February Picture Gallery
Each month it is a good exercise to review and pick through what I think is my best work. Compared to rowing which offered a very immediate feedback good or bad, success or failure photography is different. I enter the NPAC Western Clips contest each month because I’m motivated by being ranked. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment if a photos is chosen but more importantly it gives me a sense of motivation deep in my stomach very similar to how I felt after losing a rowing race if one is not. When that happens it is always best to reflect on what you can do to be better next time than complain about others and what they are doing to impede your progress.
There are six categories and although I gravitate towards sports I try my best to improve my skills in all categories by watching and listening to what expert photographers around me are producing. It is even a skill to pick the right category for a photo to be entered in as sometimes the lines can easily be blurred.
Spot News – News pictures of unplanned events. Examples include, but are not limited to, accidents, fires, disasters.
General News – Coverage of events for which advance planning was possible. Examples are news conferences, demonstrations and protests. Spot news that develops during the course of planned events should be entered in Spot News.
Feature – A photograph depicting a found event or scene not arranged, planned, orchestrated or created by the photographer.
Sports – Sports action or sports feature images depicting a competitive sport.
Portrait/Illustration – A controlled situation intended to clarify or dramatize a preconceived idea. This includes, but is not limited to, posed portraits, food photography, fashion and images that are manufactured or altered.
Multi-Picture – Two or more unique pictures depicting an event or story. Examples include photo-essays and ongoing series. Weak pictures may be eliminated from a published series or essay. A series of related pictures published in more than one month may be entered as a single entry for the month concluding the series.
Camosun Charger Rachael Bakker #24 lunges for the ball against Quest Kermodes #4 Jordin Wilkinson during a PacWest Women’s Basketball regular season game at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence in Victoria British, Columbia Canada on February 6th, 2016.
Team Canada and Team Brazil lineup for the singing of the National Anthems prior to an Americas Rugby Championship game being played at Westhills Stadium in Langford B.C. Canada on Feb 20, 2016.
A Saanich employee snaps a smart phone photo of an excavator as it hauls a derelict yellow-hulled sailboat that washed up on Cadboro Bay beach during the early December storms on February 16th, 2016.
Canadian Rugby player Gradyn Bowd passes the ball while being tackled by Brazilian Daniel Sancery during a Americas Rugby Championship game being played at Westhills Stadium in Langford B.C. Canada on Feb 20, 2016.
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development plays a trombone during Family Day activities at Cedar Hill recreation centre on February 8th, 2016.
Rogers Hometown Hockey hosts Tara Slone and Ron MacLean sit inside a rain soaked mobile studio truck during the final moments of a game between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks being broadcast from Ship Point in Victoria, British Columbia Canada on February 28th, 2016.
A seagull stands on top of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Broadcast centre during a game between a Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks game being broadcast from Ship Point in Victoria, British Columbia Canada on February 28th, 2016.
Victoria Royals Defenceman and captain Joe Hicketts puts his hip into Edmonton Oil Kings captain Brandon Baddock during a game at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia on February 9th, 2016.
SPORTS (sorry Coleman)
Victoria Royals goaltender Coleman Vollrath watches as the puck slips past his glove as Kamloops Blazer Matthew Campese scores his teams third goal of the game at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria British Columbia on February 20th, 2016. Unfortunately for the Blazers three goals is all the would get as the Royals beat the 6-3.
Victoria Royals goaltender Griffen Outhouse runs onto the ice prior to the teams Pink in the Rink game fundraiser at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia on February 19th, 2016.
A young girl rides a zip line at Cadboro-Gyro park on February 16th, 2016. The park is popular with children due to its large concrete climbing structures, in the form of an octopus, a large salmon, a tugboat and the local Cryptid, the sea monster Cadborosaurus.