Just to prove that I still occasionally shot a contest or two, shots from the 2019 Monsta Classic, held on August 10 in Lake City, are up on the site.

Between the change of venue of the Gainesville show out of the area and family schedule conflicts I’ve been unable to attend the shows I usually try to shoot, so it was nice to learn that I haven’t totally forgotten how to work the camera.

Gateway is still one of my favorite venues, largely because the steep tiers give me an unobstructed view of the stage, and whoever handled the lighting and stage banners for this show deserves a BIG thumbs-up. With all the vertical lines to align against, there was almost always some background object in the shot that helped distract from the parallax and give the shots a cleaner, more parallel appearance.

(I also proved to myself that my viewfinder is almost exactly one degree out of rotation from the sensor, as I took a number of carefully-aligned shots for that exact purpose– but that’s another story.)

I’ve started shooting tethered wirelessly to my laptop and when it works it’s wonderful; today I was running into some issues that I think had to do with the antivirus and the server software not playing nicely together. My connection crashed a couple of times and a few shots were missed for reboot while others were saved to the camera card out of numerical order.

I think I managed to get what I could salvage rearranged correctly. I’ve since changed antivirus and updated the server software, and it seems much more stable now, so next show I shoot should go much more smoothly. And when is that next show, you ask? As of now the plan is to shoot the Ultimate Muscle Classic in Lakeland in October, but I hope to be able to sneak in another show if the opportunity arises.

The official shots, as well as shots from the finals, can be purchased at monstaphoto.com, and I hope you enjoy these.