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For the love of the game: Shooting grassroots football on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Footballers silhouetted against the early morning fog.
This is one of Eddie Keogh's favourite shots – a timeless image of amateur football players silhouetted against the fog during an early morning game between Yacht Tavern and CDA in Southampton, England. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (now succeeded by the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III) with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens (now succeeded by the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM) at 70mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4.0 and ISO200. © Eddie Keogh

Canon Ambassador Eddie Keogh makes his living shooting professional sport at the highest level, both as the official photographer for the England football team and covering Premier League football, international rugby and other top sporting events. Yet when he's not doing his day job, there's nothing he enjoys more than photographing amateur footballers.

Eddie's lighthearted and affectionate pictures of the English Sunday league celebrate the passion and dedication of the men and women who play grassroots football week after week, purely for the love of the game. "It isn't about action pictures," says Eddie. "That's the last thing I'm interested in for this project – unless it's an unusual action picture. I want to tell the story of Sunday morning football – the quirkiness and the camaraderie. It's about the social side, the changing rooms, the mud, the wonky goalposts, the team talks. I always enjoy seeing the funny side of life, and I like to get pictures that raise an eyebrow or a smile."

Eddie has been a keen footballer since childhood, and learned many of his skills photographing local matches as a teenager. But after a 35-year career shooting sport at the highest level, what has driven him to give up his spare time to stand in muddy fields, braving wind and rain, to photograph local teams?

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