That’s a lot of wheels.

So someone asked me what leagues I had taken pictures of. There are a lot of people who have been to more but sadly there are many more people who have seen a lot less. Going to see other teams is a very good way to get some real world experience.

If you are just starting to get into photography, look around you. There are very likely some local leagues that are a short road trip away that you can go visit when your favorite league isn’t doing something. Some of the smaller leagues especially are very open to photographers who want to practice their skills. Maybe there’s even an upcoming tournament that you can go to and see a bunch of different teams all at once for a really good price.

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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport – first glance

Today I picked up an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport.  This is a little gadget and an accompanying software package that is designed to help you get accurate colors for your photos.  I think it will be more useful in studio situations than in the field under gym lights, but it was a bit of an eye opener from the first time I used it today. Continue reading

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Pocket Wizard Zone/Group Interoperability

Nerd time.  I bought a PocketWizard Plus III set to remotely trigger a camera.  Then I got curious as to how they interoperated, but there was no good reference on the PocketWizard wiki.  So I sat down and tested with a MiniTT1, FlexTT5, and Plus III.  And here’s what I found…

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Will trade photos for gas money

The derby photography business isn’t really a business.  It’s more of this thing where I throw money into a hole and some pictures come out.  It costs a lot of money for travel, equipment, insurance, etc. and this all basically comes out of my pocket.

This is where you come in.  If you like the work you see here, you can obtain copies of your favorite photos in the photo store.  I know some people do kickstarters or indiegogos or whatever the kids are doing these days, but I’m just gonna see if I can’t be old fashioned for a moment and sell some prints.  That way, everyone wins.  You have prints, I have gas money, and America wins the gold medal in awesomeness.

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Nikon D4 Repair Experience – June 2012

So, I figured I would start a blog entry of the (so far) short life of my D4 and its repair experience.  I am not a member of their “professional” service, just a guy who spent a lot of money on a camera body.   I will update this as the experience unfolds.  Hopefully it will not grow too long!  As background, I got the camera April 30 and a couple weeks later, a CF pin bent with a brand new card.  I limped along on XQD only for a couple weeks and then was able to take it for service.

Update: I’ve got the camera back.  The gory details come in after the cut… read more if you wish!

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June 2012 Bouts

So here are the bouts from June.  Another busy month; Arch Rival went off to Brewhaha and I went with them.  A new venue this year, a step above the old venue as it’s not in the middle of nowhere and was an actual athletic facility.  Brew City is movin’ on up!  And ARRG did the “unthinkable” (which we all knew was really totally thinkable) by dismantling Detroit for the first time.  ARRG is movin’ on up too!  Other highlights included the St. Louis debut of the Chicago Bruise Brothers, who came down to take on the B-Keepers before the Dallas Deception took on the GateKeepers.  Earlier in the month, as luck would have it, the Carolina Wrecking Brawls showed up to take on the B-Keepers too.  Neither team was successful in their attempts to keep any bees.

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May 2012 bouts…

I’m perpetually behind on this, but here are some photos from May 2012.  May was interesting; it saw ARRG bring some old friends from Bleeding Heartland into town, Spring Roll (covered separately in another post), and some local league play for the boys.  And finally, the debut of a new local league serving newer skaters and the east side of the area: Confluence Crush Roller Derby.

 

 

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Spring Roll 2012

Kurt Mangle and Juke Blocks Hero hold the line

Kurt Mangle and Juke Blocks Hero hold the line

Hey everyone, I went to Spring Roll and all I got was a ton of photos.  I didn’t get all of day 2 and I didn’t get a ton from all 22 bouts, but I did get some nice ones.

Follow this post for more Spring Roll commentary as I unpack all the shots I took and clean some of them up, but for instant gratification you can go here:

 

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…and sometimes you get the horns (first bout with the Nikon D4)

So, I bought the Nikon D4 last week.  Compared to what I had been shooting, this is like a Lamborghini… in the sense that I know it’s better than what I had, it can do more than what I had, and when I figure it out it’ll be way more impressive than what I had.  Except right now, I can barely get it in gear or park it.  So I decided last night that I would shoot the whole bout with it.  Get the high frame rate burning out of my head, figure out how it works, etc.

I am not impressed with myself (the camera is awesome) but I learned a lot.  My thanks, and apologies, to ARRG and Bleeding Heartland for being unwitting guinea pigs and probably not getting results up to my usual standards. :)

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ARRG 2012 Local League Championships at Chaifetz Arena

Dallis checks out the venue

Dallis checks out the venue

Today’s post is about the Arch Rival Roller Girls 2012 Championships (Flickr link right there).  They were held on April 28th at Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, MO.  It was a notable night for many reasons and I am glad that I was able to be there for the bouts.

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