Day 2 of competition and my nerves are shot. It started out rough. Delaney was on floor first and put in one of the best routines she'd ever done. We were all thinking 9 something. The judges apparently saw things no one on the face of the planet saw and she ended up with a 8.475. We were shocked, and not in a good way. We were all worried that it would shake her but she came back with a 9.375 vault, 9.125 bars and even with a fall, had a 8.8 on beam. For those of you who don't know, a fall costs .5 so if she had stayed on, it would have been a 9.3!!!! She was amazingly solid on that routine and we were as proud of her for getting back up and putting in a nearly perfect second half as we would have been if she'd actually gotten that 9.3.
Above was her handstand forward roll. I keep telling her she needs to smile during floor and win some cute points but she's so serious, it's just not in her. She'll have to get that 9.0 so she can change her end pose the hard way; a simply beautiful routine. She has another opportunity next week.
As always, I was wide open with a 1/500 shutter speed letting the ISO float. Here are the rest of the pictures:
Macy had her first level 3 meet today. She did fantastic. She put up an amazing bar routine and then was so excited before floor, her coach, Samantha, had to be strict and tell her to get it together. This picture is soooo illustrative of the relationship between Macy and Samantha. It is my favorite of the day.
While at meets, I shoot with my 70-200mm with the aperture all the way open at f2.8. Through trial and error I have found that 1/500 second is really necessary to stop the motion so I lock those settings in on Manual and float the ISO but put the upper limit at 6400. I have to do a little work in post esp for noise reduction but in general, I'm happy with my results.
Here are the rest from today. Tomorrow Delaney competes level 4.
This is a terrible picture. I fully admit to that. It is the only picture I took today. We traveled to Wilmington for the girls' meet this weekend. We went out to dinner with one of Macy's teammates and this is what I got. Tomorrow will be better.
Eyal and I did some more work for Premier. Today it was soccer and I was reminded of why I do not like this sport. Perhaps if the players were professional level athletes, it would hold more appeal to me but as it was, a significant part of their defensive strategy was to boot the ball out of bounds at which time, someone had to run across the field to retrieve it which lulled the action on the field for up to a minute at a time. On top of that, some of the attitudes of the players was not very sportsmanlike. There was some bursts of temper and name calling that made them sound like real jerks. PLUS, the mosquitoes were atrocious! Anyway, I sis my job and took lots of pictures. Not wild about many of them but these 2 were my favorites.
I did some cropping, noise reduction and curve adjustment post.
I left a little more than I normally would have around the grashopper because the strip of in-focus concrete demonstrates the extremely thin DOF I was getting with my 50mm lens. It wasn't even all the way open. This was at 2.2 and I could have gone down to 1.8! Crazy!
The powers that be at the gym asked me if I could shoot the team pictures for a book being put together for the girls. So at the pre-season dinner, I set up a blue backdrop, my tripod and flash with my 50mm lens. I had an assistant hold a reflector off to the left but there was still a significant shadow on some of the girls. I decided not to get too worked up about it since it was only going to be printed in wallet size and going in a color copied book.
Most of the girls stood there calmly hands at her sides and most of them smiled. This one kid is a complete ham and this is what she gave me. I did eventually get a "normal" shot of her but this was too fun to pass up
ISO 800, 50mm, f3.5, 1/60, A mode with flash
It's already been a long week. I needed something sweet. Unfortunately, I didn't think about taking the picture until after I'd put the whipped cream on and by the time I got my camera and set the controls correctly, the whipped cream had started melting. So trust me, it looked better when I started on this shoot but I was slow on the uptake.
Today was a first for me. Remember that post I made a few weeks ago that was a piece of paper I got at the ROP meet-up? Well Eyal and I finally got that to work out and we were paid actual money to shoot an event. It wasn't much but I think I got some pretty good shots. As always when shooting in these terrible lighting situations, I cranked open my aperture, set my shutter to 1/500 and let the ISO float although I limited it to 6400 since my experiment letting it go higher yesterday made me go "eh" above that. This one is my favorite although I must admit I got a bit lucky. I didn't really see the flag in the background until after I uploaded it. Still, it counts as a pretty awesome picture. Here are the rest that made my list.
Earlier in the day we did some softball. I have a few that are OK but I'm not sold on any of these. I closed my apertureto 8.0 to get more DOF but my shutter speed suffered for it. I probably should have floated the ISO for this too but since it was full daylight, that didn't occur to me. Still, not terrible but live and learn.
Today was National Gymnastics Day. Superior hosted an open house event to celebrate. Delaney wanted to hang out and participate esp once she heard Hattie was going to come. I moseyed around shooting for Casey even though I was never officially asked to do it. I figured it was good practice and it's not like I don't enjoy it. I set my 70-200 to f2.8 and 1/500 and floated my ISO limiting it to Hi0.7 as an experiment. Hi0.7 is extremely noisy and I'm not certain it really needed to go that high most of the time.
Madi Carter is one of the level 5 girls. She is a card and a half and completely hams it up when she sees a camera. Love this kid! Such a great personality and her mom is super sweet as well.
Here's a picture of Delaney and Hattie that is a little disconcerting. They look so grown up!!!!
Maggie spent most of her time waiting in line to have her face painted. Very cute, but then again, anything would be cute on this one!
Here are the rest of the decent shots from the day.
Today was one of those days when I was a less than perfect mother. The hair style Krystal has mandated for this season is a bun. Neither of the girls wants to compete with a bun and actually chose to cut their hair to avoid it. I'm not complaining though because I think they are super cute with bob cuts. Here's where the "not so great mom" part comes in. The girls told me weeks ago that they'd rather cut their hair than wear a bun but I dragged my feet before getting in touch with Annaliza and by the time I did, the only time she had was during school. So, I took the girls out of school to have their hair cut. Delaney went second so while she was getting hers done, I ran Macy back to school so she wouldn't miss math. Delaney missed lunch and reading and writing. She's good at both of those so it's not as bad as it sounds. Plus, the results are so darn cute!!!! I realize the after pics are blurry. I did some sharpening on them but it's as good as I got. I did check it on the little screen but it's hard to tell. Also, yes I am aware that Macy's bangs are atrocious. I tried to trim them last week and it was a disaster. Annaliza tried to fix them but didn't want to go any shorter for fear of making it worse. The good news is they grow pretty fast!
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