I have a Flickr friend, Maggie (mcdeegan50) who visited Seattle this summer to watch her daughter play soccer. I met her at the field and we shot the game together. She is quite accomplished as a sports photographer and taught me a few things. She has a lens that is longer than her arm–it is the mother of long lenses. She stands just beyond the end line to the side of the goal and can clearly shoot things happening at the other end of the field. Me–not so fortunate–I borrow a 70-200 F/2.8 lens for portrait photography and used it on a game. Maggie shoots at 500 shutter speed and I forgot about that and just shot at a 225 shutter speed. Still fast enough to stop action but still show motion–so there is some blur in my shots. It was my grandson’s game so I tried to zero in on him –but shot several hundred images just to catch the action. It was fun and keeps me from yelling at the game. I get frustrated, because I am a FIFA Licensed “C” level coach and taught how to coach the younger kids for our city parks dept. I know how to coach and have coached ODP tryout teams and a Premier level team from little girls to young women. So I must keep busy so I keep my mouth shut.
Little kids are so fun–they do the funniest things on the field–like have a conversation while the play is going on around them or look for four-leaf clovers.
All my images today are sooc except for cropping out some crowd and running MCP Crystal Clear Web Resizer. This actions makes the images so clear for the web, I love it.
Just a little game of keep away–that’ what it’s all about.I have no clue why this young one is jumping so high–looks like he wants to smash the ball.Then there are those headers–so hard to keep the eyes open when you know you are going to get hit in the head.Break time–rooting the team on.It ain’t out unless the whole ball goes over the line.“I’ll take it!!”Determination!!Saved.Got it–no goal!GOOOOAAAAALLL!Game over. “Three, six, nine, two, we enjoyed playing you!”“Good game, good game, good game . . . . . . “The best part of the game–treats!!
This shoot was purely for fun and practicing exposure. I collected the email addresses of a few parents with a promise of sending them an image or two of their child–then went shopping. Fun time and low-key.
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