70-200 Lens for Lacrosse Game

I was sitting at the edge of the field in a canvas chair. Michael and Jack play lacrosse in addition to swimming. The 70-200 lens allowed me to cloture their participation while sitting down and relaxing. 

#65 -Michael and #48 – Jack     white team
The black edges on photos are due to my blogging from phone and screen shot of files on Flickr, oh my.  It’s late and just returned from Ohio this afternoon and the computer is downstairs in a bag. 

Working to Improve How I Photograph Swimming

This past Tuesday I got down and knelt, used my 70-200 lens.

Tried to steady the camera. Get the shot.

Anticipating when to press the shutter button.

swimming (2)

 

Freezing the action is a challenge.

Pressing the Shutter- Too Soon, Too Late and Just Right

Practicing at the Intersquad Swim Meet at Ohio State Thursday night. Here is the process.  Why it is important to practice.

 

Too Early– Not off the blocks yet

too early2

 

 

Ooops, missed it.  Too late, Not just off the blocks but IN the water

too late

 

 

 

 

And then a couple where I felt I hit the mark better. Anticipating when the swimmers would be OFF the blocks but NOT IN the water yet

better

 

 

 

 

better3

Used the Canon 70-200 mm lens on the Canon 5D.  The one that was repaired a couple of weeks ago. It seems to be doing all right.

 

I felt I got some good action photography practice in as I watched the kids swim. Maura made it 100 meters Freestyle. That is a looong way for a 5 year old.

Maura completes 100 M freestyle

 

 

and by the parking garage in the late evening light

Swim Meet 2A quick pose for old Grandma. Thanks family. xxoo They are used to me by now.

 

Freeze a Moment in Time

Thought these two photos of Anna at the Dive Meet Monday afternoon, illustrate the concept of freezing a moment in time.  

I shoot singly, not in a burst, try to anticipate the moment to click the shutter.   Shot these with my 70-200 Canon lens.  It was a hot day.

 

Anna dives

 

 

Anna dives 2

Michael (6) Airborne

Diving meet Monday afternoon.  I cannot tell you which dive this is or what the degree of difficulty is.

I like the pool’s reflected light on his skin.  His other grandmother is taping all of the diving competition for the Olympic Trials to inspire the 3 grandchildren who dive. They sure start them young!

It was a beautiful day and could even be called “chilly”. Michael received a ribbon for 3rd place in his age group.