For the past few years I have been very blessed to be able to work with the Sandpoint Junior Tackle organization providing their team photos. I was excited for this year’s team photos because in the off season I have upgraded to some much more powerful flashes than the speed lights I have used in previous years. The new lights worked great and gave me more creative options to work with. Not only is our lighting better this year but I also redesigned all of the templates that we used for the final prints. Here are a few samples of the final images.
P.S. you will see the initials “E.M.A.D. on some of these templates, if you are not familiar with that it stands for “Every Man A Dog” Sandpoint Football’s motto. In between taking the different team’s photos I was able to shoot some action photos. For more photos from the games and to order prints you can visit the gallery on my website at these links:
Paul is a senior soccer player from Lakeland High School, we captured some fun images at a number of different locations in Rathdrum and then finished up our time at the High School to take some sports themed photos.
This next photo is one of my favorites from the entire senior photo season, we set up this shot to look like it was taken after dark and then I turned the stadium lights on in Photoshop.
For this match between Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene I wanted to see if I could get good shots using a 400mm lens, it is an older model and weights half a ton so it is not very agile. Volleyball is one of the hardest sports to photograph and with the long zoom of a 400mm on my cropped sensor 7D made this a crazy thought but nonetheless I was able to capture a few good shots with that lens, I am sure they were more about luck than skill!
The images above were shot using my 70-200, below you will find a couple I shot with the 400, you will see one benefit of this zoom is that the net is rendered very out of focus so I was actually able to shoot through the net and get a usable shot, I would have preferred to not have another athlete’s head in the foreground on this first one however!
On Saturday the Coeur d’Alene Viking JV and Varsity football teams played the Mercer Island Islanders from the Seattle area. I was very excited for these games, partly because I knew there would be some great action but mostly because I would be able to enjoy the rare treat of shooting a Varsity Football game during daylight hours! The lights that they use at Viking Stadium for night games are probably the best and brightest in North Idaho, but they cannot compete with daylight! Below you will find some shots from each game as well as links to the full galleries where you can view all the photos from each game and order your own prints or digital files!
Full Galleries: All 2012 Football Galleries / JV Game / Varsity Game
Halftime featured a performance by the Viking Dance Team as well as some Junior Tackle action on the field.
To finish up check out this sequence, it took a awesome effort for the Islanders Matt Orehek to pull down this catch in the middle of great coverage by Coeur d’Alene’s Jackson Carslon (7) and Hayden Sharp (23).
You can also read about the game in Ryan Collingwood’s Monday Morning Notebook on VarsityCDA.com
The Trojans of Post Falls made the trip to War Memorial Field in Sandpoint to take on the bulldogs. It was Post Falls who came out victorious in this exciting game, besting the Bulldogs 31-13. Here are some photos from the game, for more photos and to order prints please visit one of the links below.
Full Galleries: This Game / All 2012 Football Galleries
The first time I photographed Jim was at a basketball game in Coeur d’Alene back in 2010. The defending state champion Priest River Spartans looking for strong competition were playing the Coeur d’Alene Vikings and during a stop in play I was taking photos of the Priest River fans from across the gym. One of the fans noticed I was taking photos, stood up and pointed at me, I took this photo.
The reason I remember this is the fact that it started something that continued through the rest of the season, at every game I would look for Jim and he would look for me so we could get yet another photo of him doing the “The Point”. We tried to mix it up every now and then and get a variety of “Point” shots.
Now a couple of years later I have had the privilege of taking Jim’s senior photos as well as some photos with his sisters, yes we had to sneak in a pointing shot.
Alright, enough pointing fingers let’s get on with some senior photos!
Right around sunset we were at a perfect spot and the sky was amazing. The next shots were all taken at the same spot only minutes apart, we simply turned different directions and were able to get very different looks.