Finally Back to Shooting Roller Derby

This has been a weird year for me. I have not shot an ounce of derby yet this year until Saturday night. By that point of the year I would have at least shots headshots and a scrimmage or two. Roller derby has taught me so much about photography, and is also responsible for a lot of what I do. I still remember that long bus ride to southern Illinois when one of the skaters was asking if I liked photographing baseball. She explained that her boyfriend at the time was an SID for a baseball team. That chance conversation led to all of the great things that happened after it. I owe a lot to roller derby. The experience has helped me get ready for so much more. Unfortunately a lot of what has come my way gets in the way at times of shooting roller derby.

The Moments Between the Moments

I know I talk about this a lot, but I love to capture the little things that may go unnoticed. I don’t know what was being said here, but it was a cool moment from warm ups that became one of my favorite photos from the game. I love to get to events early to shoot warm ups. It is a great way to get some good photos in and get the confidence up before the game starts.

The Moments in Roller Derby

Roller derby can be hard to cover. You are in a dark gym shooting wide open most times trying to track a person through a pack. Sometimes you get a shot like the one above though when something kind of neat is happening. Both skates off of the ground and with her back to the direction she is supposed to be skating in. I even love the fans on the right in this photo. These are the little things that might not be my best work, but they are a unique moment in the game.

Having Fun!

The best part about shooting roller derby is that it is fun. The players are great, and as you can see above even the refs have a good time. Roller derby is all about getting out there to have fun. After a big hit the players usually find each other to make sure everyone is okay. I hope that I have a long career shooting roller derby. It is hard to believe that this is my fifth year doing this already. It seems like just yesterday I was in a dark roller rink in South Bend shooting my first LBD game. A lot has changed since then, but the fun still remains. You can see my full gallery from the game here on my Exposure page.

A New Assistant

After a long day of shooting a few events my daughter was wanting to spend some time with her dad. After the game was over I had her in one arm making my candid portraits with the other. At one point she took over my Canon 5D Mark IV with my 24-105mm lens on it to make the group portraits. At three she has a good command of the back button focus along with handling the big dSLR. I can’t wait until she is old enough to come with me on some jobs. By then though she will realize that her dad is a dork, and photography is not as cool as she thinks it is now.

The Week In Photos

Last week was a very fun week for me. As I usually do I put together some of my favorite photos into one Exposure post. You can view that post here. What a fun week where I was able to see a couple of walk offs in baseball, my first roller derby action of the year, and a fun senior day in softball.

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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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