Look to the sidelines in sports photography
Sports photography is about much more than the action on the court or playing field. I’ve often found the most compelling images from any given game, match or contest to come from the reactions of players, coaches, supporters and other spectators. No surprise there. Emotion is a big seller in sports photography, whether it’s a sideline reaction (the 2012 OSAA 5A boys high school basketball state tournament above) or an on-court response to a big play.
I took the time to shoot more of these types of shots at this year’s OSAA class 5A basketball state tournament at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. Not only did the brand new arena provide top-notch professional lighting, the heightened atmosphere of the state tournament meant reactions were never far from bubbling to the surface. Below are a few of my favorites from the tournament, held March 7-10. All the photos here were shot for Eagle Newspapers and the Wilsonville Spokesman.
At the top is Wilsonville (Ore.) High School’s bench in a state semi-final loss to league rival Milwaukie. Shown below is a pair of Milwaukie players celebrating a tournament win; Wilsonville’s Sione Kauhi; Wilsonville boys coach Chris Roche; the Hermiston High School girls bench in a season-ending loss; Wilsonville girls coach Cindy Anderson; Anderson again; Springfield High School girls All-American Mercedes Russell; the Springfield student body in a win over Wilsonville in a girls quarterfinal matchup; Wilsonville’s Grant McNiel; the Milwaukie bench celebrates a semi-final win over Wilsonville.