Please take a few minutes to watch a slideshow from this event.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the Special Olympics Colorado 2012 State Basketball Championships at Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood.
True confession here, I’ve never really considered myself a sports photographer. Seriously! I’ve covered sports of all different levels from pro football to little league baseball and everything in between but I’m more of what I consider a feature photographer, or a personal photographer.
Documenting this tournament reminded me of why I enjoy photographing weddings. I get a front row seat. Actually, I got an all access pass allowing me to move around a lot getting close to athletes and coaches just like I do with families at weddings. The honest emotions and feelings from this perspective feeds my soul.
It was interesting to have watched a few of the March Madness college basketball games last week before covering this event which was on St. Patrick’s Day. It was a huge challenge for me to capture enough story telling images to do a slideshow because the light in the gym was so low that it’s hard to stop the action and get images in focus with slower shutter speeds and with very little depth of field from shooting my lens wide open. It was great practice for the up coming wedding season!
From the opening ceremony to last game I simply kept looking for little stories that would build into the bigger story.