Saturday, January 26, 2008

My Dad came to the wrestling duals today at the Comcast Pavilion and sat behind me in the stands. It was nice to be able to look back and see him watching the duals. Before I became involved in Maryland Olympic sports my Mom and Dad only attended the Football and Men's basketball games. They went to a few women's basketball games, but this year they've been to nearly every home game. Since I've started reporting on Maryland athletics they've broadened their horizons to include volleyball, field hockey, and men's and women's soccer. This spring they're going to purchase season tickets to men's lacrosse!

I worked through many of my NC State photos during the 30 minute intermission before the Duke game and got them down to around 30 images that I wanted to keep. I didn't start cropping, lightening, and captioning them because my Dad was sitting next to me and I figured it would be better to chat with him and post-process later!

My Dad and I were watching the GameTracker CSTV coverage of the women's basketball game against North Carolina. Unfortunately the Terps lost but it was nice to be able to keep tabs on the game while taking photos of the wrestling duals. Before the Duke game my Dad said he'd probably just stay for 1 or 2 matches and head home. It turns out he stayed for all the matches!

It was fun to shoot the Duke match but it started getting tiring being on the floor for around 4 hours. I got to chat it up with the videographer for the team as well as Kim Gabrielson from "Mirror Image Photography." I've noticed Kim at the other duals and in talking with her I found out that she photographs several wrestling duals in the region as well as some ice hockey for the Navy.

A Duke photographer was also present and shot from the far side of the mat. She looked to be using a short lens (17-55 or 85mm at the max) but used a flash. I thought about walking over to tell her that there is 1/2 - 1 full stop of more light on our side of the mat, but since she was using flash I decided not to.

Please go over to the DC Sports Box and take a look at my article.


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