Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Obvious First Choice

I grew up playing all kinds of sports: cross country, soccer, basketball, softball...and I am sure there are a few more I have missed. For most of my time alive sports have been the go to in my life. Now of course I have other priorities, but I can't say that I have done away with sports all together. I do teach sports medicine classes, Tim and I are always looking for the next sports adventure to go on, and we also have the understanding that our kids will some day play sports as well. Now we do not completely agree on what sport that will be, Tim likes hockey, I like basketball, but those are details that our kids can figure out for themselves (basketball!!)
Anyway, sports photography is probably the area that I have spent the most time during my short photography career. I do really enjoy the anticipation of the next great shot or the next big play but my problem is, there are some days that I just want to sit there and enjoy the game. Although nothing beats a great sports shot, I don't know if I want to spend the rest of my life taking pictures at sporting events instead of watching them.
Here are a couple of my favorite:

Obviously these kids are cute and I love taking pictures of them. At the end of the season, Tim and I will have trading cards made for each of the players so they can pass them out to their teammates. This was a big hit last year.

And then there are the big people sports....or college if you will. The speed of the game is much different so you really have to be ready to get that great picture. The focus is much harder to work so you end up getting more "almost good" pictures or pictures that are focused on the score table behind that player making that awesome shot. But, the chances of getting a great shot are much higher at this level, mainly because the skill level is there to make it look good.

So for sports, I think there is potential. One of two things will have to happen or maybe both: (1) I get really good at sports photography and the overall excitement of getting that great picture is better than the excitement of "watching" that amazing play and/or (2) I will have to limit the amount of games I photograph and make sure I take time to enjoy that first true love of my life...sports.

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