West Side Defeats Benton Central

Last night I went back to the gym at West Lafayette High School to cover the varsity game against Benton Central. It was another good game where it went down to the final minute to be decided. There were some familiar faces on both sides of the ball, but I focused on West Side last night. I set up near the hoop, and the team made the position count as they drove right at me multiple times. When you are that far in you have to battle the referees, but when you get the shot it is worth it. Since most of the time I am not really shooting for anything it is worth the risk.

The Shot That You Missed

Ask most photographers how they did after an event, and most of them will tell you that they did terrible. You can make a lot of good shots in a row, but it is always that shots that you miss that haunt you. Last night I had one worse than usual. One poor decision led to me missing a great shot altogether. My nephew is the reason that I shoot the games. He checked into the contest, but was on the other side of the court. I went to my wide angle to get the inbounds play which was right in front of me. I made an okay picture of the inbounds play, but if you look through the parted players there is my nephew #4 wide open. One quick pass after the inbound while I was switching cameras, and he nails a three pointer. I did not have the camera up yet, and right away I knew that I blew it. Normally while he is in the game I cover him like paparazzi. Of course the one time that I don’t it comes back to haunt me. The good news is that the season is young, and I will have an opportunity to redeem myself tomorrow.

Bonus Photos

I have put up another gallery from the game on my website here. I captured a few nice images even if I will only remember the ones that I missed.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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