Saturday, May 1, 2010

Galaxy Mixed Martial Arts Presents Worlds Collide

Surprised? Me too. I am so not into mixed martial arts, but I AM so into taking pictures. So when good friend Mano Nguyen of Galaxy Mixed Martial Arts asked me to help him take pictures at his event, I said, "Sure."

Especially since I was gonna get one of these Media Passes. I love these press passes cause I can act like I'm a real photographer.
I had to check in at the back door and I got the pass from these lovely ladies.
As soon as I got in I went to check out the arena floor. I was curious to see what the cage looked like. It was really neat being able to walk anywhere I wanted. I felt so special.
Then I went back outside to catch the people coming in.
I loved this girl's shoes. I actually said, "Can I take a picture of your shoes?"
I was suprised to see that a lot of the fans were not really hard core mixed martial arts fans but just regular people . . .
except for these Japanese tourists.
It was almost showtime so I went back into the arena.
I half expected that I might not be able to handle the violence and that I would end up leaving early. That didn't happen. First of all I could tell just by looking at the fighters that they were all very, very fit. Then, the rounds are short, either 3 minutes or 5 minutes, and there are only 3 rounds each. It actually proved to be very exciting. And as you can see, I loved using the arena lighting to photograph the fighters' bodies.

18 comments:

K and S said...

great shots!

Les said...

wow, awesome shooting Jalna!! Soo funny, that's the last place I'd expect you to shoot! Lucked out on the lighting, eh? bonus!

jalna said...

Thanks Kat!

Hoo hoo, thanks Les. I guess someimes you just gotta step out of your comfort zone to experience new things.

Dd said...

soooo...the lions were fighting each other ??

jalna said...

Didi, don't really now what the lions were doing.

Ric Gillespie said...

Very nice job!

jalna said...

Hey thanks Ric!

Betty Townsend said...

Great pictures! Like Les, I wouldn't expect you to be at an event such as this. Yup, gotta step out of comfort zone and experience other things. Your portfolio is so varied and that is awesome!!

jalna said...

Thanks Betty. I had good fun taking the pictures!

Yosh808 said...

Aaahahha...you caught my friends Jeremy & Maile. Bwahaha. Nice pics...oh by the way..did your sister tell you we met yesterday at Macy's? Haha, Jaci and I were checking out one of the chefs...tee hee.

jalna said...

So small island yeah, Yosh. My brother said he knew somebody in one of my pics too. Didi did mention that she met you and Jaci.

Randism said...

i am so for a variety of shoots and so i nominate some victoria secret shoot as your next assignment! i mean, purely for professional development, of course!

Erick said...

Great low light shots, I love the side and backlite shots, so cool! Nice shots of the audience too. You a shot of a HMSA employee too. Great job!

SW said...

Great fight shots! Was it really dark there? Also, OMG..I can't believe you got a shot of my co-worker in one of your people shots..what is the chance of that?

jalna said...

Hahaha Rand, if I ever, ever get to shoot Victoria Secret models, I'll invite you so you can work on your shooting skills also!

Thanks Erick. The low light did prove challenging.

Actually Shun Wah, it kinda doesn't surprise me anymore when people say they know somebody in one of my shots. I'm beginning to realize just how small this island is.

Mark said...

Aloha Jalna,Your shots look great! Thank you for being at our event and covering it. Would you ever want to do it again? or is it a one time thing? You are a great photographer. and I hope you'd like to snap a few more shots of our competitors in the future.
Mahalo,

Mark P.

jalna said...

Hi Mark. Thanks for the compliments and for taking the time to comment. I would so do it again. Mano has my e-mail address and my phone number. Just let me know.

Mano Nguyen said...

Jalna, you are the bomb sister. Thanks for supporting Galaxy! Yes, Jalna got Chris Templo, an HMSA employee by day, mixed martial artist by night :) She also caught Zack Pang, an HPD Officer (bald buff guy tattoo) and many great up and coming fighters of Galaxy. Jalna, you know you'll always have an invitation with us as long as you want. Just looking through your photos makes me hungry :) Thanks again!