My good friend Mike and I were speaking to a friend of Mike's who is the Journalism teacher at Richardson High School and he wanted us to come in and work with him on lighting up their gym for athletic events, and shooting games.
We were planning on doing a 3-light setup, with one light being on the wall behind the goal, and the other two either side of the gym aimed back towards the basketball goal. However, as we were setting up the light behind the goal one of the players came over and seemed very unhappy about the fact that a light was going to be going off in his face. So, we took it down so as to avoid being told we could not shoot at all.
After a few test shots with the 2 lights, we more or less had the light that we wanted, and the game started. However, after shooting the first quarter, we decided it would be better to have a 3rd light for fill. During half time we snuck the 3rd light back up to where it was originally, and went back to our shooting positions. Nobody said anything to us, and our photos were lit much more evenly.
Once I had tried to capture a few action shots I remembered why my camera was not necessarily the best suited for fast action sports photography! So I got a bit more creative with it.
One of the players is 17-year old Dominique Dorsey. At first you wouldn't notice anything about him that is different other than the fact that he is one of the team's better players. But you would quickly pick up on the fact that there is something amazingly special about this young man. He was born with meromelia (a medical term describing absence of part of an arm or leg).
When we heard that he was one of the best players on the basketball team at RHS, we had to set up a quick session with him. Unfortunately, it was between the JV and Varsity game, in the locker, and we only had about 4 minutes before all the players and coaches were breathing down our necks to get out of the way so they could change and get ready.
I did manage to squeeze this shot out though. And we are already working on getting Dominique for a more serious session, hopefully with no one waiting impatiently for us to get out of their way!
The Dallas Morning News came an visited RHS a few weeks ago and did an interview with Dominique. To read it, click here
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