Greetings again. It’s been a while since we have said hello to you all out there.

There’s a lot to talk about eventually = everything from the absolute greatness of the Beast of the East to being back amongst Durham and seeing Kingston again and if things are missing here it’s all in a bright shimmery light and oh – one can never forget the thrill of seeing Queen City in action live at Rainbow Rink again for their playoffs.

However, for now, this weekend that we are in right absolutely opened our eyes to a new paradigm. It was a closed bout at The Bunker in Toronto with the two teams of Ohio squaring off against the two travel teams of Toronto Roller Derby. Ohio A which is their all-star team would be facing CN Power while Ohio B would be facing the resurrected Bay Street Bruisers.

So if you can imagine the Bunker having a first-class bout with four great teams— but minus the crowd and the room for the photographers to position themselves.

However, the primary nemesis of photographers in Derby is the positioning and movement of the pack refs as they try to maintain their vigilance. The shot is coming into place in front of you and just when you get the shot the stripes or the legs fill your frame.

Hence, my new paradigm of the moment. To stay ahead of the pack and out of the way of the refs, don’t maintain your own static position and wait for the refs to whiz by you – move ahead of the pack or find your new angle. Keep moving and more moments will open themselves up to you. Don’t curse the bad luck, create your own luck.

Subsequent to the freedom of movement was something the media co-ordinator indicated what she looks for in Derby photographs. Everyone shoots the jammers, but she wants hits. Not the fall necessarily, but the hit. Even though outside pack refs get in the way she understood and it was part of the constant challenge. So that changed our focus yet again. We will let you know how everything turned out.

Meanwhile pop on over to the Flickr site and see what manner of shots which were captured at Beast of the East and in Durham. Midnight Matinee on Flickr