There was plenty of action for me to photograph at the Dynamos Junior Soccer carnival held at Forrest Park in Bunbury last Saturday the 6th of September. But unfortunately I didn't manage to get photos of every team that was playing. That is because I am a bit of a wuss and don't like to stand out in the rain with my camera when it is bucketing down!! The same can't be said for the kids though - they absolutely loved playing in the wet :-)
I was intending to make sure I photographed all teams that competed in the carnival last weekend, but unfortunately due to the rain (and to me being a wuss who does't like to get wet!) I didn't get to a game for every team. There were so many games going on at once! It must be a huge job to coordinate the event so congratulations to the Dynamos club on a wonderful carnival.
Despite my best intentions of keeping dry I did end up absolutely saturated and had to wear wet clothes for the rest of the day. (I'm just hoping that the moisture didn't affect my Canon 28-300mm lens. It's my favourite lens for photographing kids and sports because it has a good zoom.)
You can see more of the photographs from the soccer carnival in the gallery Bunbury Dynamos Junior Soccer Carnival 2014.
I think I am becoming a bit of a sports photographer! And I'll have more sporting action to photograph at the local kids' athletics carnival on Friday...
And the first thing that I have to say is what a hard lighting situation I faced in the indoor sports centre at Roache Park. The second thing I should say is that I am not a specialist sports photographer!
Netball is a fast paced sport which requires a fast shutter speed to stop the action in a photo. But the lighting level was quite low, exacerbated by the fact that one of the lights over one quarter of the court was not working. With the aperture on my zoom lens opened as wide as it could go, the only way to achieve a fast shutter speed was to dial up the ISO. For a fast shutter speed, this brought the ISO up to a level that I wasn't happy with because of the noise created in the image. So I compromised (as you do), with an ISO of 10,000 - which is still very high. In the photos you will notice some blur of fast moving parts, caused by the shutter speed (1/90 - 1/125) not being as fast as it could have been in better light. The second aspect of the lighting that I struggled with was the colour cast caused by the floodlights, which I hope I have managed to remove in Lightroom so that the skin on the girls doesn't look too green!
I haven't seen any photos taken by other parents on their phones or compact cameras, but I'd like to know how the photos turned out in the difficult lighting situation. I think that it is in difficult situations that the professional photographer's pictures differ the most from your standard snapshot.
View the netball photos here and let me know what you think of my efforts.
Next weekend I'm hoping to photograph some outdoor sports action when my young son plays in a soccer tournament!
Friday 6th June saw me running back and forth across Thomas Hogg oval to photograph the start, the bush section, and then the finish of the Narrogin Regional Cross Country Championships for primary schools in the district. All I can say is that I am not as fit as these young kids!! The year fives ran 1.5km, the year sixes ran 2.0km and the year sevens ran 2.5km. My running looked more like a shuffle compared to those kids who sprinted across the finish line victorious.
There were some excellent performances - training obviously has some bearing on the achievement on race day. And it was a perfect day for an outdoor winter sports event. The weather was warm with a slight cool breeze, and the sun shone (I got sunburnt!) All the kids participated well, and cheered on their teammates in other races. To add to the enjoyable day the East Narrogin Primary School P&C put on a wonderful selection of food for morning tea and lunch, which kept me fuelled up and taking photos until the end.
While I tried to get a shot of each kid who ran, with nineteen schools registered and about 240 participants with forty or so kids in each race, it wasn't always easy. And for a couple of races I missed the finish because they got to the finish line faster than i did.
See all the photos from the day in the gallery Narrogin Cross Country 2014.
Congratulations to the winners who went home with medals, and to all of those children who tried their absolute hardest and ran as hard as they could. You are all winners in my eyes!
And thanks also to Johan Van Wyk and staff from East Narrogin Primary School who organised the event, and the P&C for the wonderful food.
Congratulations to all the photographers who entered the Wagin Woolorama photography competition.
The change in the number of categories and the size requirements have contributed to an excellent display of photography. All photos on display are enlargements, and are mounted. The four sections are Australian Rural Photograph, Character Study, Open Colour and Community.
The presentation was overall very good. A good photograph deserves to be presented well!
When judging, apart from looking at the quality of the photograph, I also looked at how the photograph fitted the category.
There were excellent Australian Rural Prints, which is a subject that is easy to find around Wagin.
The open Colour Section leaves the choice of subject wide open, but I looked for something where colour was the defining element of the image.
The character study needed to show not only the person, but also the character of the person. The winning image is a great photo of the person, and it also shows the environment that he is comfortable in.
In the Community section I was looking for an image that gave a positive message about living in a community. So people doing something that represented a growing and vibrant healthy community.
I would especially like to encourage more local people and people from surrounding areas to enter the photography awards at Wagin Woolorama. What once might have been only available to camera club members and photographers with fancy SLR cameras is becoming more and more accessible to anyone with a smart phone. If you have an iPhone 5S you can easily achieve panoramas, HDR exposure, and high resolution images with your phone camera. Some other smart phone have cameras with resolutions of 18 megapixels or more - which is more than enough to enlarge to the requirements of a photography competition.
When choosing a photo to enter into the competition look at the way the light is captured, making sure that the highlights are not blown out nor the shadows too dark. Make sure the focus is on the subject of your image, and look out for distracting extraneous elements which do not add to the main subject. Ensure that the main elements of the photo are composed to draw the eye to the most important subject. If you can use a digital editing program like PhotoShop to tweak the photo that is a good idea, but make sure not to go overboard unless it is in a creative capacity. When the photo is printed ensure that it is printed with good quality inks on specialty photographic paper, and then mounted to meet the specifications of the competition.
I will be at the Wagin Woolorama on Friday 7th March and Saturday 8th March to take photos of the Woolorama Fashion Parades, and general activity around the grounds. There is so much to see, I imagine I will be extremely busy!! There are shearing and wool-handling competitions, sheep dog trials, a rodeo, cattle, sheep and poultry judging, an art show, sideshow alley (all rides are free for children!) as well as all the agricultural and general interest displays and stalls and much much more...
If you'd like a peek at some photos of last year's "Woolorama Brides" parade and beaut ute competition click here.
The Shire Of West Arthur put on a pool party at the Darkan Pool on the Monday holiday after Australia Day.
Contract Aquatic Services brought along a twenty metre long inflatable slippery pole and a bouncy castle for fun for all ages. It was mostly kids who spent the day tackling the slippery pole. It was much easier for the small younger children to reach the end than heavier people.
I took my kids along to the pool party, and I took my camera too to catch some of the action. The gallery is available to be viewed here, but please be aware that as the gallery contains images of children you will be required to register before viewing the photos.
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