Boys Soccer

February 15th, 2009
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Spent Valentine’s Day shooting 5 hours of soccer, and was it exciting!  The first game, the Division II Championship between Kapaa and Hawaii Prep Academy, had some decent action, but my favorite frame from that game came afterwards–another testament that not all sports photographs have to be of peak action.  Emotion is equally if not more important.

 

Kapaa boys head coach Kevin Cram is doused with water by his players after winning the HHSAA Boys Division II State Soccer Championship game against Hawaii Prep Academy, 3-1, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35f2.8 at 16mm, Manual exposure, ISO 1600, 1/250 @f4.5, 4200K whitebalance.

Kapaa boys head coach Kevin Cram is doused with water by his players after winning the HHSAA Boys Division II State Soccer Championship game against Hawaii Prep Academy, 3-1, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35f2.8 at 16mm, Manual exposure, ISO 1600, 1/250 @f4.5, 4200K whitebalance.

Sometimes getting doused along with the coach gets you interesting waterspots on the lens that add to make a more picturesque photo.  That’s what happened above.  So on to the second game, the Division I game between Iolani and Mililani.  Again, I shot a lot of the game from above, as I mentioned in a previous post.  It also made me turn into a popsicle by the end of the night! 

 

This series of frames shows how much I use the motordrive.  I rarely squeeze full automatic, and am very selective about shooting, despite being "digital" and not "wasting film."  My philosophy is, the more shots on the card, the more you have to edit, and with this particular game running well past 9:30 pm--uh-uh. No way.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

This series of frames shows how much I use the motordrive. I rarely squeeze full automatic, and am very selective about shooting, despite being "digital" and not "wasting film." My philosophy is, the more shots on the card, the more you have to edit, and with this particular game running well past 9:30 pm--uh-uh. No way. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

I had even better luck than the day before from up in the stands, and came away with this cool frame.

 

Mililani goal keeper Preston Miyashiro blocks a goal attempt by Iolani's Jordon Lee during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

Mililani goal keeper Preston Miyashiro blocks a goal attempt by Iolani's Jordon Lee during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

Because of the tightness of the focal length, I was just panning with Iolani’s Jordon Lee, and then out of no where, Mililani’s Preston Miyashiro jumps into the frame to grab the ball!  Talk about surprise!  If you notice, the goal keeper is slightly blurred, even at 1/800 of a second.

I then moved down to field level as the time was winding down to get ready for jube and to capture some different action.

 

Mililani's Duke Batungbacal, left, and Iolani's Reid Sakamoto go for the header during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

Mililani's Duke Batungbacal, left, and Iolani's Reid Sakamoto go for the header during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

 

Mililani's Corey Nakagawa, top, and Iolani's Trevor Farm collide during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/1000 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

Mililani's Corey Nakagawa, top, and Iolani's Trevor Farm collide during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/1000 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

It had become apparent that Iolani’s Nick Goo was the spotlight of the game, having scored two key goals, so as the game clock wound down, I tracked him with the 400 mm lens and came up with a different jube photo.

 

Iolani's Nick Goo raises a finger in celebration after winning the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Iolani's Nick Goo raises a finger in celebration after winning the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Using long telephoto lenses like the 400 and even 300 mm wide open lends for some spectacular blur effect with subjects in the fore or background.  That’s what I did for the frame above, since Iolani’s color is red, I thought it’d be a nice, different approach, and a way to tell Goo’s story of the game.

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2 Responses to “Boys Soccer”

  1. kent:

    i really like the first image. nice way to lead jamm.


  2. Larry:

    I guess I agree with you but maybe if you explained it just a little more I could learn more. Thanks in advance.


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