This weekend was a fun one. IF you consider shooting two games in the pouring rain fun, then it was an absolute blast. After all, it is the Pacific Northwest.
The rains were relentless. Starting, stopping, hard, soft, cold, warm. Typical Pacific Northwest autumnal weather. Now you know why many around here call it “The NorthWet.”
On Saturday, I headed to Sedro-Woolley High School to photograph the Squalicum girl’s soccer against Shorecrest in the Class 2A Nortwest District Championship game.
To battle the weather and still get good images from the game, I wrapped my gear in a plastic trash bag. I first cut a hole in one of the bottom corners the size of my lens hood. I pushed the hood of the lens through then used gaffer’s tape to secure it.
Get Outta My Way!
Then I cut tiny holes where the camera straps would go though. The rest of the bag I let flop over the body for protection from the rain when I didn’t have it to my eye. The extra I used to cover my head to prevent the camera body from getting wet. It mostly worked.
And even though I dressed for the rain, I was soaked to the bone 10 minutes into the games. Ahhh the trials and tribulations of the sports photographer.
Lummi was a powerhouse on the field. They dominated every major play. Oakville just couldn’t break through either the offensive or defensive line. Lummi went on to win 56-8 to advance to the state playoffs.
But to be fair, even in 8-man football, having only 11 players on the roster is a major disadvantage.
The Squalicum girls continue their pursuit of State Champion. The won the game 2 to 1 to claim the Class 2A Northwest District championship. Perhaps a repeat of their state championship is in order.
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Paul Conrad is an award-winning freelance photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.
His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.
His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.