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September 30, 2007

DC United Explode Beating Toronto FC, 4-1

For the first 40 minutes of play there wasn't much to cheer about as Toronto FC led 1-0. That all changed after Marc Burch (4) scored his first major league goal to tie the game. The others that scored were Fred, Jaime Moreno, Luciano Emilio. The win keeps the United four points ahead in their play-off chase.

Today's game was a night game so I was struggling as many of you do with the delicate dance between ISO, shutter speed, and aperature. I shoot primarily with a Nikon D200 and have recently been playing around with the auto ISO and noise reduction settings in camera after a suggestion of a friend that shoots a lot of low-light stuff.

I had used the auto ISO settings a while back in my D70 but it just wasn't satisfactory. The D200 however handles higher ISO settings so much better.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Fred #7 of the Washington DC United celebrates following a goal against Toronto FC at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC September 29, 2007. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

I was bummed when this bicycle kick just sailed inches above the goal.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Christian Gomez #10 of the Washington DC United attempts a goal against defender Tyrone Marshall #14 of the Toronto FC at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC September 29, 2007. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

The crowd was rocking, as usual, espcially the la Barra Brava a highly organized fan club of the DC United. I really like the following shot. One of my favorite things to shoot is filterd light, in this shot you have the stadium lights streaming through the waving flag.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: Members of la Barra Brava fan club of the Washington DC United celebrate during the soccer game with the Toronto FC at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC September 29, 2007. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

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Posted by Allen Clark at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2007

First Night At The Cap Center

It was fun to get back into the hot seat to start shooting hockey again. Even the photographers appreciated the pre-season game to work through some of the cobwebs of shooting such a fast sport as hockey.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: Goalie Olie Kolzig of the Washington Capitals prevents a goal by Scott Walker of the Carolina Hurricanes during during a NHL hockey game on September 25, 2007 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allen Clark/OffWing)

I typically have more decent pictures to pick from but the shots were just not there Tuesday night. My total number of shots were down and I really had only 3-5 pictures relatively decent.

One of my goals for the evening was to try a few different things that I might incorporate later in the season, so I think this had some affect on the number of keepers that I had. It is of course fun to take a good picture, but I also really enjoy pushing myself to try different things and then learning from the good AND bad shots.

See more photos from OffWing Photo by visiting our Photoshelter gallery.

Posted by Allen Clark at 02:02 PM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2007

Welcome To OffWing Photo

Welcome to the newest of OffWing's blogs.

visiting our Photoshelter gallery.

OffWing Photo will focus a bit more on the photography of OffWing. We would like to share some of what we have learned and the resources that we turn to.

I have been very fortunate to team up with my long time friend Eric McErlain who started OffWing.. It is amazing to think that OffWing is nearing its first year of original photography to accompany the stellar original editorial.

More later after tonight's match-up between the Caps and the Hurricanes.

Posted by Allen Clark at 03:36 PM | Comments (0)