Beach Blast Gymnastics Tournament Comes to Monterey; Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics Team Portraiture

A floor exercise competitor finishes her event at the Beach Blast 2014 Tournament

A floor exercise competitor finishes her event at the Beach Blast 2014 Tournament. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

The Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics hosted their annual Beach Blast Gymnastics Tournament last weekend. The tournament was well-attended with hundreds of competitors representing several teams from California. Ken Doo Photography was the event photographer at this tournament, covering seven sessions over the two day competition. We focused primarily on the Beam and Floor exercise events.  Photographing the event was challenging with capturing moving gymnasts, low light and no flash (to avoid distracting competitors).

Catching air on the floor exercises.  ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Catching air on the floor exercises. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

 

Nearly seven thousand images were taken during the course of the event!  Event images from Beach Blast 2014 may be viewed and purchased online, or see www.kendoophotography.instaproofs.com  Each session (1 through 7) will have several galleries (A, B, C, etc.) to aid in viewing the events. All sessions:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are now complete with both Floor and Beam events online and available for viewing and purchase.   Each gallery is considered a separate “event” and purchases made using the online shopping cart will need to be completed before moving onto the next gallery or event.  Images online have not been edited or retouched. Selected images for purchase will be edited and/or cropped as needed prior to printing.

On the Beam. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

On the Beam. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

All purchased prints are quality guaranteed. Both print and low resolution downloads are available for purchase online.  Call the studio at (831) 626-1844 for different size options or special requests. A high resolution print CD/download option of all images taken of a single gymnast is available for purchase. Call the studio for details.  ken.

Head coach Jessica helping to set up the team.

Head coach Jessica helping to set up the team.

Just a month earlier, I photographed the Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics Team. Aside from the normal team and individual photos, the gym wanted a large group photo of the competition team to put on display.  The team was photographed with a Phase One 645DF and IQ180 medium format digital back, including the individual images with gymnasts flying through the air! The short flash duration capabilities of the Phase One IQ180 and leaf shutter lenses actually made it easier.

Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics. ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics. 30 x 60 wall portrait! ©2014 Ken Doo Photography

The final image was printed in studio and measures 30″ x 60″ . It was mounted and framed in a solid wood, matte black frame, and is currently on display at the Monterey Bay Academy of Gymnastics in Sand City, CA.  What a great way to build team spirit!  For more information about event photography or medium format digital portraiture, contact me at my boutique portrait photography studio in Carmel, CA or call (831) 626-1844.  Ken

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