Blake has been wrestling since he was about 4 years old. He's now 17 and has gotten pretty good. I was going to go see him wrestle in the State meet last year but a few weeks before the tournament, he broke his hand in a fluke fall. :(
So this year I promised him if he made it to States, I'd be there. I had faith in him even though when Chris heard I had bought plane tickets 2 weeks before the State Qualifiers, she was terrified I'd jinxed him and would have wasted my money. In my opinion, it's never a waste of money to see family though so even if he hadn't won State Quals, I'd have gone up and happily spent a second weekend in a row with my family. If I'd have waited until he'd qualified, the cost of the tickets would have practically doubled. Besides, I knew he'd make it.
States is big time and the competition is tough. Blake won his first match, lost his 2nd, went to wrestle-backs; won his first wrestle-back and lost his second. However there was a strange parochial school rule that made it so he had one more shot to make it to the podium. Sadly, Blake was unable to pull it out. The kid got ahead and just hung on until the buzzer. No matter though, I am still hopelessly proud of my nephew.
In the above picture he is taking down his first opponent. It ended with Blake pinning him 1/2 way through the 2nd period. Chris doesn't like this pic since you cant see Blake's face but I thought it was a pretty cool action shot.
This was Chris's favorite picture:
My favorite one from this match was just a few seconds later, when he pinned the kid:
Again, you can't see Blake's face but it's the pin so I'm so glad I got it.
I did get the first pin too but it was at an odd angle for me and I ended up getting a bit of a rude shot of the other kid. Plus you could barely see Blake so it didn't make it to me favorite list.
On the photography side, I started shooting like I did for gymnastics but I found that a 1/500 second shutter speed wasn't necessary. The action happens fast but since there's less big movement, there isn't as much speed in the extremities like when the girls are on bars or doing a back-handspring. It's a much more close in sport. I dropped it down to 1/200 sec so I could lower the ISO. As you can see from these pictures, the noise is practically non-existent Although I did de-noise it a smidge in LR4, it was no where near what I have to do when the ISO is 6400. If I were to do it again, I'd have gone a step or 2 faster. There was a bit of a blur in the extreme hands and feet in all of these pics and a shutter speed of 1/250 or 1/320 would have resolved that.
Next year, Blake, we'll both do better.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun