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: