Tagged: sports photography

This snap was published in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper, but was not seen by anybody. Well, technically only about a quarter to the photo was visible on the page. A production error led to my rugby image being cropped in a nonsensical way. Though these problems happen infrequently, when they occur, they always make me cringe .  I wonder what people thought when the saw this scrum photo that was only bits of arms and faces. I am publishing it here for you to see before it fades into our photo archive, never to be seen again.

In a scrum, members of the rigby team Butte Crabs of Montana, left and Spokane Razorbacks, fight for possession of the ball during their Fools Fest rugby tournament game at the Spokane Polo Club Saturday. 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