I attended my daughter’s soccer game this past weekend and it was a good one. When it started, each side was probably looking at the other, telling themselves that they would be the team earning the coveted victory.
Women’s club soccer is in full swing this time of year, and games in Arizona take place in 100-degree heat. The sweltering slugfest I saw went on for over two hours. A few players were injured, a few were yelled at by the coaching staffs, and a few more were called for minor violations. All the while, the parents, under the shades of colorful tent chairs and pop ups, sat with the sun in their faces on the sidelines, willing their team on. Around 6 pm when the final whistle sounded, blowing the familiar triple “whoo whoo whoo”, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
As I was snapping away with my D700, I was intent on trying to capture at least one shot that was the essence of game. The picture of this young lady above is one of those shots. It is the cover of the album in my sports collection, entitled, “The Game”. I chose it because of the concentration displayed, that was a testament to all the women who gave there best effort, to be the best they can be.
The other shots below are no different, as all show a group of young women athletes trying their hardest. In the end, they were all winners.
Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.
I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old. I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there.
Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years. My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992. I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography. One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings. Why? Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy! It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone. What more could I ask for? Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.
Oh, and I like riding my bike!