"If you don't stop growing I'm going to put a rock on your head", this was one of my Dad's favorite sayings as I growing up. As I look back fondly on those days I realize it was really Dad's way of saying, slow down, I want to enjoyed this period of our lives. So like my father, I often drop this line on my two children, only to get the puzzled look of, "Dad your crazy", or they will put you in jail if you do that in this century.
Like my parents did with me, I try to capture these times, recording as many moments and events as possible. Looking at this photo-illustration of my daughter its hard to believe she is already 13 and competing in junior high events, she refers to her swim meets as training for her real passion, water polo with the Cincinnati Moose. This imaging is appropriately titled, "Moose in Training".
Indoor sports photography has change drastically in the past five years with the development of cameras that use hi iso's. Shooting at iso 1600 and above once yeilded a grainy low contrast image with minimal clarity but, today digital camera's are able to produce stunning imagery at two and three times this iso. With that in mind I'm off to the next sporting event, my sons first start as a high school baseball player, "Go Cavs"
Tech Notes, Camera-Nikon D800, Lens-80-200, Exposure-1/800 sec; f5.6 ISO 2500, Lighting-available overhead, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Clarity www.tonyarrasmith.com