Girls Hoops Jube

February 20th, 2010
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Whoa, two posts in one day?  YES!

Last night, I photographed a nailbiting game between Konawaena and Lahainaluna in the HHSAA Girls Basketball championships at Blaisdell Arena.  Of course, afterward there’s the jubey shot, and it’s always a toss up because you’ll never know what to expect–where the players will turn, how they will react, where they will huddle, etc. and on and on.  Last night, I was lucky enough to position myself in the right spot, even ahead of television and the competing newspaper.  Called it a hunch, but I played bumper cars with elated jumping players and coaches to align myself for the celebratory shot.

 The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena.  Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-15f2.8 at 16mm, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/400 @ f4.5, ISO 1600, 4100K whitebalance.

The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena. Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). There's the competition up top, as well as TV at top right--but I'm where I should be! Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35f2.8 at 16mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/400 @ f4.5, ISO 1600, 4100K whitebalance.

Another take on it:

The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena.  Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena. Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

After the trophy and medal presentations to both teams, I noticed that the ceremonial cutting of the net by the winning team happened to line up with the scoreboard, so I went for a different look, and different type of jubey:

Lahainaluna's Maiki Viela, top, waves the net to her team mates after the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena.  Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Lahainaluna's Maiki Viela, top, waves the net to her team mates after the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena. Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

I shot several frames of Viela cutting the net, both horizontal and vertical, but compositionally, it wasn’t working for me.  I canted (tilted) the frame slightly, and was able to get the team looking up at Viela as she swung the net around triumphantly, with the score in the background–a very storytelling image of a come-from-behind win.  I’m very glad that our sports department went with it!

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