Tis the season to be busy and I’m not exempt from all the rushing about. I have two more sporting events to cover before heading back to Duluth for the Holiday break, at which time I will be occupied with family and frivolity. So, this will be my last post for 2015.
I want to take this moment to thank all the visitors to my personal blog, Northern Visions Media and also thanks to all who enjoyed my guest posts on Monochromia. And a special thanks to all who became new followers of my blog.
Wishing each and all a wonderful season of Light, may it shine on and in you. Blessings to all, Happy New Year!
Yesterday’s post highlighted the color images from the wrestling match I covered. Today I want to present others from the album in monochrome. The bright, direct light seemed a natural for converting the images and I think the result better conveys the drama of the matches.
Over the past year, in my work for Varsity Views, I have covered many high school sports; baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, hockey and track. Last night was my first opportunity to cover a wrestling match. For the most part, it’s a fairly easy sport to cover. Everything happens in a very confined space instead of lots of running around. The junior varsity match was held under normal lighting conditions for the gym, which is fluorescent lights. Not my favorite lighting, but it can be compensated for. However, the varsity match was very different. All the gym lights were turned off and the wrestling mat was lit with spotlights focused on the center of the mat. It gave the match a feeling that I would describe as part sport, part dance and part theater.
Of course getting to four state parks in one day required a bit of driving. I did my best to pick a route that would keep me off the freeways as much as possible so as to enjoy the beauty of the freshly fallen snow clinging to the trees along the road. Sadly, by the end of the day, the sun had melted most of it off the branches and even some of the snow on the ground. All in all, it was a wonderful day filled with new places to explore, many photos captured, a fair amount of hiking and a lot of fresh air. I drove through several small river towns, all in need of return visits with my camera. And with the sun setting in the west, I called it a day and headed back to have dinner, upload the day’s work and sleep knowing I had a grand adventure in the outdoors rather than a dismal day in a shopping center.