As winter moves into spring the track and field season begins. Entry into the 2019 season will be remembered as one of the wettest and coldest in recent memory. The old saying March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb comes to mind. The athletes are primed and the excitement is real. Track is upon us.
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The 2nd. event of the Grasshopper Adventure Series for 2019. The official start was at Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. The riders road westside road to the name sake Sweetwater Springs Rd. To make it Super the riders took a right turn off of hwy 116 and headed up Austin Creek rd. and enjoyed the climb towards Fort Ross. I am sure the Myers Grade provided amazing views and a dose of adrenaline. Most of my pictures were taken on Willow Creek road. I believe it was supposed to still be the “Paved” section of the course but, Mother Nature had other ideas. After passing by, the rides hit the gravel and climbed to the top of Willow Creek.
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This is the inaugural Low Gap Hopper. The Grasshopper adventure series are bicycle races of an extreme nature. 450 riders participated in this 45 mile road and gravel event. The top riders finished in approximately 3 hours. These cyclists bring along a tremendous positive energy.
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The Crunch! In this shot the Vikings speedster goes up for a header and the Rancho defender knows the only way to win the battle is to play the man not the ball. This type of shot is what I strive for: the moment, the emotion, the power is captured. Families often like and share the nice photos of the ball at a players feet looking composed but, this is the game.
The Meet of Champions, held in Berkley, California, is the the pinnacle of high school track and field competition for many athletes in northern California. The top athletes from each athletic section, both big and small, come together for an energy packed showcase. The athletes are competing to move on to the California State Championship. This is a picture of one of the heats of the 100 meters. Notice how close the athletes are in reaction time and form coming out of the blocks.
This shot captures the Goalie making a diving save from just outside the 18 yd box. Goalies must make split second decisions and have the ability to focus throughout the game. One small mistake can have drastic impact on the outcome of the match. We applaud their acrobatics, when live, but to capture the moment gives a greater appreciation of their sacrifice.
The players and the field is small but, the emotion is real.
Artistry is sport. The Vikings striker heads the ball onto his foot at a full run. The soft touch and control illustrates the Next Level player. Artistry in photography allows me to make pictures to better convey a moment or an emotion. This is a snap shot of the minds eye. Often as spectators we wonder did I just see that? In this case, yes you did. Technology allows this creativity. The Nikon d500 and it’s 10 frames per second provides the canvas and Photo Shop provides the brushes and pallet of oils. This is my first composite photo. It is not perfect but, I love to learn.
I like the simplicity of this picture. The rider is isolated from the gravel road back ground. The other thing that works for me is the relaxed look on his face and the small plant on handlebars. You can almost picture a basket of groceries from the farmers market. Keep in mind this is at about 40 miles of 45 mile Grasshopper Adventure series ride.
Celebration! #11 just scored the go ahead goal with an amazing bicycle kick off of a crossing pass from the right side. The shot captures the joy of the team as they rush to congratulate the scorer.
The moment is captured. The dust flying. the catcher lays down the tag. The runner slides into home. Safe or Out only the Umpire can decide. In this shot I like the story being told. The bat in the base line. The fan ready to cheer. The focus of the runner on the glove.
This shot, of a high 5 shows the friendship and respect that should be present in sport. The runner just hit his first homer ever. All of the infielders congratulated and gave high fives as he ran the bases. Compete fiercely, respect and appreciate the performance, the game, and the players
Where the artistry, grace, effort and competition meet. Capturing the moment.