More on my crazy Tuesday… I got a call from my Assistant Photo Editor not long before I went to the tennis match where she told me that she would no longer be able to make it to the softball game and we had to have that for the weeks paper. So I hurried to the tennis match to get some shots then left and went straight to the softball game sometime during the 3rd inning. I stuck around there until about the 6th inning, then headed back over to the tennis match to relax and not shoot for a little bit. Read on because my day is not nearly done.
Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday… what a crazyily busy day. First off, I went to the tennis match since I have enjoyed shooting it over the past month or so plus we were playing one of the best teams in Div. II so I knew there would be some great tennis played that day. I didn’t shoot as much this time around because I am quite a fan of tennis, so I leaned on my camera for a while and just watched. Sometimes it is nice to just watch and not try to capture that perfect moment. But keep reading to see how the day got crazier…
Last Saturday, Feb. 24, the GCSU Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams hosted Limestone at the Centeniel Center Courts. The #21 Men’s team shutout Limestone 9-0 and currently they are 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. The #9 Lady Bobcats had an equal showing with a 9-0 shutout and have a solid 9-0 overall and 5-0 Peach Belt Conference record.
Yesterday, I shot the last GC&SU men’s and women’s home basketball games. The Lady Bobcats had a close vistory, 67-61, over Columbus State wednesday night which give them a solid possession of 2nd place in the conference. Althought the Men’s team had a close game as well, Columbus State just played too well for the Bobcats with a final score of 87-81. The Thundercats were up to their usual heckling of the away team, mostly taunting them for fouls and freethrows during the first half of the game.
It was a very cold Friday evening, one which managed to send me look for warmth quicker than usual, but our baseball team managed to have quite a game. The excellent pitching of Michael Antonini led the Bobcats to a 9-0 victory in the home opener at John Kurtz Field Friday afternoon. As you can see as well, there was some beautiful sunset light hitting the field during the 6th and 7th innings, which doesn’t happen too often with typical 1pm first pitch.
Yesterday, the Tennis team hosted #10 Lander University at the Centenniel Center Courts and I got to barrow a 400mm f/2.8 from LaCour for the week, so this was a perfect opportunity to try it out. Hope you like what you see!
Wednesday, I went to get some photos of the Bobcat Baseball team who are favored to win the conference and ranked #2 in preseason Div. II polls. Baseball has always been a challenge for me to shoot and this practice was no different. They ran a lot of hard to photograph drills and made me work to find these images. While I was there I got to meet the Telegraph’s Intern for the semester, Collin Chappelle. It is always nice to see a fellow professional since there aren’t many to come by here in Milledgeville.
On Saturday the GCSU Bobcats Basketball Team played a thrilling game with a come from behind win in the last three and a half minutes of the game. The Thundercats, the semi-official mascots are at every home game to cheer on the Bobcats and heckle the opponent’s bench. There have been no incidents as of yet but campus police is always standing by just in case the Thundercats cross the line.
I’m safely back in Georgia after an amazing five days with some of the best photographers in Southern California and some amazing aspiring professionals from around the country. I finally got to ask all the questions I have always wanted answered and got some great critiques to help me out with my photos. The entire time I tried to concentrate on finding something different and a I feel like I found it most of the time. As an added bonus to my amazing learning experience, I got the Sportsmanship Award. As Robert Hanashiro put it “this business is not just about good photos, its about the person and I always had a smile on my face and helped out a lot.” It is my hope that I made some good friends and maybe some contacts in the industry and I would recommend this workshop to anyone that wants to better their photography. I put together a short slideshow of all of my favorite images from the workshop, but not necessarily the faculty’s favorites. Check it out.*Updated music in the gallery 11/21/2006 2:18am*SSA III Favorites
Can we say GLASS REMOTE! Oh man, a big thank you to Robert Hanashiro from USA Today for setting up the glass remote and giving me the trigger for the first 5.5 min of the game. I mean geez, I love that basketball photo and I hope you do too. So as you can see I shot basketball and swimming today and had a great time. I was kinda bummed yesterday because of all my equipment problems, but today made up for it without a problem. I had a great time today and really got to learn a lot by picking the brains of all of the photographers that are here. I would love to hear comments so let me know.