Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball Surprise

Charlotte Rollin Bobcats wheelchair basketball

Charlotte Rollin' Bobcats wheelchair basketball

Photography, as with life, is full of surprises and I was priviledged to experience a pleasant one a few weeks ago. Triad Trackers Wheelchair Basketball team played an away game against Charlotte Rollin’ Bobcats at the Academy Rec Center in Concorde, NC. I arrived at half-time of the 1st game of a double-header. After setting up the camera, with fast zoom lens and tripod, I took a few shots, but soon realized the lighting was impossible. Bright sun was shining directly through a row of skylights along one side of the Rec Center, lighting the court from one end to the other with blinding rectangles of light and leaving the rest of the court in seeming darkness.

Triad Trackers wheelchair basketball

Triad Trackers wheelchair basketball

I packed my camera away thinking that was the end of my day, photographically speaking. But then I noticed the bright areas were slowly creeping across the court towards the bleachers on the opposite side.  I waited patiently for the hot spots to move off the court. This didn’t happen until the 2nd game, but when it did the most amazing indoor lighting fell into place. For more than half a game the effect was like a giant diffuser giving me bright, soft, directional light instead of the fairly dull overhead lighting typical of an indoor court. I went ahead and covered the game in my usual way looking for nice action shots but with a bit more freedom than normal. Later while processing the images I was delighted to find a few gems that I wasn’t really expecting – portriats, in sharp focus and highlights in the eye.

See the rest of the pictures from this game.

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Duncan Moody
www.sabelaimages.com