July 22,2011 (image taken on May 14, 2011)
This is my fight fightblog entry. For each entry, what I want to do is share a photo, talk about that image, and then talk about whatever else happens to be on my mind. This image comes from the XtremeCageRage event. Some shots you know, as soon as you press the button, that shot is going to be a special shot. Others slip past and you don't see them until you are in the editing stage. This was one that was found in the editing. This is an example of a shot that works, even though it has technical flaws. I spent a long time shooting micro-stock, and that sort of photography is very demanding. In that market, this shot is a total reject. Nothing is level, most of it is out of focus, the shutter speed was not fast enough, it's a mess. But as a fight picture, I love it. The slow shutter speed makes it better, the hands are in motion. Most importantly, it's a moment, and there is emotion. Action photography is all about emotion, and it's hard to get an action shot with a face, this image has two faces.
I have shot eight events over the last six months, and it's been quite a trip. I have felt, at the last two, like I am right on the edge of stepping over into a next level with my photography. I feel comfortable in the environment. I can predict the action well enough to anticipate a good shot. Anticipation is important in sports photography. You can know how to work your gear, you can work with the people involved, but if you don't understand the sport and anticipate the action, you will always be a fraction of a second behind the shot you want. In MMA, a fraction of a second can be a very long time.
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