2017-04-18 – Cougar County Nadirs IM Softball

This evening the Cougar Country Nadirs played in the first round of the post-season single-elim tournament. The Nadirs are ranked #6 playing against the #7 Scared Hitless.

The Nadirs hit the ball well enough to score seven runs. But two were all the was needed to knocked off their first round opponent.

The Cougar Country Nadirs are now onto the second round playing against the Sig Ep Raiders.

Tonight’s game featured:
Danny Jones
TJ Byrne
Brant Johnson
Eric Blackburn
Marc Cussatt
Garrett D’Angelo
Drew Nordi
Kelly Stewart
Johnny Murphy
Kelly Smith

2017-04-16 – Cougar County Nadirs IM Softball

This evening the Cougar Country Nadirs played in the final regular season softball game of the Spring 2017 IM softball season. Coming into the final regulars game the Nadirs were 2-0-1 playing against the CM Homies.

The game features a lot of flyballs and a low score until late into the game. Finally the Nadirs had a 2 run lead going into the bottom of the sixth and last inning. Unfortunately the CM Homies hit a walk-off single to score the game’s tying and go-ahead run.

The Cougar Country Nadirs ended the regular season with 2-1-1 going into the end of the season single-elim bracket.

Tonight’s game featured:
Danny Jones
TJ Byrne
Brant Johnson
Eric Blackburn
Daniel Tiengo
Marc Cussatt
Garrett D’Angelo
Drew Nordi
Dusty Olson
Nick Jones

and Austin (Oz) Bartleson with Marty Rogstad for the CM Homies.

Photoshoot with Deputy Stevens

On Saturday afternoon I had a chance to ride along with Deputy Stevens from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office.

We went to the WSU campus to do a couple photos of him with some of the campus in the background. We didn’t make it there until the sun was really setting. This causes some troubles with the backlighting and the lack of lighting for the foreground. I ended up shooting from a different angle so we didn’t get the campus as the backdrop as wanted.

I shot all the photos with my Canon 70D with a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.

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.