Kendra Lancaster celebrates with teammates during practice for the US Paralympic Volleyball team at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, on Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
The US Olympic Paralympic athletes train at the University of Central Oklahoma before they travel overseas to compete in the paralympic games. Jenni Carlson and I worked on this assignment a few weeks ago. We focused on the members of the sitting volleyball team. I had never seen sitting volleyball before, and was impressed with how quickly the players move and how hard they can hit the ball. I used a 50mm @ 1.4 for most of the pictures, which is why the depth of field is so shallow.
Heather Erickson laughs with teammates during practice.
I photographed the team during practice, so I could get much closer to the action than I would have been able to during a game. I tried to highlight the similarities these women have with other athletes instead of just pointing out the differences. I looked for emotion, laughter, teamwork and action pictures. Jenni’s story ran in Sunday’s copy of The Oklahoman and I put together a video that ran on NewsOK.com.
Kendra Lancaster (right) and a teammate try to block a serve during a scrimmage at practice at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.