Gymtastic

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:

SHREWSBURY - Chelmsford's Lauren Kempton performs her uneven bars routine at the MIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Shrewsbury High School on Feb. 28, 2009.

SHREWSBURY - Chelmsford's Lauren Kempton performs her uneven bars routine at the MIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Shrewsbury High School on Feb. 28, 2009.

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.

(02292009   SHREWSBURY, MA) GYM    Algonquin's Emily Rutan dismounts the beam at the MIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Shrewsbury High School on Feb. 28, 2009. Herald Photo by Kelvin Ma. Saved in Sunday.

(02292009 SHREWSBURY, MA) GYM Algonquin's Emily Rutan dismounts the beam at the MIAA State Gymnastics Championships at Shrewsbury High School on Feb. 28, 2009. Herald Photo by Kelvin Ma. Saved in Sunday.

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.

SHREWSBURY - Brittan Morris of Barnstable is greeted by her teammates after finishing her uneven bars routine at the MIAA Gymnastics State Championships at Shrewsbury High School on Feb. 28, 2009.

SHREWSBURY - Brittan Morris of Barnstable is greeted by her teammates after finishing her uneven bars routine at the MIAA Gymnastics State Championships at Shrewsbury High School on Feb. 28, 2009.

UPDATE:

Found an outtake that I really liked. Kicking myself for not finding it the first time, through!

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