Sunday, October 15, 2017

2017 WNPA Better Newspaper Contest

I just found out that I won four awards at the 2017 WNPA Better Newspaper Contest this weekend.
I won first place for Color Breaking news with one of my fire photos. I won second place for Black and White Photo Essay with my alpaca photos, and I got second place for Color Sports Action with one of my wrestling photos. We also won a shared second place award for Humor in Adverstising for my photo of the Shelton Varsity Bowlers.
These are state wide awards for photos I took in our community.
Our paper the Mason County Journal won first place for General Excellence again this year. That means the Mason County Journal is the best weekly newspaper in the state!
first place for Color Breaking news 

Second place for Color Sports Action

Second place for Black and White Photo Essay

Shared second place award for Humor in Adverstising,
shared with  Journal Staff who laid out the page

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More football Shelton vs. Yelm


Well, the home team lost again, but they did not get skunked this time, I captured both of the touchdowns.   At the start of the game I experimented with 75 point focus and focus priority over release priority.  I only tried these settings because my camera manual recommends them for football.

Even before the anthem was over 75 point focus proved to be useless so I switched back to single focus point.  Focus priority caused me to miss the kick off when the shutter would not release even though it was focused.  So I'm back to release priority as well.

It was fun to try new settings anyway.  None of my my pictures from this went into the paper as the paper had a reporter there taking pictures with a nice f /4 lens.





Touchdown Yelm

Touchdown Shelton!

Monday, September 11, 2017

When the home team plays the #2 ranked team in the state.


It's harder to get good shots of your home team when they are skunked.  Loving my D500 anyway.

With my D500 I can shoot in shutter priority and auto-ISO all night long and still get all excellent exposures. I think the anti-flicker tech is a large part of it. Also I accidentally a shot with pattern instead of spot metering and I got away with it just barely.  Spot metering can be problematic when the camera gets pointed at the ceiling lights in baskeball games, but that is not a problem with stadium lights.   ev +3 almost always, sometimes ev+7.   

Tonight I will try 75 point focus, I have also set my camera to focus priority over release priority.  So much to learn about my new camera.

My side camera caught a bunch of blurry shots.  I'm working to try to find out what the problem is.  I think I need to hold it more steady, I've also tweaked the focus settings a little bit.  I was thinking it was a problem with the lens and camera in the dark, but I now think I can make it work with a bit of tweaking.




  • side line shots ƒ/2.8
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  • 160.0 mm
  • 1/250
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  • 6400


  • ƒ/2.8 
  •  200.0 mm
  • 1/1000 
  •  2500 for daylight shots

  • ƒ/2.8 
  •  200.0 mm
  • 1/750 
  •  12800  for darkest field shots 






  • ƒ/2.8
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  • 160.0 mm
  • 1/250
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  • 6400




  • ƒ/2.8
  •  
  • 200.0 mm
  • 1/750
  •  
  • 12800


  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Fall Football


    Fall sports have started.  I finally got to test out my D500 under the flickering lights at North Mason.  I am quite pleased with it.  I shot most of the game at 1/1000.  Near the end I dropped down to 1/750 due to what I was seeing in my histogram.  My lens was my trusty old 70-200mm f/ 2.8.  My other camera was my D7100 with a 17-55 f/2.8 Sigma.  I wanted to shoot that combination from the hip, but it just would not focus in the dark.  For the post game celebration I put the Sigma lens on my D500 and that took care of the focusing issues.

     I really want another D500 as my second camera body now.  Sadly a new camera body is not on the horizon, I don't know if I'll make any money from shooting sports this season.  I've run the wheels of off  my car working for peanuts this last year and just had to use the last of my savings on a new used car.

    The next two days after this game I was sore from running up and down the field and kneeling to take photos.  This surprised me as I am in very good hiking condition.

    1/750, ISO 128,00 f/2.8

    Game clinching touchdown
  • ƒ/2.8 
  •  200.0 mm
  • 1/750 
  •  12800


  • ƒ/2.8
  •  
  • 200.0 mm
  • 1/1000
  •  
  • 3600

  • ƒ/2.8
  •  
  • 200.0 mm
  • 1/1000
  •  
  • 12800

  • ƒ/2.8
  •  
  • 130.0 mm
  • 1/1000
  •  
  • 12800

  • Early season daylight is so nice

    Shot with d500 and Sigma lens with a flash

    Shot with d500 and Sigma lens with a flash
  • ƒ/2.8 
  •  17.0 mm
  • 1/750
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  • 5000

  • Shot with d500 and Sigma lens with a flash

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Quiet Summer


    I've had a very quiet summer, but fall sports are just around the corner.

    August 3rd B-16-17

    August 3rd A-1



    For this event the lights kept changing, so I had to change my camera settings a lot.  I mostly trust my D500 to set the ISO for me and that helps a lot.  I tried to get some fancy dances shots with streaming lights and a flash to freeze the motion, I'm not sure what that effect is called.  It is something that Alice Wheeler did a lot of  while photographing bands.