The Four Corner Feud roller derby tournament
Colorado Springs
February 22, 2009

Over the weekend, Colorado Springs hosted a roller derby tournament between teams from the western US. The Pikes Peak Derby Dames asked me to photograph the final two games of the tournament on Sunday night. It was a fun experience for me, and I found my adrenaline pumping as I sat courtside, watching them sail past me.

I don’t know much about roller derby, so someone please correct me if I get the information wrong here. I believe that the first bout of the evening was between Duke City Derby from New Mexico, and the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls from Denver.

If you’d like to buy any of my photos from the tournament, you can order them here: Complete set of derby photos

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Re: Wow

Thanks so much Caitlin/Muffin! I’m really glad you liked the photos, and I hope to do it again!

I actually shot these photos in monochrome, but usually I shoot in color and convert later. My favorite b/w tool is one of the Totally Rad Actions by Doug Boutwell. I love his “Bitchin’ BW” action from the first TRA set. You can find TRA here: http://www.gettotallyrad.com/ Tell them Charlotte sent you!

Re: Small World!

Oh how cool! I wish I’d known you were there, too. I remember you, though! I guess I’ll have to come back and do it again sometime. 🙂

You’re very welcome! I’m really glad you enjoyed the photos!

I can see you really enjoying it. 🙂

Thanks! I used a Canon 5D with a 135mm f2 lens. I used manual settings, mostly ISO 1600, 1/640, f2, AI Servo, monochrome. I hope this helps!

I’m so glad to hear it, thanks!

Re: Slammin’ and Jammin’

Thanks, Thumper! I have very little experience in sports photography, so this was a fun change for me!

Wow

Beautiful work. I love all of these. I hope you continue to shoot the Denver leagues!

-Caitlin, aka Muffin, aka the girl in the first shot!

Wow

Beautiful work. I love all of these. I hope you continue to shoot the Denver leagues!

-Caitlin, aka Muffin, aka the girl in the first shot!

Just out of curiosity, how do you convert photos to black and white? I’ve tried a couple different techniques and all of my b&ws come out so flat. We haven’t really covered the conversion in any of my classes. How do you do it?

Just out of curiosity, how do you convert photos to black and white? I’ve tried a couple different techniques and all of my b&ws come out so flat. We haven’t really covered the conversion in any of my classes. How do you do it?

These are fantastic! Great job capturing the action in these!

Small World!

Charlotte!
I wish I had known you were there taking pictures because I would have come and introduced myself. I’ve seen your posts on the DWF and am a portrait/wedding photographer too!
My “real” name is April O’Hare, but I play roller derby too (skate name is Winona Fighter) and skate for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. I’m in photo #9.

Anyway, these look great. That first shot of Muffin is really beautiful. Roller derby is such a hard sport to take pictures of. I have only tried once and it was a long time ago. I’m going to have to give it a go again sometime soon.

Anyway, just wanted to say HI!

Small World!

Charlotte!
I wish I had known you were there taking pictures because I would have come and introduced myself. I’ve seen your posts on the DWF and am a portrait/wedding photographer too!
My “real” name is April O’Hare, but I play roller derby too (skate name is Winona Fighter) and skate for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. I’m in photo #9.

Anyway, these look great. That first shot of Muffin is really beautiful. Roller derby is such a hard sport to take pictures of. I have only tried once and it was a long time ago. I’m going to have to give it a go again sometime soon.

Anyway, just wanted to say HI!

Charlotte, Thanks so much for coming to the tournament! We always love to see your photos! And you were correct…this bout was Duke City from Albuquerque and Rocky Mountain from Denver.

~Cherri Springer PPDD

Charlotte, Thanks so much for coming to the tournament! We always love to see your photos! And you were correct…this bout was Duke City from Albuquerque and Rocky Mountain from Denver.

~Cherri Springer PPDD

Awesome! I really want to see the DC Roller Girls, but I keep having stuff scheduled at the same time. I’ll get there someday! 🙂

Very nice photos. What equipment were you using for this. I’m very interested in developing my own skills as a photographer and would love to know what lenses and settings you were using to achieve these.

these are so much fun! love it!

Slammin’ and Jammin’

Fun stuff! Quite a change of pace from your normal wedding/portrait shoots. Sports photography is a whole different game from portraiture, and you pretty much nailed it. Your versatility never ceases to amaze me! 🙂

You kind of need to have Jim Croce’s “Roller Derby Queen” playing in the background when you see these pictures. 🙂

Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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