Three months ago, I started taking sports photographs for the first time. And I’m talking real photographs with a real camera to show the real world … not iPhone pics of my grandkids playing soccer that only my family sees.
And after trying to shoot all 22 of our Whatcom County boys and girls high school basketball teams this season, I have a renewed appreciation of professional photographers. It is REALLY hard to get really good shots that capture an important moment or emotional expression … all in focus.
Maybe not surprisingly, my average of “in focus” shots to the number of pictures I took was about 1 in 10, which is even below my high school batting average.
But there are professional photographers who do this for a living (or at least a side-living) and one of them, Will Rice, has been a great supporter and helper of Whatcom Hoops.
After meeting him at a Squalicum game, we hit it off, and Will began covering a few games for Whatcom Hoops and offering his photos to be published for free. And remember, he’s a professional photographer, not an amateur like yours truly so that was a very gracious offer.
So, I’d like to encourage all you basketball fans to take a look at Will’s pictures, especially those from the state tournaments last week. I’ve included a few here, but you can see a lot more at his Will Rice Photography Facebook page and find out how you can purchase them for yourself.
I also want to put a plug in for nwcathletics.com and nwbathletics.com. The two websites provide not only scores and standings from the Northwest Conference and 1B Northwest League (thank you, Mark Martin), but photographs from professionals like Will and my former Herald colleague Dave Willoughby.
So enjoy these “in focus” memories from this season’s great players, coaches and moments. And if you want to support Will and Dave, so much the better. They deserve it.
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.