The Marin Catholic Wildcats defeated (49-0) Fort Bragg in the North Coast Section Division IV quarterfinals last Saturday.
As usual, the Wildcats were outstanding. Fort Bragg coach Roy Perkins complained that playoff officials unfairly forced his team to play Marin Catholic, a team that according to him should have been assigned to a different and stronger playoff group. “We’ve got a kid with a broken leg and a kid with a knee injury because we are on the field with a team that we should have never been on the field with.” (Marin IJ, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015) I found it interesting that a high school coach would be so openly critical of another team, even blaming Marin Catholic for a broken leg.
These are some of the photos of the game, taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M1, using an Olympus Dot Sight. I had never heard of this gadget until a couple of weeks ago. It allows a much wider view of the playing field. A second advantage is that the photographer has an uninterrupted view of the action, unaffected by blackout (flicker) when shooting at 10 frames per second.
The Wildcats will host Moreau Catholic in the semifinals this Saturday.
Many more photos are at VarsityPix.
The Marin Catholic football team won its last two games by large scores: 40-0 against Drake and 55-7 against Tamalpais high school. Here are some of the photos, again shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera and Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 lens.
I only mention this because pundits never recommend this combination for sports photography. But as you see, it can work. I only wish I had better sun.
More game photos are at VarsityPix.
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Here are a few photos from Marin Catholic’s last two football games. The Wildcats beat San Marin 41-7 and Justin Seina 26-8.
I normally use a Nikon D4 for sports, but last week decided to try my Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Nikon was feeling heavier and heavier as I’ve been getting older and older.
I put an Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 lens on the camera and took my chances. I didn’t know what to expect because commentators don’t recommend this combination for sports. I was surprised by the number of in focus images.
Marin Catholic plays Drake this Saturday, and I’ll try the Olympus again. Hopefully, my luck will hold out.
As always, many more game photos are at VarsityPix.com.
Here are some photos from Marin Catholic’s first two football games this season. The Wildcats lost their first game to Cosumnes Oaks 0-20 and defeated Menlo-Atherton 42-3.
Marin Catholic plays St. Ignatius this afternoon in San Francisco. Sadly, I won’t be there because I’ve found it increasingly difficult to drive in heavy traffic.
Bill Schneider with be covering the game for VarsityPix, and as always he will post many excellent photos to his website.
Rica and I visited the San Francisco Zoo Tuesday, and I thought this was a good place to try my new Olympus 40-150mm telephoto lens with a 1.4 teleconverter. This combination provides a maximum focal length equivalent of 420mm, a good reach for sports photography. The Marin Catholic High School football season begins soon, and my thinking is that if this combination can reasonably compete with my usual Nikon D4 setup, I’ll have much less weight to lug around of the sidelines.
The results seem promising as you can judge from these photos. My only concern now is whether my little camera’s continuous focus can satisfactorily track football action. From what I’ve read, this Olympus combination won’t come close to my Nikon D4’s performance, but we’ll soon find out. Marin Catholic opens its season against Cosumnes Oaks on August 29th.
If you’ve been following this blog you know that the Ritter Center in San Rafael is one of my favorite organizations. The Center serves a wide variety disadvantaged people, including the homeless and families living on the edge of absolute poverty. A good description of the Center’s work is on its blog.
Recently I did a series of portraits of Ritter Clients. My little Olympus OM-D E-M1 did a good job of it. Bloggers who write about photography like to say it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer. But sometimes it is the camera and beautiful subjects. All I did was push the button.
Look closely and see the beauty in their souls.