Friday, January 27, 2017


Ah well the feast is over.  Two of my varsity photos have run since the end of the feast, but no more sports assignments for me now that more help has been hired.  I can say that I know how to shoot basketball now.

Jan 19th B-4

Jan 26, B-4

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A nice wrestling photo essay, wrestling under the spotlight

Slam Dunk.  My editor said that as far as he knew this was the first time he had
ever run a photo of a high school boy dunking the ball.  Yelm at Shelton Boys Basketball

Jan 12 B12-13

Wrestling under the spot light.  This is tricky stuff and my new camera really helped.  Most of the shots that were printed were taken with my D500 with my f/2.8 70-200 Lens.  There are a few wide angle shots taken with my D7100 f/2.8 17-50 Sigma lens and external flash.  The flash photos with the d7100 were poorer quality, but the wide lens let me get in closer.  I'd love to have two D500's, but that's just not happening.

Jan 12 B-1

Jan 12 B-1

Jan 12 B-5

This bowling meet was in Port Orchard and Kitsap Sun photographer Larry Steagall was there.  You can bet that I watched him so I could learn.  He tended to hold his camera over his head a lot, so I did the same for the high five shot.  Ron Quin was there as well.

Jan 12 B-6

Jan 12 B-12

Jan 12, b-13

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Jan 5 A-1 and A-12-13 Center Spread

I had my second camera set up on the beach to get a photograph of the swimmers from behind, while I stood in the water to get a photo of the swimmers from the front.  I had my beach camera set to interval shooting.  My beach camera took on picture per second until the memory card was full.  This is a good technique for covering all the angles at and event that is over in a flash.



Varsity page

Monday, January 2, 2017


Dec 29 A-1

These past few weeks I have learned that our home school's stadium and gym are among the darkest around.  So I guess I got thrown in off the deep end by learning to photograph sports in our local venues.

My "holiday run" is about to end, the new sports reporter starts Jan. 9th.   My paper has never sent me to photo a sporting that they have also sent a reporter too.   I'm trying to let my photos speak for themselves and hoping they will see the value in sending both a reporter and a photographer.

My 50mm f/1.9 is now my favorite basketball lens.  I like to sit near the baseline and to my right of the back of the backboard to get most of the shots.  I've also started to experiment with shooting from the stands to get a clean background and to get away from the referees who often block my views.

Dec29 B-1  
  • 50.0 mm f/1.8
  • ƒ/1.8
  • 50.0 mm
  • 1/1250
  • 3200
  • Flash (off, did not fire)

  • Dec 29 B-3

    Dec 22 B-1

    Dec 22 B-4

    Dec 22 B-5