Friday, April 17, 2015

USA gymnastics 2015 Men's State Meet Level 6 & 7 - Michigan

 As you can imagine, sports photography would be challenging even if you knew what you were doing and comfortable with your camera. Am I either one of those? No. But, I do know about gymnastics and feel a lot more comfortable with my camera than I did even a few weeks ago. Of course I had to pick one of the most difficult sports to photograph but as a gymnastics coach how could I not! 
         We arrived early, well before the meet started to get our bearings and figure out where we thought we would want to start. My fellow student, Angelique Harrison, was so kind to come with me and this was a first for both of us. I used those first minutes trying to get the ISO adjusted since once that is correct, you don't have to mess with that again. 
          Once the gymnasts started to warm up, that was my chance to work with shutter speed and f-stop. Thank goodness I had time to practice since these routines are very very quick and they move even quicker. I set the camera on continuous mode so that all I had to do at the beginning of a tumbling pass was focus, point the camera, press that little button and pray. Yes, I coined a phrase for that day. Point and pray. But I was amazed at how many were actually in focus. The lighting was adequate in the gym, so setting the ISO was not a nightmare.  It was amazing how the adrenalin pumps trying to get that perfect shot. 

USAG Men's State Meet hosted by FlipSpot Competitve Club at Oxford High School in Oxford, MI. Dylan Kasin from Olympia Gymnastics Club on the mushroom which for Level 6 is the step before the pommel horse.

Frank Rhoades, level 6, from Olympia Gymnastics Club on the mushroom.

Coach Brandan Ulewicz from Olympia Gymnastics Club comforts level 6 gymnast Gage Gjorgje after a not so spectacular performance.

Helen Larson watches her son Owen Larson, level 6, on the floor exercise with her youngest son Brendan Larson from Troy Gymnastics.

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