Junior Olympics Water Polo and A Camera Card Dying

July 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

18G 1st Place Set A v Socal Black A18G 1st Place Set A v Socal Black AJuly 31, 2016; Stanford, CA, USA; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Session 2 18G 1st Place Set A v Socal Black A. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Another fun and exhausting year of covering Junior Olympics Water Polo for KLC fotos there's now a whole new deluge of images up on KLC fotos!

14BX North San Diego Stars v Trojans14BX North San Diego Stars v TrojansJuly 25, 2016; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics 14BX North San Diego Stars v Trojans at Independence High School. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

This year, we worked a little differently because instead of having a photo booth stationed at the pool, we instead brought one to the Expo days and then were able to focus solely on covering the action the other days.

Expo Session 2Expo Session 2July 27, 2016: USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Expo Session 2. Photo credit: KLC fotos This meant I covered a LOT more games.

14BX North San Diego Stars v Trojans14BX North San Diego Stars v TrojansJuly 25, 2016; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics 14BX North San Diego Stars v Trojans at Independence High School. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

With multiple championship games happening at Avery Aquatics Complex it was nice to be able to conquer and divide. I covered most of the 3rd/4th place games while Water Polo Division Director Catharyn Hayne covered the 1st/2nd place games. Then I would pop over and get the team photo of the winning teams to pass along to USA Water Polo while Catharyn continued covering the game that immediately started following the conclucsion of the previous game.

This was all working great on championship day, 10U team photo, 12U team photo, 14U team photo, 16U team photo, and then, after taking the 18U team photo, the premier event of the oldest athletes who are all looking to be recruited and what makes this USA Water Polo event so crticial, I went to ingest my card and got an error message. So I popped it back in the camera to see what was up and it said there were no images on the card, WHAT?!

12B Bakersfield v Park City Miners12B Bakersfield v Park City MinersJuly 25, 2016; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics 12B Bakersfield v Park City Miners at Independence High School. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

A part of me thought "shoot, this is the key reason why USA Water Polo hires me, they don't care about print sales of the 17th place team, they care about putting these photos on their website, in their magazine, and for their archive" and I can't get the photo from any of the parent photographers because the platform is set up so that parents aren't there being a distraction. But, I couldn't just sit in a corner and wallow in my (card) failure. 12G 3rd Place SB Premier v Rose Bowl12G 3rd Place SB Premier v Rose BowlJuly 31, 2016; Stanford, CA, USA; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Session 2 12G 3rd Place SB Premier v Rose Bowl. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

So, I called home to put Colin on the quest of finding the subscription code for San Disk Rescor PRO Deluxe that I (knock on wood) had not needed to install on this machine, and thankfully I was able to run recovery software successfully and send along the photo. Phewsh. What a save!

16G 3rd Place SOCAL Black A v Set A16G 3rd Place SOCAL Black A v Set AJuly 31, 2016; Stanford, CA, USA; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Session 2 16G 3rd Place SOCAL Black A v Set A. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

I have no idea why the card failed. I am a diligent format-er and it had been working all day, and theoretically worked afterward (though I will never actually use again) but the take away is, when it matters, ALWAYS shoot to two cards. Even if one is just a backup low res jpeg, that's better than nothing at all because when you are tasked with not just getting the news but documenting memories and celebrations of achievement, you NEED to get the photo!

14G 1st Place SB 805A v Rose Bowl Red A14G 1st Place SB 805A v Rose Bowl Red AJuly 31, 2016; Stanford, CA, USA; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Session 2 14G 1st Place SB 805A v Rose Bowl Red A. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Though I still didn't have as rough a day as Shieldy who kept falling over when trying to step on the bulkhead to join the team.

10M SOCAL v Commerce10M SOCAL v CommerceJuly 31, 2016; Stanford, CA, USA; USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Session 2 10M SOCAL v Commerce. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Big ups to all of our photographers that helped out KLC fotos this past week+

Catharyn Hayne, Trevor Will, Chris Leung, Shirley Pefley, Kevin Schofield, Andrea Sanico, Emily Montanez

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