End of Soccer Season

It was the last day of the kids soccer season. Like every Saturday, kids were very excited to play a match. And we had our camera there to document it. This is one of our son’s teammates. He loves to play soccer and to move the ball around. He is also very athletic. His moves are strong.

We captured most of the match. It is great to photograph kids sports. And like any kind of photography, it is challenging. You need a fast shutter speed. Maybe a higher ISO setting. And you need to set up the camera to track movement when it is focusing. A telephoto zoom is a must and a monopod is a great tool to have.  Make sure you know the sport you are going to photograph. It’s important to anticipate the moment and to know what is the best angle to photograph from. Look at sports magazines to know the angles sports photographers use. Stay out of the way of the athletes. And mind the background. A beautiful picture of the athlete with a trash can on the background will ruin the picture. 

Swimming New Season

With the start of the sports' season, there are many opportunities to take pictures of our children. Ours, in particular, like to swim, play soccer and ride bikes more than anything else. We are very involved on their sports and enjoy watching them get better every time. Three months ago, our son wanted to improve his butterfly stroke. Over the summer, he worked very hard on it. He is happy with his late results. Being able to capture him doing his new improved stroke was very satisfying for us. To him, it was important to be able to see how it looks when he does it well. When we took this photo and showed it to him, he had a huge smile in his face. It made him very proud!

Boston Marathon 2015

For the last eight years we have watched the Boston Marathon. We always arrive early expecting to see the first athletes that pass. I am always moved by the tenacity and determination of these people. No matter if it is raining and cold like today, or if it is a hot and humid day, they don't give up. They run with all their hearth. It is so inspiring! 

Giving Back Through Our Photography

We feel very fortunate to be part of a swim team were parents are very involved in making the team a successful entity. There is an active group of people that work on communication, fundraising, meets' logistics, etc. It is a great community where you see parents  and swimmers cheering and caring for each other. As part of the team, we volunteered this season to take pictures of the swimmers during meets and offered parents the opportunity to purchase prints of their kids swimming in order to raise money for the team. We are very thankful and happy to see how the team appreciate our work and the end results. With this project we got to know a great group of parents and swimmers a little bit more.

This was a very nice experience for us. Since sport photography is not part of our everyday business, having the opportunity to do this project taught us a lot.  When it came to taking the pictures, there were some challenges we found on the way, The first one was the quality of light at the pools. All of them have very poor light conditions for photography. It's not only difficult to get a good bright picture in low light without using flashes. It's also difficult for the camera to focus fast on the swimmer. Specially when the swimmer only gets his head of the water for a fraction of a second. And in freestyle, some swimmers only breath once or twice on a pool length and it may not be necessarily on the direction of the camera. Another challenge is to try to capture all the kids in the swim team. It's difficult to identify some of the kids when they are wearing goggles and a swim cap. Events run fast and sometimes there were three or more swimmers from the team swimming at the same time.

The swimmer bellow is CJ. one of the swimmers of the team. It has been great to see him grow and improve his stroke and times through out the last two seasons.

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Daily Picture - Sport Photography (Swimming)

We've been taking pictures of a swim team this season. It was been a very interesting and exciting experience for us.  Once a kid goes in the water we find ourselves analyzing his or her movement to be able to anticipate the right moment to press the button and take the picture. A second too late and you loose the expression and the face goes again in the water. Time goes by very fast. Once we come home, it is very gratifying to look at the pictures and see all these cool shots where texture of the water is a key component. Capturing drops of water in the air, the waves that swimmers make in their path, the coordination of the movement of the swimmer's body, etc is awesome. 

Exposure: 1/160 Sec at f/4  ISO Speed Rating: ISO6400  Focal Length: 200mm  Lens: EF70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM   Flash: Didn't fired

Exposure: 1/160 Sec at f/4

ISO Speed Rating: ISO6400

Focal Length: 200mm

Lens: EF70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fired