The Robotics competition was a lot more boring than I thought that it was going to be. That's not to say it wasn't interesting, because it was. I was pretty amazed with the level of coding that middle school through high schoolers were accomplishing, something I couldn't do in college with coding training.
My GPS took me to the wrong location at first and it took me over 20 minutes to find the correct location. So I missed the opening ceremonies and the event had already begun when I got there at 9:30 a.m. I was a little disoriented at first, having never been to one of these kinds of things before (I was on math team, not science team). So I just watched at first, taking a few scene setter shots until I found interesting subjects.
I ended up with this really nice group of all girls a part of the Cyber Pirates high school team. They were the only all-girls group there, which also made them pretty interesting. So I approached them and they were really excited about the idea of me following them around for the day.
The first obstacle I faced while shooting was that I forgot a household plug for the Norman lights. I brought the lights to cancel out the lights in the rest of the gymnasium where the competition was being held. But I didn't notice that I needed household plugs until I was trying to plug in the pocket wizards. This could have been avoided if I had prepared properly.
The event was pretty repetitive and lasted a really long time, so I had to hold myself back from shooting too much otherwise I would have gone over the 300-frame limit. I only ended up going over by 40, which I think wasn't too bad.
Overall, I think that the shoot went pretty well. I got some shots that I'm pretty proud of. I don't consider it portfolio worthy necessarily, but I still did well considering the content.