Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells vs Sac City Capitol Punishers at the Civic!

and a special 30 minute half time grom bout: Sugar Skulls vs Bumper Scars!

the full flickr set is here:
just the groms is here:

Santa Cruz pulls out a win against Sac City 99 to 130 in the season opener at home. Santa Cruz looks quite a bit more polished than last year at this time.  They've actually bouted against Sin City in Vegas and played in a tournament two weeks ago before this weekend's bout. Last year, their home opener was their first bout of the season and it showed.  They seemed a bit rusty at last year's season opener.

Last year, I remember feeling like the focus rings on my lenses had rusted.  I felt better about the cameras this time around.  All the digital shots with the rangefinder I shot without flash (just like the old days!).  And I shot two rolls of green slime film with the trusty CV Bessa R3A (a film rangefinder with 1:1 "magnification" in the viewfinder.  One of these days I want to shoot some green slime film with my medium format folder, but I thought I should stick to something familiar for the first bout of the home season.

Now for some photo highlights. You know where to go for the full set.

strong diagonal

ruby is your lead jammer!

shirt whip

elbows flying heads a rollin'

this is war, it ain't no game!

looks like Ida's making trouble again.

didn't your mama tell you?

Liv N. LetDie

poised, ready to duel

on the pivot line

what's that?


take that!

girls just wanna have fun

check for the 2nd half

poised on the pivot line

boy groms are refs now


stay low! Betty BiteMe!

hana slam tana

pushing to the outside

blurry Mille shouts


girls just wanna have fun



when jammers know they're doing good,

trash talk

a little smack talkin'

what's the deal Hue?




hang loose official time out



the full flickr set is here:

just the groms is here:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MBDD debut: Cannery Rollers vs Babes of Wrath

The full flickr set is here:

On my second consecutive evening of derby I drove down to Marina, CA to see the first inter-league bout of the newly formed league, the Monterey Bay Derby Dames.  The bout was held at Water City Roller Hockey Rink

Water city Roller Hockey

The venue is a hanger lit with HID lights. There is suicide and chair seating in the "end-zones" and there are  bleachers behind some glass and netting on one side of the track. I forgot to bring my 15mm lens to get a super-wide angle of the venue, so you'll just kind of have to imagine a single wide angle view from these photos.

Water City as a venue for roller derby

Water City as a venue for roller derby

Water City as a venue for roller derby

It was good to see a bunch of familiar faces from Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley.  Mildred Fierce and Pia Mess called the bout.  There are a few roller girls and fans that used to be in the Santa Cruz league that are now with the Monterey league. There was several Santa Cruz refs, and there was a bunch of Santa Cruz Derby Girls in the audience.


I did use flash some, but I forgot to bring any gels... and so I confirmed what other photogs probably already know. The color of HID lighting is similar to fluorescent lighting (notice the green cast in the background when using flash)


One thing we got which we don't get in Santa Cruz is the National Anthem

by the dawn's early light?

Sometimes I miss the league teams in Santa Cruz, but in Monterey we got 'em with more or less a friendly rivalry between the Cannery Rollers (in yellow) and the Babes of Wrath (in purple, with a turtle mascot).

turtles don't normally fly

The Babes of Wrath held a half time lead of 35 to 60, only to see the Cannery Rollers surge to the win of 106 to 88.

A few more photos:

thumbs up.








A night of good derby comes to an end. I'm sure the Monterey Bay Derby Dames are proud of their first bout.
a night of good derby comes to and end.

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