Denmark’s Mikel Poe Rasmussen has set the standard for football photography

The Copenhagen Towers run by Anton Whitmore (28) runs soccer throughout Mermaid Bowl XXXII (2021-10-09). Vejle Atletikstadion, Vejle, Denmark, October 9, 2021. Picture by Mikkel Bo Rasmussen / 1st Down Picture (@1stdownphoto)

AFI: How did you get into pictures?

MBR: Once I was a child I used to be at all times the one to take footage on household journeys. I wasn’t pondering a lot about pictures on the time, however I should have had it inside me for a very long time. Nonetheless, it was in 2005 after I moved to Germany to work for an airline that I discovered myself with time and money on my palms on the lookout for a inventive interest to complement the high-tech issues I used to be doing at work. A former colleague of mine purchased a digital SLR digital camera for a visit to Central America across the similar time. It impressed me and determined to purchase me a digital camera and begin capturing.

AFI: Is pictures your full-time job?

MBR: No, I work full time as a coach and marketing consultant for a Danish firm making listening to aids. However typically I really feel like I’ve two full-time jobs after I exit to shoot on Saturdays and Sundays and edit pictures throughout week J.

Picture: Fabian Rasmussen /

AFI: What drew you to American soccer?

MBR: I went to a small neighborhood school in Nebraska, USA in 1992 and my host household was made up of Denver Broncos followers. So, I received to know the game fairly a bit there, though at the moment I used to be inquisitive about basketball and located it very obscure the principles of soccer. In 1999, Atlanta Falcons soccer participant, teammate Dane, and now HoF’er, Morten Andersen made an FG recreation win towards the Minnesota Vikings in extra time within the NFC Championship Recreation. Dane’s presence within the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time led to a Danish tv channel broadcasting NFL matches weekly from the 1999 season onwards. It coincided with “The Best Present on Turf” (1999-2001 St. Louis Rams) that caught the attention within the NFL and from that second I used to be utterly offered out within the sport (and on the rams). I liked the shine, the hits, the shifts in momentum, and the truth that any group can come again and win throughout the final two minutes of a recreation. The video games had been thrilling to the tip. And I nonetheless love that day.

AFI: When did you begin capturing AF video games?

MBR: I photographed two matches earlier than 2015, however wasn’t critical about photographing soccer till 2015. I began posting pictures beneath 1Road backside photograph The model has obtained lots of optimistic suggestions. I started learning the strategies of well-known American soccer photographers from Sports activities Illustrated, upgraded my gear because the season progressed, and experimented with filming areas throughout the sphere. It has been a journey ever since, continuously studying and continuously making an attempt new issues. The seek for the “excellent image” by no means ends.

Netherlands WR group Ashneil Wehlerman (19) will get a landing move from Netherlands QB Crew Tom van Duin (4) throughout EC Denmark Crew Qualifier towards Crew Netherlands at Gentofte Stadion, Denmark, (10-19-2019). (Picture: Mikkel Boe Rasmussen/first backside photograph).

AFI: What sort of strategy do you are taking when capturing AF video games?

MBR: That is my eighth yr of capturing soccer and issues have modified fairly a bit since I began. To start with, all I used to be targeted on was to comply with the ball as a result of it could positively result in job. However this doesn’t essentially result in good take photograph. I used to be obsessive about capturing each drop. They’ve modified over time, so now I am greater than keen to sacrifice some level captures to get higher footage of my gamers. A line operator was stored trapped whereas QB fires a bomb into a large open receiving discipline. I would comply with protected roaming into the deep zone as a substitute of following the ball service. However basically, I search for the peak of motion, disaster and emotion. That is what soccer is all about for me.

I attempt to put together for every recreation by wanting on the recreation menu and taking a look at earlier video games for key gamers to watch and choose what sort of assault the groups have. Operating backwards could also be an excessive amount of of an impediment, security could also be good for a prepared meal or two per recreation, or an O-lineman could also be a pie machine. I need to be certain that I keep a bit on these guys that enhance my probabilities of getting image of fine motion. I normally deal with getting good pictures of QBs and RBs through the first quarter, spend the second and third quarters making an attempt to get good pictures of gamers or different key positions, after which comply with the motion as the sport peaks within the fourth quarter. I additionally attempt to get pictures of the reactions and pictures of the followers inside as nicely.

AFI: What does a typical recreation day seem like to you?

MBR: Many of the video games are both in my hometown or an hour’s drive away. I prefer to arrive no later than an hour and a half earlier than kick-off given the circumstances and lightweight, greet the crew in cost (who I additionally be certain that to take footage of earlier than and through the match), and shoot the group’s follow. I want a psychological warm-up as nicely, and I exploit this second particularly to synchronize with the timing of my midfielders’ throws.

After a match, I normally stroll round a bit to talk with the opposite gamers, coaches, and photographers. Being in it for eight years means I do know lots of people concerned within the video games on and off the sphere. Once I get residence, I pack the gear, recharge the batteries for the following recreation, and duplicate the pictures to the pc. I attempt to put up my pictures on-line inside a day or two after the match. Not being paid for what I am doing means I haven’t got to emphasize it out, however I do prefer to get the photographs out whereas the video games come into folks’s minds.

RB Leipzig followers demand a penalty kick towards Hamburg Sea Devils through the third quarter of FC Leipzig Kings’ match towards Hamburg Sea Devils at Alfred Kunze-Sportpark, Leipzig, Germany, July 18, 2021 (Picture by Mikkel Bo Rasmussen/1 Down Picture)

AFI: Pictures has taken you on journey. What different nations have you ever visited to shoot video games?

MBR: I’ve filmed matches in Sweden (FIFA Championship Match and FIFA U19 Championship), USA (Bowl IX Worldwide), Germany (German Bowl 2019 in Frankfurt, ELF matches in Hamburg and Leipzig, in addition to The inaugural ELF Championship in Dusseldorf). The UK is on my want listing as I hope to get an NFL recreation there. I might additionally like to return to the US to shoot a university recreation.

AFI: Inform us about two of your most memorable experiences capturing video games.

MBR: The primary reminiscence that involves thoughts is my first Danish-American soccer recreation, the Mermaid Bowl, in 2015. I hoped to be thought-about adequate to get credited, so I used to be moved when Davf advised me he allowed me facet entry. It was my first time capturing a recreation on an actual courtroom (most video games are performed on grass fields in native faculties). Every part was new and spectacular, and I used to be utterly immersed in it.

In 2018, I traveled to Dallas, Texas, to stick with a Nordic group collaborating within the Worldwide Bowl IX video games. “Crew Nordic” was alleged to play an American under-19 group. Getting a behind-the-scenes have a look at practices, conferences and present occasions was attention-grabbing. The precise recreation, filmed on the Dallas Cowboys AT&T stadium, was a bit disappointing because the US group beat the Nordic group in massive time, and capturing on an empty stadium turned out to be a really unusual expertise. However I realized loads throughout that journey and met so many fantastic folks.

Near residence was one of the vital memorable experiences when my native group, Frederiksund Oaks, performed a qualifying match to advance to the highest league in Denmark in 2017. Not many individuals within the Danish soccer neighborhood anticipated the Oaks to return out entrance however backed by a prolonged fanfield Carrying inexperienced, the Oaks gained 21-0 and moved to the DAFF Nationwide League in 2018.

Being an outside sport, climate is commonly a consider soccer video games. The 2017 U19 Championship match was performed in Denmark and there was an precise cloudburst occurring through the second half leaving components of the sphere roughly underwater. Passing the soccer ball was almost not possible, and even operating the soccer ball was tough with water spraying knee excessive at each step. I ended up sitting within the bleachers beneath the roof many of the second half to guard my gear from drowning.

In 2019, I used to be lucky sufficient to shoot two caps when Helsinki Roosters visited the Copenhagen Towers and Badalona Drake got here from Spain to play the Triangle Razorbacks in Denmark. Each video games had been very entertaining and Roosters – Towers ended up being wired. One among my footage of Dracs – Razorbacks ended up on the quilt of the 2020 IAFOA Information for Soccer Officers.

I hope to construct on these recollections by getting an opportunity to movie an NFL recreation in some unspecified time in the future. Both in Germany, the UK or the US. Keep tuned!

Different Random Information

  • On common, I take about 2,500 pictures per recreation.
  • I’ve filmed simply over 200 video games together with brawls and youth encounters.
  • Most factors in a match you’ve got shot: 128 factors at AaB 89 at Søllerød Gold Diggers, 05-04-2019.