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This is one of those spray and pray shots you make when shooting sports. As Cheney High School’s C.J. Skillingstad scored the winning goal in overtime, I swung my lens from the ball in the net to the celebration happening on the field. I hit the shutter, unleashing my machine-gun fast Nikon D3s’ motor drive. I didn’t realize I had  C.J. in the photo because they all jumped on him. I like his hand in the air flashing the number one. Ahhh the drama. After the game, I sat on the sideline and downloaded my snaps into my iPad. I went directly to this photo first and edited and captioned  it in a super-cool $7.99 app called Photogene. I then sent the photo to the newspaper via the app’s FTP client. It’s nice not having to cart my 17-inch laptop around for assignments like this. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300 f/4

Cheney's C.J. Skillingstad, bottom right, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime against East Valley Tuesday at Cheney High School. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Good sports photography is mostly about anticipation and timing. My Nikon D3s digital SLR camera allows me to shoot a burst at nine frames per second. That sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t when trying to capture a peak action sporting moment like these to high school soccer players. I shot this snap with a Nikkor 400 mm 2.8 telephoto lens ( the beast weighs more than a boat anchor.) The wide aperture and long focal length helps throw the background out of focus, which make the subject stand out. As I was sitting on the bleachers downloading m photos onto my iPad to send back to the newspaper, a spectator looked over my shoulder and said:  “Your camera takes great pictures!” Hey, give a shooter some credit will ya. Technology is great, but someone still has to know when to push the shutter button.

Ferris Saxon's Josh Sharon (in front) and Mead's Colin Shockman compete for control of the ball during their soccer match Friday, April 22, 2011 at Ferris High School. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review