Chatfield Senior High School Swimmer

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I meant to post this last week but I never got around to it. I cover a fair amount of swimming during the winter sports season. Its always a challenge to come up with strong swimming pictures when you are limited to what you can see above the water. I think this one is fairly successful for 2 reasons. The first is the drama of the water splashing around the swimmer. The second is the red digital display of the time clock reflected in the swimmers goggles. I almost chose another picture over this one until I saw that small detail.

Good Weather, Good Light

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I am glad that spring sports kicked off this week. The weather was sunny and warm. The afternoon light was a nice change from the available darkness found indoors. It also feels really good to be sitting on the grass instead of a hard basketball court. LAX, track, soccer and baseball here I come.

2011 CHSAA State Hockey Semi Finals

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

State hockey playoffs began last weekend. Out of the 8 schools I consistently cover, we have 3 with hockey teams, Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Chatfield. This year Chatfield made it to the second to last round of playoffs which took place at the Pepsi Center last Friday, February 25. I always enjoy shooting at the Pepsi Center. The security staff doesn’t get in my way, the WIFI is generally fast (and free) and the lighting is very good. To go on top of that there are “cutouts” in the glass at various locations throughout the rink that allow you to shoot through the glass with little to no affect on image quality. I wish our local rinks had these. It would make my job a lot easier (that and 50 lights instead of 10). I always like the overhead shots but for hockey I feel like being at ice level produces the best opportunities. I was somewhat inspired to post these after seeing this post on the FM forums which actually include some of the same plays from a different angle. To make a long story short, Chatfield was shutout, 3-0, by Lewis Palmer ending their playoff run. Even as one sided as the scoring was, it definitely made for a few great pictures. Enjoy.

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2011 CHSAA State Wrestling: Day 2

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

So much for not shooting things super tight like I did yesterday. This one just stood out to me as a good opportunity to fill the frame. Finding a clean background is extremely tough at the Pepsi Center. Shooting tight is pretty much the only solution. I moved from press row into the Denver Nuggets photo room today. You can see a photo after the jump. It’s much quieter and easier for me to come and go from. The internet seems to be faster as well. Most of the bandwidth is being used by the CHSAA TV people who are live streaming the matches. It’s become a problem for anyone else trying to file on a deadline.

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Home Run Helper

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Sometimes the reaction is better than the action. And sometimes you were pointed at the short stop and the batter hits a solo home run. Better than nothing.

EOS 7D and High School Sports

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

I am becoming more and more impressed by what the Canon EOS 7D is capable of capturing, especially with High School Sports. My main sports camera, the Canon EOS 1D Mark II N, is in the shop this week and I have been using the 7D instead. So far, so good. Another nice trade off is of course the focal length multiplier or field of view crop or whatever you want to call it. The smaller APS-C (1.6x) size sensor gives me an equivelant of 480mm with a 300mm lens. At times, I was using a 300mm lens in conjunction with a Canon EF 1.4x II Extender so I was actually shooting closer to a 700mm (672mm to be exact) lens. Wow. There were lots of tack sharp images to choose from at 672mm at f5.6.