All summer long my son’s team has been playing soccer.
Every weekend included a game or a tournament.
The challenge I gave myself for their last tournament was finding some way to really show the boys in a creative way. After taking hundreds of pictures over the summer, I needed to do something different! A great action shot or a good picture of the team would just blur into the massive number of pictures I’d already taken, even if it was a fabulous capture with perfect timing & focus.
So there they were, waiting to get their trophy for making it all the way to the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME of their last summer tournament. I took that (blah) picture of the entire team you see up there, but I felt the need to tell their story a bit more.
I noticed that they were sitting on a bench together, but since they’re still young boys, their 10-yr-old legs wouldn’t let their feet touch the dirt below.
Ten-year-olds are full of dreams, excitement, and potential. How appropriate that their feet were hovering above the Earth. They’ve got their adults lives to be grounded!
For that image, I squatted down very low and used my 24-70 lens in Av mode at f/2.8 (ISO 200, and the camera chose a shutter speed of 1/200sec). There were lots of parents standing around taking pictures at the same time making the space very crowded, so having that lens instead of my 70-200 lens allowed me get that team image & their hovering feet without backing up a lot.
Here’s one last shot I captured from the post-tournament party at Islands. The boys were enjoying some desserts, so I held that 24-70 lens up above them at the table at the widest possible zoom and told the boys to look up into the camera.
For that image I increased the ISO to 3200 because the restaurant was very dark.
They barely agreed to stop grazing on the ice cream & chocolate to look at the camera for a half a second (some, including my son, didn’t stop at all!)