- Jim, "Homer"
- Long Beach, California, United States
- Welcome to my blog. Looking through my posts you will find that I love and have a passion for photography and although my expertise so to speak is in Sports Action, I have been getting into wildlife and senior portraits. No matter what I'm shooting I want to bring my client the best possible shot I can and give them / you a photograph that you will cherish for a lifetime. If your looking for someone to capture your child in action, to show the intensity and emotion in which your child plays, look no further. Just drop me a line (e-mail) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I cover most areas in Southern Califoria.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Well this game was no different. Wilson started by scoring first and it wasn't until late in the first half that Lakewood answered with a goal of their own. Lakewood kept the tie until late in the second half when Wilson had the opportunity to take the lead with a penalty kick. Lakewood's goalie is great and I enjoy watching her and capturing her in action. She's not afraid to get dirty or take a hit. She made a great dive but was unable to block Wilson's kick. Great game to watch.
This will be my last varsity season game, as I need to get some shots of the Jr. Varsity team for their banquet. Lakewood will more than likely make the playoffs and I'll be there getting the action, but until that time I'm finished.
Monday, January 28, 2008
In the later part of 2007 the forum put together a photo contest for the best photo of 2007. There were eight catagories, with two being "Sports" and "B&W". Originally I thought I wouldn't enter, but then at the last minute I entered two pictures. One in "Sports" and the other in "B&W". The pictures were posted on a website, which was put together by one of the forum members, who by the way did an outstanding job. While pictures were up, members of the forum could vote on their favorite for each catagory. There were eight entries in "Sports" and I believe 34 or 36 entries in "B&W".
Well, during the first week of this new year they posted the winners and I won first place in both catagories. I am very honored to have been chosen by my peers as having the best in both catagories. All photo's entered into the contest will be made into a coffee table book, with the winners having a special place in the book. I look forward to seeing this book.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Well, the rain kept away throughout the game giving me some nice opportunities for some nice action. I had to shoot at higher ISO's but that's just not a problem anymore.
For this game I shot at aperture priority (f/2.8) with an ISO of 200 to 1000. I just keep my shutter speed at or above 1/1000.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I knew I was going to get there somewhat late and that seating would be limited so I only brought my 300 f/2.8 to provide me with the added range I thought I'd need. As it turned out even with the crowd I wasn't too far away. So since I had the beast with me and they were just a bit too close to get the action of cheer, I thought I concentrate on the expressions the girls display during their routine.
I shoot all of these with the camera set on manual, ISO 3200, f/2.8, and 1/250 to 1/320. I am very pleased with the noise level and look of these. Enjoy.
Here's a shot of the three girls. I really like this shot and I'm sure their mom will just love it.
Friday, January 18, 2008
As far as action shooting goes, I think I do a great job capturing the emotion and action of sports, but boy do I suck with white balance. I really need to learn how to set a custome white balance.
Well I guess now you know that I like using my beast (300 f/2.8) and I didn't let you down. When I started shooting my camera was set at aperture priority (f/2.8) with an ISO of 640, which quickly jumped to 800. Before the first half was over I was shooting at 3200 ISO to keep the shutter speed up around 1/1000. By the end of the second half I had the flash on. With the flash I still shot at ISO 3200 but switched the camera to manual and set the sutter speed to 500 and by the time the game was over I was shooting at 1/320, which did give some motion blur. It's all about changing and paying attention to your settings. If only I could learn white balance better.
The Lakewood Lancers played against Compton last Tuesday and really womped on them (11-0), which is pretty high for a soccer game. Now I origianlly wasn't going to shoot this game due to working but I was having a real bad day at work and took off a little early so I can make it. Glad I did. Compton didn't have a good team so all of the players had a chance to play giving me the opportunity to get shots of some players that don't get a lot of game time.
Noting unsual here, used the beast and had the camera set at aperture priority (f/2.8).
Sunday, January 13, 2008
For this meet I decided to try something different. I already had the pictures I needed for the middle school I shoot for, so I thought I'd use a lens I normally wouldn't use on a track meet. I used my 24-70 f/2.8L . I was looking for a wider shot and different perspective. It worked out alright for the running events and high jump, but I was not happy with the long jump shots, which I ended up deleting.
I also tried something I haven't done much of and that's getting a motion blurred effect. Not sure if it worked, but I rather like what I ended up with.