Sunday, August 21, 2011

Boerne-Champion, TMI and University of Incarnate Word...Busy week

Busy week with University of Incarnate Word (UIW) pre-season practice and scrimmage on Tuesday, followed by Boerne-Champion girls varsity volleyball vs MacArthur on Thursday. Then finished off the week with TMI's first scrimmage of the season against Sabinal. Great action and afternoon light for both TMI and UIW.

Lots of photos....check them out at SA for a few selects or the whole take at

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Football - Boerne-Champion, Burnet & Fredericksburg Scrimmage

Busy morning with the Boerne-Champion Chargers, Burnet Bulldogs and Fredericksburg Billies all scrimmaging each other at the BISD stadium.  Freshman and JV went first, then they let the varsity work the field. It was interesting to see how quickly the coaches and teams could move on and off the field, not to mention some in-your-face coaching after each play.  Cool stuff and more photos as always at Ralph Mawyer Photography....or, if that's easier to remember. ;-)

Some of the players are getting regional exposure when select galleries are posted on  SA

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Boerne-Champion Football and Special Guest

I was shooting Boerne-Champion Chargers pre-season training this morning and was watching a really fast, fit female runner circle the track and thought to myself...what is this gazelle doing here?  Turned out it was Maggie Vessey, 800M qualifier for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Korea.

Maggie is posing with Boerne-Champion Head Track Coach Steve Pena. Vessey, a California native, is training in South Texas for the heat. Vessey recently qualified in the 800m for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Her time of 1 minute, 58.86 seconds was the eighth fastest time in the world.

As far as the boys go, it was a cloudy morning and only in the low 90s, so I guess that made it easier.  Look at their faces and decide for yourself...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Volleyball - Boerne-Champion vs Edison

As much as I struggle with poor light in high school gyms, sometimes there is a ray of hope.

Nikon 70-200/2.8, 1/800 @ 3200iso

The first high school sport of the 2011-2012 school year is volleyball and is only played by girls in Texas.
Gyms are tough to shoot in, though Boerne-Champion is better than most, particularly this time of year with a bit of daylight coming in the large upper windows. It does make white balancing tough with multiple light sources, but this can be fine-tuned during post-processing of the client's order.  You can see the selects from the Boerne-Champion vs San Antonio Edison varsity and JV games at Ralph Mawyer Photography.

Just a reminder but you can also find my website at and beginning with this set of games you will be able to see select photos of all the games I shoot on SA, the hub for San Antonio area high school sports scores and stories.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

You can never have enough (Think Tank) bags

I have a ton of Think Tank gear and love it, particularly the waist belt bags, i.e., Modular and Skins.  I use both of the kits below, not only for sports assignments, but for travel also.

Think Tank just announced a sale on the Modular and Skin bags today with 20% off.  You can always get their gear through their link on this blog and get a free small bag in the process, but these are pretty special deals...and you still get the small free bag.

Here are the direct links if you're so inclined.  For that matter, I've probably got a few of the Urban Disguise bags for sale, listed on the right in my Recycle section.t