The Southern California Special Olympic Summer Games is something I look forward to every year. Don't get me wrong, by the end of the weekend I am worn out and tired, but I do enjoy each and every minute I'm out there shooting for the So. Cal Special Olympics.
This year was a little different as I had a lot more freedom to shoot the events I wanted. Normally I'm given a shot list on what my assigned events are, so I loved having the freedom to shoot what I wanted. Now some might think that I would focus on only an event or two, but to be honest I love getting shots from all of the sporting events, or at least as many as possible. I don't come away with a ton of shots from any one event, but I do finish my weekend with great shots from almost if not all of the events.
I will say I was a bit disappointed with track this year for a couple of reasons. First there seemed to be a lot more pressure put on photographers in regards to where we could shoot from. Bottom line - I do what the officials and people involved want and follow the rules they put in front of me, but it was a little disappointing not getting the angles I wanted. The other part was there just weren't many fans in the stands this year. First I love it when the stands are full as it gives me a great colorful background, which I didn't have this year. Second these athletes should have people in the stands supporting them while they compete and I feel this way at any sporting event where I see the lack of participation with fans. So that was disappointing.
The opening ceremonies was as it always is - outstanding and full of excitement and energy. I just love the interaction between the athletes and law enforcement.
The running of the torch brings the start of this years Southern California Special Olympic Summer Games.
Please enjoy the shots as much as I enjoyed taking these.