One Last Rodeo For Basketball This Season

As the postseason begins my basketball season usually ends. I don’t have the clout to photograph post season games. I was ready to start my ball and bat season Saturday with a couple of baseball and softball games when I got the call of photograph the semi-state games at Lafayette Jeff for Northern Indiana Life. After watching some tournament basketball the last few days it was great to get to photograph some. It filled a small need for me, and I was able to make some nice photos. It all worked out for the best.

Using the Crowd to My Advantage

During both games today I had the opposing crowd as a great background for a half. I love these types of shots when the players seem to pop a little more because of the different colors back there. Some of my favorite shots were a litter wider with this great background while I had it. There is something about this while shooting wide open that I like. What do you think?

Dusting Off the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

One of the first L series lenses that I bought was the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8. I bought it off of one of the Purdue photographers at the time, and it was an amazing lens for me. Now with the arenas having much better lighting I find myself not using it as much, and using my 24-105 f/4 much more. Knowing that the gym at Jeff is very dark I broke out the 24-70mm along with the 50 f/1.4 to give myself better options in the bag. The lens is big and bulky, but the 24-70 still can make a good photo. I was shooting way out on the end of the baseline though so I didn’t use it as much as I would have had I been under the hoop.

A Valiant Comeback

The first game of the day was the local team Central Catholic taking on 21st Century from Gary. I was shooting with the primary focus on 21st Century so I stayed with them most of the game. At one point in the second half I started thinking about how I was going to cover the end of the game. If my team did not win I was to get some celebration shots of the opponent so I was planning where to stand. It seems as if right when I was going through that though process the trap that 21st Century was using started really working. The got the score down to where Central Catholic started getting nervous. It was a great comeback that gave me some great emotional shots. It would come up short, but it was great while it lasted.

Just One Shot Short

The second game of the day I was covering Michigan City Marquette. As a kid I would play baseball at the Marquette fields, and they had the same color scheme as my school at the time. It was great to see them playing a game like this with this high of stakes. They played a great game, but they came up just one shot short. With the clock expiring they had a shot in the air that could have won it in overtime. You really can’t ask for any more than that. A great season should not be defined by one shot. Marquette had a great year, and they should not hang their heads. It hurts right now, but that pain will fade.

Save the Best For Last

More than likely this was my last basketball game of the season. If it was it was fitting as it was the best one I have seen so far. Both teams had runs, and gave their fans something to cheer about. Marquette had a great run late that forced the game into overtime. The overtime itself was a back and forth affair, but in the end Frankton took home the win. What an absolutely great game to end the season on. I love photographing baseball and softball, but you don’t get the faces and the emotion that you get with basketball. It seems like a long time away, but fall will be here before you know it.

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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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