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Pole Vaulting

The pole vaulting team at LA Valley College was kind enough to let my photo group take photos of them during practice.

It was certainly a new challenge for me. For one thing, most of my objects so far don’t move. Here you have super fast moving athletes who at times still came out blurry at 1/1000 sec. (Crazy!)

On top of that, I couldn’t fall back on my usual routine of framing my objects as tight as possible. When they were suspended mid-air, I wanted to accentuate how far they were from the ground. That means leaving enough empty spaces around the athletes to create that effects.

Overall it was a good practice. I certainly enjoyed it very much.

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