It’s been several months since I last attended a volleyball match, so I was glad to have the opportunity to do so last Thursday night. It was the perennial crosstown rivals, Chico High and Pleasant Valley High, meeting up at the former’s gym.
In the first set PV High (white numbers) led most of the way, but Chico (red numbers) reeled off six straight points for a 26-24 comeback win. The Panthers’ momentum continued, and they breezed through the next two sets at 25-16 and 25-14 for a sweep of the Vikings.
Thanks, Chris. I positioned myself in a different location for each set. #1 and #2 were from the back row of the sideline stands, #3 from low in the stands at the end of the court, and the remainder from the first row of the sideline stands at about the 10 foot line. I got the best results at the latter location.
As I have frequently done in the past I sent to the coach of the PV High team copies of the seven images I posted here. He usually sends them to parents of the players, and I received an e-mail from a mom of one of the players. She said "Your pics are SO MUCH better than mine!!" She went on to state that each year she makes an 8 X 10 photo collage for each of the boys on the team and was wondering if she could get a CD of all my pics to help her accomplish that goal this year.
In response I stated that it's frequently not recognized what is required to turn out quality sports photos. I went on to explain that 1) my images are not JPEGs straight out of the camera that are ready for use but instead are RAW images that have to be converted and edited in order to render them usable and that 2) the conversion and editing process usually takes me a significant amount of time for each image and therefore 3) from each batch of images I pick only a few of the best ones for conversion and editing. I concluded by stating that the seven images she had already received from the coach would have to constitute my entire contribution to her collage project.
In her reply she stated "I had no idea photography could be so complicated!" and went on to thank me for the seven images and the time I took to respond to her request.
Hopefully the day will come when it's more generally recognized that producing quality photos is more than a matter of pointing your digital camera in the right direction and pressing the shutter release button, but I'm not holding my breath until that day arrives!