I can Master(s) this

After looking at some photos of the Masters in photo class earlier this week, it made me want to look up some photos on my own. I came across some pictures I really liked. I only wish I was this good at photography! Maybe someday.. Practice makes perfect.

This picture (below) was my favorite. It’s a picture of Bubba Watson who was this years winner of the Masters. I love his white outfit in contrast with the dark background. I also think the lighting is great. There is sunlight hitting his right side which make for a great photo.

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger

The picture below was another picture I really liked. I think this was a great action shot and the photographer really focused on Bubba’s face and follow through swing. My photo teacher is always telling us to get closer! This is a great example of getting close. You can tell it was taken with a long lense because the background is very blurry.

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger

Bubba Watson of the United States hits an approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images)Photo by Adam Wenger

My other favorite picture was when Bubba reacts to winning the Masters. I love how this picture captured the audience’s response when Bubba made the last winning stroke. Bubba, in a sense, melts in this picture when he does win in sudden death.

Bubba Watson of the United States reacts after winning his sudden death playoff on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters Tournament by one stroke at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photos by Adam Wenger.

Bubba Watson of the United States reacts after winning his sudden death playoff on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters Tournament by one stroke at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger.

I got all these pictures from the website called Zimbio: Bubba Watson Masters Photos 2012

Let the games begin!

This past Spring Break I drove home to Pa. I also drove up to Connecticut to visit my boyfriend and watch one of his hockey games he had that weekend. Whenever I go to his games I always bring my camera and try to practice taking pictures of a fast moving hockey game. Ever since I got my long lens I’ve been using that so I can really get into the action of the game! I actually found an article that talked a little about hockey and lighting and the technique the photographer used compared to what technique I used. Click here for the web article. The photography in this article used flash which I didn’t. He also gets on ice level but I was up in the stands because I couldn’t get into the penalty box. I also used a fast shutter speed and after going through all the pictures I did take from the game I realized I could have been on a higher shutter speed. The picture pasted below is one of the many pictures I took at his game. The game was at the Freitas Ice Arena on the University of Connecticut campus against Canisius College.

This photo is of UConn #16 Billy Latta fighting for the puck against #27 Logan Roe. Photo was taken on March 3, 2012 by Samantha Nugent.

This photo is of UConn #16 Billy Latta fighting for the puck against #27 Logan Roe. Photo was taken on March 3, 2012 by Samantha Nugent.

The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation’s Bowling Event

The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation hosted a bowling event for underprivileged kids at the Downingtown Bowling Palace on March 10, 2012. Henderson High School volunteers who are a part of the foundation’s Warrior Guide Club volunteered and mentored the kids during the event. About 70 or so children from Chester were present at the event with about 90 high school volunteers. During the event there was bowling (of course) that all the kids participated in. Before feeding the kids and mentors pizza, there was a big ‘dance party’ and all the kids and mentors danced together. They formed a dancing circle and a bunch of kids went into the center and showed off their moves! There were also line dances such as Cotton-Eyed Joe and Electric Slide. Towards the end of the event everyone was given cupcakes for desert. After the event was over the kids got on their designated bus and headed home. It was a really great event and really gave everyone a chance to get to know each other! The Hicks’ Family, who formed the foundation after their son and brother died a year or two ago, were extremely pleased with the event.

We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher

This past weekend, a bunch of other students and I went to a USC softball game and took a ton of pictures. We met our teacher there as well as another professional photographer, Rebecca. She really helped us learn a lot. I learned what pictures a newspaper editor would want as well as the pictures you should take just incase you ever need one. I took about 400 pictures total in about 3 hours! I had such a great time and really learned how to shoot sports. Thanks to Professor McGill, I learned where to anticipate the play. I got to experience using a 400 mm lenses which was so exhilarating! One photo we were told you must have is called a “Fuzzy Bunny”, where you get behind the home plate and focus on the pitcher. I also took some photos of girls batting. We were told you always want to get the ball in the shot! Well let me tell you, that ball is hard to get in the picture when its going so fast!! We were also told you must have a picture of the opening pitcher. I got some really awesome pictures of the opening pitcher from different angles. There was also this raised deck type area behind the outfield fence that we could go on and take pictures. Lastly, we were told you always want action photos such as a girl sliding into the plate or someone tagging them out. The best pictures are with two players from the opposing team as well as the ball. One last tip we were told was to always get the program when you arrive to the field and to take pictures of the scoreboard throughout the game so you know when certain plays happened during the game. I’m excited to go try to shoot some other sports!

Photo was taken by Samantha Nugent during a USC Gamecocks softball game on February 11th, 2012. USC Catcher trying to get Western Kentucky #22, Tiffany Gooch out at home plate.

Photo was taken by Samantha Nugent during a USC Gamecocks softball game on February 11th, 2012. This is featuring USC's starting pitcher #80 Audrey Broyles.