Heading to Cedar Falls, Iowa
One draw to shoot these championships besides the obvious action was a return to Iowa for me. A little over ten years ago I moved away from Iowa looking for what I wanted to do with my life. Being a manager in a factory was not for me. That road away from Iowa directly led to the road back there a few years later. I was about an hour from where I used to live in a familiar place. Our driver Bill made sure that we got there safely on our charter.
Slowing Things Down Again
Early on during day one there was only the Heptathlon in progress. With warm ups under way for the long jump I really had nothing to photograph. I decided to play around with some slow shutter speeds from across the arena to see what I could come up with. I really liked the way that the background blurs into a series of colors here. This was a fun idea, and a great way to kick things off for the tournament. I wanted to get the usual shots during the weekend, but I also wanted to create some special images. It was a way to show the special nature of the conference tournament. This was a great way to start off making those images.
Getting Inside the Cage
I knew that I wanted to put a remote inside the throw cage during the tournament. After some negotiations by my SID I was allowed to place a remote in the cage in a specific place. The camera is not the safest in the cage so I put a couple of old, but trusty pieces of equipment inside. I placed my 5D Mark III and my Tamron 10-24mm lens on my Joby Gorrilapod in such a way that I could get the field in the background with the large scoreboard as well. I like the way that the remote provides a clean background when often the straight on shot does not. The unique nature of the building also helps the shot out.
Bring Out The Fisheye
I don’t often use my Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens, but when I do I am usually happy with the results. When I saw the cool building I knew that at some point I would have to try this photo. A long distance race is a great time to get the shots you need, and then have some time to get some shots that you want. I liked this view to show just how cool the UNI-Dome is. The lens only came out with one shot in mind, but it was worth having in the bag.
More Photos From the MVC Track and Field Championships
I put together an Exposure gallery here from the entire weekend. I can’t express just how much fun I had over the course of two long days trying to capture just how special each of these athletes really is. The dedication to their craft is great, and hopefully I did a good job of capturing just how athletic this group is.
The Week in Photos
Last week was a fun one for sure. You had the emotion of senior day for Indiana State men’s basketball followed by the emotion of the MVC conference track meet. I was also able to get my quadcopter out for the first time in a while and explore some new places. I put up my weekly look back at my photos a little late as I was on the road when I should have been posting it. At that point all of my time and effort was going into posting the photos from the final day of the MVC track and field championships. I did finally get it up though, and you can find it here.