In Sync

In Sync. No, not the boy band.

My girlfriend is involved in synchronized skating. Typically, its about 18-22 women on the ice doing the exact same thing for 2-3 minutes. Think synchronized swimming, but on ice (and no nose plugs). When we first started dating, it was a new thing for me. And in the ensuing years, has become very interesting, and I’ve become totally involved. I’ve learned the lingo and know my “chaussay” (that’s the phonetical spelling) from a “mohawk”.

I also have become the unofficial photographer of the team. That is, I shoot the team photo and their practices, and the occasional competition/show.

When I started shooting the shows, I was diligent in culling the not-so-great shots from the cool ones. I was told they want all the shots. But, I countered, some aren’t great. You want the great ones. I quickly learned, that they want them all for training purposes. Those shots show where members are out of step, and where to improve. So I’ve eased on the culling. But (shhhhh), I still remove the odd one. I will take on the course of a 3 minute program, about 250 shots. They don’t need each shot second-by-second. That’s what video is for.

This shot isn’t the team. Its a different team. They recently did a showcase, and the first few teams up I shot to get my metering and focus set for their performance. But looking through the shots, I like this one. Not that the shots of our team weren’t great, the dress, the pose; everything just fit.

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Its actually the very end of their program. Watch for it, I’ll probably put something up from the Green Machine team later on.