I went to go see the Detroit Derby Girls Friday night down at the Cobo Arena.  Since I am new in town I joined Meetup.com to try and meet some new friends.  Spending 6 hours on a trip to Detroit with people you have never met is kind of a crapshoot.

I have always wanted to check out the roller derby because it seems pretty cool.  Girls with tattoos and great derby names kicking ass and having fun.  The night included two match ups between Detroit teams.  The matches are both an hour long; the lower ranked teams go first and the higher ranked teams go second.  If I had to do it over again I would have just gone for the second match.  Tickets were $15, which I thought was pretty reasonable for the whole evening.  Before each match they play a little video to explain the way derby works and there are announcers for the matches.  It is pretty family friendly with kids games during halftime.  I would go back to check out the travel teams, since they are more competitive.  On March 5th there is a match between the Detroit DDG Travel Allstars and the Chicago Windy City Roller All-Stars.  Of course I would have to cheer for Chicago, my home town.

I took the new camera along with my Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250mm.  Since I have no idea how to do anything manually I tried out the Sports mode and No flash mode.  The no flash mode seemed to work out better because the sports mode photos were too dark.  Here are a couple of my favorite shots.