UPDATE: It Just Keeps Getting Better…

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

For those of you who don’t know, that is what a blown shutter looks like (without the arrows, of course). After a weekend of shooting state cross country one of my trusty Mark II Ns  just couldn’t take another sports assignment. Oh well. Off to CPS this morning.

UPDATE: The shutter was toast. It will cost $320.00 to fix it with my CPS discount. Interesting fact: the shutter that was replaced in 2007 had about 80k+ actuations on it. According to Canon I put 173k+ actuations on the new one. Wow. That is 57k+ photos per year!!!! And that’s on one of the bodies I carry!!!!

State Softball

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Last weekend I covered the 2010 CHSAA State Softball tournament. In previous years I have had more schools than I have had time to cover over the 3 day tournament. This year was a little different. We only had 2 teams advance to state: Platte Canyon and Evergreen. Platte Canyon is 3A school and Evergreen is a 4A school in softball. That meant unfortunately that their games would be played at the same time at different complexes (AWESOME!!!). Needing coverage from both games, I would have to hustle between complexes to make sure we had enough content to fill the sports pages for 2 papers. If you have ever been to state softball, you know that the Aurora Sports Park is enormous and that there is the possibility of 12 games being played at once!

Both games started at 12:15. After watching Evergreen play during the season, I made the decision to start at their game and then make my way to the Platte Canyon game around the 4th inning. That is one advantage of being at a small town paper. You cover the same teams every week so you get to know how they play. My decision ended up paying off. Evergreen was eliminated in the first round. While covering Evergreen, I ran into the perpetual Colorado Springs Gazette intern, Brandon Iwamoto. Good luck with the job hunt. Anyway, on to the Platte Canyon game.

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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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