This week I participated in the Sports Shooter Academy 13 in Costa Mesa, CA. It was five days of shooting, editing and critiques. Thanks to Nikon who sponsored the event and all the great staff who took time out of their schedules to be mentors to a group of 45 people.
The first day, I shot the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo. It was the first time I ever shot this type of sport and it was quite a challenge. I came in with a plan of playing with shadows and I spend over an hour trying to find a good spot that I could execute the shot I was looking for. I ended up finding a crack in the fence behind one of the courts and was able to get the shot I was looking for. It took a lot of patience and trial and error, but kept at it.
From there we went to the La Habra Boxing Club and shot boxers of all ages working out. The gym was very dimly light so we played with speedlights and then grabbed some of the boxers and shot some portraits outside during the sunset. We played with LumeCubes (check them out) and the shot I ended up submitting for the slideshow was shot with a soft box.
These are the three photos I submitted on Day 1 and was proud to have my shadow wheel chair shot finish in the Top 10.