Rasslin’

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.

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.

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.

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