Lafayette Roller Derby vs. Vindicated Vixens

Back With Lafayette Roller Derby

This is the sixth season that I have been shooting for Lafayette Roller Derby and the seventh that I have photographed them. Roller derby is unlike anything else that I photograph so I have a lot of fun doing it. This year I have limited chances so I have to make the most out of what I have. For their final game this year I will be late to the party because I have another shoot that runs into it so this is my last full game of the year. These seasons always seem to fly by. This was a great game to be at as LRD really was on it, and they took a big lead early. That allowed some players to get out there and jam that normally would not do so. It was a fun chance to make some photos that I normally would not make.

Getting In Tight

I decided to take my 400mm lens to the bout without really knowing how much I would use it. I had the plan of having it on my Canon 5D Mark III and just grabbing it at times. I shot with it for a bit of warm ups, and I liked the results so much that I shot half of the second half with the 400. I liked getting right in there to see the emotion. It also opened up parts of the track that I normally don’t shoot as I am too far away. I really need to play with this next time as well. I like the look of the photos. I think that instead of using the old 5DIII though I will use my 1DX as it drives the lens a little better. With the fast action of roller derby I need all of the focus speed that I can get.

Derby Love

One of the things that is so fun about photographing roller derby is the emotion that you see. They have helmets on, but unlike football you can still see their faces. I am sure that I look crazy, but when that emotion comes up I usually race to where it is. On November 10th we have a skater leaving so I am sure that the emotions will be high.

The Week In Photos

You can click here to see my weekly collection of my favorite photos. With fall now in full swing I am sure that you will see many foliage pictures over the course of the next couple of weeks.



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