Every now and then, I get pleasantly surprised when I get to an assignment. This time, my luck happened at a wrestling tournament.
For those of you who have never had to shoot high school wrestling, the light is typically awful. Think ISO 1600+. It’s nice to think the designers up at North Andover High School had this in mind when they designed the gym (doubt it!), because around sunset, a beautiful streak of sunlight sneaks into the gym, leaving me with great light and long shadows for decent pictures.
Mark Ostroski of Somerset, on top, dodges a takedown from Bernard Cross of North Attleboro in the 189 pound semifinal of the MIAA Division 2 State Tournament at North Andover High School on Feb. 21, 2009. Ostroski defeated Cross.
Granted, it takes a little bit of patience to wait for these wrestlers to move into the light — they’ve got other things to worry about in there. I thought it was worth it to wait it out, rather than be satisfied with the flatly lit, horribly noisy photos I would have gotten with the gym lights (didn’t have time to light it myself). With the light fading fast, and slowly creeping up the wall, I got one more before I had to rely on the house lights.
Josh Rosario, left, of Catholic Memorial, and Tom Mossey of Marlborough grapple in a consolation bracket for third place in the 285-pound weight class at the MIAA Division 2 State Tournament at North Andover High School on Feb. 21, 2009. Mossey defeated Rosario.
By this point, the light was a warm, reddish-orange, which knocks down the ambient light in the room down to blue when you white balance for the orange. Pretty cool color effect.
A nice way to end the day.
The results from the 2009 Southern Short Course are in, and out of the two images I entered, this one placed second in the Sports Feature category. Safe to say, I’ve been trying to get as much mileage out of this one as possible. Here it is:
6/1/08 - ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays bench rushes to greet right fielder Gabe Gross and look out for his batting helmet after he hit a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning to beat the White Sox, 4-3, on June 1, 2008 (©2008 Tampa Tribune).
This is a shot that I had been trying to capture for years, all the way back to my time with the Cubs. For some reason or another — probably because the Rays weren’t all that good until last year — I never got it. Then, a week before this happened, my buddy over at the St. Pete Times, Brian Cassella (he’s very good), gets a similar shot on my day off! Frustrating, for sure, but my turn came… while Brian’s shot was still fresh in everyone’s mind, of course.
Anyway, it’s a nice cherry-on-top to what was a great half-season of covering the the Rays’ magical season. To see more of my coverage of the 2008 season, check out my main website: http://www.kelvinmaphoto.com.