Who knew you could play beach volleyball without a beach? Today I went to Barn Elms with Christiana, Ana, Froso and Xenia to photograph them playing. After some adventure on the way we finally made it there. The weather was great for photography, a bit of cloud cover to soften the sun.
Getting the right shot during a game is tricky, but fun. I’m right now looking through the photos, and writing this as I go. What I see is that getting the combination of correct focus, great facial expressions, movement, good composition and the ball in the photo is akin to winning the lottery. You need to buy a lot of lottery tickets to get a win, and it might help to have a pair of scissors to cut a few lottery tickets together to produce the right combination of numbers. The jackpot is getting an aeroplane in the shot as well. Heathrow was not far off, so there were low-flying aircraft coming in to land. This material has so much potential. Looking at these photos I find myself with a big smile on my face time and time again. They were having so much fun.
Okay, after stepping away from the blog I am now back to writing. The photos are edited, and I just want to write a few more lines. This was a very fun way to spend a Saturday. The girls were cheering each other on, and I tried to capture it with photos where they cheer, smile, clap their hands and help each other up from the sand. The following day Christiana and Xenia played in a tournament, fingers crossed that it went well!
I wanted to capture a glimpse of the camaraderie that I saw on the field. So while there are quite a few action shots, my focus was on getting their reactions between the balls. It should perhaps not have come as a surprise that beach volleyball is played on sand. I had brought along my three lenses, but in the end I only used the 50 mm for all my shots. Even if you try to stay clear of the sand, it will find a way onto your camera, so be careful! It was a great day and we ended it with dinner at Liverpool Street before I had to head back. A big thank you to the girls for inviting me along!