It’s time for another round of soccer mom photos. Nick’s Richmond Kickers Central Fulham team defeated Kickers North 1-0 yesterday at Bryan Park.
My sports photography efforts continued to be plagued with focus problems. I struggle with trying to watch the game and look through the view finder. In my horse training/horse photography days, I could set up a static distance from where the horse would pass and get fairly close to the ideal focus. Even having watched years worth of soccer, my mental calculations about where the ball and the action will go are often not quick or accurate enough, and focus suffers.
Here’s a nice slide tackle by Nick. This was cropped out of an across-the-field shot and from a soccer mom point of view, it’s a good image to show him getting “all ball” in a strong defensive play. As a photo, it’s not sharp enough.
And as for moments in the game, this one may at first glance seem to lack the energy of the shots I like to post. This was just sort of in-the-trenches defense — the player in white had a close range shot and Nick was able to block and tackle here. It may not look dramatic to non-soccer folks, but I imagine it tells a story for our soccer friends.
UPDATE: I added a new picture from Saturday here.