Welcome to 2016

[just a tiny video I got to shoot for Paint.]

Welcome to the New Year.

The derby road show goes on and on. After all the great food of Milwaukee at Midwest BrewHaHa, can you say mac and cheese pizza and George Webb hash brown omelet, we headed to Feasterville which is somewhere near Philadelphia for the pool party that is East Coast Derby Extravaganza 2016. Next up: Men’s Roller Derby World Cup in Calgary, Alberta! shooting for Team France! [vive la France!] and Team Canada, eh?

Update! October 11, 2016. After the ride to Lansing, Michigan to shoot the D2 Playoffs for Tri-City Thunder and Calgary Roller Derby, it’s been the month of travel in September, taking the train to Montreal. Flying to Vancouver to shoot on behalf of VRDL, then back to Toronto then heading out to Madison to shoot for the Ohio Roller Derby in Wisconsin. The 2016 WFTDA International Playoffs are concluded thankfully, and the 2016 WFTDA Championships are ahead in November!

  1. January 20, 2016 – London – Forest City Derby Girls – Western Fairgrounds, Canada Building
  2. January 23, 2016 – Toronto – Toronto Roller Derby Season Opener
    Gore Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Betties/ Chicks Ahoy! vs. Death Track Dolls
    – The Bunker – Parc Downsview Park, Ontario, Canada
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/TORONTO-ROLLER-DERBY-2016-S10/ToRD-S10-G2-Chicks-Ahoy-vs-Death/i-7qMj9RZ/A
  3. February 6-8, 2016 – FULL CONTACT CONVENTION 2016 – ASB Stadium – Auckland, New Zealand —
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/Full-Contact/Full-Contact-QA/i-CMKKkGm/A
  4. February 10, 2016 – Auckland Roller Derby vs. Pirate City Rollers B – Auckland, New Zealand
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/Pirate-City/ARDL-vs-Pirate-City-Broadside-Br/i-wvwrgF8
  5. February 14-15, 2016 – BATTLE ON THE BENT TRACK – Henderson Stadium – Auckland, New Zealand
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/Bent-Track-2016/Smart-Gallery/i-ZLcZGTz
  6. February 29, 2016 – Tri-City Roller Derby / Royal City Brute-Leggers vs. Tri-City Roller Derby scrimmage – Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/TRICITY-THUNDER/Royal-City-vs-Tri-City-scrimmage/i-TR43wnq/A
  7. March 5, 2016 – Rideau Valley Sirens vs. Capital City Dollinquents / Rideau Valley Vixens vs. Capital City Dolly Rogers – Jean Marc Lalonde Arena – Rockland, Ontario, Canada
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/RVRG/RVRG-Vixens-vs-CCDD-Dolly-Rogers/i-HwwLWww
  8. March 19-20, 2016 – QUAD CITY CHAOS – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/Quad-City-Chaos-2016/G5-Lake-Effect-Furies-vs-ToRD-Al/i-mmRp5dP/A
  9. April 3, 2016 – 2016 Peach Cup – Los Conos vs. Molotov Girls – Ancaster Fairgrounds – Hamilton, Ontario
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/2016-Peach-Cup/Los-Conos-vs-Molotov-Girls/i-t2NMbF5
  10. April 9, 2016 – Tri-City Home Opener – Killer Cupcakes vs. Tri-City Junior Roller Derby / Venus Fly Tramps vs. Vicious Dishes – New Hamburg Arena – New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/2016-TCRD-Home-Opener/Venus-Fly-Tramps-vs-Vicious-Dish/i-h3S6FSk/A
  11. April 23-24, 2016 – Beast of the East 2016 – Arena St-Louis – Montreal, PQ
  12. April 30, 2016 – Tri-City Thunder vs. Ohio Roller Derby All-Stars / Tri-City Plan B vs. Ohio Gang Green – Ohio Expo Center – Columbus, OH
  13. May 1, 2016 – Tri-City vs. Detroit Derby Girls – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
  14. May 13-15, 2016 – Beaver Fever 2016 – Waterloo Memorial Arena – Waterloo, ON
  15. May 28, 2016 – Tri-City Roller Derby Juniors – Kitties vs. Puppies / Royal City Killer Queen vs. Tri-City Vicious Dishes
  16. June 3-5, 2016 – MidWest Brew Ha Ha 2016 – UWM Panther Arena – Milwaukee, WI
  17. June 17-19, 2016 – East Coast Derby Extravaganza – The Sportsplex – Feasterville, PA
    https://photos.smugmug.com/ECDX-2016/ECDX-2016-G4-Pirate-City-Lansing/i-Z4NjDZs/0/S/20160617_163423_DSC_3423-S.jpg
  18. July 16, 2016 -Vicious Dishes vs. Violet Uprising / Venus Fly Tramps vs. Killer Queens – Exhibition Arena – Guelph, ON
  19. July 21-24, 2016 – Men’s Roller Derby World Cup – Calgary, AB
    https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-FXwgwP/i-pjtTjn6
  20. August 6, 2016 – RVRG Home Team Championship – Slaughter Daughters vs. Riot Squad – Ottawa, ON
  21. August 13-14, 2016 – O-Town Throwdown – Jack Charron Arena – Ottawa, ON
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/O-Town-Throwdown/G2-Vancouver-Murder-vs-Ottawa-Sl/i-GRqWLS5
  22. August 20, 2016 – South Simcoe Rebel Rollers Sibling Rivalry 3 – Boneyard Betties vs. Ghoul Guides / Orangeville Misfit Militia vs. Toronto Outrage – Hollie Rec Centre – Barrie, ON
  23. August 26-28, 2016 – WFTDA 2016 International Playoffs D2 Lansing
    https://joemac.smugmug.com/WFTDA-2016-D2-Lansing/G1-Bear-City-vs-Tri-City-Thunder/i-Rv8sxzZ
  24. September 2-4, 2016 – WFTDA 2016 International Playoffs D1 Montreal
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    https://joemac.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumKey=XQdxCZ
  25. September 14-16, 2016 – WFTDA 2016 International Playoffs D1 Vancouver
  26. September 21-23, 2016 – WFTDA 2016 International Playoffs D1 Madison

We also got called upon to shoot a video for the Toronto based band Paint, something we have not done for a long time. The event was celebrated for the birthday of the Paint lead singer at Horseshoe Tavern on January 28, 2016. You can watch the video on YouTube on the link below.

https://joemac.smugmug.com/frame/slideshow?key=9KNnHN&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&speed=3&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=2

Charming

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One key to shooting is finding new perspectives or angles on looking at what is happening. However, sometimes you have that one spot where if you do move something always happen where you were. We were not moving. And it happened.

 

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Getting Hydrated – remembrances of a time ahead

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This time of year is the culmination of a year, a season, a thousands upon thousands of miles of travels. Carrying not just suitcases, but scary weights and amounts of dollars of camera, lenses, storage cards, lights, tripods, light stands, meters, computers, hard drives to store it all, trekking to bus stations, cursing at taxi drivers who overcharge at the airports, the Welcome to 2016 blog post elsewhere documents the sojourn of the loneliness of the long-distance photographer going to arenas, stadiums, indoor hockey rinks, warehouse, roller rink, school gymnasiums, anywhere with a track to be laid down or a space to skate. All the chill, all the heat.

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The WFTDA playoff season and moments like it is a peak, a goal for skaters and teams who dare to dream and enter into the field and mayhem of competition at the highest level and mayhaps capturing that elusive trophy. All those anything is possible desperation points and poodles.  The fans, the freaks, they come out at night. All the colours, all the chants. All the Wasatch.

For this photographer, it is the most terrifying time of year and most daunting. It is an isolating experience being on that track, vying to get that position, that lighting just so. Shadow and light. Contrast. The track is your studio.

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As was told to me, the photographer has to be there at the right spot with the right camera with the right setting at the right time with the right finger not just ready but pressed already at the right moment.

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There is no time to blink, no time to think. No time but now.

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This is their time. This is why you are here.

This is your time to catch their time. This is your time to be alive.

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The subtle clues to shooting Beast of the East

The year 2015 marked the fourth time we have headed to Beast of the East.

Along the way we can say there has been a drastic change in the experience of experiencing Beast of the East.

The first time in 2012 was a breaking new ground being associated with Hammer City Roller Girls at the time taking in all the tournament in its entirety in one big gulp. It was my birthday weekend, and my favourite team from the Queen City were taking on the New Skids on the Block. Montreal was an invincible league and the darlings of derby in Canada.

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The experience of experiencing Beast is one notch in the belt and something to stick into the holster.

Along the way of endeavouring to photograph derby is learning what to tune in and tune out. If your focus is shooting the superstars of now and the future the one thing you learn is to keep an eye on the benches and an ear to the announcer or announcing crew. If the announcer in your estimation is only there to rev up the crown and cheerlead and promote the sponsors and that is all they can do then you can tune those out. A skilled announcer covers the gameplay without being a homer. While they endeavour not to reveal the strategies of the team, a great play by play complemented by a call of names and actions by players and officials reveals what is going on and a photographer picks up on what to anticipate. A league such as Detroit with its stats crew provides their amazing derby announcers a lot of data for derby fans such as a jammer picking up her 700th point of the season or even how fast she was skating into the corner. A great announcer can pick up the referees signals and cue the power jam, a power start, and in general keeps the flow of the game going, and in turn the photographer.

All this is fuel for the photographer.

/…. more to come

Welcome 2015 – On the road again

Welcome again Gentle Readers! We are back for the new season ahead. Adventures await, whatever will be will be. There’s no fate but what we make ourselves.

The latest news from the road: We survived! Four WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Tucson, Dallas, Jacksonville, and finally Omaha is behind us. Ahead lies the 2015 WFTDA D1 and D2 Championships in St. Paul, MN!

Oh, and we have a photo on the latest cover of fiveonfive. Thanks Assaultin Pepa!

[Older news: We will also try to recap what was the best year ever that culminated with official photographer status with Team Wales and Blood & Thunder World Cup 2014 in Dallas, Texas!]

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Chicks Ahoy! and Smoke City Betties launch the 9th season of Toronto Roller Derby – January 17, 2015

  1. January 17, 2015 – Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs. Death Track Dolls / Chicks Ahoy! vs. Smoke City Betties – Toronto Roller Derby – The Bunker – Toronto, ONTARIO
  2. January 24, 2015 – Total Vicious Tramps vs. Hamilton Bombers / Plan B vs. Los Conos – Los Conos Roller Derby – Ancaster Fairgrounds – Ancaster, ONTARIO
  3. January 31, 2015 – Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Betties / Death Track Dolls vs. Chicks Ahoy! – Toronto Roller Derby – The Bunker – Toronto, ONTARIO
  4. February 7, 2015 – D-VAS vs. Fox Force Five [Orangeville Roller Girls] /BayStreetBruisers vs.TheBrute-Leggers [Royal City Roller Girls] – Toronto Roller Derby – The Bunker – Toronto,ONTARIO
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    The Brute-Leggers [pictured] vs. Bay Street Bruisers at The Bunker – February 7, 2015

  5. February 16, 2015 – Hamilton Bombers vs. Woodstock / Los Coños vs. Forest City B-Line Activate – Ancaster Fairgrounds – Ancaster, ONTARIO
  6. February 21, 2015 – D-VAS vs. Woodstock Warriors / Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore Gore Rollergirls – Toronto Roller Derby – The Bunker – Toronto, ONTARIO
  7. February 22, 2015 – CN Power vs. Lake Effect Furies [Queen City Rollergirls] – The Bunker – Toronto, ONTARIO
  8. February 22, 2015 – Toronto Junior Roller Derby – The Bunker – Toronto, ONTARIO
  9. March 7, 2015 – Orangeville Roller Girls and Toronto Men’s Roller Derby present : The Boys and Girls Clubbing – Orangeville Agricultural Centre – Orangeville, ONTARIO
  10. March 14, 2015 – A Decade of Derby: Ohio Roller Girls Welcome Tri-City Roller Derby : Ohio Roller Girls vs. Tri-City Thunder / Gang Green vs. Plan B – Ohio Expo Centre – Ohio Building – Columbus, OHIO
  11. March 15, 2015 – Ohio Roller Girls – Columbus, OHIO
  12. March 21, 2015 – Quad City Chaos2015-TorontoRollerDerby-ParcDownsview Park,ONTARIO
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    CN Power at Quad City Chaos 2015

    Quad City Chaos 2015 on Flickr

  13. March 28, 2015 – Winter Wipeout – Wellington Roller Derby – Mount Forest, ONTARIO
  14. April 11, 2015 – Roc City Roc Stars vs. Tri-City Thunder / Hamilton Harlots [Hammer City Roller Girls] vs. Plan B [Tri-City Roller Derby] – New Hamburg, ONTARIO
  15. April 18, 2015 – Grey Bruce Highland Dames vs. Niagara Roller Girls – St Catharines, ONTARIO
  16. April 24, 2015 – CN Power vs. New Skids on the Block – Arena St. Louis – Montréal, QC [tentative]
  17. April 25-27, 2015 – Beast of the East – Arena St. Lous – Montréal, QC
  18. May 8-10, 2015 – Beaver Fever – Kitchener-Waterloo, ONTARIO
    https://flic.kr/p/sqA3Gm
  19. May 16, 2015 – Superheros vs.Villains-TorontosaurusWrex [Toronto Junior Roller Derby] vs.FrogtownFallgirls [Toledo Junior Roller Derby] – Toledo, OH

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    Frogtown Fallgirls of Toledo Junior Roller Derby

  20. May 22, 2015 – Nickel City Alley Kats vs. Devil Dollies – Riverworks – Buffalo, NY
  21. May 23, 2015 – Area 705/Peterborough Roller Derby vs. The Decapulettes / Toronto Outrage vs. The Quadfathers [Utica ] – Douro, ONTARIO
  22. May 24, 2015 – Orangevills Black and White Spring Fling – Beginners/Intermediate, Co-Ed – Orangeville, ONTARIO
  23. May 30, 2015 – Killers Queens [Royal City Roller Girls] vs. TKOs [Tri-City Roller Derby] / Kingston Disloyalists vs. Vicious Dishes – Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex – Waterloo, ON
  24. June 5-7, 2015 – Midwest BrewHaHa – Milwaukee, WI
  25. June 13, 2015 – Hammer City Harlots vs. Capital City Dollinquents / Hammer City Eh! Team vs. Montréal Sexpos – Dave Andreychuk Arena – Hamilton, ON
  26. June 19-21, 2015 – 2015 East Coast Derby Extravaganza – Feasterville, PA
  27. July 11, 2015 – Tri-City doubleheader – Vicious Dishes vs South Simcoe Rebel Rollers / Total Knock-Outs vs Thames Fatales – Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex – Waterloo, ON
  28. July 18, 2015 – Montreal Roller Derby – Montreal Sexpos vs. Charm City Female Trouble / Montreal New Skids on the Block vs. Charm City Roller Girls – Arena St-Louis – Montreal, PQ
  29. July 19, 2015 – Charm City Roller Girls vs. Rideau Valley Vixens / Charm City Female Trouble vs. Rideau Valley Sirens – Arena St-Louis – Montreal, PQ
  30. July 25, 2015 – Misfit Militia vs. Toronto Outrage / Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs.  Striking Vikings – Orangeville Fairgrounds – Orangeville, ON
  31. August 8, 2015 – Tri-City Junior Roller Derby vs. Ontario Alliance / Venus Fly Tramps vs. Forest City Derby Girls – Waterloo Memorial Arena – Waterloo, ON
  32. August 15, 2015 – Splatterday Night Fever – Vicious Dishes vs. Kingston Disloyalists / Venus Fly Tramps vs. Kingston Skateful Dead – Kingston Memorial Centre – Kingston, ON
  33. August 20, 2015 – Ohio Roller Girls CT practice – The Warehouse – Columbus, OH
  34. August 22, 2015 – A Decade of Derby Season Closer: Ohio Roller Girls Welcome Naptown Rollergirls (Indianapolis) – Ohio Green Machine vs. Naptown Third Alarm / Ohio Roller Girls All-Stars vs. Naptown Tornado Sirens / Ohio Gang Green vs. Naptown Warning Belles – Ohio Expo Centre – Ohio Building – Columbus, OHIO
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  35. September 4-6, 2015 – WFTDA D1 Playoffs Tucson, AZ

    Tri-City Thunder vs. Terminal City

  36. September 11-13, 2015 – WFTDA D1 Playoffs Dallas, TX

    WFTDA D1 Dallas G1 – Crime City vs. Ohio

  37. September 18-20, 2015 – WFTDA D1 Playoffs Jacksonville, FL

    Steel City vs. Tampa

    WFTDA D1 Jacksonville G11 – Steel City vs. Tampa

  38. October 2-4, 2015 – WFTDA D1 Playoffs Omaha, NE

    Montreal New Skids on the Block vs. Gotham

    WFTDA D1 Omaha G6 – Montreal New Skids on the Block vs. Gotham

 

 

 

Salisbury rolls on at East Coast Derby Extravaganza

[Editor’s Note: The following words are the contributions of Adorabully and  Marv E. Lust, skaters from Salisbury Roller Girls I was capturing during the 2015 edition of East Coast Derby Extravaganza. Salisbury based in the state of Maryland made quite an impression after their first representation as an all-star team at ECDX. Adorabully and Marv provide their point of view of the current #104 ranked league in WFTDA. Adorabully starts with the background to Salisbury and Marv continues on.

Founded in 2010, the Salisbury Roller Girls have steadily evolved since its inception. The initial group of aspiring skaters have developed into an organization of over thirty dedicated female athletes. Since SRG’s first bouting season in 2011, they have proven to be an unstoppable derby force. The league consists of two teams, the All-Stars (WFTDA since 2013) and the Wicomikazis.

SRG All-Stars

In 2014, the All-Stars hard work and dedication was rewarded with an undefeated derby season. SRG is committed to empowering not only its own skaters by providing a positive and competitive atmosphere, but also supporting the community in which it calls home. The Salisbury Roller Girls feature and bring awareness to local charities and businesses during home bouts and throughout the year. SRG also provides a positive learning environment for its newer junior roller derby team, the Old Bay Bombers, ages 8 to 17. Salisbury’s current season is no exception to its evolutionary history, fighting hard in the WFTDA rankings and skating for the first time at ECDX and leaving with a 2-0 record and a record of 5-1 for the year.

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Salisbury Roller Girls Marv and Mortem at ECDX vs. Royal City

It was our first ECDX experience as a team playing on that track. We were very excited, nervous, and anything else you can imagine! We stuck together, put everything out on the track and proved who we were. As far as a derby community, we’re it! The next one is about an hour and some change away in Delaware.

[Ed. note:  Players from Salisbury were first seen on Friday, June 19, 2015 – the first day at ECDX – during the early morning and afternoon WFTDA Referee and NSO clinic being held at the Feasterville Sports Arena. After a brief lunch break at noon, all the referees and NSO were back on the track for what felt like the world’s longest scrimmage lasting well past three o’clock. Marv was an eager part of the action even with two bouts ahead on the weekend with Royal City [SRG coming out ahead 328-245 on Saturday, then victorious over Connecticut 302-204 on Sunday.]

I  jump at any opportunity to skate. I try to get to as many scrimmages as possible. I participated last year as  well. The first half was regular derby, then the second half was shenanigans! We were told some things and others we would just make up and see what would happen. I had a great time!

What sort of town is Salisbury?

Salisbury is definitely a college town so we try to gear towards the younger crowd. We are always at events around town, art crawls, guest bartending, local concerts. We support giving back and believe we need to make a strong appearance in order to get our names out there.

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Salisbury is not a feeder league.

We have actually recruited more people if anything. We acquired two great jammers from Southern Delaware, and a phenomenal player from Jacksonville, and another solid blocker from Arizona. People move here for family and end up with us. Charm City is 2 hours away, which would really be the only other WFTDA league in consideration. We had one girl transfer to Charm but only skated one season I believe and retired.
We have great retention. For instance, I would say 8 of the 13 all stars have been there since the beginning. Along with some Wicomikazis who have been there at least two to three years.
We have 5 main coaches who alternate nights. They’re usually the ones going to places like North East Derby Convention, the conventions that are centered around coaching and learning. As I mentioned I go to as many scrimmages as I can. Aside from wanting to play as much derby as possible I enjoy them to learn new things. We encourage everyone to speak up if they find a different way to do something in a drill.
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Salisbury vs. Royal City at ECDX 2015

I knew we were strong and played well together, but ECDX really solidified that thought. We went out there to win and made them play our game. Just like any time there were moments where we needed to get it together. Moments before the start of our second game a key player was injured. That really pushed us to win. I do think hivemind exists. You become so in tune with your teammates that you don’t need words. Sure, we still yell plays but we know what works and how to fix it if it isn’t working.

I think there are definitely different strategies that work for different teams. We know what we need to so to execute a play but if the opposing team is countering that strongly we know how to combat it. But that doesn’t mean it will work for a different team. We could switch plays with another team and still tweak what they do same as what they’d do with our plays. The game is constantly evolving which is what makes it so amazing.

Salisbury was just steps away from making D3, but there’s next year. Thank you so much Marv and Adorabully!

The next bout for the red hot All-Stars from Salisbury is July 18th against Garden State. The next home dates afterwards are with Lehigh Valley September 26 then a feature rematch from ECDX against Connecticut October 4.

For more information about SRG click here at Salisbury Rollergirls.

Moving on forward

Guess I’ll always have to be
Living in a fantasy
That’s the way it’s got to be
From now on
You think I’m crazy I can see
It’s you for you, and me for me
Living in a fantasy
From now on

Sounds like a Supertramp song from days gone by, does it not?

It has been a noble privilege to have been amongst the derby leagues of this province, country and the States to the south of us. We have literally gone for broke in investing in equipment and endeavouring to photograph all the derby. Derby has at times given back what it can. There comes a time when you just say what is going on and why is this happening. Flight to Milwaukee. Weathering a storm to get back to Toronto and trying to bypass O’Hare. Fourteen hours to ECDX and 18 hours coming back – it is time for that break. In the meantime, the thousands of photographs from Midwest BrewHaHa and ECDX will be forthcoming.

As Peggy Lee sings it:
If that’s all there is my friends
Then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is

Let’s keep dancing and derby on. When the time is right. So derby, if you want me there, give me a call. You have my number.

Subtle clues to shooting Beast of the East

The year 2015 marked the fourth time we have headed to Beast of the East.

Along the way we can say there has been a drastic change in the experience of experiencing Beast of the East.

The first time in 2012 was a breaking new ground being associated with Hammer City Roller Girls at the time taking in all the tournament in its entirety in one big gulp. It was my birthday weekend, and my favourite team from the Queen City were taking on the New Skids on the Block. Montreal was an invincible league and the darlings of derby in Canada.

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The experience of experiencing Beast is one notch in the belt-something to stick into the holster when you get into a tight squeeze and need backup.

Along the way of endeavouring to photograph derby is learning what to tune in and tune out. If your focus is shooting the superstars of now and the future the one thing you learn is to keep an eye on the benches and an ear to the announcer or announcing crew. If the announcer in your estimation is only there to rev up the crowd and be a cheerleader,  promote the sponsors and that is all they can do then you can keep them in the background. A skilled announcer covers the gameplay without being a homer. While they endeavour not to reveal the strategies of the team, a great play by play complemented by a call of names and actions by players and officials reveals what is going on and a photographer picks up on what to anticipate. A league such as Detroit with its stats crew provides their amazing derby announcers a lot of data for derby fans such as a jammer picking up her 700th point of the season or even how fast she was skating into the corner. A great announcer can pick up the referees signals and cue the power jam, a power start, and in general keeps the flow of the bout going, and in turn the photographer.

All this is fuel for the photographer.

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/…. more to come

The experience of Niagara

[This story needs a good edit and conclusion, but we thought we would provide this rambling on the go. This is not too technical, just a point of view.]

And now for something completely different.

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Sharing some of the thought processess of bout day here. Niagara Roller Girls is a league that is in the growth stage based out of Saint Catharines, Ontario. Travelling through the area was part of the route going down to Queen City Roller Girls across the border a short skip away in Buffalo, New York. Members of QCRG would go up to Niagara to help them out, and there would be fans from Niagara showing up at Rainbow Rink where the Queen City Roller Girls would bout on a Saturday night.

This past Saturday would be the first time to see Niagara in their home venue. At the behest of their own Coach Wrecker actually rooted in Hammer City Roller Girls, the afternoon GO bus trip was made from Toronto to Hamilton. Packing was to be kept relatively light, the key being the huge amount of tournament shooting ahead at the Beast of the East 2015, the tournament in Montréal, Quebec coming forth on April 24th and continuing through the Sunday. With that in mind, the Einstein flashes were kept behind in Toronto and in their stead were four Nikon of the 900 and 910 variety. So instead of bringing long extension cords and battery packs, a sac carrying about 40 freshly recharged Eneloop AA took their place. The light stands were short six foot stands instead of Manfrotto ten footers. However, camera, motordrive and lenses in the Lowe Pro was still bulky. The 10.5 f/2.8 is always a handy lens to shoot the venue, and by shooting the venue we mean taking a photo of the venue itself. The 70-200 f/2.8 would always be the key action lens. All was packed in a long forty dollar duffel bag on wheels [very key thing, wheels] bought at one of the luggage stores inside Eglinton station.

Arriving in Hamilton on the bus after about an hour, then grabbing a coffee and Nutella donut just up the alleyway across the street from the GO terminal on Main Street. As coach K tried to fit the duffel into the trunk, she could only remark: “do you have a body in this bag?” Figuratively no, literally camera body, yes. Getting to Niagara was about an hour on the highway with the driver trying to keep speed and get around the creepy crawlers. The venue itself was Haig Arena at 17 Beech Street in a nice part of Saint Catharines. The doorpeople stamped us through after brief introductions. If the fans were going to be sitting at the base of corners one and two then we hightailed it up by the scoreboard area that dominated corners three and four. The huge scoreboard was already up and running, set up by surprise! a Toronto based zebra Lazer Fry.

The place was a hockey style arena with glass around the boards and bench seating for spectators. Mostly though, spectators would bring their own seating around the suicide line or behind. The usual gameday ritual of volunteers taping down the boundaries of the track was ongoing.

It is always a nice thing to get to know referees and volunteers and NSO, and some of them were already familiar if not friends. My own key spot is usually near the apex of the corners with placement of lights surrounding me directed a spot on the track. Testing would be to see the spread and intensity of light that the Nikon flashes would output in comparison to the Einstein. PocketWizard TT5 were the transceivers of choice. They can be flaky and not always fire on command, especially if the sound system with microphones and music was nearby, competing for viable frequencies.

 

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The warm-up time for the player is the warm-up for the photographer as well, to hone focusing and see what the contrast or brightness of the overhead lighting does to aid or hinder autofocus [live and die by autofocus, the better the lens the more light that comes in to help the focus or to actually see the players].

Compact flash in camera, batteries loaded into the flashes and motordrive, PocketWizard turned on, set to channels A, B and C. As you test to see the flashes firing, and gauging exposure by eyeing the back of the camera. It is true that what is seen on the viewfinder of the camera is not what would appear on the monitor at home where the editing would take place. However, this is where history kicks in and you remember what should look right. Histograms of the RGB channels or red highlights showing areas being blown out, overexposed can be good to have, but do not tell much in the heat of action.

Shooting from corner three and four means shooting jammers from behind at the jammer line and this is where the experience of shooting at Queen City Roller Girls from under their scoreboard table comes into play. Going for the same look and feel, and finding the correct placement of light and its intensity. Experience leads to knowing, and helps instincts kick in, to get into the flow and be ready. There is no substitute for experience, for what or how to shoot. I have received words from amongst the best, and I can only but slowly climb up to their sphere. Just keep on trying and if you are like derby players, perfect practice makes for better players, perfect practices make for improving yourself as a photographer and self.

With this being the first time at Niagara or seeing a league for the first or few times, try to capture the ambience and the spirit of the day. Experience the experience. Grey Bruce Highland Dames was the more experienced team for the night going up against Niagara. The month before at Wellington Roller Derby’s Winter Wipeout tournament, Grey Bruce had done well for themselves in their first competition for 2015.

However on this particular weekend,

tragedy had struck the  world and the demise of the young derby star whose life was taken too soon was commemorated around derby leagues and fans and participants in the sport. #doitfor57

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The moment was heeded by the players of the day, many sporting #57 somewhere or wearing something teal.

Niagara in black were trying their best, but everyone in blue were fending off scoring opportunities and opening up offense for their own jammers. [Obvious, duh!]

What was happening behind the camera was its own story. Maybe we had taken a few too many photos of the teams warm-ups because already the 900 was already showing the temperature gauge on the back screen, so the flash was switched out with the spare, and already the other flashes were showing  low battery. Much sooner than was expected or wanted the what was deemed copious amount of charged batteries was being relegated to the oh my god I am running out of batteries and I left the recharger in Toronto. Lesson: you can never have enough batteries.

To conserve what was left of the batteries, an executive decision was made to switch to Manual at 1/8 power setting +/- 0.3 or 0.7 at halftime after Niagara left the track down by a considerable margin.

Niagara pushed back in the second half, presenting a more solid defence and did their best to win the next thirty minutes. Keeping up with the flow of the action was exciting and raised the level of decisive moments. In derby as in life, timing is everything and some key moments were being captured on the fly.

The early pictures of the second half were proving much darker. Although not underexposed, there was no kick to the highlights in the pictures, so the settings were raised a notch to 1/4.  For the rest of the bout, we held our breath as one by one the flashes would kick out and die or go through the wait period to cool down.  Relying on experience from previous nights nudged a feeling that maybe one flash, maybe two could be enough to capturing the action if done right. Adjusting flash power, the flash placements on the fly, trying to achieve what looked best in relation to what you achieved before.

The 10.5 would normally be ideal for the end of bout player and crowd interaction or the London Bridge, but when it generates into team photo time, what is close in reality is a world away in a fisheye, but it is dead sharp. However, by MVP and end of night the 50 f/1.4 was in play, and it is such a bright lens with absolute sharpness and yet a nice bokeh [that is blurry background in the parlance]. For every setup, there is a teardown process, and teardown always takes longer than the setup, trying to put everything away in a safe and proper spot. Something is always where you remember putting it last and where it fits. Not! It is always the little things, the lenses, the cards, the Pocketwizards, the batteries, wrapping power cords [except in this case no power cords or external power packs, just the batteries].

Back to Hamlton and listening to coaches talk. Derby players talk derby in a different world. Then bus back to Toronto while listening to Frank Sinatra and U2 on the iPod and checking messages if any on the pay as you go phone. Trying to get home on the TTC from Union to Eglinton then hello Don Mills. Unpack, and then start loading the contents of the cards in the camera into the drives of the computer. Wishing and hoping, and hoping and wishing that there might photos for the world to see. A new Georgy Girl.

A thousand or so more photos later to go through and trying to tell your story of the night. Eventually, your photos are the tale in the telling for derby players to remember in their days of future past.

Niagara Roller Girls deserve a great big thank you for being gracious hosts and showing lots of moxy. And I still feel like I got hit by a Truck.

 

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Team Wales – follow the fire

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From last day of Blood and Thunder World Cup 2014 in Dallas

I had the greatest of honours in being selected by Team Wales Cymru Roller Derby as their Official Photographer at World Cup. Why they picked me is a mystery as so many talents out there vied for the same position.

The lovely lady the d.mistress below kept the merchandise table going while trying to help organize and herd the volunteers and team.

It was the best of times in Dallas during those days and nights on the various tracks in that arena. How Team Wales Cymru maintained their composure and sanity in that atmosphere is beyond me. And they were above all the nicest of people to be around. Just because they are like that: Team Wales / Cymru!

#followthefire!

The set on Flickr is here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3r2h5q

2014 World Cup – some pre-thoughts to Dallas

Can you believe that it has been three years since the first time I was at World Cup?

We were but a fledgling derby type photographer trying to make a dent into the world of Toronto Roller Derby when the powers that be at Blood and Thunder magazine in concordance with Toronto Roller Derby decided to launch and host the inaugural World Cup 2011. I through the graces of Blood and Thunder and editor and photographer Ziv Kruger and Robin Graves was one of handful of selected photographers to work for the magazine.

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from World Cup 2011

 

If you have watched the movie ∫Derby Baby∫ then you will know that World Cup was a big deal. Hosting a bunch of novitiate derby powers to be from the Australia and New Zealand to Europe and the United Kingdom and the Nordic and the launch of Team Canada and the arrival of Team USA who you have to admit are la créme de la créme – it was quite the derby event.

Three years later we are off to Dallas – still fledgling away and trying to make a dent into the world of derby – this time as the Official [North American] Photographer for Team Wales [#followthefire on twitter] – still just as thrilled and just as daunted as ever.

We just hope we serve you all well and take the best photos we can.

53 in 53 in 2014 – updated December 1, 2014



Round round get around I get around

Derby, the final frontier. Welcome to 2014 as we try boldly one more time for 52 in 52.

Keep checking my Flickr site at Midnight Matinee for the latest Derby photos and more!

As a brief intro: we are based in the city of Toronto, Ontario which happens to be in Canada. This particular province has more than 50 leagues and have the considerable pleasure of being able to consider many of the leagues as friends and have the privilege of shooting in their rinks or arenas. We endeavour to hit the road in all directions, and many times that includes south of the border. Last year for the first time we hit the WFTDA D1 and D2 playoffs and culminating in the WFTDA Championships themselves in Madison, Wisconsin.

Latest update as of October 14, 2014: Survived Team Ontario Bootcamp in Kingston, Ontario. Five classes of top notch players and coaches providing the drills, then a black and white scrimmage with Team Ontario dispersed with the attendees. Lots of learning and thinking.  

Latest update as of October 8, 2014: We’re back home again after our second WFTDA D1 playoffs of the year at Salt Lake City, Utah. Not quite safe and not quite sound. We endure. Next stop: somewhere in Kingston for the Team Ontario Bootcamp and Team Ontario vs. Team Ontario scrimmage.

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R M R G Rocky Mountain Roller Girls at WFTDA D1 Salt Lake City, UTAH The home of Wasatch

Latest update as of August 12, 2014: Hello again! The road experience intensifies as we enjoyed a most memorable night amongst Detroit Derby Girls at their end of year Rollies Awards commemorating 9 years of existence. Way to go DDG! The overnight bus back to Toronto and then up to Elora, Ontario to witness the Fergus Feims engage the Border City Brawlers from Windsor, Ontario in a tough and tightly competitive bout falling 153-157 at the last jam.  Next up: Ohio.

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The end of the longest weekend in Fergus

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New Skids on the Block @ Quad City Chaos 2014

This derby nomad looks forward to visiting familiar and new friends and facing new adventures in newer territories. There might be an occasional break in the schedule to give the camera and lights a respite. However, we are still endeavouring to shoot derby every week if possible, so if you want to keep the streak going and have Derby happening in your league and if we can get there, feel free to drop me a line!

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Team Ontario at The Bunker on February 8, 2014

 

    1. Thursday, December 4 – Sunday December 7, 2014 – Blood and Thunder World Cup – Dallas, Texas
    2. Saturday, November 15, 2014 – The ORG and TMRD vs. The World – Toronto Outrage vs. The World [co-ed] / Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Royal City Rollergirls The Brute-Leggers – Orangeville Agricultural Centre – Orangeville, Ontario
    3. Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Hoser Closer 2 – [Alliston Jr. Roller Derby] Blister Sisters vs. [Niagara Junior Roller Derby] Midway Mayhem /Bombshell Battalion vs. South Simcoe – Alliston Memorial Arena – Alliston, Ontario
    4. Friday, OCT. 31 – Sunday, NOV. 2: WFTDA Championships – NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA
    5. Saturday, October 25, 2014 – NATIONAL GUARD Feat: Team Canada, Team Ontario, Misfit Militia, Bay Street Bruisers – Alliston, ONTARIO
    6. Friday, October 24, 2014 – Camp Pivotstar Junior Eastern Jamboroee – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    7. Saturday, October 18, 2014 – BLOCKTOBERFEST – Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Kingston Rogue Warriors – Orangeville Agricultural Centre – Orangeville, ONTARIO
    8. Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Team Ontario Bootcamp – Kingston, ONTARIO
    9. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 – WFTDA 2014 Division 1 Playoffs – Salt Lake City, UT
    10. Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, 2014 – WFTDA 2014 Division 1 Playoffs – Evansville, IN
    11. Sunday, September 14, 2014 – Death Track Dolls vs. Total Vicious Tramps #2 / Smoke City Betties vs. Total Vicious Tramps #1 – Moses Springer Arena, Kitchener, ONTARIO
    12. Saturday, September 13, 2014 – D-VAS vs. Capital City Dollinquents / Bay Street Bruisers vs. Muddy River – The Bunker, Parc Downwview Park, ONTARIO
    13. Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Durham Motor City Madames – Orangeville, ONTARIO
    14. Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24, 2014 – WFTDA 2014 Division 2 Playoffs – Waterloo Memorial Arena, Kitchener-Waterloo, ONTARIO
    15. Saturday, August 16, 2014 – Cincinnati Rollergirls vs. Ohio Roller Girls – Ohio Expo Centre – Columbus, OHIO
    16. Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Fergus Feims [Home 153] vs. Border City Brawlers [Away 157] – Elora, ONTARIO
    17. Friday, August 8, 2014 – Detroit Derby Girls Rollie Awards – Detroit, MI
    18. Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 4th Annual Gibson’s  Cup – Atom Smashers vs. Motor City Madames / Juniors Scrimmage Black vs. White [Alliston Junior Roller
      Derby and Toronto Junior Roller Derby] – Ajax Memorial Arena – Ajax,ONTARIO

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      4th Annual Gibson’s Cup – July 26, 2014

    19. Saturday, July 19, 2014 – S*M*A*S*H – triple header – Fergus Feims [Fergus Roller Derby] vs. Luscious Lunch Ladies [Forest City Derby Girls] / Misfit Militia [Misfit Militia Roller Derby] vs. Timber Rollers [Forest City Derby Girls] / Crow City [Crow City Roller Girls] vs. Grey Bruce Highland Dames – Alliston Memorial Arena – Alliston, ONTARIO
    20. Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Hammer City Harlots vs. Ithaca BlueStockings / HCRG Eh! vs. Ithaca SufferJets – Dave Andreychuk Arena – Hamilton, ONTARIO
    21. Saturday, July 5, 2014 – JRDA North & Northeast Tournament – The Bunker, Parc Downwview Park, ONTARIO
    22. Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Burning River vs. Lake Effect Furies / Ithaca League of Junior Derby vs. Queen City Junior Roller Girls – Rainbow Rink, North Tonawanda, NY
    23. Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22,2014-ECDX2014-Feasterville,PAzzzzzzz

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      The orange of Tiger Baby Brawlers at ECDX 2014

    24. Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Queen City Roller Girls Championships – Rainbow Rink, North Tonawanda, NY
    25. Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Crow City Roller Girls vs.TheDecapulettes – Stratford Allen Arena, Stratford, ONTARIO

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      The Decapulettes vs. Crow City Roller Girls * last jam over

    26. Saturday, May 24, 2014 – Tri-City Roller Derby doubleheader – Total Knock-Outs vs. Vicious Dishes / Kingston Disloyalists vs. Venus Fly Tramps – Waterloo Rec Centre, Waterloo,ONTARIO

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      Lippy Wrongstocking – Vicious Dishes how do derby players recognize photos of themselves?

    27. Sunday, May 18, 2014 – TMRD vs. Betties/Misfits/Orangeville – The Bunker – Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    28. Saturday, May 17, 2014 – School of Hard Blocks – Area 705 Smooth Operators vs. Grey Bruce Highland Dames / Atom Smashers vs. Capital City Dollinquents – Douro Community Centre – Douro, Ontario
    29. Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Mother of All Bouts – Rogue Warriors vs. Skateful Dead / Kingston Disloyalists vs. Les Duchesses – Kingston, Ontario
    30. Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Brides vs. Grooms Coed Scrimmage – Mount Forest, ONTARIO
    31. Saturday, May 3, 2014 – D-VAS vs. Fergus Feims – Centre Wellingston Sportsplex – Fergus, ONTARIO
    32. Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Beast of the East, Arena St-Louis, Montréal, PQ
    33. Friday, April 25, 2014 – CN Power vs. Montreal New Skids on the Block – Arena St-Louis, Montréal, PQ
    34. Saturday, April 19, 2014 – Border City Brawlers vs. Fergus Feims / Canadian Clubbers vs. Orangeville Pulp Affliction – Windsor, ONTARIO
    35. Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Toronto Roller Derby Fresh Meat – The Bunker, Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    36. Saturday, April 12, 2014 – Tri-City Roller Derby Home Opener – Brandywine Belligerents vs. Tri-City Thunder / Brandywine Brawlers vs. Plan B – New Hamburg, ONTARIO
    37. Sunday, March 30, 2014 – Freaks vs. Geeks Spring Scrimmage – New Hamburg Arena – New Hamburg, ONTARIO
    38. Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Timber Rollers vs. G-stars, Los Coños vs. Thames Fatales – Western Fair Agriplex – London, ONTARIO
    39. Saturday, March 22 – Sunday March 23,2014-QuadCityChaos-TheBunker-ParcDownsview Park,ONTARIO

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      Quad City Chaos 2010 at The Hangar

    40. Sunday, March 16, 2014 – CN Power vs.Killamazoo DerbyDarlins-TheBunker-ParcDownsview Park,ONTARIO

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      CN Power vs. Killamazoo Derby Darlins at The Bunker
      March 16, 2014

    41. Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Derby Debutantes vs. Orangeville Pulp Affliction – Orangeville, ONTARIO
    42. Sunday, March 9, 2014 – CN Power vs. Tri-City Roller Girls – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    43. Sunday, March 9, 2014 – Toronto Men’s Roller Derby – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    44. Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Chicks Ahoy vs. Smoke City Betties / Death Track Dolls vs. Gore Gore Rollergirls – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    45. Sunday, February 25, 2014 – Toronto Men’s Roller Derby Toronto Outrage vs. Queen City Roller Girls Nickel City Knockouts – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    46. Saturday, February 24, 2014 – Beat the Winter Blues! Scrimmage and Training – Toronto Roller Derby – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    47. Sunday, February 16, 2014 – Bloody Valentine Co-ed Scrimmage – Orangeville, Ontario
    48. Saturday, February 8, 2014 – CN Power vs. Team Ontario – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
    49. Sunday, February 2, 2014 – NCKO practice / Suicidal Saucies practice / Alley Kats practice – Rainbow Rink, Queen City / Buffalo, NY
    50. Saturday, February 1, 2014 – Alley Kats vs. Suicidal Saucies / Enchanted Mountain vs. Queen City Junior Roller Girls – Rainbow Rink, Queen City / North Tonawanda, NY
    51. Saturday, January 25, 2014 – Alliston Blister Sisters vs. Torontosaurus Wrex / Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
    52. Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Devil’s Night Dames vs. Grand Prix Madonnas – Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI
    53. Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Devil Dollies vs. Nickel City Knockouts – Rainbow Rink, Queen City Rollergirls / North Tonawanda, NY

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Thanks Derby!

Welcome to Thanksgiving in Canada and October

Thanksgiving has come to Canada and we are quite thankful for the turkey and the prevalence of good people and derby around. Spectacular things have been seen on the track and we have been fortunate to witness most of it.

London took Evansville over Windy City who just the night before shocked a Texas contingent of fans in the battle of two vs. three seeds. Out west in Salt Lake City, Utah the seeds played true to form with B.ay A.rea D.erby G.irls, Angel City and Rocky Mountain heading to Championships.

It’s been the time of my life getting to see the events firsthand at the Team Ontario Bootcamp and having those skills shown retrospectively to the action on the track at the WFTDA playoffs: at the D2 in Kitchener-Waterloo with all its fun-ness and the gigantic Beaver, then heading down towards Evansville, Indiana with the crew from Ohio Roller Girls to whom we shall forever be thankful for being Ohio and the last-minute decision to go down to see Utah to see our dream teams Thunder, Skids and Rocky Mountain [along with all the rest of the teams there, can you say Demanda Riot and B.ay A.rea D.erby G.irls] ? This D1  were the first WFTDA play-offs to feature two Canadian teams facing off against each other in the form of Tri-City Thunder [at their first D1] vs. Montreal New Skids on the Block.

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Thunder

In further news: London video. Go look and gofundme.

One year ago – Derby Greetings from the Great White North

Greetings to all Derby readers out there! and hello new followers from Derby Deeds Podcast! and hello Megatron! and Pitchit! and Lulu Lockjaw and Andi Struction and company, and hello OHIO!

Welcome to the world of Midnight Matinee Photography, and I am your co-host that goes under the guise of joe mac as well.

We endeavour to cover and photograph Derby on a continual basis, travelling far and wide thanks to the graciousness of the friends I have met in Derby. The main base of operations is here in Toronto, which is in the Great White North and SCTV.

You may have been directed here because of the most recent Derby Deeds podcast. It was a tremendous opportunity to talking with the one and only “Megatron” – he was somewhere on the other side of the world, and here is I was in Toronto, one nervewracked subject of the interview. Initially, it was smooth on my end then the voice started to go and the mind went into overdrive. However the interview may sound, we are quite sincere in our praise of the photographers of the f/2.8 group and the many thanks to all the leagues. And Megatron with his infinite patience and willingness to make me sound good. The impetus for the interview stemmed from the co-operative effort of Steve “Sharkey” Mancini and Derby Deeds Podcast to bring photographers to light. For whatever reason, four random shooters were chosen to bring the viewpoints of the photographers group called f/2.8 Fast Glass Around the Flat Track. After being at each of the new 2013 WFTDA D1 tournaments, Derby Deeds would speak to a chosen victim/photographer. Since I was at Fort Wayne, Indiana I was first off the tee to discuss some of the experiences of the tournament [which featured that memorable London-Rose City bout and Ohio-Montreal New Skids on the Block] as well getting into some of the photography background of yours truly. The guide to the podcast is at this link:

Some of you may be here for the first time if you are following a link from the WFTDA site or a photo in Derbylife.com WFTDA kindly contacted me recently about using a photo for their published interview with Grace Killy from Brewcity [Milwaukee, WI] as Featured Player of the Month for August 2013. Their story is at this link:

GRACE KILLY

We are very thrilled about all of this, of course. None of this would be possible without everybody who has gotten me everywhere in the Derbyverse. The latest update is we were in America for the 2013 WFTDA D1 tournament in Fort Wayne from September 6 to 8, 2013 [on the road with GenX Mike and Jules and Regulation and Ros Vegas is a derby mind-blowing experience] and before that August 23 to 25 [with Queen City Rollergirls snaring me in Niagara Falls, Ontario on the way to Lansing to meet up with Shutter Trap by the highway on the way to Lansing, Michigan for the second ever D2 tournament in the world of Killamazoo. In between was the September 1 tryouts for the Team Canada Men’s Roller Derby team. Before that was a trip to Montréal to catch our first glimpse of Men’s Roller Derby which was made possible by Tic Tac Ta and Toronto Men’s Roller Derby and Montréal Masculin Roller Derby [August 3, 2013]. Plus a weekend [August 10, 2013] in Kingston, Ontario to catch up with the Skateful Dead on their home turf as they vied for their first victory.

 Many Derby adventures lie ahead as we endeavour to fulfill our streak of one derby event or shoot each week which has been fulfilled so far. Next up? This Saturday [September 14] it’s to see a Tri-City Roller Girls doubleheader with the Bay Street Bruisers from Toronto Roller Derby, and the Brute-Leggers from Royal City/Guelph. Then? September 21 in Asheville, North Carolina and the Championships in Milwaukee in November, then trying to fill October in-between. There is much to catch up on which will be posted here eventually. This year has been busy so you can keep up to where we have been on this link:

Derby Nomad on the Road

So, feel free to explore the site. If you have anything you wish to add or contribute an idea or your own story in Derby, feel free to send it along to me.

My derby photos and portfolio is at: MidnightMatinee24 on Flickr.

If you wish a keen Derby photographer at your bout or even a concert or club date, feel free to contact me. [This form may require some work. Just type over anything that you need to fill in for now.]

Cheers for now!


Don’t Stop Believing – the longest weekend in Detroit DDG and Fergus FRD

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scooby dooby doo

It was the longest weekend. First stop Detroit.

It was a high honour to be invited to the Detroit Derby Girls end of year rewards night and festivities. Celebrating their ninth year, it was a good collection of the ladies and gents of the league who came out in their finest and dapper Great Gatsby outfits from the Roaring 20s.

Yours truly was amongst the four nominees for Golden Lens and photographer of the year as voted by the fans. Winning was not the goal, getting to Detroit was. The journey almost was not a journey, eventually it took two full Greyhound buses to accommodate the overflow. Finally, leaving Toronto around noon, next stop London. Getting out of Toronto and the congestion. How familiar did the road feel.

It felt like home again being amongst the league for the first time in a while. The players and coaches and announcers alike letting me and a couple of photographers handle covering the night was a fun duty indeed. The night felt comfortable – never say easy – and derby ladies and gents always appreciate a good photo of themselves. Memories are built of this.

/… more to come

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Hi-Death

Detroit does gives out a lot of awards to all its teams: Devil’s Night Dames, Pistolwhippers, D-Funk All-Stars, Grand Prix Madonnas, the Pistoffs and all deservedly nominated or won. There was a lot of booing or Boo D. Livers from the Pistolwhippers all night. A lot of craziness ensued. It was a party done right. Hot nibblies and snacks, and lots of red drink tickets and a most excellent barstaff who could keep the food and the drinks flowing. Shandy and Long Island Iced Tea for me. Midnight was drawing near, and the last Tunnel Bus back to South Detroit [yes, Detroit is NORTH of Windsor – have to keep remembering that ] had to be caught.

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Lazer Beam or Lucy?

/… more to come including waiting in Windsor Terminal until 4 a.m. for the bus back to Toronto.

Irony of ironies, going all the way back to Toronto from Windsor, then catching the ride with good friend and referee Gwailo Fo’Sho and company to photograph Windsor’s Border City Brawlers in Fergus? At least we rocked the BCB t-shirt and Fergus as well as simultaneously.

 

Then Saturday night with Fergus Roller Derby and Border City Brawlers in Elora, Ontario.

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Brawler on the floor

Is it June already!

The derby season is opening for some leagues, and some are going into hiatus. From what we can tell though, there is derby every weekend. Enough to keep the head spinning and looking at new routes and new destinations and going back to revisit familiar places and faces we have not seen in ages.

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Area 705 Smooth Operators

Here’s looking at you, derby! Thanks for all you do!

DSC_4602_20140208_191258 – CN Power vs. Team Ontario – February 8, 2014

The debut of CN Power at The Bunker for the 2014 Toronto Roller Derby season, and facing a formidable opponent of all-star players comprising Team Ontario in their first-ever bout as well.

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DSC_7688_20130907_172059 – Team of the Year

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The Smacktivist jamming against New Skids on the Block at D1 Playoffs in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Talk about being torn down the middle!

Team of the year!

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What can I say but a great big thank you to all leagues everywhere this year. From Queen City to Tri-City to hometown Toronto and beyond, it was the Ohio Roller Girls ever since the 2012 season who along with taking a watchout for me at crucial moments during the end of the tournament shooting season managed to captivate a new audience. The little league from Columbus, Ohio that fought like hell in their quest to FINISH. It was a great honour to shoot on their behalf at the 2013 WFTDA Championships and I do hope I get to see and shoot them again in the season ahead. An indomitable bunch of ladies and gents who became smaller in order to become stronger and as their reward faced the juggernauts of Rat City and Gotham while vanquishing the likes of Montreal New Skids on the Block along the way.

A Happy Christmas and Holidays and Happy New Year to one and all and see you on the flip side as we begin another 52 in 52? Cheerios!