Wednesday, October 3, 2012

2012 WFTDA West Region Playoffs: Bay of Reckoning

some photo highlights of Westerns 2012
(final update: 7 October 2012)

bout 1: Wasatch vs Angel City   

Wasatch    162
Angel City    172
the full flickr set
and on facebook.

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bout 2:  Sacred City  vs Arizona   

Sacred City    242
Arizona    126
the full flickr set
and on facebook

The Craneway Pavilion as a venue for the 2012 WFTDA Western Regional Tournament.  It was a little odd to see the venue with half the seating of a normal Bay Area double header.
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bout 3: Rocky Mountain  vs Oly Rollers    

Rocky Mountain    92
Oly    157
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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bout 4: Rat City  vs Bay Area 

Rat City    177
Bay Area    229
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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 randy pan says, "not touchin' you!"
randy pan says, "not touchin' you!"

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I knew her when she skated for little ol' Santa Cruz

I'm not a big fan of the passive offense during power jams.  With so many power jams, it just feels like the score is arbitrary.  This sequence is from an angry "what-the-fuck" impulse I had at the time.  Imagine me thinking "grrr" with each shutter press.  The focus on all of these is a little soft.  Apparently, I was too angry to focus precisely.



Still, a THIRTEEN frame action sequence taken with a camera that maxes out at 2 frames per second with manual focus lenses!!!!!  That's a new record for me.  My previous record was 5 frames. 

The "shock and awe" in the fifth frame is another photographer's flash going off.

bout 5: Angel City  vs Rose City   

Angel City    147
Rose City    194
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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bout 6: Sacred City  vs  Denver   

Sacred City    86
Denver    339
the full flickr set
and on facebook

oh, this is kinda scary.  I'm going to go down now, just as soon as I catch my breath.
oh, this is kinda scary.  I'm going to go down now, just as soon as I catch my breath.

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bout 7: Arizona  vs Rocky Mountain   

Arizona    76
Rocky Mountain    279
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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a referee abstract

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bout 8: Wasatch  vs Rat City   

Wasatch    172
Rat City    244
the full flickr set 
and on facebook

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the life of a roller derby fan is always intense!

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The thing about shooting many thousands of photos in one weekend it that you don't actually remember taking them all when you're editing them. So imagine going through photos to find a passive offense photo that is not that boring.... hey!  this is kinda interesting!  Almost, exciting even!

my most non-boring passive offense derby photo!  my most non-boring passive offense derby photo! (In fact, this photo may be in the running for most non-boring passive offense derby photo WORLD-WIDE!)

And then imagine me going through the rest of the sequence of boring passive offense photos.  Arg! Make it stop!


 

Another 13 frame action sequence taken with a camera with manual focus lenses and a top frame rate of two frames per second!  This sequence is actually in focus.  Apparently the novelty of photographing these "action sequences"  has worn off, and I'm better at taking care of the technical things like turning the focus ring of the lens and verifying focus by looking at the little focus patch in the rangefinder's viewfinder.

bout 9: Oly Rollers  vs Rose City   

Oly    188
Rose City    121
the full flickr set
and on facebook

Gotta keep the track clean.
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Hey! Look up there!
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At some point during the weekend, I finally gave in and embraced the direct sunlight from the glass ceiling as an interesting and fun challenge.
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And this happened.
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bout 10: Bay Area  vs Denver   

Bay Area    167
Denver    187
the full flickr set 
and on facebook

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bout 11: Angel City   vs Rocky Mountain   

Angel City    126
Rocky Mountain    172
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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bout 12: Sacred City  vs  Rat City   

Sacred City    115
Rat City    243
the full flickr set
and on facebook

I may have to stop taking these photos of passive offense

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what the sun delay was all about.

bout 13: (9th place bout) Wasatch  vs Arizona    

Wasatch    245
Arizona    134
the full flickr set 
and on facebook

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On the morning of the third day at Westerns I had a little epiphany on how to approach the bright naturally lit venue during the day.  The exposure paradigm is more "sunny 16" and less "f2.8 fast glass."

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bout 14: (7th place bout) Sacred City  vs Angel City   

Sacred City    147
Angel City    146
the full flickr set 
and on facebook

More nice light.
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bout 15: (5th place bout)  Rat City vs Rocky Mountain   

Rat City    196
Rocky Mountain    171
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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bout 16: (3rd place bout) Bay Area vs Rose City   

Bay Area    135
Rose City    123
the full flickr set 
and on facebook

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soulfearic acid

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The Rose-Bay Area bout seemed like an "honest bout" to me.  There were very few jammer penalties.


lulu gotta penalty
(Lulu gotta penalty)

bout 17: (championship bout) Oly  Rollers vs Denver   

(2) Oly    168
(3) Denver    161
the full flickr set
and on facebook

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'Cause your friends don't dance and if 
they don't dance

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Awards

Oly, Denver and Bay Area will go to the championship tournament.
the full flick set
and on facebook

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