told me to be at 1/320s at least, 1/500 being better and raise ISO accordingly. I’ve never shot indoors with that setting, but am glad it worked out. Thanks so much for your compliments again ๐Ÿ™‚ It was just like the lightning shots. I got lucky standing at the right side of the ring a few times when the guys were throwing themselves down and lying just in front of me, I guess. Looking forward to doing this again, though ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

      29/01/2013 at 12:33

  4. Doesn’t look like you had any liabilities to me. Composition is very good and tells the action story well. Just enough blur to give the sense of movement and nice exposure to bring attention immediately to the subjects.

    28/01/2013 at 17:42

    • Thank you so much for your feedback, Mel! I was so glad, that some of the shots turned out this way. Usually I am more used to less light and music as a background, not two guys trying to strangle themselves ๐Ÿ™‚

      29/01/2013 at 12:45

  5. foxxiecinnamon

    These are great ! Almost like being in the ring with them ๐Ÿ˜› Glad I’m not though !

    28/01/2013 at 19:46

    • I was so glad to have the ropes between the contenders and me. There were some occasions where the guys where smashing down just in front of me. Happy times! Thanks for your comment, Darran ๐Ÿ™‚

      29/01/2013 at 12:49

  6. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad I could check yours out, because your photos are amazing!! I especially like that you take photos of musicians – one would think it would be difficult to find much visually appealing variety in it, but you seem to have done it and done it well.

    29/01/2013 at 02:09

    • Hi there! Thanks for returning the visit ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, there is so much variety in the music itself, so I only need to capture that, I guess. Concerts and music events is what I love to do since it brings so many things I love together. Thanks again for your visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

      29/01/2013 at 12:52

  7. Great shots.

    Interest for me as I’m a practitioner of Muay Thai and a photographer

    21/05/2013 at 00:16

    • Thank you for your kind comment, steve ๐Ÿ™‚

      22/05/2013 at 22:09

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