Thursday night the Butte College Roadrunners basketball team hosted the College of the Siskiyous Eagles. Butte got off to a good start and led 39-31 at halftime. In the second half they improved their lead to 54-37. Then the Eagles rallied, cutting the Roadrunner lead to 59-54 with 5:15 left to play. After a timeout Butte found enough offense to hold on for the victory at 69-61.
All photos taken with D700. #1-#4 with 50 mm. f/1.8; #5-#8 with 80-200 f/2.8.
Before the the game I checked the number of shutter actuations on my D700 and found it be be 107,805 after four years of use shooting mostly sports events. At this rate I may need a shutter replacement in a couple more years. However, I'm hoping that I can milk more than 150,000 shutter actuations out of this baby.
Comments are welcome.
1. At 6'5" and 230 pounds Butte player #35 is a formidable presence on the court.
2. #32's charge toward the net was so aggressive that the Eagle defender was knocked backward and ended up on the floor.
3. #22's shot attempt was thwarted by the Eagle defenders.
4. Butte player #41, known as "Big Dave," (6'6" and 250 lb.) is shown propelling one toward the hoop.
5. Butte's tallest player at 6'8". He had all of his 10 points early in the second half.
The more I shoot the tighter shots the more I like them!
I notice that lately the traffic on the Sports forum has been much less than normal. In fact, I was beginning to wonder if a reply to this post would ever be forthcoming. Maybe most sports shooters are busily engaged in other activities this time of the year like shoveling snow!
I presume that you are referring to the orange-ish shoes showing in photo #3. I presume that the intent is to make one look "cool", but, like you, I am not impressed. I'm also not impressed by all of the tattoos I am seeing on the players these days. Tattooed arms seem popular as with player #34 in photo #4.
Thanks, Garen. All it takes is practice, practice, practice, and then some more practice in addition to that. I hope that you're able to fight your way through the Illinois ice and snow to reach all of the basketball games you want to shoot! I've envisioned myself being back there to shoot the Bulldogs in action at my dear old high school alma mater, but I'm unable to pull myself away from sunny California to brave Illinois winters again, even temporarily!
OMG! What a slap and crush! It doesn't look like global warming has come anywhere near Illinois yet. I figured that it might be a few degrees warmer than it was way back when I lived there, but the temperatures you cite indicate that weather-wise it's business as usual in the Land of Lincoln. I'm definitely planning to continue to sit tight here and bask in the California sunshine. Tomorrow I plan to shoot my first rugby game of the season with a weather forecast of sunny with a high of 61 degrees. Now you know why I departed the Midwest for the Golden State!