Something a little different. I had never even been to any kind of fight before, let alone shot photos of a fight. I figured the lighting and the movement couldn’t be THAT different from concerts, which I have plenty of experience doing… (as seen HERE, of course). I was somewhat right. As far as setting my camera’s ISO/aperture/shutter speed and following moving subjects to focus, it was similar. But behind my camera at a concert, I feel the music and let the beat and the energy of the performers direct my shoot a bit. In this case? I felt like I was missing opportunities for good shots, because anytime anyone got a good punch or kick in, I’d pull away from my camera and cringe. Some of it was painful to watch. I’m sure the fighters involved would love to remind me that I don’t have any idea what true pain is, so I’ll just stop talking now.
The fight took place at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach on February 19, 2012. Although the event was made up of several fights, I was there to focus on getting photos specifically of Joe Miller of Dynasty Martial Arts & Fitness – fighting Muay Thai against opponent Kegan Otey. The fights are made up of 3 rounds, but I quickly realized that when I’m behind the camera concentrating on photos, I’m not seeing the fight objectively enough to have any idea who’s in the lead. Not that I know enough about fighting to know who should win anyway, but in this case, I’m glad it was Joe – it made the concluding photos that much happier.