I've never been a huge soccer fan, but my experience at Jeld-Wen Field, shooting alongside the Timbers Army may just change that.
Shot my first MLS soccer game and had the opportunity to go along with Oregonian staff photographer Thomas Boyd as a second shooter for the game — Portland Timbers versus the LA Galaxy. The atmosphere at the stadium was intense and awesome and it was a really great experience for my first game.
I thought I shot alright, nothing amazing — I get really nervous about shooting sports lately, for whatever reason, and it seems to be getting the best of me. Maybe it's because I haven't shot it regularly since high school football season. Something I'm hoping to work on.
I feel like lately that sports photography has been put on this crazy pedestal in my eyes. I feel like I get plenty of stuff that would run in the paper, but nothing that I look at and go, "Holy crap!" Maybe contests have ruined sports photography for me. It's gotten down to where if I don't think it is portfolio-worthy, I just don't care about the sports images I shoot. Probably not the best attitude and something I really need to sort out.
Anyway, the Timbers lost to the LA Galaxy 5-3. But I still got to look at David Beckham, so it was bittersweet.