Inspired by Sports

Winter lingers. Spring is still soaked in the rain. It has been a long waiting for the flower buds to pop and the migrating birds to be back. So a non-sports fan went to an indoor  basketball game…

Almost  all  sports  are  surrounded a  ball,  the  player’s  target. When  we  have  a target,  we  can  better  focus  on  our  effort  and move  straight forward  to  reach  that  goal.  I am constantly chasing that ball in my life. So much to do and to learn, but I need to grab that ball.

The girl on the upper right is elected as the player of the year. She demonstrates a strong confidence and determination wherever she goes. I am from a culture which promotes humble virtue. It is exciting for me to witness what confidence can accomplish.

I like sports photography for the speed, the spontaneous body movement and  the ever-changing choreography besides the lines and the curves. On this note, that serves my interest in anything with an art form.

Have not written for a while, I did not expect to be inspired in something (a NCAA women’s basketball game) I am not really interested in.

Basketball – candid shots

Action and motion. Speed, spirit, and sportsmanship.  These are the elements drew me into sports photography at the beginning.

Not a sports fan of any kind. I know basic rules of each game, but my mind is mostly set on capturing the moments of action and excitement. The facial expression of the athletes is what interests me. Under pressure, determined to win, never give up till the last minute. When there is time to shoot a basket, there is a chance. The players have no time to fake a smile or sneer, and all we see are honest and natural expressions. When the background is often crowded with people, black and white seem to illustrate the content better.