This evening I shot the Pullman High School football game against our Quad City neighbor, Clarkston High School. Clarkston got out to an early lead. They lead the whole game until the final minute of the game. Pullman had tied up the game at 34 to 34 with a chance for a PAT to go up by one. It failed but the opportunity for the game winning field goal was not missed and Pullman went on to win 37-34.
I shot with my normal setup — a 70D with a 50mm prime lens and a 6D Mark II with a 70-200mm lens. But with the crop factor of the 70D the lens acts like a 70mm. That is pretty much what I am already using. I used to put a 18-135mm zoom lens on the 70D but it is not fast glass and I miss some shots.
I have two things I am going to learn from tonight’s game. Number one is to periodically check my shutter speed. I accidentally dialed it down to 1/350 which is way too slow for football. I started the game at 1/1000. After I got home I found some blurring in a lot of photos because the shutter was too slow to stop the action.
Secondly, after tonight I realized having a camera set up that does exactly what my other camera does is pointless. Next time I will use the zoom lens even though it is slower glass.
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:
and Austin (Oz) Bartleson with Marty Rogstad for the CM Homies.
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.
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!