The Kingston Yellow Jackets were upbeat and excited about traveling to Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Friday night. The weather conditions were near perfect for a Friday night high school football game. I counted five different major news agencies on the sidelines covering the game. Being a district game, playoff implications create an atmosphere only experienced on a Friday night.
CAK jumped out with an early lead and never looked back. The players left it all on the field and played four quarters of football but it wasn't meant to be for Kingston. Kingston played to the end and lost to CAK 42 to 22.
Kingston travels to Greenback Friday, September 23.
View the Kingston at CAK photo gallery.
It was my first game photographing volleyball and I immediately knew it was going to be a challenge. The speed of the game makes this one of the more challenging sports I have photographed. I really have not experienced a sport as difficult to photograph as volleyball. The Junior Varsity Lady Jackets defeated Alcoa 2-0 and the Varsity Lady Jackets fell to Alcoa 3-1.
It also happened to be senior night and I was able to get two photos of the two seniors playing and with their families. Their teammates were cheering them on and everyone seemed to be genuinely happy and overjoyed for their seniors on the team.
You can view all of my photographs from the game here.
The Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 is a native full frame lens for Sony E mount cameras. The lens is surprisingly lightweight for its low distortion, wide angle, moderately large aperture for a lens at this focal length, and the inclusion of auto focus. The Batis 18 is physically larger than the Batis 25, but the size is not indicative of the weight. The lens weighs 330 grams, which is 5 grams lighter than the Batis 25.
Rockwood visited Kingston Thursday night. The game was dominated with both teams running and grinding it out. New faces continue to pick up valuable experience and playing time on both sides. Kingston won the game 35 - 14.
It was also alumni night for all former Kingston football players. One player that had played for Kingston in the 1940s was present on the field. Simply amazing! Check out the full photo gallery of the 1600+ photos here.
Next week Kingston is on the road Friday night, September 16, at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) at 7:30 pm.
Kingston faced off against McMinn Central Friday night in a game that would have both fan bases on their feet the entire game. Both teams exchanged the lead back and forth until the end when McMinn Central took over on downs to win the game. See all 1300+ photos from the game.
Next week Kingston plays county rival Rockwood at home on Thursday, September 8, at 7pm.
Located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Abrams Falls may be the most famous falls in the entire park. The water fall has more water flowing over it by volume than any other water fall in the GSMNP. It is also a dangerous waterfall for swimmers and people who get to close to the falls. You must respect the falls and not swim or put yourself in a position to fall in the water close to the falls. Death will occur. However, there is plenty of water to wade and possibly swim in around the waterfall that is safe (but really cold) and the waterfall is beautiful.
The hike is 5.2 miles round trip and is half shaded and half sunny. Take plenty of water and some lunch. Pack out what you pack in. Arrive early to avoid the Cades Cove traffic. Plan to be parked by 9 am if possible at the trailhead in order to have a nice day. Expect a delay leaving the park because you get to join the crowds circling Cades Cove.
The hike is kid friendly and our at the time 6 year old son can attest to. You should be able to walk 8 miles without issue before considering this hike. It does have some elevation gain and the trail is rocky in some spots.
Waterall location: Trailhead is located in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park. GPS Coordinates 35.591438' N 83.852988' W
Full frame recommended focal length: 16mm for right beside the water fall to 85mm away from the fall. Longer focal lengths are welcome as you will have plenty of space between you and the water fall.
Do's: Pack a hammock, lunch, and maybe your swim gear to wade in the water far away from the falls if you can stand the cold water. Have fun.
Don'ts: Do NOT get near the water falling into the lower pool. This waterfall has been listed as one of the ten most dangerous hikes in the entire United States. This is due to the number of drownings that occur at the falls. Once you go under, you stay under. Do not get too close to the falls and do not climb to the to top of the falls.
Harriman overcame and defeated the Kingston Yellow Jackets for first time since 1992. It was not until the final two minutes it became apparent this would be the year Harriman would finally break the streak.
This game placed the spotlight on veteran and new players for both sides and this rivalry has given Harriman fans hope for the season and for the first game of the 2017 season. Enjoy the photos of new and old faces from this history making game.
Rockwood traveled to Midway and found themselves in the center of a SOR Green Wave. Midway was leading at the half, 7-0, and the game was a typical slug fest between the two teams. During the halftime band show the lights went out. Principal Scott Mason informed everyone that a transformer had went down and VEC was on their way to repair it but look for a minimum one hour delay.
The photos of the game go through half time and both bands. Unfortunately, I did not get many photos of the Midway band due to the standing water and mud in the middle of the sideline. You will also notice the photos of Midway's band I did get look flat and that is because I was shooting in the dark. Enjoy!
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Ozone Falls is a wonderful 110 foot tall waterfall located just inside Cumberland County, Tennessee. The hike to the top of the waterfall is about as easy and short as they come. You can walk right up to and get in the stream at the top of the falls and take your kayak over the top of the falls into the pool at the bottom. It's been done before! The hike to the bottom of the falls is short but a little on the rough side. Youth is your friend when hiking to the bottom. Be sure to visit this falls near a rain event (within a few days should suffice) and you won't be disappointed.
At the top and bottom of the falls you will find plenty of trees to hang your hammock. The waterfall is not typically crawling with people but regular visitors cycle in and out at a regular pace. A lot of people choose to swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls when the water is up. Be sure to get as many different angles of the waterfall as you can. The sun always leaves a shadow and mornings may be the best time to catch the falls with it all in the shadow.
Waterall location: Crab Orchard, Tennessee. GPS Coordinates 35°52'48" N 84°48'39" W
Full frame recommended focal length: 18mm or wider
Do's: Pack a hammock, lunch, and maybe your swim gear if you can stand the cold water. Have fun. Take a drone and get some interesting point-of-view shots. Walk behind the water fall if possible (water level depending).
Don'ts: Get too close to the edge at the top of the falls.
Sony a6300 with Sony 16-35/4
16mm (1.5x crop factor equals a 24mm full frame field-of-view)
Lee Big Stopper