Waiting for fall sports to rev up again

As a photographer I’m can’t wait for August and summer to be over and for school to start again.

I was never this excited for school to start when I was in school, but my favorite thing to do as a photographer is to shoot high school and college sports.

I don’t know why – maybe because every game is different, yet predicable to shoot. Maybe it’s because I like the challenge. Either way, I always have fun doing it and the challenge of getting that perfect sports shot is exciting.

The bad part about summer is the feeling that I am getting rusty.

I was shooting Northern Michigan University’s football practice last week and found it a little bit frustrating that I wasn’t getting the shots I wanted. I’m usually pretty good at reading the play and knowing where the quarterback is going to throw the ball, but for some reason I was having trouble doing it at the last practice. I think it’s because I’m just rusty.

After about two games, I know I’ll be back in the swing of things and it will be easier to get the shots I’m looking for.

I think sporting events are among the hardest things to photograph and I feel if I stop for a while it’s not very easy to pick it up again out of the blue.

I may be wrong, but I’ve always been told, “if you can shoot sports you can shoot anything.” But it doesn’t work the other way around. I think it helps to know how the sport you’re photographing is played.

When I first started as a sports photographer, I struggled taking basketball photos. That’s probably because it’s the only sport I don’t willingly watch on a regular basis. But after one season of photographing girls and boys basketball at the high school and college levels – as well as shooting the Negaunee Invitational Tournament almost every night – I got the hang of it.

Though I’m sure I’ll be just as rusty with basketball as I was with football the other day, it will definitely help to get into the groove of things again.

Once school gets going, and fall sports gear up, the rust will come off.

Editor’s note: Recent Northern Michigan University graduate and Mining Journal photo journalist Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is awhitefoot@miningjournal.net