Week 2 In Reading

My second week at the Reading Eagle was a bit more eventful than my first. I got to shoot my first minor league baseball game, toured the National Museum of Clocks and Watches, witnessed the process of tagging endangered Peregrine falcons, and covered the Pennsylvania state high school track and field meet, among other things. 

Shooting the track meet was probably the highlight of my week. I went into it thinking that it'd be a piece of cake... after all, I've shot track plenty of times before, how could this be any different? I was wrong. I was instantly overwhelmed the moment I got there. The night before, I planned what kids I needed to shoot, where I needed to go, what times, etc. But when I got there, I realized that I'd planned everything the wrong way. So I got to the media tent, sat down, and went to work on figuring out a new schedule and new system for myself to follow. After that, it went smoothly. On Friday, I got a great photo of a long-jumper from Berks County (where the paper is located) who won gold. It ran on the first page of the sports section the next day. I also met a lot of photographers from other papers at the meet, which was really cool. So many of them were helpful and friendly, which you don't always find with photographers.

I showed up on Saturday ready for another day of excitement and good photos. But when I got there... I realized that the monopod that I had grabbed that morning was broken. So I wouldn't be able to use the 400mm lens that I brought with me. After a small panic, I calmed down and realized I would just have to deal with the other equipment I brought with me. I shot all of Saturday with a 17-35 and an 80-200. If there's anything I learned this day, it's that you can't be afraid to get in close to the action.

Here's some photos from the week:

Catherine Harentz, 11, takes off during the start of the Girls on the Run race at Reading Area Community College on May 22, 2016. Harentz would go on to finish first. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Catherine Harentz, 11, takes off during the start of the Girls on the Run race at Reading Area Community College on May 22, 2016. Harentz would go on to finish first. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Alexio Kyoshi-Tuari Barboza receives his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Albright College commencement ceremony on May 22, 2016. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Alexio Kyoshi-Tuari Barboza receives his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Albright College commencement ceremony on May 22, 2016. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Graduates at the Albright College commencement ceremony on May 22, 2016, wait to receive their degrees. "I'm sew over it," reads one student's cap. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Graduates at the Albright College commencement ceremony on May 22, 2016, wait to receive their degrees. "I'm sew over it," reads one student's cap. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Ali Speiss discusses a portion of "A Passage to India" with her classmates during their senior Honors English Class at Wyomissing High School on May 23, 2016, in Wyomissing, PA. Sam Gust, Amanda Bollinger, and Paul Feightner are pictured in the background. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Ali Speiss discusses a portion of "A Passage to India" with her classmates during their senior Honors English Class at Wyomissing High School on May 23, 2016, in Wyomissing, PA. Sam Gust, Amanda Bollinger, and Paul Feightner are pictured in the background. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Adam Harris, of Alicante, Spain, teaches a class on how to identify counterfeit watches at the National Clock and Watch Museum on May 23, 2016, in Columbia, PA. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Adam Harris, of Alicante, Spain, teaches a class on how to identify counterfeit watches at the National Clock and Watch Museum on May 23, 2016, in Columbia, PA. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Jailissa Cruz (left), 8, and Ashley Vega (right), 14, try to pull Nayeli Vega (middle), 14, into the water at the splash pad at Yarnell Park on May 26, 2016, in Reading, PA. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Jailissa Cruz (left), 8, and Ashley Vega (right), 14, try to pull Nayeli Vega (middle), 14, into the water at the splash pad at Yarnell Park on May 26, 2016, in Reading, PA. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Art McMorris, a Peregrine falcon specialist from the Pennyslvania Game Commission, examines the wings of the nestling falcon during the banding of the Peregrine falcons at the Callowhill building in Reading, PA, on May 25, 2016. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Art McMorris, a Peregrine falcon specialist from the Pennyslvania Game Commission, examines the wings of the nestling falcon during the banding of the Peregrine falcons at the Callowhill building in Reading, PA, on May 25, 2016. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Caption/Description: A close-up of a nestling Peregrine falcon during the banding of the Peregrine falcons at the Callowhill building in Reading, PA, on May 25, 2016. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Caption/Description: A close-up of a nestling Peregrine falcon during the banding of the Peregrine falcons at the Callowhill building in Reading, PA, on May 25, 2016. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Mike Semery, of Ontelaunee Township, reads names on the wall of veterans at the Veterans' Memorial Ceremony on May 26, 2016, in Robesonia, PA. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)

Mike Semery, of Ontelaunee Township, reads names on the wall of veterans at the Veterans' Memorial Ceremony on May 26, 2016, in Robesonia, PA. (Reading Eagle: Sarah Stier)