Last Saturday, February 4, I shot a small Tae Kwon Do tournament, and board breaking session at Clarington Martial Arts in Bowmanville, Ontario!
My client was my former swim coach, from back in the day. She required some fresh photographic material for the Clarington Martial Arts website.
The entire day was a lot of fun. It really challenged me, as a photographer, which is fantastic. Firstly, it was a challenging space to shoot photos in – odd lighting, lots of mirrors, and lots of people on the periphery.
I was also shooting with my brand new Canon 7D. After one week with it, wasn’t as familiar as my old Rebel Xsi. That said, it’s an amazing camera, and I’ll quickly become as comfortable with it as I was with my old camera.
I’m really pleased with a lot of the photos that came from the afternoon. Here’s a sample of a sparring photo. I snapped this one of brothers, Malcolm and Marshall, having a round in the ring together.
As a martial artist myself, it was a lot of fun to be in that space taking pictures. It was also a lot of fun taking pictures of the younger kids sparring and breaking their first boards. What they lack in strength and coordination, they more than make up for in intensity!
Using the Canon 7D’s extremely fast continuous shooting, I took a great series of one of the junior instructors at Clarington Martial Arts doing a spectacular wall flip. I wish I had used faster shutter speed, but I do like this picture all the same.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check my Flickr photostream. I have a few other shots from Clarington Martial Arts, and many more.