Saturday, June 25, 2011

Puppies Play Hard Too

On a recent visit to the Oregon coast with my family, I decided to photograph the family dogs as they ran and played around on the beach. Sometimes you just have to photograph things that seem a little common to see some pretty fun shots. It's not that unusual to see dogs running and playing, but when you capture some of the moments, they can be amazing still frames.

Oh, and some dogs are all cute and graceful when they run... but some look a lot more like me when I run... lumbering and making all sorts of weird faces!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Boys + Girls = Awesome Open Scrimmage

The Rose City Rollers often hold an open scrimmage for skaters to get together and practice together. First couple of hours are for the girls, but the last hour is co-ed. Not only is this a great opportunity for the skaters to practice their skating, the refs to practice their bout calling and relatively new skaters get experience in a game-like situation, but it's also a great opportunity for me to work on my shooting and to try a few new things.

Sometimes it works... sometimes it doesn't. I shot a bit tighter than usual, trying to focus in on some of the blockers hitting. I also tried to use the natural light from the hangar's big doors being wide open and a lot of reflected light coming in from the bright sunny day. Unfortunately, the lighting kind of kicked my ass more than I thought it did. The colors are a bit inconsistent throughout and it's something I definitely need to work on. Thought I had some decent shots though.

The co-ed factor is also a great bit of fun because it is such a different pace when you throw the guys in there. They skate so fast and hard (and often it seems a little too out of control) that you get some big moves, quick movements and some big crashes. But the more variations you can get while shooting, the more you learn. I will definitely be hitting up some more open scrimmages to keep working on my photo skills.