Archive for September, 2012
Shot my second Penn State game of the season yesterday. It’s also now exactly a year to the day that I got knocked over by two high school football players, couldn’t walk for about 10 minutes and suffered an impact fracture at the top of my tibia — all of which is relevant because shooting football even a year later can be a little painful.
But it was one of my better games to shoot. Take that, knee.
It also rained a bit. Nothing dramatic — just a steady drizzle — so when the sun came out and finally created enough contrast for the water droplets to show up in-camera, I seized it:
I guess I’d be angry, too, if I were getting tackled:
It’s almost ballet-like, the way it seems as if Rumer is lifting Zordich. Almost:
And finally, a “whaaa–?” moment from QB1 and coach:
Be sure to check out more photos on the YDR website!
These photos, which were published in the May/June issue of Smart magazine (starting on pg. 28), are way overdue. Basically, back in March, I made some pictures in a fiber mill run by a husband and wife, plus the husband’s cousin. From cleaning and carding the fleeces to spinning the yarn, everything’s done via completely mechanical machinery.
It was pretty neat. But after spending time with those machines, I could see why labor laws against children working in similar mills and factories were enacted in the early 1900s.
The last time I shot Navy football, I was pretty frustrated. Not because the Midshipmen defeated the Missouri Tigers in the Texas Bowl, but because their triple-option offense utterly confused me and had me falling for more than a few fake plays.
The last time I shot Penn State football was the first game without Joe Paterno. The second-to-last time I shoot Penn State football was Joe Paterno’s last game — a victory that got him the title of the winningest Division I football coach. And all that was stripped when the NCAA vacated all the Nittany Lions’ wins since 1998.
Which made yesterday’s victory over Navy Penn State’s first victory since 1997 — and Bill O’Brien’s first win as head coach.
A lot has happened since the first time I stepped inside Beaver Stadium. But, as I walked onto the sidelines yesterday, all I could think about was how not to fall for more fake plays in the Midshipmen’s offense.
I think I did reasonably okay. You can check out all the (action) photos on YDR’s website, but here’re a few of my favorites:
On an unrelated note: Armed with editor Brad’s iPad, I was able to tweet out a few photos — from my DSLRs — during the game. The signal was pretty shaky at times, but it was a neat exercise in being actually digital-first. Editor Eileen had reassured me before the game that tweeting wasn’t my priority and, if it felt overwhelming, that I could just put it aside. But I had a lot of fun with it (at least, when the signal worked), didn’t let it get in my way and got some good feedback from Twitter as well as fellow photographers on the sidelines.
Would I do it again? Absolutely.
Ramadan ended a bit ago, so I’m a little late in sharing some pictures I made a while ago at a community gathering to break the fast together.
I’ve made pictures of Muslims before, but it was always in a public, diverse setting. This community gathering was the first time I was in an exclusively Muslim setting, so I had to learn quickly about various cultural differences that were complicated by my being female and having a camera. Fortunately, several men and women helped me tread the waters, and I think I was able to produce some good frames and, more importantly, some goodwill among the community.