Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Man! This guy can jump!

UNF's 2012 indoor season concluded with the Embry-Riddle Indoor Outdoor Challenge in Daytona Beach.  How's that for a name?  About the most blatant oxymoron I've ever seen... an indoor meet, outdoors!  Funny.

Anyway, had fun shooting the event and watching the guys and gals run and do their thing.  At the end of the day, the high jump event started.  Doesn't get much better for taking pics... high jump set up directly into the setting sun... clear day... perfect light.  I was stoked about taking pics.  Some of my favorite pics are high jump pics, particularly when you get someone that really knows how to do it.  The head snaps back and the body contorts into an impossible arch... it just doesn't look possible, especially frozen in time. 

I wasn't expecting too much.  UNF hasn't really had a good jumper since I've been watching.  But, up walks this tall lanky feller with a UNF jersey who I've never seen before.  The kids started their warm-ups and jumpers were struggling to make it over the warm-up height.  Then this new UNF kid walks up to the bar, takes two steps, sissors the bar and lands standing upright in the pit!  Huh?

My favorite aspect of the photo above isn't the wonderfully contorted body, or perfect light, but the reflection of the setting sun in Steve's sunglasses.  Very subtle, very cool.

Needless to say, I was impressed!

Check out the shadow in the pic below.  Sun is right at horizon.

Equipment:  Canon 7D, 28-135mm IS/USM.  Top pic taken at 35mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-200.

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