This is a photo from our medium format days. I really like reflections and I like photographing downtown so I went up on parking deck on Cherry Street and took this photo. The deck is right where Cherry Street meets Third Street. The photo shows what was once the Wachovia building and the BB&T building, which hosts the reflection of the Winston Tower, which used to be the RJ Reynolds building. I like shooting reflections as they can turn out very interesting and no better reflection can be had than off BB&T. Now that we are in small format, I look forward to doing this same shot in color at sunset.
In my opinion, there is nothing in sports more exciting than bicycle racing. These folks ride at 30 plus miles per hour, wheel to wheel, shoulder to shoulder. They must have the utmost confidence in those racing around them to compete at those speeds, riding that close. Just one slip up, one mental lapse, and it sounds like paperclips in a blender when there is a crash. I like this photo because of the line the racers create and the colorful uniforms of each team. I wish the background could have been a little nicer.
Lacrosse is a sport that I learned to appreciate late in life. It is one of the oldest games played in North America. Lacrosse had its originated in Canada by Native Americans and was thought to have been centered around the Great Lakes. Different Native American tribes would play each other and the matches could go on for days.
Lacrosse is a great sport. There is no other sport where a helmet is required and you carry a stick to either carry the ball or hit the opponent who has the ball. The rules state that a defensive player can use his stick to knock the ball loose from an opponent’s stick by hitting the opponent’s hands or stick. As you can see, there are times when the stick gets a little high. The rules also state there can be contact below the shoulders and above the waist. Body checking is allowed if done on the player possessing the ball and if it is done from the side or front, never from the back.
I like this photo because it shows the two styles of sticks used. The player on attack has a short stick and the defense has a longer stick. This is a good, legal defensive play.