Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 243: In The Neighbourhood

Spent the day canvasing a local neighbourhood with Eugene Loo as he continued his campaign for Toronto City Council.  Below are some other shots from the day.

Day 242: Ultimate Mondays

As if a weekend full of softball wasn't enough, there's also the usual Ultimate Monday, although this game would be the closer for the summer season.  More after the break.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 241: Community

The end of the line: CCSA finals.  Had you asked me at the beginning of the season whether or not this team was going to make it all the way, I'd have answered no given the new influx of player.  However it seems the exact opposite happened, and the good chemistry between the younger and older players were certainly a significant contributing factor in the team's success.

Standing in their way though would be the Beatitudes, the veteran team from a few weeks back that has consistently been finishing in second place the last few years.  Standing behind Ekklesia though would be the massive ET community, many of whom came out to support their beloved team (as illustrated in the photo below).

In the interests in speeding this up though, I'll spare the gory details and just go on to say that Ekklesia got pulverized.  The team managed to hold their own the first two innings - long enough for the first score update via twitter had them in the lead - but failed to produce any significant results during the mid-game.  A late-game surge did occur with Ekklesia managing to string together a couple of runs together, but by then it was too little too late, as the Beatitudes had already built up a considerable lead.  Below are a few additional frames from the third-base line, where I camped for most of the game.

If you ever look at most second place teams in the sports world, you'll often be met with an array of disappointed faces and tears.  Not the case with Ekklesia.  On the contrary, if you showed up to the field right as the game ended and only had the fan reaction to gauge off of who won, you might've thought that Ekklesia had finished on top. 

Despite the loss, the Ekklesia fans erupted in a series of loud cheering and chanting that seemed to go on forever.  Hugs, waving arms, high-fives.  All from a community brought together via their support for one another.  The cheering and such eventually also culminated in a makeshift mosh-put near the dugout.

I barely had time to even fire off a team photo.  LOS issues were preventing good ol' CLS from working out, so I had one severely underexposed photo to work with of just the team (hurray post processing), before the fans literally charged home plate en masse.  Below is the result.  Organized chaos, but to be honest I don't think I'd have it any other way.

And yet, after all was said and done.  There lay an empty field.  Albert Kong and I were the last ones to leave.  Another season over, as we left the lights at Wigmore Park one last time for the summer.

Day 240: Swinging For The Fences

T'was the last CCSA weekend of the summer.  A double-header the "only" thing standing in the way between Ekklesia and a shot at the finals. 

Unlike the previous week, the weather decided to be cooperative with nothing but clear skies and bright sunshine, which meant for a dry field no fear of a sudden downpour drenching my equipment at the hands of Mother Nature (I suppose someone could still empty their cooler or water bottle on me).Both opposing teams played quite well, and made for some very fun shooting.  The high-noon sunlight seemed to work out pretty well - part of me likes to think that the light-greyness of the gravel helped to fill in some of the shadows caused by said sunlight.  In any case, it made for some very clean shooting.  Hovered around ISO 200 the whole day and managed to maintain 1/800ish to 1/1000th shutter speeds (often times even faster) that I liked, all at f/4.  Both games were pretty seesawish for a few innings, though eventually Ekklesia managed to pull through both games with a fairly decent lead.  With that, they'd be advancing through to the finals - a first for some.

During the lull between the games, the team took some time for an "awards ceremony" in which every member of the team was handed a certificate (such as the one with team member Hazel and her niece Noriko) highlighting some sort of an inside joke or reference during the season.  Work on the certificates was spearheaded by Grace and John.  They were also kind enough to make one for me as well, much to my amusement.  Hurray for the "My camera is worth more than my butt" award! :~)  

Lots o' sun, lots o' photos too.  Shot around 650 frames on the day, condensed to a little under 200.  As there are way more photos than I could possibly write about, I shall keep this post condensed and leave you with a bunch of photos throughout the day.

Day 239: Go West

UPDATE: So, it has been a while since I last updated this blog - school and TEDx seemed to have sucked away a fair amount of my time, as well as Starcraft II, a real-time strategy game that I've picked up over the last few months.  Rest assured, there are still pictures and certainly many more posts in store.  Lets see if I can get caught up before the end of the year.  Only 130ish posts. :) 

Perhaps one of the challenges that I've always faced in life was breaking out of a comfort zone. I imagine the fear trying new things stems from my low tolerance towards receiving criticism (despite my tendency to run my mouth and criticize; something I used to do quite often, and still periodically do).  Thus I was kind of floored when ETCBC/Turn2's James Lau asked me if I wanted to go shoot a city hall wedding out west in Mississauga.  Part of me wanted to say no, but I figured that backing out would probably regret at least not trying. 

To my relief, I was not heading out there alone.  Will Loo - another member of ETCBC - was also on board doing some video work for the couple (Tom & Robin).   We arrived on time and the shoot went off without any significant snags or hitches.  Nothing mind blowing went down.  Just some group photos and candids of the event.  Personally thought I could've done better, but that's generally always the case and it's all good so long as the bride, groom, and in this case James are happy with the results.

On a personal level, weddings were definitely not my thing (though the day went well), and will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future with the exception of perhaps assisting.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 238: Practice Thursday

(Nikon D90, 35mm DX, f/2.8, 1/30, ISO 1600)

The last Practice Thursday post for the year.  It's been a good run, and a long one at that.  The usual practice with folks going over their drills and some such.  Once again, I shifted towards doing some video stuff rather than shotguning in more photos than I really needed to have (I promise I'll get around to editing that soon).

(Nikon D90, Sigma 70-200 II @ ~200mm, f/4, 1/1600, ISO 200)

Took note of the nice clouds towards the latter end of practice.  Did not take note of my ISO rating.  D'oh.  Well, still looks pretty.

(Nikon D90, 35mm DX, f/2.8, 1/2000, ISO 1600)

Shortly thereafter, we departed Warden Park for the last time this season.  Big weekend posts coming up  soon.

(Nikon D90, 35mm DX, f/2.8, 1/2000, ISO 1600)

Day 237: Just Keeps On Goin'

(Nikon D90, 35mm DX, f/2.8, 1/1000, ISO 200)

Been sidelined by school.  Photography has pretty much ground to a halt for the most part with the periodic blip here and there.  

Likewise (as I'm sure you've noticed) blog posts have just kept on piling.  Went downtown on what should've been a day off, to attend a TEDxRyersonU marketing team meeting.  Not too much to talk about, as it was pretty brief.  Got on the bus at the right time though, as it started pouring about ten minutes in.

Keeping this one short.  Tomorrow would be Ekklesia's last practice.  

More to come.