I got to shoot gymnastics for the first time yesterday at the Mass State Championship, and coincidentally, my high school was competing. A friend of mine is now the coach there, too.
After seeing all the great photos from the Olympics this year, I was looking forward to seeing what I could produce. Easier said than done… A high school gymnasium does not lend itself to action photos when the light is a very dim f/2.8 @ 1/125 – ISO 3200.
Here are a few frames of what I what I managed to get sharp:
Caught this young lady at the top of her transfer between the uneven bars. The concentration that these girls have, flying between apparatuses at high speeds, is something else. Damn, I wish I could light this! (All safety concerns aside.)
I wasn’t patient enough to wait around for moments like this on the uneven bars or the vault, and I had a deadline breathing down my neck, so I went over to the beam, where, thankfully, they move a little bit slower.
A little shout out to my alma mater, ARHS, with that one!
And finally, here’s a non-action shot with the eventual winner, Barnstable. This team did this for every one of its competitors, and I’m totally ignorant to what constitutes good gymnastics, so I really have no idea if she did well or not. Given that they won the whole thing, probably.
Found an outtake that I really liked. Kicking myself for not finding it the first time, through!