Thursday, August 15, 2013

Faultline Derby Devilz vs Quad City Bombshells at Bolado Park

There's a park, Bolado Park, just a little beyond Tres Pinos, outside of Hollister, California, where they play roller derby outdoors on a concrete patio.  The last time I was there to shoot derby, it was a February  California Dreamin' winter's day.

 sunny derby

This time, I was there in August. It's not too warm, just shy of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a good that there was a canopy shading the track this time.  It was good for the skaters, good for the refs and NSO's.  Good for the comfort of the photographer shooting center track.

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It did pose a special challenge as the track was shaded slightly differently as each canopy had slightly different transparency with hot spots between them sometimes ruining exposures.

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I know, I know. Photographers! Always bitchin' about the light.  It's too bright!  It's not bright enough!  It's too contrasty!  It's not contrasty enough!  It's the wrong color! 

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It's funny, the more I shoot derby, the more I shoot with manual exposure.

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And so this particular lighting posed a special challenge. So many different amounts of light.

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I'd like to think, I'm getting a better sense of light, but I have a ways to go.

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Also, groms!

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I know, I know, they're only called groms in Santa Cruz.  But I call junior derbiers groms everywhere.

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Groms are awesome everywhere.

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the full flickr set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/sets/72157635030789847/

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