Boys Water Polo – Sheldon-Willamette

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Photo: Dave Peaks

This was my second water polo match to shoot.  I had just finished the Sheldon girls match and stayed to take photos of the boys match.  The boys play a bit faster and shoot the ball harder. Both goalies were kept pretty busy the entire match.  There are still some technical issues I need to work on for the next water polo match.  The water spray looks neat but it can also throw the focus off the player.  I have to lock onto the player prior to the spray coming up and then the auto focus will stay locked on the player even if there is significant spray.  I will also use a 300mm lens for most of the shots vs. the 200mm lens I used for these matches.  I will still use the 70-200mm lens for action that is closer to where I’m shooting from.  I will also shoot some shots from each end of the pool instead of staying mainly on the side line.  We can only shoot from one side of the pool as there is no deck on the opposite side.

It was an enjoyable match to shoot.  The boys played with a lot of energy.  Sheldon easily won the match.

I am a photographer that loves to shoot action. I have been a wildlife photographer for many years and recently decided to become a sports photographer. I love sports and to be able to capture the height of the action and the expressions on the players faces. It's a work in progress. I hope to shoot many sporting events in the years to come.

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