2019 Ruck for the Fallen

This morning I was in Oakesdale, Washington shooting photos at the Ruck for the Fallen. It is a charity event dedicated to those in the military and first responders. As taken from their facebook page:

“‘Ruck for the Fallen’ is dedicated to our pledge of supporting our lost heroes. Our goal of unwavering support is achieved by raising funds for families who have lost a first responder, an active military member or veteran in the line of duty or who are experiencing mental, emotional and physical effects incurred by the risks they face every day.”

I used both my Canon 7D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and my Canon 70D with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM prime lens.

I tried to get photos as people left and returned from the Ruck. Today there was a 3.1 mile and a 6.2 mile course. A number of people participated in the event. Because I was trying to get photos of everyone who was involved I have decided to upload the majority of my photos. I shot approximately 700 photos between the two cameras. A number of them were at the concert that was held after the event. That was a great challenge. The lighting was great for the concert but not the easiest for shooting photos. Many of the photos have a strong blue tint. That is due to the color of the lights that were in use.

The event was a very nice event for the local community and they hope to do it again next year.

This is the largest gallery of photos I have placed in a single post.

High School Football – Pullman vs East Valley – Oct. 4, 2019

This evening I was shooting photographs at the Pullman High School football game at Hobbs field. The game was between Pullman HS and the East Valley Knights.

Pullman dominated the whole game with the final score of 41 – 0.

During the game I used by my Canon 6D with the Canon 70-200 lens. I also was using the Canon 70D with a 50mm prime lens. I used my Spider Pro camera holster system. It worked very well for what I was doing.

I was able to speak to the sports photographer, Kai Eiselein, who works for the Daily News. He game we some pointers and tips about the camera settings for shooting the game. A little more than half the photos were shot with my adjusted settings and the others were shot at the settings I was using last week.

I seem to always be playing around with the settings in the manual mode in order to find the right balance between the shutter speed, ISO setting, and f/stop. I also changed the focus point on the 6D which made a huge difference in getting my photos later in the game.

High School Football – Pullman vs Black Hills – Sept. 27, 2019

This evening while working at the Pullman High School football game I decided to bring along my camera and take some photos. I was in the corner of the endzone for the whole game so all the photos originate from that one point.

I was using my Canon 6D and my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II lens. I really cranked up the ISO setting to allow me to take most photos at f/4 with a shutter speed of 1/640.

Pullman pulled away early in the game and never looked back. Black Hills is from Olympia and they made the trek to Pullman for some 2A football action. The final score of the game was 42 – 6.

2019 Goosetown Softball Tournament

The second week of July took me to Anaconda, MT for the Goosetown Softball Tournament. I brought my camera along to shoot some photos between games.

I ended up getting a chance to shoot the Brew Crew playing a later game. It was getting darker as the game was being played and the photos show the difference between the early game and later game photos.

3rd Annual Pullman Firefighters – 2019 Fireman’s Ball

On Saturday, February 9th, 2019 the 3rd Annual Fireman’s Ball was held at the SEL Event Center in Pullman, Washington. This event is put on by the Pullman Firefighters to raise funds to help individuals who are affected by emergencies.

I was asked to take photographs for the event. It was set up in two areas. One was to do “couples” photos and the other was just candid shots from the event.

My setup was the solid black background hanging free. It was illuminated with two light boxes. I didn’t have as much light as I would have liked. I didn’t use a flash just the light boxes. I used my Canon 6D with a 50mm prime f/1.2 lens. I wanted to ensure I had a good depth of field so I used f/8. Even with a speed of 1/60th of a second for the shutter I was forced to increase the ISO setting to 1000. Way higher than I would have liked but the best I could do with the other settings and the lack of lighting. I just need more light boxes or other lighting without the flash. I have been unhappy with the flash near the camera due to the shadowing I get on my backgrounds. Maybe I just need the umbrella flash system. Nonetheless they are not terrible but they are not as sharp as I would have liked.

This was also the first time to do real “couples” photos. So I see some things I would do differently next time. I allows people to get into their own poses. I didn’t scrutinize anything but I think I will give some helpful tips for the next time around and stage people better.

For the candid shots I was in a darker room. I used both the Canon 70D and 6D camera. The 70D had a 18-135mm zoom. The 6D had the 50mm prime lens. Both cameras had external flashes with a light diffuser. Both had ISO settings into the 1000-1600 range. I think overall the candid shots turned out as good as I was going to get them with the lighting at hand. Again I think I could have done better with my flash usage and I will work on that in the future. I tried to make my way around to the tables and get some candid couples shots there too.

The event went very well. Lots of people showed up and they raised money for the cause.