Game of Groans

May 24, 2013 

Why must everything happen at the same time?

While Saturday shifts best exemplify the downside of not being able to be at multiple places at the same time, last Friday brought a very disappointing doubleheader.

With both the Cougar Diamond Classic and a Richland soccer state playoff game starting at 6 p.m., I decided to start at Gesa Stadium before heading over to Bomber Field for the second half of the soccer game. The matchup between WSU and UW was the first of three between the Pac-12 rivals and the first of four Cougar baseball games at Gesa and I didn't want to miss the potential excitement and intensity of a playoff game.

That meant I had to leave Gesa Stadium no later than 6:30 p.m., which only gave me two innings of scoreless play. I showed up early to pad the gallery with a few pre-game features:

The added bonus was getting to see retired Richland High School baseball coach Ben Jacobs again, as he held court in the VIP section:

His son Brett plays for the Cougars, and I made sure to get some snaps of him during the baseball-buddy-aided introductions:

Kennewick High School alumnus Trek Stemp also was playing Friday,

and I really hoped to capture one of them in action during the game. Unfortunately, the best I managed was this poorly timed shot of Brett getting a hit:

While I won't make the common 30-year-old's folly of saying that makes me feel old, it was kind of a trip to photograph a couple high school kids I remember again at the college level.

For print, I offered up this ball-less shot of Trace Tam Sing turning a double play, something that felt a bit like a failure due to the Cougs' 4-3 loss:

I arrived at Bomber Field with a couple minutes left in the first half and failed to get locker room access for the mid-game talk. Still, I felt pretty good about my timing and the 1-1 tie gave me hope for a dramatic finish. Richland came out with appropriate home-team excitement to start the second half,

but Roosevelt came out stronger and squelched the chances of a nail-biter with two quick goals:

Richland didn't capitalize on their chances down the stretch and Roosevelt goalie Julien Leveque made a couple nice stops, including this sequence:

Other than that, I didn't have a lot of good action shots,

settling on this one to accompany the first diving save above:

Richland goalie Damian Ruiz also broke up a header attempt,

but that shot doesn't make sense in a game his team lost 3-1. This one fits the outcome of the game a bit better and has the nice logo background,

but not necessarily the story. The blame for the two goals I saw against Richland didn't seem to fall squarely on him and the photo suffers from some high-ISO-tight-crop syndrome.

I wasn't very happy with this gallery either, and was a bit disappointed in how the evening's shoots went.

Not nearly as disappointed as the Richland players, I suppose,

but still, a pretty weak showing from both games. In hindsight, reversing the order for my shoot would have been better, but facing the same lineup, I would probably do the same. I'll always try to stay for the end of a potential season-ender if given the option.

When things happen at the same time with sparse staffing and tight deadlines, you don't get to cover things as thoroughly as you'd like. The frequency of this dilemma is only going to increase as we near graduation weekend.

Summer is coming.

For a real disaster...

You've undoubtedly seen the devastation from Moore, Okla., and the viral video of a sweet reunion one resident had with her lost dog. The Big Picture has an amazing collection of powerful images from this year's tornado damage.

Lauren Weinstein warns of the coming war against personal photography and video, and while the shot (hardee har) was snapped long ago, this recent scuffle in a mall parking lot may be the most ridiculous one to date.

Online, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer angered the professional photographer community with her comment that

…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers [sic]. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.

Photoshelter's Andrew Fingerman had a nice response amid the "how dare you?"s and "well I never!"s, and Mayer quickly backpedaled. The reactions from photographers might have seemed like an overreaction to some, but the industry has faced this mentality for some time. There's an entire site devoted to making fun of the people who buy a DSLR, set up a Facebook page and call themselves professional photographers. Mayer's statement just poured salt into industry wounds created by the good-enough photographers who have cut into actual pros' ability to make a living.

PDN has a nice feature about how a few pros juggle work and family.

And finally, the New Yorker highlight's Carolyn Drake's new book about Central Asia. Check out the photos and make sure to read some of the most creative captions I've seen.

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