As part of their Kamiakin High School culminating project, Michelle Fletcher and Megan Beauchene organized a 5k run/walk. All proceeds from the event go to the local YMCA’s Girls on the Run Foundation, an after-school program that promotes healthy and active lifestyles for elementary age girls. Both Megan and Michelle are distance runners, running for Kamiakin’s cross country and track teams, making the YMCA’s program very appropriate.
To support Megan and Michelle, I volunteered to take some photos of the event that they can use when they present their culminating project. I figured it would help them out and would get me ready for track season since I have not taken any sports photos since the end of Cross Country season. Below are the photos I took and links to them at my portfolio site (), Facebook (), and Google+ ().
Under the lights of the stadium I thought it would be similar to taking photos at a football game but it was quite different. In football, most of the time the game marches from one end of the field to the other so you can anticipate where the action will be headed and plan accordingly. With soccer the action moves back and forth constantly. I ended up just setting up in different positions and waiting for the action to come into range.
My poor little F/4.0 70-200 lens was pushed to the limit as is evident in the photos. I had to push the ISO to 1600 and shutter speed of 250 to get enough light for the photos. The high ISO meant lots of noise introduced into the photo and the low shutter speed meant that many photos have some motion blur. The F/2.8 lens would have allowed me to bump my speed up to 500 but would knock my wallet for a loop. I am just glad that Lightroom can do wonders with the raw images and pull out the details in the shadows.
I will have to try making it to a daytime game next time to see if I can get some better shots. Still, it was quite interesting to watch the game from the sideline and try to capture the action.
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Now back to processing Cross Country photos…
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 was the day when all cross country teams from Eastern Washington came together at Carmichael Middle School in Richland, WA to see which teams would move on to the state meet the following week.
I love this quote in the Tri-City Herald:
The [Kamiakin Girl's] win, however, did not come without an assist from the boys squad after one of the girls forgot her uniform top. Since every runner on a team has to be in the same uniform, the girls had to borrow the boys’ tops.
So, how was it getting your jersey back after it had traveled 3 miles on someone else’s back? Cold and clammy?
“They smelled gooood,” Kamiakin’s Austin Oser said with a grin.
Photo Galleries: E WA 3A & 4A Regional XC ChampionshipThe photos are in three different online locations, my main photo gallery , Facebook , and Picasa . Each of the three sites offers something a little different, but my main site is where you can download the image and/or get prints.
- Boys 3A – Eastern Washington Regional XC Championship (361 photos)
- Girls 3A – Eastern Washington Regional XC Championship (405 photos)
- Boys 4A – Eastern Washington Regional XC Championship (357 photos)
- Girls 4A – Eastern Washington Regional XC Championship (254 photos)
- Alternates Race – Eastern Washington Regional XC Championship (336 photos)
- 3A & 4A Awards, Odds, & Ends – Eastern Washington Regional XC Championship (35 photos)
|3A Boys Team Scores|
|3A Girls Team Scores|
|4A Boys Team Scores|
|2.||Lewis and Clark||59|
|4A Girls Team Scores|
|3.||Lewis and Clark||75|
Leslie Groves Park, Richland, WA
October 18, 2012
I need to do a bit of a write up about the meet but for now I just wanted to make sure the links were up. The photos for the JV races should be up shortly.
Photo Galleries: MCC District Cross Country ChampionshipThe photos are in three different online locations, my main photo gallery , Facebook , and Picasa . Each of the three sites offers something a little different, but my main site is where you can download the image and/or get prints.
The Pasco Bulldog XC Invite had a crowded field of runners with 347 high school and 40 middle school runners crossing the finish line. Pasco High did well handling the overflow crowds due to Sunfair being moved from the same weekend to the next due to wildfire smoke creating poor air quality in Yakima.
Kamiakin, who I am sure many of the schools here wish had been able to go to Sunfair, dominated both the boys and girls races with scores of 50 and 28 respectively. The boys’ score of 50 may not seem as strong as normal except that the top 6 Kamiakin runners sat out the race to prepare for the big race next week against nationally-ranked North Central (who also did not run this weekend) at the Richland Invite. It was great to see these boys, our 2nd string, get a chance to run a varsity race. The last couple years, when my boys were usually runners 7, 8,or 9 I could only create paper races to prove how strong our 2nd string could run. Hopefully next week they will run in the Division 2 Varsity race against North Central’s 2nd string.
Pasco Bulldog XC Invite Photos
Pasco Bulldog XC Invite Photo Galleries
- Boys Varsity (515 photos)
- Girls Varsity (440 photos)
- JV Boys – Frosh/Soph (399 photos)
- JV Boys – Junior/Senior (348 photos)
- JV Girls (322 photos)
- High School Boys 2 Mile (62 photos)
- High School Girls / Middle School 2 Mile (83 photos)
- Odds, Ends, & Awards (59 photos)
Pasco Bulldog XC Invite Results
|High School Men’s Results|
|4||Skyler Larson||16:42.3||Tri-City Prep|
|High School Women’s Results|
|Men’s Team Results|
|1||Kamiakin||50||1 5 12 15 17 19 26|
|2||Tri-City Prep||78||4 13 18 21 22 24 39|
|3||Hanford||155||3 16 23 41 72 — –|
|Women’s Team Results|
|1||Kamiakin||28||1 2 6 7 12 15 33|
|2||Southridge||72||3 9 10 23 27 38 52|
|3||St John-Endicott||139||8 25 26 31 49 74 92|
Big Cross 5k Cross Country Course Map
This was the first time I have been on the field during a football game since high school. Being so close to the players and coaches brought back many memories from those days, not all good. Just like high school, I learned a lot last night, at least if “learning what not to do” is learning. The camera and lens that I have work great under daylight conditions but using them to take photos under the Friday Night Lights of a football stadium would tax the most experienced photographer and I am on the other end of that spectrum.
Lesson 1: Use a Monopod
I took some test shots while the teams were warming up and all looked good. Then I realized the light was was going away and soon I would have nothing but stadium lights and I did not have my camera monopod. Luckily it was out in the car and my lovely wife was able to retrieve it for me. A monopod is useful because it stabilizes the camera, especially with a long lens attached, reducing one source of blur in the photos.
Lesson 2: Verify Picture Quality Often
The amount of light allowed into the camera is controlled by 3 factors, shutter speed (the amount of time the shutter is open), aperture (like the pupil size of your eye), and ISO (like the SPF factor in suntan lotion). I knew I was going to need as much light as possible so I had set my aperture to F4.0 (the largest aperture size for my 70-200 lens) and left the shutter speed to be calculated by the camera’s metering system. Big mistake in this low light situation and it didn’t help that I didn’t bump my ISO up high enough. After the first quarter I zoomed in to some photos and saw they were all blurry. Of course, the shutter speed being used was about a 30th of a second. For sports photography 1/400th of a second is about as slow as can be used and 1/1000th would be better.
With my lens I was going to have to compromise and stay near the 1/400th speed. When combined with the F4.0 aperture, this meant pushing my ISO to 3200. 100 ISO is the best, each doubling of the ISO means the photo will be ‘grainier’ due to noise introduced by the sensor. 3200 meant I would have lots of noise to deal with but anything lower meant I would have motion blur as the athletes ran faster than the shutter speed could capture them. Hopefully I can smooth out the noise using Lightroom when I process the photos at home.
Lesson 3: Shoot Tighter
My lens will zoom from 70mm to 200mm. I found that I am cropping many of my photos much tighter than I shot even though I was not shooting the photos at the max zoom. This means I could have ended up with higher resolution pictures if I had had zoomed in further at the time I took the picture. Why hadn’t I? Probably experience, not knowing how much of the action I would want in the photo and also not being able to follow the action through the lens when zoomed in close. Definitely something I can work to improve.
Lesson 4: Faces & Football
A good photo needs a focal point, something that catches and draws your eye into the picture. Usually eyes and faces do that. Under a helmet this can be harder to catch. Action also catches your attention and in Football the action is the ball. A pile of players on top of the ball carrier has no focal point. Even a runner being tackled has little visual punch if you cannot see the face of at least one of the athletes. I will attempt to watch the action more closely and not capture photos that won’t end up making the cut.
Lesson 5: Use High-Speed Shutter
I have trained myself at Cross Country meets not to take multiple shots in sequence because I don’t need to double or triple the number of photos I take and 3+ shots in a row don’t have enough difference in them to gives you anything extra to really use. If I was only trying to capture the photos of a dozen runners I would probably want the extra shots to select from but when shooting 100+ runners per race and 4 to 6 races per day, no.
For an action sport such as Football where the number of shots you can take is limited and where the key moment in a play cannot be anticipated, it is best to shoot a burst of 6+ shots and then just keep the one that captures the action. I found myself always pulling up on the shutter button and only getting one or two shots and many times missing the key moment.
Every time I go out with my camera I try to learn something. Using that standard, last night was a total success. I just finished processing the photos I took of the actual game and found that of the 773 photos I took, I only ‘published’ 103.
Kamiakin vs Southridge Football Photos
Just got back into town from the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at Lincoln Park in Seattle, WA. There were 8 races; 4 College level and 4 for High School teams. It was a beautiful day for Seattle. We had nice blue skies shaded by the woods that encompass the park. The only issue seemed to be the confussion when rounding the corner for the finish. Many of the runners who were lapped followed the leaders into the sharp turn into the chute instead of running one more lap. The Kamiakin JV boys had the top 7 positions into the last lap but ‘somehow’ 2nd place was taken by a boy who ended up with a 4 second personal record on a 5k course. It was not the kid’s fault. There should have been better traffic control at the turn.
Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak High School, with a time of 16:31.12, shattered the course record, 17:21.98, set by Kendra Weitz of Shadle Park last year. She was almost a full minute ahead of the 2nd and 3rd place runners. Kamiakin as a team dominated the event. The varsity boys took 1st place, the varsity girls took 2nd, the jv boys took 1st place, and the jv girls had a respectable 5th.
- Mark Gerboth
The Kamiakin men’s Varsity demonstrated why they are a force to be reckoned with, posting a 53 point total on their way to defeating Gig Harbor (WA 4A #1, NHSCA #28 – 89 points), and other state- and nationally ranked teams, including Garfield (WA 4A #8), and Seattle Prep (WA 3A #3, NHSCA #11, Milesplit #14 – 169 points). Keegan McCormick led the way for the Braves with a 3rd place finish in 15:18. Keegan was followed by a red horde of Kamiakin jerseys, with all eight Kamiakin runners placing in the top 22 finishers. The Horde included Garrett Kraal (9th, 15:33), Andrew Snyder (13th, 15:44), Ahmed Ibrahim (15th, 15:46), Christian Rodriguez (17th, 15:51), Daniel Sanchez (18th, 15:52), Cameron Glade (21st, 16:03), and Austin Oser (22nd, 16:05). The race’s overall winner was Seattle Prep’s Joe Hardy (US#9), with a time of 14:57.
- Tri-City Herald
It was a banner day Saturday for the Kamiakin cross country teams at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.
The boys upset top-ranked Class 4A team Gig Harbor, while the girls were second to Snohomish powerhouse Glacier Peak.
A gorgeous West Seattle day was the setting for the 21st annual Sundodger Invitaitonal, and the Husky cross country teams rolled through the Lincoln Park trails to a pair of team victories. Fifth-year senior Joey Bywater surged to the individual win in the men’s race, and Christine Babcock, running unattached, won the women’s race in her first ever Sundodger appearance.
Sundodger Invitational Photos
- Sundodger Invitational Gallery
- HS 5k Girls’ Varsity, Girls’ JV
- HS 5k Boys’ Varsity, Boys’ JV
- 6k Women’s Invite, Women’s Open
- 8k Men’s Invite, Men’s Open
- Odds & Ends
|High School Men’s Results|
|1||Joe Hardy||14:57.10||Seattle Prep|
|4||Wolfgang Beck||15:23.09||Gig Harbor|
|5||Tristan Peloquin||15:23.36||Gig Harbor|
|High School Women’s Results|
|1||Amy-Eloise Neale||16:31.12||Glacier Peak|
|2||Katie Bianchini||17:26.98||Glacier Peak|
|5||Jessica Peterson||18:34.90||S Kitsap|
|Men’s Team Results|
|1||Kamiakin||53||3 8 12 14 16 17 20|
|2||Gig Harbor||89||4 5 6 36 38 39 47|
|3||Lake Stevens||133||9 21 27 31 45 66 73|
|Women’s Team Results|
|1||Glacier Peak||35||1 2 6 12 14 17 35|
|2||Kamiakin||70||3 7 16 18 26 32 56|
|3||Central Valley||121||15 19 23 24 40 45 49|
My twin boys graduated today from Kamiakin High School! I had to take some pictures and old habits die hard. Instead of just taking pictures of them, I ended up taking photos of just about every graduate. It would have been fun to have been able to roam the floor to get better shots, but I did what I could from my seat. Luckily we got there early enough that I was able to get a ground level seat right up front so I had nobody in front of me.
I broke the photos into 4 groups just to try to keep the number of photos manageable. Also trying something new, I am uploading the photos to smugmug before I get a chance to go through them so that they are up. I plan to go through them and delete the obivously bad shots and other shots that don’t make the cut, but at least they are up for those who want them. I am wondering if I should upload them to Facebook early as well, problem there is it is difficult to get them off since I cannot use Lightroom to manage a Facebook album.
- 2012 Kamiakin Graduation Pictures
The 2012 CBBN 3A District Championships were held yesterday at the Wildcat Stadium at Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee. The event started at 4pm and we finished up minutes before 9pm. I ended up with a little over 1200 photos which means I now am even farther behind in my processing!
Congratulations to the Kamiakin Braves for taking both the Girls and Boys title. I missed getting a shot of the team with the trophy. Guess I don’t have enough experience at these events to know when to start packing up my gear and when to hang around the finish line.
Here is a photo put I found on facebook of the team with their trophies: