I am not a Sports Photographer – pt 1

One of the things I have been adamant about in talks with colleagues and my wife is that I do not consider myself to be a ‘sports photographer’. I’ve worked with sports photographers – guys whose prime photography focus is shooting sports; who have the necessary gear, knowledge and experience; and whose lives are scheduled around sports seasons. I am not one of those guys.

Despite this, I am seemingly working hard at proving myself wrong. I am in the midst of another long sports weekend. It started on Thursday with Florida volleyball at UTSA.

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Not the most well lit gymnasium, but some very good overhead vantage points from which to shoot. And the action was also very good. Florida is currently ranked #8. I get to see them in action again today and Sunday for game at Texas (#6).

Yesterday, I covered TWU volleyball and women’s soccer at St Edward’s. Soccer was great – I don’t get to shoot that often enough.

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The action was a bit different after the MLS and international matches I worked this summer, but still enjoyable. Volleyball, on the other hand, was just plain difficult. The gymnasium at St Edward’s is lit like a high school gym and there are not many good places to stand to get the right angle on the action. I managed to get what I needed – I think having shot Florida the previous day was a good warm-up – but I don’t look forward to ever having to work there again.

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If for no other reason, you have to love volleyball for the reaction shots.

So, one volleyball game today, one more tomorrow and one women’s soccer game after that. Four days, 7 games, 2 sports. My life kinda sounds like a sports photographer’s.

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  1. By And so it begins… on September 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    […] when I said I am not a sports photographer? And then I said it again? Well, I won’t bother saying it anymore. Tonight I officially began […]

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