Lafayette Roller Derby Skates To A Win

Saturday night I was back shooting roller derby. I was never planning on shooting this game as I had been booked on another gig out of state. When that fell through I was able to get out and shoot some derby. The Lafayette team has been good to me over the years, and it is fun to get back out there and see some familiar faces. It is even more fun when they are winning. They were winning for the entire bout Saturday night, and they were playing a team that they liked so the moments were great from the get go.

Why I Love Photographing Roller Derby

The photo above is one of the reason why I love photographing roller derby. The skaters really do love each other. This was a photo from before the game with two skaters on two separate teams warming up and hugging. This is what makes roller derby so much fun as the emotion always seems to be there.

A Familiar Face

The last time I had made roller derby photos I was saying goodbye to a LRD favorite. The good news in that situation was that she would be back for the next match as she was skating for South Shore. While I will admit that it was weird to see Roller Vortex in something other than LBD black and pink it was still great to see her interacting with her old teammates again. One of these days I need to make it up to the Hammond Civic Center to photograph the South Shore team as that looks like a cool venue.

Traveling Light

Normally I try all kinds of things during a roller derby game. This week I decided to just keep it simple. I took my 70-200mm and my 24-70mm to the bout to just focus on the action and not what lens to put on the camera at what time. I really have become used to using my 24-105mm everywhere, but I wanted the extra stop of light that the 24-70 would give me. I think this year I will be using that much more. It still is a great lens after all of these years.

The Week In Photos

This past week was an interesting one. It started off with me using the mirrorless and ended with me lugging the big stuff around again. Using a mirrorless camera for a while really can get you thinking. I put together some of my favorite photos from the week here on my Exposure page. Take a look.

More Photos From the Game

You can find my complete gallery from the game here. Sometimes I feel that I overshoot derby, but I want to try and get a few of each skater. When they are constantly in the middle of a pack you tend to burn through some frames.

Vote For My Photo In The MiLBY’s!

Once again a photo of mine is up for the photo of the year in the MiLBY’s. Looking through the photos this year it is just cool to be mentioned with some of these photographers. Two years ago thanks to all of you I was able to win. You can vote here this year for my photo of Yoan Moncada signing for the fans in Indy. Yoan was the #1 prospect in baseball at the time, and was on his way from the Charlotte Knights up to the Chicago White Sox. It is cool to be honored, but even cooler to have a photo of someone on your favorite team get honored.

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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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