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With the 2012 club volleyball season now fully underway now, we went to the Austin Convention Center to check out some of the action. I have the all of the photos posted at http://txsportspix.com/texaswarmup2012/ Photos shot with Canon 7D and 85mm f/1.8 lens.
Prints are available for purchase. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Canon EOS 7D, 24-105 f/4L, 60mm, F 16, ISO 400
I had the opportunity to photograph the Shock Top party held by Brown Distribution in Austin Texas. The highlight of the event for me was to ride in a helicopter to get an aerial view of the Earthwork by the international artist Stan Herd. Shuttles were provided and I was transported off to the site. There were three helicopters available for use to view the earthwork. I chose the open door as to get better photos of this amazing work. This work took several months to complete but the end result was truly awesome. This artwork is about 5 acres in size and various types of natural materials were used. The green in the sunglasses are limes! Once back at the party I was able to meet Stan Herd and he is truly a genuine, down to earth person. If you judge an party by the amount of fun to be had by everyone, this event was a HUGE success. Everything from the food to all the various types of entertainment was truly incredible.
Click here for Shock Top Party Photos
Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8L, 175mm, F 2.8, ISO 3200
Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers made a brief trip through Round Rock, Texas to play three games with the Express baseball team. He is always a crowd favorite and spent a lot of time prior to the game signing autographs for the fans. Hamilton hit this homerun in the 3rd inning with 2 on and 1 out. The Express defeated the Sky Sox 9-4.
Canon EOS 7D, Canon 24-105 f/4L, 105mm, F 5.0, ISO 200
I think we could all learn a bit from the honeybee. We need to work on our craft everyday and put an effort into getting better. Take a little time each day to practice on your skills. It can be a full blown photo shoot or as little as catching a Kelby Training video online. Just like with everything else, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” I carry my camera with me constantly, hoping to catch that magical one in a million shot. Work a little each and every day and you will constantly get better. You will become more familiar with your equipment and how to compose and shoot a great photo. Tasks that you had to think about will become second nature. If a little bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey, up to 6 miles per trip and to produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth, how much are you willing to work to catch that magical moment with your camera?
Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L, 80mm, F 2.8, ISO 3200
When I listen to music my first choice isn’t country music. I am a classic rock kind of guy but I will admit the Zac Brown Band put on an amazing show in the Dell Diamond Stadium. I was familiar with a few of their songs but wasn’t sure what to expect for a performance. It
was a long frustrating few days trying to get proper photo access. I finally talked to several people and was told that I could shoot the event but my official pass was missing. This left me out of the photo pit but once I saw the photo pit back at the sound board I was glad I wasn’t stuck all the way back there.
The stage setup was the largest I have ever seen at the Round Rock Express home field. The opening act was Blackberry Smoke and I would classify them as southern rock. It wasn’t a long set but the music was pretty good. The crowd continued to grow during their performance and over 10,000 people were expected to attend. After sunset the temperatures dropped slightly and the breeze was just enough to keep things cooled down. I wandered around from side to side waiting for the moonrise. I had seen the full moon the night before and had planned for this event. What I was planning for and what happened were two different things. I was planning to get a shot of the band on stage with the Dell Diamond logo and moon over top of the stage. What happened was the moon arose from the right of the stage not even close to the band. I was already trying to shoot between cowboy hats to get a clear view and that was becoming more difficult as everyone pushed towards the front of the stage. I was standing in general admission trying to shoot photos through the crowd, when several members of the band walked out onto the runway to sing “Toes” (most) everything lined up perfectly! I finally had an improvised shot, Zac Brown and a full moon in Round Rock, Texas. With all this being said every planned shoot isn’t going to be perfect every time. You will face numerous obstacles and unforeseen circumstances.
To quote one of my favorite actors (Clint Eastwood) and movie lines (Heartbreak Ridge) , we must “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”.
Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L w/ 1.4x, 280mm, F 4.0, ISO 1600