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Wild Weekend Warriors: Squalicum Soccer & Football

Congratulations to the Squalicum girls soccer and boys football for winning and advancing to the state playoffs.

It was a Saturday full of Squalicum glory as the Storm girl’s soccer defeated Black Hills in District 2A state quarterfinals 6 to 0, and the boy’s football beat WF West 31 to 29 to advance in the state playoffs.

My first game was the Squalicum girls as they dominated Black Hills. The sports editor David Rasbach said Squalicum was a strong team with a strong winning streak. This will the fourth year in a row they go to the state finals.

Rising Above

Squalicum's Sarah Hulbert (8) gains height over Black Hills' Sidney Lowe (2) to head the ball away from the goal during the first half in the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Sarah Hulbert (8) gains height over Black Hills’ Sidney Lowe (2) to head the ball away from the goal during the first half in the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I had two bodies and two lenses: A D300s with a 400 f/2.8 and a D3s with a 70-200. As Squalicum was dominating by solid control of the ball, I sat about 10 yards right of the goal so I could get the scoring.

First Goal

Squalicum's Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills.

Squalicum’s Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills during the first half Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6 to 0 to advance. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Also, by sitting in that position, it’s easier to get faces as they take a shot on goal, and reactions if they score. You get great interaction between offense and defense as the offense is amped to score, and the defense tries to stop it.

Close Call

Squalicum's Braeden Hilleary (5) watches as the ball goes over Black Hills defender Janae Grimm (10) and goalkeeper Jordan Westby during the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Braeden Hilleary (5) watches as the ball goes over Black Hills defender Janae Grimm (10) and goalkeeper Jordan Westby during the first half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As Squalicum continued to dominate, Black Hills became more aggressive in their defense. This made for good one-on-one action shots.

Another Score

The Squalicum girls celebrate their third goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

The Squalicum girls celebrate their third goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The Battle

Squalicum's Kim Dorr (16) collides with Black Hills' Janae Grimm (10) in the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Saturday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Kim Dorr (16) collides with Black Hills’ Janae Grimm (10) in the first half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

During the game, the rain escalated to a constant downpour. I had a late afternoon deadline I needed to make so I left to go to Wood’s Coffee to download, edit, transmit, and warm up. As I was working on my pictures, I could see the rain get progressively worse.

Almost Intercepted

Squalicum's Noah Westhoff and WF West's Garrett Yarter (12) go up for a pass intended for Yarter during the third quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash.

Squalicum’s Noah Westerhoff and WF West’s Garrett Yarter (12) go up for a pass intended for Yarter during the third quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerhoff failed to make the interception as Squalicum defeated WF West 31-29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As the second game I was assigned to cover began, it became clear the rain would be a factor. Thankfully, I had my gear covered to protect it. But I, however, became completely soaked by the end of the first quarter.

The Classic “Jersey Pull”

Squalicum's Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West's Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29.

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum did not play well in the first quarter. Fumbles, sacks, and an interception kept them at their best. But they would rally and give WF West a run for their money.

TOUCHDOWN!!!

WF West's Kolby Steen (30) attempts to tackle Squalicum's Josiah Westbrook (1) from scoring a late second quarter touchdown on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, during the first round of the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerbrook scored the touchdown and the resulting extra point made the score 14 to 21 at the end of the first half.

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As I had deadline, I left at the end of the third quarter. But did I miss a good show. After Bellingham tied to make it 21 all, the went on to score another TD making it 28-21. WF West scored again and then made a 2 point conversion with 2 minutes left making it 29-28.

The Mighty Tumble

Squalicum's Creighton Kaui (16), bottom, and Kyle Basart (63) take down WF West's Nathan Anglin (7) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29.

Squalicum’s Creighton Kaui (16), bottom, and Kyle Basart (63) take down WF West’s Nathan Anglin (7) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

On their last drive, Squalicum got within field goal range and Ben Peterson made a 24 yard field goal to make the score 31 to 29. A wild end to a wild game.

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His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

Wet & Wild: Football and Futbol in the Rain

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.”

Failed Reception

Lummi's Free Borsey (11) takes down Oakville's Casey Davis (16) as he attempts a reception during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Free Borsey (11) takes down Oakville’s Casey Davis (16) as he attempts a reception during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Friday I shot the Blackhawks from Lummi Nation School  against the Acorns of Oakville High School in Division 2B playoff.

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.

Almost Sacked

Lummi's Dashawn Lawrence (10) tackles the Oakville quarterback during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Dashawn Lawrence (10) tackles the Oakville quarterback during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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!

Lummi's Hank Hoskins (24), right, pushes off Oakville's Casey Davis (16) during the first quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Hank Hoskins (24), right, pushes off Oakville’s Casey Davis (16) during the first quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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.

While shooting, I had two bodies so I did this to both. On Saturday when I shot the Squalicum girls soccer team against Shorecrest, I had to do the same thing. But the rain was worse.

Chest Bump!

Squalicum's Kim Door (16) stops the ball during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. Squalicum defeated Shorecrest 2 to 1. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum’s Kim Door (16) stops the ball during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. Squalicum defeated Shorecrest 2 to 1. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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.

Head Bump

Shorecrest's Julia Strand (21) battles with Squalicum's Kim Door during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Shorecrest’s Julia Strand (21) battles with Squalicum’s Kim Door during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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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Follow the Action, Score Some Shots: Tips for Better Soccer Photography

The action was pretty fantastic on Saturday. The movement up and down the field, goalkeepers diving, and the midfield action was captivating.

Whatcom Community College hosted Shoreline Community College in women’s and men’s soccer on Saturday afternoon October 4, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Shoreline defeated both teams. Whatcom woman lost 2 to 0, and the men lost via a last-minute goal 1 to 0.

Up & Over:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College jufreshman defensiveman Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last minute second half goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – WCC freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above SCC freshmen defensive man Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last-minute second half goal.

Photographing soccer can be fun and challenging. There may be a lot of action, but if you don’t pay attention, you could easily miss the game winning play or score. Having patience and anticipating moments will also help you get better shots.

A Good Defense … :

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Shoreline Community College defensive man Andres Lepe (14), left, defends against WCC forward Conlon Kiffney during the second half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. Shoreline defeated Whatcom 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Shoreline Community College defensive man Andres Lepe (14), left, steals the ball from WCC forward Conlon Kiffney during the second half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. Shoreline defeated Whatcom 1 to 0 with a last-minute goal.

Here’s a few tips to help you.

Observe the players – Watch while you shoot how the players from opposing teams pair up. Especially at the goals. Your best action will come from the two as they battle for the ball.

Placement – Where you decide to shoot from is important. You’ll capture the best facial expressions when opposing team players battle for the ball as they are coming towards you. Staying midfield the entire game will get you some good action, but spend 10 minutes midfield observing which team is the stronger.

Obvious Foul:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Whatcom Community College forward Ashley Hughes (10) battles with Shoreline Community College defensiveman Selene Aguila (7) and Mackenzie Bolton (14)  as she heads towards the goal during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Whatcom Community College forward Ashley Hughes (10) battles with Shoreline Community College defensive man Selene Aguila (7) and Mackenzie Bolton (14) as she heads towards the goal. SCC defeated WCC 2-0

Head to the Goal – Once you figure out who is the stronger team, head to the goal where they will be scoring. Stay to the left or right about 15 feet. This gives you good action as the opposing team approaches the goal as well as puts you in position for corner kicks.

Corner Kicks – Get yourself between the corner where the ball will be kicked from and the goal. That way the players are looking towards the ball as it approaches. This gives you good facial expressions as the teams battle for the ball.

Front of Goal Battle:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Shoreline Community College defensiveman Konstantin Reutov (5) and WCC midfielder Emile Diffley (7) battle for the ball during the second half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. Shoreline defeated Whatcom 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SCC defensive man Konstantin Reutov (5) and WCC midfielder Emile Diffley (7) battle for the ball during the second half. These two paired up most of the game.

Be Fluid – Be prepared to move as the game progresses. For example, the dominate team may be overcome by smart play from the other team. You may have to switch goals partway through the half.

Offense vs Defense – Spend some time shooting both. From midfield you can get the defense as they protect their goal. The offense can be shot from the goal as they attempts to score.

Header:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  SCC forward Hayley Warren (15), left, goes over WCC defensiveman Emily Russell (15) during the first half. SCC defeated WCC with 2 second half goals 2 to 0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SCC forward Hayley Warren (15), left, goes over WCC defensive man Emily Russell (15) during the first half. SCC defeated WCC with 2 second half goals 2 to 0.

Don’t worry about missing shots – Seriously, getting stressed over shots you missed is just a waste of energy. Be patient. You’ll get your shots. Like being on the wrong end of the field when one of the teams scores. It happens.

Stay on your knees – Keeping low will make it easier to get faces as they’re looking down at the ball. Plus, if you happen to get a player falling, it’ll be easier to keep focused on the face. Yes, people fall pretty hard. Even I did when I played.

Defensive Move:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - SCC defensiveman Konstantin Reutov (5) boots the ball from WCC forward Tomas Alvarado during the second half at Orcas Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SCC defensiveman Konstantin Reutov (5) boots the ball from WCC forward Tomas Alvarado during the second half at Orcas Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

Lenses – Long glass isn’t truly essential. But a 70-210 is enough if you stay near the goals and have patience. You can even use that lens as you photograph from midfield and wait for the action to come to you. Some photographers even mount remote cameras with wide-angle lenses in the goals. But for the most part, a 70-210 is works well.

Keep extra cards handy – This may seem like a no brainer, but I’ve actually run into photographers that have to delete images because they filled their cards. As they do so, they miss shots. Also, change them before they are full. The more images on a card, the slower the camera writes to it as it has to find space.

The biggest tip i can give you, though, is simply:

Don’t Rely On The Motor Drive. ANTICIPATE the peak moment and begin shooting just before the peak then follow through.

Remember, the action is fast. If you rely on the quick shutter to capture that moment when the ball is on a player’s head, then you are more than likely to miss it. Anticipate that moment and start firing when the moment begins. It takes a lot of practice, but once you learn the shutter lag of your camera (the time the shutter trips once you press the button) and practice, you’ll begin getting those shots.

Practice. Practice. Practice.  As I’ve said before Photography is Not a Spectator Sport.”

For more Shoreline Community College vs Whatcom Community College soccer photos, visit my gallery WCC hosts SCC in Woman’s & Men’s Soccer

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Blaine at Meridian High School Varsity Soccer

Meridian High School varsity boys hosted Blaine High School in an extremely close match. The Trojans and Wolverines fought a battle until the last 30 seconds of the game.

Protecting the Goal:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

It was a tight the entire game. Meridian would bring the ball down for a shot. Blaine would recover and run it down to the other end attempting a score. Back and forth, back and forth.

Battle for the Ball:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Each team had several shot which ricocheted off the cross-bar or from an upright. The goalkeepers on each team made some spectacular saves.

On the Mark:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Blocking a Shot: 

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Shot on Goal:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

It wasn’t until the last 30 seconds anyone scored.

A struggle:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Another Shot at Goal:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Blaine ran up the left side, the Meridian goalkeeper made a fatal mistake and ran towards the winger. The winger passed to the center.

Blocking a Kick:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

With the Meridian goalkeeper out charging the winter, the goal was left unprotected and Blaine scored. Only 30 seconds left in the game.

The Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 in a hard-fought battle.

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Sedro-Wooley at Meridian HS soccer

The past few days I have been busy shooting Meridian High School sports. Soccer, baseball, and golf were all on the agenda.

But first, I’m going to show a few soccer photos from a few weeks ago I failed to upload. Sometimes I forget the social media aspects of photography. I love to shoot and document peoples lives.

Heads Up!!

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

Landscapes, scenics, urban, macro, and such are fine genres of photography, but I prefer sports, photojournalism, portraiture, and street. There’s more a challenge to me capturing fleeting moments.

Yes, I have been more disappointed than satisfied with what I get, but that keeps me pushing harder, learning more, trying new angles, and stretching myself to keep improving.

Up For Grabs:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

I’m still sorta old school in that I prefer to “stop & pop” and not “spray & pray.” Read the game, find a good position to shoot from which has a clean background, and anticipate moments.

Stopping the Attack:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

“Stop & Pop” is taking the time to learn what’s going on. It relies on your knowledge of the sport and players, anticipation by following the action, a cool head, and prefocusing. You get better images. Most sports photographers learn that the hard way.

Sliding Tackle:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

I think this technique harkens to the days of film and early digital. Back a few years to 2002 when cameras were barely breaking the 5fps limit. You had to learn the game, learn patience, and learn the limit of your camera.

Saving a Score:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

My first digital camera was the Nikon D1. Slow, very slow. About 4fps. Yes, two frames per second. But not as bad as the NC2000E. That was 1 frame per 2 seconds. Seriously, it was super slow. And you had to wait a long time if the buffer filled.

Chest Stop:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

My second was the D1H. Not much faster at 5fps but to get it you had to have fully charged batteries. Then I bought a D200. That was a whopping 5fps. Although they were rated at that, the cameras very rarely pulled it. I think mine averaged 4, and sometimes even 3fps on bad days.

Pulling a Foul:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

With that being said, I am one who believes that it’s not the camera but the photographer who makes great photos.

Practice is what matters. And a lot of practice. Not how fast your camera shoot, how big of a lens you have, how many frames you shoot, or how many card you fill.

No Harm, No Foul:
© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Sedro-Woolley High School boys take on Meridian on Friday afternoon Mar. 28, 2014. The visiting Cubs defeated the Trojans 2-1.

What matters is that you capture good storytelling moments, you keep pushing yourself, keep learning.

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