Mar 022013
 

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 (GaryPaulson.net), Facebook (Facebook), and Google+ (Google+).

Find Your Greatness 5K Run/Walk Find Your Greatness 5K Run/Walk Find Your Greatness 5K Run/Walk
Nov 082012
 

On Wednesday I attended and took photos of my first soccer game. It was quite a challenge!

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.

Photos: Girls Soccer – Kamiakin vs Mercer Island (177 Photos)

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Now back to processing Cross Country photos…

Oct 302012
 

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 Championship

The 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.

Team Results

3A Boys Team Scores
1.North Central27
2.Kamiakin55
3.Mt Spokane65
4.University109
5.Shadle Park126
6.Hanford175
7.Southridge203
8.Kennewick206
9.Sunnyside265
3A Girls Team Scores
1.Kamiakin54
2.Mt Spokane70
3.University77
4.Shadle Park87
5.North Central101
6.Southridge113
7.Hanford186
8.Rogers-Spokane233
9.Sunnyside256
4A Boys Team Scores
1.Central Valley52
2.Lewis and Clark59
3.Mead82
4.Joel Ferris109
5.Walla Walla126
6.Gonzaga Prep129
7.Richland144
8.Chiawana251
9.Pasco285
4A Girls Team Scores
1.Richland47
2.Gonzaga Prep74
3.Lewis and Clark75
4.Central Valley84
5.Walla Walla90
6.Joel Ferris138
7.Mead151
Oct 182012
 

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 Championship

The 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.