Sarah Kominek is unreasonably scared of volleyballs
Shooting sports was the assignment I’d been dreading the most this semester. I’ve always had a fear of volleyball in particular, but this was the only sports assignment that fit into my schedule. I managed to keep myself from ducking every single time the ball only slightly flew in my general direction, but I wanted to and I did at least a few times. I don’t keep it a secret that I understand very little about sports, other than the basic appreciation of teamwork and camaraderie, and have very little interest in covering it as a journalist. With so little basic understanding of gameplay and terminology, I struggled to write captions for these photos as well.
Shooting the assignment didn’t seem difficult, with the exception of having a difficult time finding a correct white balance, but that was easily corrected in photoshop. I kept my shutter speed short to have stopped motion for the action and kept my ISO high as well. The biggest challenge during shooting was finding a good fan feature- there wasn’t a large crowd and they weren’t extremely reactive, luckily one man in the crowd brought some pom-poms and cheered often. I think what I learned the most about in this assignment was jumping through the hoops of finding a Wayne State game that was appropriate for photographing and acquiring the proper permissions.
All jokes aside, shooting this assignment wasn’t as awful as I was expecting it to be. I appreciated watching the players supporting each other and doing something they enjoy.
Fans cheering on Wayne State University’s volleyball team at the game April 7.
Teammates Grace Frazee, Ellie Rodriguez, Natalie Breault, Haley Tenelshof and Hailey Richardson pictured supporting their teammates during their game April 7.
Northern Michigan’s Kelsey Hackman and Tayler Smith, defend against Wayne State’s Hailey Richardson, Ellie Rodriguez and Haley Tenelshof at the game April 7.
Julia Malewicz of Macomb, Mich. listens to WSU volleyball head coach Tim Koth at the game April 7.