Last Saturday evening I went for a second try at taking photos at a Rideau Valley Roller Girl roller derby game, this time with a different lens. The light was low in the arena so conditions were as difficult as my first time there (photos can be seen here) but my new 18-200 mm 3.5-5.6 lens was a smal improvement from the lens I used the last time. In a perfect world, a wide aperture zoom lens would be the best but the price is prohibitive (even a rental).
This time I also did something different, instead of staying on the sideline, I took one of the reserved square for photographer in the middle of the surface. The girls were skating around me with the referees and other officials, a busier place but it does give you a very different point of view on the game. You are right in the middle of the action
If you do have a chance to take photos at a fast pace sporting event and be close to the action, go, jump on the occasion even if it is not a MLB or NFL game. Although sport photography does not give you many artistic occasions to shoot photos, it’s really exciting to catch those actions photos. While I was there, I also tried portrait photo of some of the girls. Catching a smile or the quest for victory in the eye of those urban gladiatrix on wheels between a block and a shove can give you beautiful photos. That was a challenge because it’s hard to predict where exactly they are going and what they will do next but ….
You don’t pass me
Jammers keeping their focus
The frontal block
The flying captain
The sandwich block