College Basketball – Jan 8, 2017 – WSU Cougars vs USC Trojans

Pullman, Washington — The Washington State University Cougars took on the University of Southern California Trojans at Field Court in Beasley Coliseum on the WSU Campus. The Trojans came to Pullman ranked number 7 in the nation.

The WSU Women played tight with the Trojans for the first half. The Cougs went to the locker room with a one point deficit but shortly after re-appearing after half time they Cougs worked to take the lead and expand their lead to a double-digit lead.

The Cougar Women went on to win with a score of 74 – 57. This is reported to be the biggest upset in Cougar Women’s basketball history!

After this victory the Cougs sit number five in the Pac-12 with a 3-2 conference record and 8-8 overall record.

The was my second basketball shoot with my new lens. I settled on a slightly slower shutter speed and a slightly lower ISO setting. But I still had them pretty high. I was sitting closer to the court and at a different angle then at the men’s game. I found I liked the angle I had at the men’s game better. I was in the corner rather than along the long edge of the court.

The corner gave me better angles to some of the action. That said my seat at the women’s game did not obscure any of the shots because of the backboard. So there were pros and cons.

I got a couple shots in this game that I really liked. I also missed one that would have been awesome. One of the players was falling down and grabbed a hold of the referee to keep herself from completely falling to the ground. I was I had gotten it. But that taught me to realize that just because the goes out of play doesn’t mean great shots are not available.

Congratulations to the Cougs in this great victory!

College Basketball – Jan 7, 2017 – WSU Cougars vs Oregon Ducks

Pullman, Washington — The Washington State University Cougars took on the University of Oregon Ducks at Field Court in Beasley Coliseum on the WSU Campus. The Ducks were 3-0 in the Pac 12 (14-2 overall) and ranked 15th in the nation. The Cougs came in with a 2-0 Pac 12 record (9-5 overall).

Through the first half and the first portion of the second half the Cougars and Ducks were neck and neck. The Cougs lead by several points throughout much of the period of time. But in the final 10 minutes of the game the Ducks started to build a commanding lead. For a while the Ducks could not do anything wrong and the Cougs struggled making shots, maintaining possession of the ball, and stopping the Ducks from scoring.

In the end the Cougs lost by 19 points in a game that did not appear that lopsided through the first three-quarters of play.

The was my first time shooting a basketball game. I tried to get a seat near the court and one that gave me an angle that didn’t place me directly behind the basket. I ended up getting the front row of Section 8. This game me some elevation over the court and a decent angle. But I was behind the basket enough that some of the shots were obscured by the board.

I was able to use my new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. I found that fast glass was nice. I still had to bump up the ISO setting in order to get the speed. I played around with different shutter speeds and ISO settings. I finally ended up using 1/1000th of a second at ISO-4000.

It was a pleasure to use my lens. I was able to get some great close ups of the action at both ends of the court. With this being my first time out doing such photos I have a lot to learn and a lot more experimenting with shutter speeds and ISO settings before I find myself at a happy place.

For fun I took some photos with my Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM and Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. A couple of those are also in this post.

Pullman Fire District 12 Mass Causality Incident Drill

This afternoon there was a mass causality incident drill in which multiple fire and EMS agencies along with the three area hospitals took part.

The scene was an overturned tour bus with approximately 25 patients. Responders came from Fire District 12, Fire District 11, Fire District 4, Albion Fire Department, Pullman Fire Department, and Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Fire Department. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office and Lifeflight also participated in this drill.

The Incident Commander was FD12 Captain Eric Gibson.

I had the opportunity to shoot the photographs during the drill.

Two Abandoned Cars

In a little spot between Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID is a patch of trees in the middle of a wheat field. If you drive around Whitman County it is not unusual to see a small patch of trees in a wheat field. Sometimes there was a house near that spot. But other times I have no idea why they patch of trees exist.

Within this patch of trees was something I would not have expected to find — two abandoned cars. They are parked side-by-side. It looks like they may have been parked there at some point and just never moved again. They don’t look dumped. Even if they were running there would be no way to drive them out of there because of all the tress that would be in the way.

I took the opportunity to take some photographs of the cars.

Telephoto Lens Testing from Kerry Park in Seattle, WA

During the weekend of October 8th I rented two lenses for testing:
– EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
– EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Coming into the testing I wanted to 100 – 400. As the testing period has been going along I have found myself more attracted to the 70-200 lens.

I went to Kerry Park in Seattle to take photos of the Space Needle, the Puget Sound, and some other landmarks. On the evening of October 8th, 2016 I went to Kerry Park. It was overcast with some rain. The next morning I returned to Kerry Park to redo all the photos in the daylight to compare the results.

After this testing I again liked the longer zoom but I love the faster glass. This is going to be a difficult decision.