Soccer Daze

North Davidson’s Christopher Elder (right) traps the ball against Salisbury’s Christopher Portillo at North Davidson High School on September 25, 2019. (photo by Janis M. Grainger)

This week has been an interesting one. We are finally putting together our bull rider documentary and starting to shoot soccer. I have not looked at a soccer ball or watched the sport since my kids played about 6 years ago. Some people hate the sport but I still find it interesting.

It’s funny how I looked at photos after taking them thinking, “I missed it a little bit but these are great!” LOL. Then comes along Jay Capers. He drills it into our heads, must have two players, must have the ball and great facial expression could amp it up a bit. I am sharing this picture taken at my first go-round of soccer for Soccer #1. Perfect, NO but I think I managed to capture a good expression on the kid watching the ball hit his opponent. I just wish the opponent had turned his face a little bit so I could get that expression. Maybe next time.

Bull rider documentary

Clay Guiton takes a break after doing chores on his family’s in Cherryville, NC on September 11, 2019. (photo by Janis M. Grainger)

Meet Clay everyone! A couple of us went to see Clay Guiton for the first time and started to film our documentary. Over the next couple of weeks we will get to attend different rodeos that Clay will be riding in. Let’s hope he gives us a good show and lets us experience what he does best.

I cannot wait to see how this documentary unfolds. I think we have something amazing with Clay and his story. The next few months will be a little chaotic trying to piece this together and get it to say what we would like it to.

This young man is going somewhere and I am proud to be a small part of his journey.

Friday Night Football

Friday Night Football

Last week we had the privilege of getting onto the sidelines of a local high school team to capture some action shots. I was nervous going in not knowing totally what to expect. Let me remind you, I occasionally watch football and join in on some football pools (I have won!) but I have not shot a single football picture since my son played about 6 or 7 years ago.

Our main focus was getting 5 action shots. Easier said than done when these boys are all over the place and I am shooting with the big gun (300mm f/2.8).

Friday Night Football

I am in love with being on the sidelines. It does not matter what sport it is. Bring on football #2 this Friday!

Keep reaching

“It’s only practice folks!” Asheboro NC

So it’s the beginning of our 2nd week in Photojournalism. We are continuing on with our photo a day. It was a struggle to say the least trying to come up with ideas of things to photograph this past weekend. Not things, events. Events with people. People who are strangers. Strangers doing something that is giving me a reason to take their photo.

Rain delays and what I thought would be an exciting place to take a photo turned into a bust. Pick up and carry on. Drive aimlessly, still searching for that moment. Moments will happen in the right place, at the right time.

This photo was taken today. Frozen in time. He missed the shot but hey, it was just practice!

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