We are all familiar with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat but we seldom give a second thought to the consternation of the tie. While not quite the agony of defeat, for a nine-year-old soccer goalie, it is a bummer nonetheless. This photo essay features my son Forest (I noticed that no other blue uniforms are in this series; gotta have a talk with his teammates to give a little help around the goal). This was his team’s first game of the season and we scored early so held a 1-0 lead for 59 and ½ minutes of the 60 minute game. The game started at 5:30 and thus the low angle of the sun along with the orientation of the field made taking pictures toward the goal Forest was defending in the first half a hassle (faces in shadow etc.). But, take my word, Forest blocked innumerable shots. At the start of the second half (when the lighting on the goal was friendlier) I was involved with “stuff” so all these shots were taken from the sidelines in the last 10 minutes or so of the game. #1 They tried low shots. (Forest's pose indicates that he too may want to have a son of his own one day.) #2 They tried high shots. #3 They tried more low shots. View attachment 15561 #4 But each and every time the steadfast Forest Quinn would come up with the ball… View attachment 15562 #5 …and boot it down field to his teammates who obviously felt no need to run all that way up field to help out seein' as the “Mighty Quinn” was their goalie :smile: . View attachment 15563 #6 Then, with seconds remaining in the game, the unthinkable :Shocked: … Half blinded by the setting sun, Forest still managed to deflect a last desperate shot away from the goal with his right hand… unfortunately the ball rolled directly to another opponent who was smack-dab in the middle and inches away from the goal. Game Tied!! …tick, tick, tick… Game Over!! View attachment 15564 #7 The long walk off the field. For those unfamiliar with consternation, that’s it written all over Forest’s face. View attachment 15565 All shots taken with a D70, Nikkor 70-300ED; iso 200; RAW. I used aperture priority and adjusted to keep the shutter around 1/1000 sec. I really liked shots #5 and #7 and so isolated Forest in PS (no mean feat with that wild hair of his) and used a gradient mask and g-blur to mimic a shallower DOF. Constructive criticism more than welcome (as long as it doesn’t involve purchasing a multi-thousand-dollar lens better suited to the assigned task :wink: ).