Philly and New York in Boston

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 17 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Corner Play

Big tournament coming up this weekend, just had to post a shot from the ESPI last year in Boston.

Timing is really the big thing in polo photography, and I would guess in sports photography at large. Waiting for things to line up just right or the pivotal moments of crashes or goals. This is one such moment. Three handsome fellas have, for some fraction of a second, aligned themselves in a quite epic and tense way. I don’t recall cropping this photo, but it’s possible.  I only say that because the ball is ever so perfectly in the bottom right corner. Just a tiny dot really, and yet it’s the object of all three of their desires.

So looking further into this, a whole additional dimension of seeing it has to do with visualizing the next seconds after it was shot. Was there a crash? Who got the ball? How did they avoid hitting that cone that is clearly in their way? Were they all going the same speed, or did Man Center dart in there with great speed with a guarantee of passing them up to grab the ball?

Away from the action there’s also some fun details. Notice the baseball player in the top left. The woman just looking at the players, seemingly bored. Most peculiar however are the crossed legs in the top right. There’s a definite casualness to them, just hanging out above the action.

Finally, I pulled quite a bit of the color out here. It looks like I also pumped up the blacks, a look I much prefer to simply boosted contrast. It mutes everything down a bit.

Bench Minor polo tournament, this weekend at Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side in MANHATTAN!

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