Sports

MUD RUN

Friday Evening, June 17, I shot the Mud Run at Picnic Island! Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the event. It was a nice way to end a busy week. I took these shots with my LUMIX-Panasonic DMC-G2 /f2.8/14-50mm Leica lens on auto mode. I auto focused on a spot then switched to manual focus and snapped my subjects as they ran past my spot. I was shooting in natural light close to sunset.

Vision

I loved the challenge of capturing the speed and grace of the athletes. The contrast between the energy they expend versus their controlled movement creates a perfect opportunity for a stunning photograph.

I approach my shoots with a mental idea of what I want to capture than set the scene so that my subjects either run into,

Goooooooo

or run through my photos.

When I have them focused and in frame I snap my shutter and freeze them in time. It’s alchemy!

Having an idea of what I’m after makes the shoot more organized for me. I am so passionate about taking pictures that I usually start snapping my shutter as soon as I arrive on location. As a result I get some really interesting candid shots. It is recommended that photographers scout out the location they will be shooting at ahead of time. I like to at least spend a few minutes walking around to get a feel for the light, the angles, and possible directions my subjects will be moving in. Even though I like to pre-plan the shots I am going after, without fail, once on location I let myself be taken in by the action. Many of my shots develop as I go.

Enjoy the gallery I’ve posted here.

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AWESOME SKATERS

Ahhh, what a great show!

I recently had the opportunity to shoot ice-skaters and hockey players at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. I encountered a bit of a learning curve adjusting to the ambient light and the constant movement of my subjects. However, I was expecting it and was prepared for the challenge. I spent a couple of hours each day, on both Saturday and Sunday,  shooting from various locations around the arena. I captured really spectacular moments on the ice. The skaters were a pleasure to shoot!

I used the same equipment I have been using (Panasonic DMC-2 DSLR Camera, Leica 14-50, Lumix 45-200 lens. I shot mostly in program mode, but I switched to manual,shutter priority, and automatic. I wasn’t able to completely compensate for poor lighting with technical adjustments, consequently my snapshots were a little grainer than I like. Nonetheless, the photographs I captured where great! I was quite pleased with the composition and felt many of the photos reflected the drama, energy, and the skaters’ focus on technique.

Among the most frustrating technical glitches I encountered was my camera’s delay feature, which keeps the camera from shooting.  It usually does this if my exposure isn’t set correctly, but it was doing this even on program and other auto modes. It all had to do with insufficient lighting.  The delays caused me to miss some really awesome shots!

A photographer always regrets the shots they didn’t get. This photo made up for a lot of the ones I missed. This young lady was spot on. She really seemed to be enjoying herself.

This is the first time I’ve shot inside an arena with spotlights and constant movement. I loved it! I was sad that I didn’t get more shots of my friend Kim, and her daughter Emily.  Especially since it wast their recital on Sunday, and I know they looked forward to some really memorable shots. Ouch! That hurts.

From my perspective . . .

A photographer must become an alchemist with the camera in order to transform a picture into a photograph.  I adore candid action shots because they truly do capture memory in raw. The dancers didn’t pose for these shots, rather my eye followed them around that arena until I saw the moment I wanted to freeze in time.

Well I know where I will be spending my weekends for a while. I intend to go back and keep shooting.  I learned a big lesson, indoor arena sports are not like shooting stills outdoors in good light!

The dancers were lovely, and I am grateful to have been able to shoot them. I hope they will invite me back.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  If you are interested in my work, please contact me via email at: http://www.pixlexia@gmail.com

Remember “A photograph is memory in the raw.” Carrie Latet, poet

Enjoy and Soar,

Mo Garcia

For a closer view, here is a gallery of some of the pictures I took this weekend:

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