These were taken during my PJ days. This dedicated ball boy is the son of one of the coaches. A year later, his brother joined him in the job. They were very focused & never took their eyes off the officials.
"If you ever drop your camera into a river of molten lava, let it go because, man, it's gone."
D.J. is our defensive end, and a good one, too. I shot this last weekend during the second half of a game that went into double OT. D.J. had just come off the field after making very big stop.
As usual, I was shooting "stealth" with no flash. This is with my D200, ISO 1600, 70-200 mm at 200 mm, VR off on a monopod, A-priority at f/2.8 giving me a 1/90" shutter. I confess some PP in Photoshop before posting.
Of all the pictures I took during soccer season last year this was one of my favorites - action or otherwise. This is my daughter and two of her friends goofing around during half-time. Since I coach the team it was very difficult to shoot action shots during the game but I managed to "capture some moments" before, after, and at half-time.
In our school district, the 7th & 8th grade volleyball teams share bus rides and play one after the other. In the first shot we have an industrious 8th grade student-athelete hitting the books while the 7th graders play. In the second shot, taken at a game later in the week, she is sharing some tunes with her team mate and, apparently, her earlier efforts freed up her time to enjoy the 7th grade game.
Thanks for the comments. The coach shot was the only shot I got where I tried to combine the sun filtering through the trees & fog with people as everyone else was on the field and therefore farther from the trees - they were also mostly moving so composition would have been pretty tough.
The first shot below is a different study in solitude - the keeper in goal waiting for the warm up to begin. The faintly outlined goal behind our goal was only another 10 yards or so from our goal. Composition note: I intentionally centered the keeper in the shot to increase the sense of isolation. The viewer can see that there is nobody near him on any side. So, I have broken the rule of thirds - if anybody has any input on this, I would love to hear it - good or bad.
In the second shot below (which is not on topic for this month's assignment, but does address the sun, trees & fog), I decided to do a portrait of the sun coming through the fog & trees more as an abstract. It does not say much on solitude, but I think it is a pretty cool shot. After these shots, we got on with the game, also in the fog for most of the first half. That was a challenge to shoot as the contrast was pretty low and autofocus did a lot of hunting and sometimes needed some help.
Any way, I am glad you liked the "coach" shot and hope that you like the "lonely keeper" and "filtered sun" shots.
I would say the lonely keeper is on task for this challenge, and it really makes it look like they're playing in pea soup! Wow that was dark and foggy. The sun picture is very awesome even though off task for the challenge, but probably a great one for another forum like "A picture I took" or PJ.
Keep 'em coming!
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but memories. Steve
p.s. I'm now accepting donations to defray the costs for my next Nikon purchase, all forms of payment accepted! :-)
Good-oh. I haven't entered a contest in a little while but I had no shortage of shots for this one. I've decided to go with the three things every team needs - a coach, a player and a fan. I should add a ref but I just can't bring myself to love them The first pic is of Beau, a prop forward and a bit of a character around the club, who has just left the field. The second is Legs, another character, enjoying his first year of not playing and the last is the club coach, JT, scrutinising the game as ever.
About 20 seconds ago one of these guys scored the winning goal with 2 minutes left in double overtime.
Both have been Noise Ninja'ed, shot under lights at D200/ISO3200. I'm looking for opinions on the crops. Each one seems to convey something different to me. Seems that each one may appeal to a different audience. The closer crop even with more grain seems to appeal more to me.
Two "after the event" images from a recent cross-country meet in Lorain County, Ohio. Both I think capture the essence of the sport as I remember from my running days: the tough conditions and being completely spent afterwards.
The winner of the Mooresville-Statesville rivalry gets to keep the prize until the next year. This post-game celebration was in effect as I was packing up my gear. A couple "pros" set this up near mid-field and were shooting with flashes. I grabbed my camera and shot 'over their shoulders' using just the field lights. D200, ISO 1600, Nikon 17-55 ED in mid-zoom, f/2.8, PP using PSE 5.0.
Basil Shabaan, british Formula 3 driver, waiting for entering the track. As I kneed down beside his rear wing to take a picture of the long row of formula cars, he was just looking after me at his mirror. Maybe he was wondering if I could damage his car...
Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 Int. Series
Additional program of the Proximus FIA-GT 24h-Race Spa-Francorchamps,Belgium, 27.07.2006