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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


The first of 5 home meets of this season was a quad meet with Southern Utah University, West Virginia and Oregon State. Utah won with a team score of 196.95, and there was another nice crowd--14,917. Still figuring out some things, but all in all, it was a good night. Here are 12 shots out of about 1,800 for C&C; a slightly different gallery HERE.

1.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM6.jpg

2.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM8.jpg

3.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM11.jpg

4.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM1A.jpg

5.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM17.jpg

6.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM12.jpg

7.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM5.jpg

8.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM10.jpg

9.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM14.jpg

10.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM16.jpg

11.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM15.jpg

12.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM13.jpg


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Jan 20, 2013 at 07:50 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Damn....you are good Russ.. Seriously....Nothing like waking up early Sunday morning and looking at your Gymnastics shots with a great cup of coffee.

You were in the right place-right time for that shot in #2. Love that angle.

Same for #3 - nailed it.

#5 - I love the profile of this young lady....

#8 & #9......crazy great and love the B&W conversion.

#10 - too bad about the girl in the chair.

The rest....love'em.

Another best seller. Great job Russ.



Jan 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Russ,

Great shots. I love #1 and 11 in particular. I've noticed that you position yourself differently for beam than most people I've seen locally who setup off one end or the other. You're getting some great shots by doing it.

If you don't mind my asking, how tightly is a shot like #1 framed in camera? With the movement I always seem to have to frame pretty wide or I'm cutting off limbs all over the place. I'll crop in later but at the expense of some resolution which is noticble given the high ISOs involved.



Jan 20, 2013 at 01:49 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Nice series, Russ. Amazing what these girls can do! great


Jan 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
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Beautiful set Russ. I'll vote for #'s 1,4, and 12 as well as 1 and 2 in the gallery, based on the higher degree of difficulty in obtaining such shots. That vault shot of Taylor is fantastic. Congrats on the victory as well! As Frank said, this is a great way to start a Sunday morning.


Jan 20, 2013 at 02:36 PM
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lhryshko wrote:
Beautiful set Russ. I'll vote for #'s 1,4, and 12 as well as 1 and 2 in the gallery, based on the higher degree of difficulty in obtaining such shots. That vault shot of Taylor is fantastic. Congrats on the victory as well! As Frank said, this is a great way to start a Sunday morning.


I didn't follow the link the first time. Totally agree, that second shot on the vault is fantastic



Jan 20, 2013 at 03:27 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Stellar work Russ.

I hope those gals realize how lucky they are to have you.

15K .... now that is support for gymnastics

Thanks for sharing,

Bryan



Jan 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Holy crap, Russ-man is at it AGAIN

Gotta love how that "X" hums along in low light. Great work here Russ. I'm particularly drawn to the B&W frame. Something there just continues to speak to me.

Matt



Jan 20, 2013 at 05:22 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Many thanks, Frank. I appreciate your feedback and it's helpful to 'hear' your reactions to specific shots.

Thanks for your comments, Bill. I try different positions for shooting beam. I do like the perspective from about 20 degrees off from dead on to the end of the beam, but this time out I wanted to work more from the side. I've found that no position is perfect, which is why I like to try them all throughout the course of a season. As for the bars shots, that first one is a smaller portion (maybe 1/4) of the full frame that I would prefer. It is challenging to keep everything in frame with the movement not only up and down (above and below both upper and lower bars) but also closer and farther from me as they move from one bar to the other. Moving the camera with the athlete can help, but I'd have to be a LOT faster moving my focus points on the fly to work much tighter than I do. I'm working on it...

amlsml: Thank you! Yes, these athletes are fantastic.

Hey Larry, thanks for your feedback and for taking a look at the gallery posted by the University. I feel like I'm finally making some progress with vault. I still maintain it's stupidly difficult to shoot, but I'm earning a few more keepers each time. I'll post a couple more below.

Bryan: I don't know how much attention to my images these girls pay, though I'm sure they check out the galleries posted on the team website. I do think the SID is appreciative. And yeah, great fan support for sure. Thanks for the props!

Here are 15 more images:

1A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM18.jpg

2A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM20.jpg

3A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM32.jpg

4A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM37.jpg

5A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM22.jpg

6A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM27.jpg

7A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM36.jpg

8A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM19.jpg

9A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM23.jpg

10A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM31.jpg

11A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM26.jpg

12A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM38.jpg

13A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM30.jpg

14A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM28.jpg

15A.
http://www.russisabellaphotography.com/Gymnastics2013/GYM34.jpg


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Jan 20, 2013 at 05:24 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


This video was just posted on facebook. It's of Utah's beam routines at last night's meet, but it also is of some old guy photographing those routines (under the beam and to the left). This could be the break I've been waiting for....


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Russ, both of your series are stellar! I really like the different angles and unique captures.


Jan 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Fabulous photos. The colors really pop out at you. Looks like some good quality light. What shutter speeds do you typically get?


Jan 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


The bar(pardon the pun) has been raised again every time you post your gymnastics shots. Great set and different take from other shots you posted in the past.

#3 and 9 for me. Love the B&W.



Jan 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Great shot once again, Russ.


Jan 21, 2013 at 05:22 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


nice gymnastic series


Jan 21, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


godfather: Thank you.

Thanks for your comments, Gregory. My shutter speeds vary based on the lens, and even though the lighting in this arena is 'steady,' the amount of light varies from place to place as well. My ISO varies from 3200-5000, aperture varies from 2.2-2.8, and shutter speed varies from 1/800-1/1250.

Hey thanks, Jerry. I'm looking for variety within a lot of 'sameness,' so I appreciate the comment.

Bill and CW: Thanks for your comments.



Jan 21, 2013 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


very nice Russ, like the beam work, I see a different angle to try next outing.

Chris



Jan 21, 2013 at 06:33 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


A very nice set Russ, was figuring you were there. You may have run into a photog named Cordell shooting for WVU??


Jan 22, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Always a pleasure to view your Gymnastics work Russ!


Jan 22, 2013 at 03:02 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Gymnastics: Utah's First Home Meet [More Images]


Every time I return to FM the first place I go is Sports to see if you have posted another gymnastic series. Finally another!

Beautiful work with really different angles in these series. Along with the everything else I'm always impressed with the quality and consistency of your colour. How do you set white balance? Does it change for different parts of the gym?
Do you ever use Auto ISO?



Jan 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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