Monday, January 19, 2009

The problem with shooting people you know...

...they want to smile and look right into the camera!

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Ya see, ever since I got my new lens, I've been wanting to try it out at a sports event. So I got media access to shoot the Brex during their warm-up before the game (by the way, that means I checked off one of my New Year's goals!). I was hoping for candid shots...you know, players concentrating on their free throws:

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or players getting stretched by the trainer:

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or just the atmosphere in general:

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The thing is, everyone on the team knows me because I travel with Abe and the team. So when they saw me with my camera in the press area, they wanted to smile and pose. Even though I told them not to look at me and keep doing whatever they do. So I got a lot of these kinds of photos:


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This entry was going to be filled with the pictures that I thought came out really cool, but I decided to use the outtakes instead and have them show a more fun side of Japanese bball. I must admit, however, that I am glad that when they see me they don't roll their eyes in annoyance, and thinking more about it actually, smiling for me could be kind of a compliment...as in they want to be a part of my photo portfolio ;)

In any case, it was fun hanging with all of the real photographers getting tips and having them welcome me as one of them, even for just the warm-up portion of the game. I can't wait to take some action shots later!

4 comments:

beth said...

It's so cool you got to do this!! The people in the photos make me smile b/c everyone looks so happy...and they don't seem too focused for the game. Can't wait to see more!

Julie Ann said...

thanks beth! the guys on abe's team are pretty chill for being pro players...i'm lucky they're nice to me :)
can't wait to post your photos!

Bobbie said...

Hahahha! These make me laugh! I agree with you, it is a good thing they want you to take their pix, and not the other way around! And that is so cool you got to hang out with some 'pro' photographers! Wish I had that chance!

Globetrottingbride said...

These pics are great. I esp love the last one.