No, not a new sport but a different approach to capturing the game in images. Night games are always hard to shoot so I thought I would see what I could capture by pushing the blurring and the movement I often get with games under the lights. Lots of zooming and blurring. In some sense it captures the speed of the game but not the precision.
It is always fun to dig into old folders and find a few treasures and that is exactly what I did the other day. I started cleaning up my computer and various hard drives and came across some images from the past ten years. Seems like everything from before that time is still sitting in little boxes waiting to be digitized. One day that will happen to. For now here is a short sample of the recently unearthed images.
Not only has the weather been changing over the past 20 years the sunsets have become much more dramatic as well. My studio/office (soon to become a public space in the new Voney) is the perfect place to keep an eye on the sky. At times the glowing, setting sun will turn my office into something that feels like the inside of an orange. Just a few images from the past year.
Outside my studio/office at Principia College there is a growing cast of characters and the weather gets wilder every year. This past year I have seen a cougar (lost the photo when I turned off my camera that did not have a memory card in it—lesson learned), a bobcat (apparently one of four on campus), a very large turkey, bald eagles, pelicans, a very large coyote, a cute rabbit (most likely food for the coyote) and an assortment of birds and creatures. The studio is the best place to watch as the storms roar across Missouri and slam into the bluffs. Lightning is fun to shoot and very hard to capture. My goal for the rest of the year is to get a shot of the cougar (with a camera ready to shoot at a moments notice) and get shots of some of the small critters also.
In July I headed off to Greece and Turkey to prepare for the next study abroad program. Greece as debating the latest EU proposal and the country was in the middle of a huge debate and country-wide vote on whether or not to accept the offer. The Oxi side won (the no votes) but little did it matter. The prime minister stepped down weeks later and the country had to step up and get busy finding a solution to their problems. The country feels like an odd mixture of progress and right next to something that is going well everything is falling apart. Turkey seems to be going up and up in all kinds of ways (not lately with the PKK “war” that the government is escalating) but with development of roads, cities and infrastructure. Greece feels frozen in time with a few exceptions. I would imagine if you could go back in time it might feel the same 2500 years ago. I am sure you could find someone 3000 years ago that would be worried that the whole thing is going straight to the dogs and the world was coming to an end. Yet it has stayed together and will continue to do so.
A short selection of the best shots from the fall 2014 Principia College sports programs. A bit of volleyball, a spot of soccer and some rugby thrown into the mix. Enjoy.
The fog lifted and the sun was up. Should have left one hour earlier but the light was still good to head out from the studio for a couple hour walk to Eliestoun with camera in hand. Captured a bit of the landscape along the way with the sports photo class. What this has to do with sports photography is for you to figure out.
The home opener for Principia College cross country started late on a Friday afternoon. The day was a hot one. Too hot in fact to start the race on time. The start of the women’s race was delayed a half hour but that did little to drop the temperature. It was hot. The course is hilly and a tough one which caused more than a few runners to walk a bit of the course back behind the trees. I am just glad I was not running. Hard enough to run from the start back to the hill part of the course for the shots I got.
The Principia College rugby team, The Thunderchickens, have kicked off their 2015 season with a scrimmage against the St. Louis Ramblers. The day was filled with five 20 minute sessions that gave all members of the team to try out what they learned in training camp. A overcast warm day filled with great light for shooting sports.