Wow, what a day this was!
I had two assignments on Easter Saturday and I had to do my taxes. Once my taxes were done I headed to my first assignment in the pouring rain. I carried an enormous heavy golf umbrella in one hand to protect my camera. In my other hand I carried my camera with external flash attached. I needed a third hand to wipe the water from my lens. The rain was dripping down off of my umbrella and hitting my camera in spite of my umbrella being enormous.
My second assignment was miles away and started just minutes after I left my first assignment. I was really afraid that I was going to miss the second one. I was racing down twisty dirt roads, driving way faster than I wanted to. I could not arrive late!
I made it with three minutes to spare. I found a parking spot right in the front that was only blocking the street a little bit and I jumped out of my car with mere seconds to spare. Then I had to rush back to my car to get my notepad.
Luckily for me the event started about five minutes late so I had enough time to briefly orient myself before the mad dash for Easter eggs began. I decided to focus on younger kids for the second event since my focus had been on older kids during the fist event.
I homed right in on a little girl with a bright pink coat and striped bee basket and I waited for the hunt to start. After the egg hunts were over there was an egg toss. I was really glad for the egg toss event as all my pictures so far had been of kids hunting for eggs and I wanted some variety to turn into the paper.
At some point my lens image stabilization (VR) switched off but my hand was steady enough that my pictures turned out fine anyway. I have now put a piece of tape over the VR switch so I will never accidentally move it again.. It is a problem that that M/A switch and the VR switch are identical and right next to each other on my Sigma lens. I tend to accidentally turn off the VR when trying to turn off the auto focus. I wish this lens would allow me to switch to manual focus without flipping a switch.
I used my external flash all day long, first to combat the gloom and later as a fill flash. I did not use FP but kind of wish I had used FP at the egg toss. My in camera flash does not support FP but my external flash supports it and my camera will support FP with an external flash.
I mostly shoot in programmed auto. There is no time to mess around with manual settings when things are happening all around me and I need to catch them as they happen. For some of the egg toss photos I put my camera in "sports" mode so I could take the shots and not have to worry about the camera settings, the cost was no use of my flash. Next time at an event like that I will shoot in shutter priority mode so I can get the shutter speed I want and have FP flash.
I used back button focus for the egg toss pictures and regular auto-focus for all the egg hunting pictures. I brought two D90 camera bodies with me but I ended up using only one of them. The one I used was equipped with my Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8, the other one was equipped with my Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6.
| Earlene Shaw holds a plastic bag over her head for protection from heavy rain while children finish hunting for eggs at Oakland Bay Jr High|
|Justino Hernandez (in yellow) 8, falls to the ground and trips up Joel Hernandez (in blue) 9 while both boys rush to collect eggs on the slippery wet field at Oakland Bay Jr High on Sat.
|Children age 17 and under line up and take one practice toss at the start of an egg tossing competition at Union Community Park on Sat.
|Lacy McIntosh of Shelton reacts as her egg splatters during the egg tossing competition at Union community park