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In photojournalism a photograph that has a good idea behind it, but doesn't quite work, is often called an "almost." In my opinion the most common assignments to return from with an excellent batch of almosts are sports assignments. So here are a few of mine that I've taken, but not turned in, recently. Enjoy.

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These photos are from the Victoria East vs. Victoria West girls soccer game a few weeks ago. They are great celebration photos. The body language and facial expressions are priceless. I especially like the sad goalie at the bottom and player on the right watching the celebration. So what's the problem? These photos are from the one goal that Victoria West scored in a 5-1 loss to East and therefore didn't fit the story at all. I'll let you in on a secret, I try my best not to have any bias over what team wins a local sporting event and stay neutral. But when I do, it is because I already have a good winning/losing photo and I want to use it. I'm selfish, I'll admit it.

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This basketball photo has a little bit of panning to it. Panning is when the photographer moves the camera at the same speed as a moving subject so that the stationary background blurs. It can be really hard to accomplish (although I'll admit, this one was sort of an accident) and I think would make for a really interesting basketball photo. Unfortunately I cut off the players foot a little and ended up just not liking this photo that much in the end.

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It can be difficult to find a new way to take the classic pitcher photo in baseball. Unfortunately, they are often the superstars of the team. I think that if I would have been able to get just a little more of his head in the photo it would be really interesting. Alas, the batter just didn't hold his hands right.

That's it for now. As always, thanks for looking.