Soccer Saturday

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.

Typical of youth soccer, there are at least half the team on the ball at the same time.  They all want it and don’t know what to do with it when they get it.

One ball –eight legs?

Celebration!! Saved by the goalie.

They don’t call him swivel hips for no reason. How ever is he keeping his footing?

Owie–that hurts!  Sorry about that.An amazing soccer talent.  Sometimes at a very young age a kid will have tremendous skill.

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.

Thanks for stopping by.

About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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