I had the pleasure of spending yesterday evening with a group of photographers granted media access to the Texas Roller Derby match between the Cherry Bombs and the Rhinestone Cowgirls at Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin. I had visited a match once before and realised that it would make a great photographic opportunity so it was great to return with a camera.
The only real disappointment in the evening was the state of the lighting in the event center. On my previous visit, there had been a rock-concert-like lighting rig above the track and light levels didn’t appear to pose a problem. Yesterday, however, that rig had disappeared and we were left with the hideous mixture of tungsten and flourescent offered by the unaugmented event center lighting. As a result, ISO was high the whole evening but at least we did manage to use a bit of fill flash to brighten the faces a bit.
I have more images coming up so I’ll add a bit more information about the game in the descriptions of those pictures. For the meantime, though, here is Cherry Bombs jammer Sacrilicious bombing around the banked curve as she races to catch up with the rest of the pack.
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