Photographers often find themselves in strange positions. Onlookers cannot see what the photographer sees through his or her viewfinder and often does not understand why this person is laying upside down in the dirt or standing on anything around them trying to get the camera as high as possible.
I have had pretty much every action questioned by a confused bystander.
Most photographers focus on the action of the game, worried about missing that perfect frame of the athlete flying through the air. I am more attracted to the candid images, the images that show the athlete not just the game.
During a lacrosse game I photographed last weekend I found myself spending an entire quarter photographing players coming in and out of the penalty box.
My favorite image of the game came from halftime. The athletes allowed themselves to return to the normal kids they were and all just collapsed on the ground and started joking around. Made for an interesting image.
Until next time, take care!