Pikes Peak Derby Dames

Hang Ten

Hang Ten

Cherry Springer of the Pikes Peak Derby Dames Slamazons hugs a curve during a bout with the ICT Roller Girls on 8/28/10. Crank up your sound and click this link to view a slideshow of images from this match: http://youtu.be/9Lz-5sMlxY0

This image was edited only in Adobe Camera Raw. I made basic adjustments and reduced the noise.

Pikes Peak Derby Dames vs. Castle Rock ‘n’ Rollers

Pikes Peak Derby Dames vs. Castle Rock 'n' Rollers

This photo was taken during a match between the Pikes Peak Derby Dames Slamazons and the Castle Rock ‘n’ Rollers. I chose this image to be the photo of the day because the look on Lauren’s face (upper right) is priceless.

I edited this image only in Adobe Camera Raw, making basic adjustments, reducing noise and increasing sharpness.

Pepper Slay

Pepper Slay

This shot was taken at my second roller derby bout on November 11, 2009. Kellie LePage aka “Pepper Slay” of the Pikes Peak Derby Dames Candy Snipers is being introduced to the crowd during the opening ceremonies.

I made basic adjustments to this image in Adobe Camera Raw, then used the HSL tool to reduce the saturation of the greens and yellows to make the reds stand out. I added a little pop with the exposure tool in Photoshop.

Pikes Peak Derby Dames Slamazons vs. 10th Mountain Derby Dolls

Pikes Peak Derby Dames Slamazons vs. 10th Mountain Derby Dolls

I’m back to shooting roller derby after a couple-year hiatus now that I have upgraded to a Canon 6D. I was pushing the limits of my previous camera (a Canon 40D), so I’m excited to see what the 6D can do in poor light with high-speed action. So far I am impressed.

This shot was taken during a game between the PPDD Slamazons and the 10th Mountain Derby Dolls on March 8th, 2014 at the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a 70-200mm 2.8L at ISO 10000, f4, 1/500 and no flash. It was processed in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.

Photographing roller derby is a difficult because of the speed of the skaters, but in this particular location the lighting poses a great challenge. Because of the fast shutter speeds and the cycle time of the lights, the color is constantly shifting. I even have photos where half the frame has a green cast and half has a magneta cast.