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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Thunder Valley National

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

I am finally getting around to posting some of the photos from Thunder Valley. I noticed one thing that a lot of them had in common: busy backgrounds. It seems that there are very few angles that do not have a brightly colored banner or sign or truck in the background. This is definitely something that I am going to work on for next time. These are not in any particular order. Click through for a few more.

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The Details of State Track and Field

© Matthew Jonas 2010

I had a couple of hours in between some of the races that I needed to cover at the 2010 State Track and Field Championships so I decided to shoot a little project. I wandered around Jeffco Stadium shooting detail shots of various track and field events in the late afternoon light. It may not be great stuff but it kept me entertained on the first of three 12 hour days ahead of me covering track. Check it out.

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Meeting of the Lakewood Coffee Party

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Politics. I really like covering politics. Ever since the excitement of the last presidential race, I have had a soft spot for it. I think it is probably the emotion that it brings out in people that I like more than anything. Last Saturday, a new party was taking shape in a Coffee shop in Belmar. It was a meeting of the Coffee Party. As one member described it, the party is the antidote to the Tea Party. From what I interpreted, they party prides themselves on being non-partisan and open to constructive reform through more positive means. It is pretty much the direct opposite of the raucous tactics of the Tea Party.

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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.