Since I started taking photography seriously, I knew that emotions were what drew me to it. I loved that a photograph could capture emotions that people might never be able to reproduce in the exact same manner ever again. It really helped freeze that time into a tangible object that can be used to remind people years after it occurred.
Sports have a plethora of emotions that could happen in just 30 seconds. Whether it is basketball, hockey, soccer, football, you name it. I have seen fans cry tears of joy that 10 seconds ago were tears of agony and desperation. I have seen athletes push themselves beyond where we would put boundaries between what is humanly possible and what isn’t. I have seen early celebrations turn into tears of defeat.
With all this involved, it was only a matter of time before I found myself trying to capture those moments. So, I picked up my camera this year and tried to capture these moments in certain athletic events in Calgary this year. They aren’t the greatest as I am still learning but the more I do it, the more I realize I love this. The most challenging thing I’ve found about sports photography so far is that you have to be able to predict the action before the athlete themselves even know what is going to happen. I’ve been doing some research on sports photographers out there and I have to say, they are definitely a branch of photographers I am learning to respect and admire as I branch into this genre too.