Photographing Roller Derby: Lafayette Supernovas vs. Illiana Derby Dames

Finally Photographing Roller Derby Again

Roller derby is an amazing sport to make images of. The photos seem to make themselves. The players are interesting, and the sport lends itself to photography. It was fun to finally get another chance to get out and make some roller derby images. This is the last game of the year for Lafayette so I was glad that it worked out so that I could be there to make photos of it. This is where it all started for me. This was the first sport that I covered as the team photographer. I will always have a special place in my heart for derby. They opened up the door for everything that came after it.

A Little Extra Motivation

If you read yesterdays post then you know that I felt that I had a terrible basketball game. I walked into roller derby intent on making some good images. I didn’t want to leave there with that bad feeling again. The good news is that I did not think that I had a bad game. Sometimes it is good to go in with a little chip on your shoulder.

Opening It Up

During the second half of the game I put the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens on my Sony A9 and moved into the center of the playing area. Some of that came from being a little cocky with my A9’s. The focusing system on there is so good that it was grabbing the players eyes as they came flying past me. I love making photos at f/1.4, but you really have very little room for error. It was nice to get out there and make a few images that I liked with that combo.

More Photos From The Game

You can view my full gallery from the game here. If you post them to social I only ask that you tag me in your post.

The Week In Photos

Here is a link to my favorite photos from last week.

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