Category Archives: sports action photography

Glory Days

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Images, editing and design by Joyce Meyer. Baseball action image by Kelly Sayler.

The class of 2018 is cruising down the home stretch and ready to complete their final lap.  Be proud of your glory days as they represent a time in your life that can never be repeated. You are probably in peak physical condition due to the rigors of training along with youthful resilience, and have shared bonding experiences with teammates you have probably known and played alongside since elementary school.  When this time comes to an end you may feel an unusual combination of accomplishment and sadness.

Are we really saying farewell to the glory days? You couldn’t forget these experiences and memories if you tried. Rather, it’s a time to say to yourself, Wow, wasn’t that incredible?

To quote football coach, Lou Holtz:  The answer to three questions will determine your success or failure:
1 – Can people trust me to do my best?
2 – Am I committed to the task in hand?
3 – Do I care about other people and show it?
If the answers to all three questions are yes, there is no way you can fail.

So, be thankful for the experiences, apply the lessons learned and make sure to find a way to make the future even better than the past.

 

Adventures of Digital Photography

I had no plans of creating the final composite product when I shot these images, but sometimes things just develop and ideas flow.  Hmmm. What if…? 

Three rambunctious boys ride their scooters down my driveway.Kruse-3056Swap images in to add their sister and improve expressions. Kruse-3056sw2Add a colorful sky scene I captured in the Pyrenees back in 2014 (Looks like the South Dakota hills).2014Camino-1060917dmvpaintPRINT Road dust colored in by using Photoshop brushes and finished it off with Topaz edits.KruseComposite3cr_vibgrtFinal product: The Dusty Sunset Gang!

 

Gateway to the West

It takes a little bit of crazy to ride those bulls!

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Image and design by Joyce Meyer

Image captured during the 2017 Gary Rodeo located on the west edge of Gary, South Dakota.

Through the eyes of a turtle

Attach a GoPro Hero 2 camera (Redneck style) to a Turtle shell and you have a whole new way of looking at life. Images and video captured with the GoPro camera mounted on the turtle during the Gary, South Dakota July 3rd, 2015 Turtle races. GoProTurtlecr

Below is a short slide show put together on iMovie and uploaded to Youtube including a video clip featuring the results…

The Last Wildcat “Swish”

It was a warm, summer day as my mother accompanied me on a trip to a little South Dakota town just across the border from Minnesota.  A job interview was scheduled for a teaching position and the day resulted in a job with a new life living in a small, farming community.

Yeah, I can see myself doing this a couple of years…  which stretched out to 26 years plus additional substitute teaching years.

It was an emotional ending for the last Grant-Deuel High School sporting event held in the Revillo, South Dakota gymnasium. I listen for that memorable roar of Go, Big, Blue!,  smell the fragrant concession stand popcorn and gaze at the sea of blue and white filling the stands… now merely memories of days gone by.

Blessed be the memory…

 

 

 

 

 

One net, one volleyball

2014GDVB-3788pl…but so much more.

2014GDVB-4054Dig deep.  Practice makes better, but you will rarely be perfect.

2014GDVB-4020Help set others up to experience success.

2014GDVB-4065You play as a team, but sometimes you may be the one needed to keep the momentum going.

2014GDVB-0059popWhat it takes is all you’ve got.

2014GDVB-3792pl50Be there for each other.  Being positive moves us further in life.

2014GDVB-0061plWe all have our roles to play, focus on what you can control.

2014GDVB-3821Meet opposition and challenge straight on.

2014GDVB-4027Things may not always go your way.  Pick yourself up and move on.

2014GDVB-3897Listen.   Everyone has something to offer.

2014GDVB-3889Know that you have done something good in the world.

2014GDVB-3935Appreciate your fans. It is an opportunity to bring family and friends together.

Seniors… buckle up, it’s about to get nostalgic. Remember these walls that have soaked up your pain and exhaustion and know that you’ve learned to win and lose with dignity.  

Now, take a deep breath and  enjoy the ride with Wildcat pride in your hearts…

2014GDVB-0010… while the band plays on.