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.

Before and After

I took this picture five years ago at Butchart Garden, Victoria. It was the beginning of my photography adventure. I did not know much of anything. It is a sharp picture from a quick walk-by snap. Below is the original, completely unedited. I like the colors and contrast, but it is not my style, and it does not illustrate the cold and gloomy winter day.

And yet Winter does not need to be downcast and lifeless either. When all the bright colors are released, to me, the image does not lose its luster either. I can ‘smell’ the fresh ‘snow ‘, and the ‘wash-down’ exquisite details seem to be contrarily rejuvenating.

Art is created to play your mind, and so mine is played by myself, too.