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

The final bout of the tournament on Sunday night featured Denver’s Roller Dolls against Colorado Springs’ Pikes Peak Derby Dames. It was exciting that the first- and second-place teams were both local! Denver won the final bout, making them the tournament champions.

Technical info: I took these photos with a Canon 5D and a 135mm f2 lens. For most of the photos, I set it at 1600 ISO, 1/640, f2, AI Servo.


The referee kicked out one of the Colorado Springs players for too many penalties…


… and this was her reaction.


Finally Denver’s Roller Dolls won the bout.


Denver’s victory lap.


The Pikes Peak Derby Dames with their second-place trophy.


The victorious Denver team.

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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I always see your wedding photos on reallifewedding and was stoked to see your watermark on the photos on DNN! The Colorado weddings always look like postcards with the mountains in the background. These are AMAZINGGGG!!! Please visit Boston and photograph one of our games.

Corianne (i posted here
aka, Anna Wrecksya, Boston Derby Dames

I always see your wedding photos on reallifewedding and was stoked to see your watermark on the photos on DNN! The Colorado weddings always look like postcards with the mountains in the background. These are AMAZINGGGG!!! Please visit Boston and photograph one of our games.

Corianne (i posted here
aka, Anna Wrecksya, Boston Derby Dames

Congratulations to the Ladies . . . nice pics as well . . . .

I think you’ll be thrilled with the ISO capabilities of the latest cameras. 🙂 But I’m still very happy with my 5Ds.

Yeah, I have a first generation digital. Now I just need to buy a new one. 🙂

Actually with the 5D, the digital noise is low in 1600. I definitely shoot at 1600 for print as well as web; in fact I often shoot at 3200, too. I have some gorgeous prints that I took at 3200.

Do you have one of the newer Canons or Nikons? The D3, D700, and 5DMk2 all perform even better than my camera at high ISO.

I’m glad I could be some inspiration to you at the wedding the other day! 🙂

I have teetered on shooting at ISO 1600. I read somewhere that the prints come out grainy.

However, I am curious if you shot 1600 because you knew it would mostly be for web based stuff and not print?

Either way, as always your pictures are fabulous. I photographed a wedding the other day with a friend of mine and I kept thinking “what would Charlotte do”. heh!

Re: These are great!

Hi Kirsten! Thanks so much for your interest in my photos. Showcasing Colorado Springs on your blog is such a great idea. I’d love to be a guest blogger for you. 🙂 Feel free to email me at charlotte@charlottegeary.com to arrange it, thanks!

Thanks, Mona! I’m glad you enjoyed them! It looks like a lot of fun to be on a derby team. 🙂

I shot primarily at 1/640, f2, ISO 1600. It’s not easy getting sharp photos when the subjects are moving fast and you’re shooting at f2!

These are great!

Hi there, I’m Kirsten. I love your work. These photos are exciting, they make you feel as if you are there! I would love to post one of your photos on my Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog. (www.coloradospringsrealestateinfo.com) My husband and I like to show folks why Colorado Springs is such a great place to live. All credit to you, and a link to your blog. We call it the “Colorado Springs Studio” on our blog, and have weekly posts of local photography showing off Colorado Springs. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

I’ve been a fan of your wedding photos for forever… and now DERBY! I play in Boston, and let me tell you, it is HARD to find people who can appropriately capture both the action and intensity of the sport. Well done!

Mona Mour
Boston Derby Dames

I used to coach the Atlanta roller girls and I have to ask, what shutter speed and f stop are you shooting at. I would guess f/2.8 or lower, but man I could never get such good lighting at the games. Also could be the rink we played at and or the fact you are an awesome photographer. heh!

Leaves me wondering, what the heck are the rules and the goal of this sport? I’ve got some Googling to do!

Leaves me wondering, what the heck are the rules and the goal of this sport? I’ve got some Googling to do!

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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