Next up was Sat. morning soccer games for my niece (who is in 2nd grade) and my nephew (who is in Kdg.). I hadn't planned on going to the games, but when I woke up Sat. morning (at a much more reasonable time than my work days!), my brother had sent me a text with the game times. It was absolutely beautiful outside, so I "threw myself together" (sunglasses hide all evils, and a pony tail is acceptable for Sat. morning, right?!) and headed over to the first game. My nephew was out there giving it his all! He is a serious little athlete and was in control of the ball many times during the game. I shot these photos with the telephoto... the kids are just too far away for anything else. What does this mean? Well, it means things are definitely NOT going to be crispy sharp. I just have to accept that going in. The sun, while beautiful was really harsh. I got some great shots, but really had to work on them in photoshop due to the shadows.
Finally, I finished up the morning with my niece's game. She is also a "serious" athlete NOW... and I say "now" because when I used to come to her games, she would stop playing and pose for pictures in the middle of a game! It was really funny and I have some great pictures of her posing in front of the goal post. When she was really little, I remember her running off the field in the middle of the game because she was hungry and wanted a snack (smile). The sun was at a better angle for her game and I didn't have to work so hard in photoshop when I edited her photos. You can tell she was playing her heart out and having a great time!
So, by Sat. at noon, I had hundreds of photos in my camera... and yet, I wasn't done. ...but I'll save the next photo adventure for the next entry. For now, I hope you enjoy the pictures below... even if they are all, what I would call, "learning" photos! I learned a lot trying to get the right settings to capture those moments!