Today was successful day for Don Christian Elementary. We participated in the Elementary Volleyfest at the Harry Jerome Centre in Burnaby bringing a team of girls and a team of boys. The boys had the most success of either or any team for that matter. The went undefeated at the tournament regularly crushing opponents all the while playing exceptional 3 hit volleyball. Bump, set, hit was on full display! In the final game of their playoff the faced the other undefeated team in the tournament beating them by an average score of 18 points. Their hitting, serving, and positional play was superb.
The girls also did well in winning their playoff pool (tier 2) but were unfortunately unable to adapt as well as the boys to the play of the opposite team. What do I mean by this? We teach the girls to always play 3 hit ball, essentially proper volleyball as it will be played in high school and in the rest of life. Unfortunately, we only met 2 other teams out of the 5 we played that played with the same philosophy as we do. Our girls to their credit would not fall into the “ping pong” game that other teams were playing and played like they were taught. We were extremely proud of them but frustrated that they deserved a better fate and should have been playing in the top pool against better teams. Oh well, the girls did win, they got their prize shown below and all they will remember is that they won. They’re happy then the coaches should be happy too!
1st snow of the season! I think this is probably more snow than we got during the Olympics. This shot is of the road just before hill where we live. It’s pretty steep and after a few cars, when the snow is packed down, it gets pretty slick.
Now I do know that some people actually look at this blog although I’m not too sure how closely, here’s an example of what you can do to a photograph if you shoot in “raw” format. Raw format is basically the raw image data before it becomes an actual image that is usable. With a raw image you can do some amazing things. You can enhance, change, and remove colour to a much great degree than you can with the industry standard .jpg image. In addition to colour, you can greatly enhance sharpness, highlights, shadows, tone, saturation, as well as luminance and chromiance noise reductions. Essentially, you can bring images to life.
I should probably post a different and amazing image after that rant but below is the same image as above but with only a custom white balance set after the picture was taken. You can not do this with a .jpg image. The street lamps are tungsten lights which put out a yellow hue to the light. A custom white balance can take that completely out.