Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines (2013) - I shoot sports for the first time and it’s quite challenging.
Last Friday night, November 29, I received a text message from a photo editor of a local online news website. I know that this has to be important, an assignment perhaps. It could be an assignment next day that has something to do with the commemoration of the 150th birthday of Andres Bonifacio. I began to read his message. Nothing mentioned about the commemoration, instead he asked me if I’m interested to cover a sporting event. A basketball game to be exact. It’s a benefit game for Yolanda victims spearheaded by basketball player Kiefer Ravena and news reporter Mav Gonzales.
I’ve never covered sports before. But really I wanted to try it out. So I agree to cover the event. The photo editor further told me that I do not have to worry about the writeup as I was already assigned for a writer. Good! All I have to do is shoot whatever the writer needs.
I arrived around 11:30am at the venue, Ateneo’s Blue Eagles Gym on Saturday. I was 30 minutes early from our call time. I was also the first from the media that went there. I texted the photo editor to inform him that I was already at the venue. He just gave me the number of the writer so I can just talk to him directly. The writer just told me what images he needs. Fans, organizers, the venue, other activities during the event, and off course never forget the actions from the ball game.
I already have some couple decent photos of organizers, fans, celebrities, side acts, etc… that the writer might just need. Just more photos of the game and I can call it a day.
I was already prepared to take photos of the game when everything has changed. The game started out late that afternoon and all of my shooting preparations for that game didn’t turned well according to plan. Behind my viewfinder, I did not expect that the action in the ball game happen so fast. I tried to take several shots and reviewed it in the LCD screen of my camera. It was quite disappointing, most of the photos were either out of focus or the subject was not in the frame.
I know I must have something to do about this or else I will surely be in a deep shit. No excuses. The writer and the photo editor expect me to give them an output. So I just tried my best efforts. Later did I realized during the second half of the game what I needed was to anticipate every actions the player might do next, where should he pass the ball, would he be shooting at a distance or doing a slam dunk, details like that. After that realization, I was able to take some good photos somehow.
It is really challenging for most of us to do the things that we have not done before. Even if we have that knowledge sometimes it does not meet our expectations. I’ve learned my lesson from this experience. Never be afraid to take chances. If we fail on something we must move on and make things right.