Friday Night Darkness (Lights?)

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Fall sports started a couple of weeks ago and I have been busy Friday nights ever since. For many of us that means high school football. This is a time of year that I both look forward to and dread. The weather is finally cooling off and the days are becoming shorter. Unfortunately that means that the sun sets earlier and with game times starting around 7pm I am forced to deal with awful stadium lights (hence the phrase Friday Night Lights). This used to mean that I had to break out the flash-bracket-battery-pack-monopod contraption in order to stop action and get a decent exposure. Not anymore. I recently acquired a Canon EOS 7D which I have blogged about here and there. With fast lenses (f2.8 or better) and lower noise higher ISOs, football has become fun to shoot again.

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Trying New Angles With Baseball

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Baseball is a sport that I shoot a lot of especially during the summer. The problem is that I have never really enjoyed baseball without a camera. It’s probably one of the things that I have the hardest time shooting. I’m not sure how I was chosen to get season credentialed to shoot the Phillies when I was working for the News Journal, but it’s probably the reason that I have been doing so well shooting it lately. Yesterday I shot my first summer baseball game. The field had low fences, lots of unobstructed positions to shoot from and the light was flat but even. One of those positions was elevated behind the dug out. So I decided to try shooting the game from an angle I don’t usually have the liberty of shooting from with most of the teams I cover.

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High School LAX Playoffs

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

I actually made a lacrosse picture that I like!! It should be an easy sport to shoot but for some reason I have had a hard time with it lately. I guess trying to cover 3 games in 2 hours puts the pressure on you to produce.

Dance, Dance, Dance

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

The Columbine High School poms squad put on a Spring Showcase dance performance last night. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it down from shooting lacrosse in time to catch any of it. The lighting conditions were definitely not the most ideal, but it made for some interesting images anyway.

One down, one to go

It was a cold night in Boulder for 5A football. As temperatures dropped so did the chances for Columbine to advance to the next round of play offs. The game was close. Both teams were held to a touchdown apiece. It was the Fairview field goal that would ultimately make the difference.

I always like to make fun of the photographers who convert all their digital images to black and white. If you want black and white, shoot film. Well after color correcting these images for pre-press, I think I kind of like the way they look. So make fun of me if you want but sometimes black and white can help “color” a photo story, especially if your team loses.

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5A Football Play offs: Columbine vs. Chaparral

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Football Play offs are upon us. I couldn’t be happier. (Well, I guess I could because I could really use my 300mm lens that was run over on the sidelines last week.)

With only 2 teams left in our coverage area still in the running, my schedule is settling down and I can actually shoot the entire game without having to run off to shoot 2 (or more) games in one night. Speaking of night, so far all the play off games have been during the day. This is great: low ISOs, high shutter speeds and full buffers. It makes finding the right game defining moment a lot easier when I can choose from a sequence of images instead of choosing what is in focus.

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