On January 4th , 2019 I took photos at the Pullman High School boys basketball game versus Cheney High School. Pullman entered the night with a Great Northern League (GNL) record of 3-0 with a 10-0 record overall. This league match-up of the Pullman High Greyhounds and the Cheney High Blackhawks was played in Pullman. Cheney entered the game with a 2-1 GNL and a 4-4 overall record.
After the first quarter of play Cheney lead Pullman 16 – 10. By halftime, however, Pullman had tied the score 22 all. In the second half of play Pullman extended their lead by 2 points. They got some breathing room down the stretch. Pullman won by a final score of 50 – 45. This moves Pullman to a league leading 4-0 record.
I went to the game with two cameras. I had my trust Canon 70D and my new Canon 6D Mark II. I used a couple different lenses. I ended up liking the 50mm f/1.8 prime and Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lenses the best.
I also had my new Spider Pro holster system in place. This is a belt worn holster that allow my cameras to sit securely on my hips rather than around the neck which causes neck and back pain. The system worked very well. By the end of the game my muscle memory was helping me switch the cameras quickly.
This was my first game shooting basketball. I stayed on one sideline for the entire game. In the first half I was on the Pullman end. The second half I was on Cheney’s end. This game me a chance to be close to Pullman when on Offense and on Defense.
The weekend of July 14th and July 15th took me to Anaconda, MT for the Goosetown Softball Tournament. Between playing games I pulled out my camera to take photos at other games taking place.
I used my Canon 70D along with my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II lens. It is fast glass and allows me a great zoom for the outfield shots. My biggest challenge with the photos was the location of sun as I was moving around between the fields.
This gallery is larger than normal galleries but really it is like having three different games under the heading of one gallery.
On June 2nd, 2018 I went to the Snake River with a friend for a photoshoot of him and one of his friends wakeboarding. This was my first opportunity to shoot action photos on the water.
The weather was nice and the sun was setting. This caused some troubles depending on the direction the boat was heading at the time of the photos.
In all I shot over 600 photos. One problem I had was when my F-stop was too low and I had auto-focus on, then I would sometimes get the towrope as the focal point and the rider was blurred. So I made some changes to get better shots. I picked out 65 photos that I liked.
I decided to try three different lenses. I used my ultra-wide angle. I picked a couple of those for this gallery. My stock 18-135mm lens. And my 70-200 lens. Most of the photos I chose happened to come from the 70-200mm lens.
I had a lot of fun going out on the water and it was great to get to use my camera. I hope to get out some more and get better at the photos.