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.
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.
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.