I learned a little something today...
I made the right choice in my career path, because I am NOT a sport's photographer. lol.
Grant's second game was today and I finally got to use my super cool extra big new lens. The canon 70-200is L lens. At first I felt like a fool carrying a lens that is over a foot long into the park where five year olds are playing, but the results were so much better than my old cheap zoom. With my last lens I could never get a shot that wasn't blurry because the lens just couldn't focus fast enough for the action going on. But this lens is so much smoother. I loved it. Don't get me wrong it has a few down sides to it, like the fact that is weighs a ton and the size and gray color draws a lot of attention from people around you. I am not used to having to hold onto the camera and the lens but since this lens is heavier than the camera you have to hold it that way. It definitely has a learning curve to it, but I am excited to practice more. Here are some examples, from today ( ignore the fact that the color is all over the place. I am trying to figure out what I like!):
Start of the Game! Yep, that's my little guy with his foot on the ball.
A corner kick
Okay, so now comes my favorite part. Grant is a great soccer player, really good on defense but he is also very dramatic. When we started soccer last fall if the other team made a goal he would fall to his knees and cry out..."why? why? did they have to make a goal! What am I going to do!" It's funny now, but it wasn't so funny the first time it happened and all the parent's and coaches turned to look at us like we were the evil parent's that are all about winning. The truth is we aren't like that at all in fact Mark and I are very laid back about things like that. We wanted Grant to play soccer to get exercise and have fun but try to explain that when your child is rolling around the field crying.
As time went on and we had several, several talks about how soccer was about fun not about winning Grant finally seemed to get over the emotional flopping. Instead, he came up with a really great dance that he does when his team scores. And it's an even bigger performance when he specifically scores. Now, we have tried to explain that it's okay to cheer but he shouldn't really make a production about it because it makes the other team feel bad, but he seems to have gotten around that argument because today he did this...
I like to call it "The Victory Fly"
Nice. Can you tell he got a goal today? You gotta love him.