Monday, October 21, 2019

Defeated and Down

"Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts losing in game four of the National League Championship Series to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC."

One of the hardest things to do is to remember to turn around - literally.

In sport there is winning and losing. And everyone knows the latter will never be easy, nor fun. So when Washington Nationals won the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series, everyone knew it was historic.

The story was on the diamond and at the pitching mound. Pure excitement and jubilation. Conversely, news for the St. Louis Cardinals meant elimination.

Any, and every, photographer wants to point their lens toward victory. It's an innate reaction. But reality is that with every winner, there is a loser, and that story needs to be told, too.

For our clients, and for history, that loss is just a historic and telling as the win. Often that window of reaction happens much faster than the winners. So it was only a few frames before the moment was over, but sometimes that's all you need.

Best to everyone next season and those still playing.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Run, Jump, Throw...and Fans

"Fans in thawbs look on during day seven of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar."

Sport is so often focused on the athletes. Their actions on and off the field. The big moments that define history.

But we often forget that fans play an important role in sport - and visually documenting them is imperative, too.

What I like is when a picture can give a sense of place. A lot of time images can feel repetitive. Golf is an example where play is in beautiful sunny weather - and everything is lush and green. Pictures can sometimes feel like 'anywhere in the world' without context.

During the halfway point of the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships, I wanted to try and show viewers where the running, jumping and throwing was occurring.

That was both difficult and easy. Simple in the sense that fans wearing the traditional thawb was easy to spot. But how to photograph them inside the venue was tough.

After finding a large group of men entering a portal, I followed them until I found the above.

A great sense of place for Doha, Qatar - during yet another thrilling world champs.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Go Figure

"Sara Campanini and Francesco Riva of Italy perform in the Junior Ice Dance - Rhythm Dance during Day 2 of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Herb Brooks Arena on August 30, 2019 in Lake Placid, New York."

Being patient is one of the most difficult things about photography.

In the world of photojournalism, there is no controlling a scene. Once it happens, it cannot be recreated. In other words, if you miss it, the opportunity is over.

This means, what you see is what you get. When you find the right composition, and decide to camp there for any certain period of time, it's a gamble.

The internal struggle is a challenge. At what point to do bail and move on? If you get what you were seeing, can it get better? Is the picture even worth the time? It's a continual juggle of time, energy and mental planning that never gets easier with time.

In this case, I had seen this shot the day before and knew I had a chance to one up myself with a better picture.

It was a matter of time management, and a little luck with colors and athletes positioning, that ultimately made this image worth it for the day.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pan Am

"Team Chile competes in the Team Pursuit Women Qualification at the Velodrome of Villa Deportiva Nacional on Day 6 of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on August 01, 2019 in Lima, Peru."

When you're asked to be a part of the team cover the Lima 2019 Pan American Games the answer is always: Yes.

What you don't know is that your response will be met by winter in the southern hemisphere which produces cloudy overcast days literally every single hour for months.

Thankfully despite only seeing the sun a total of a couple hours in about a month, the games were filled with colorful teams and backdrops. Much like at the veoldrome.

Our small Getty Images team of photographers (and editor) had an amazing games - and I'm proud of the images we all documented.

Looking forward to the big games next year in Tokyo - and if given the opportunity again - the next Pan American Games in four years.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trea Time

"Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals is dunked with water by teammates after hitting a game-winning RBI double against the Miami Marlins during the bottom of the ninth inning at Nationals Park on July 02, 2019 in Washington, DC."

Everyone loves a good battle - and sometimes that seesaw game goes to the very end of regulation.

Overtime elevates the game play to another level. But I'm willing to take a guess that players don't always want the extra innings.

In baseball, every pitch and swing becomes important in the bottom of the ninth inning and beyond.

Just when everyone in the ballpark envisions 'free baseball' or extra innings - a hero emerges and ends the game.

In this case, it was Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals knocking a game-winning RBI.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cup Check

"Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins checks Robert Thomas #18 of the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game One of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on May 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts."

I am not going to lie, sports plays happen so fast that a small percentage of the time instincts and reaction are the only thing that help get the shot.

Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins check on Robery Thomas in Game One of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final was neither - and easily predictable.

Anyone familiar with hockey, or sports in general, saw it coming seconds before when Krug got tied up with another opponent down the ice.

What reminded me of a 12-year-old self, it looked like a retaliation was about to occur as he skated as fast as he could down ice following the tangle.

The hit was a big one. The play of the game. Now six games later, the Bruins will be looking for another momentum changer as they go to the iconic Game Seven with hopes of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Second Base Battle

"Richie Martin #1 of the Baltimore Orioles (R) steals second base as Eduardo Nunez #36 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to make the out during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 8, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Some will say early season play in any sport equals less excitement - I don't believe it for a second.

Sure there is nothing like a game seven in a any given playoff in any given sport. But that doesn't mean athletes are going through the motions in attempt to coast to that historic game.

And that's why I love sports. One can be in the same satdium day after day, yet they have no idea what will happen.

Thus was the case in this second base battle.

A strong effort by both Eduardo Nunez of the Boston Red Sox and Richie Martin of the Baltimore Orioles made for a great picture that could easily mimic a game-changing playoff play.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Historic Race

"New York City Police officer and triathlete Rob Pollastro poses next to nearly 20-feet-high U.S. Presidential bust statues prior to IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia on May 3, 2019 in Croaker, Virginia. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia triathlon makes its debut in nearby historic Williamsburg, not far from where these 43 remnants of bankrupted Presidents Park are privately stored."

Without other humans, pictures don't happen.

Having been to Williamsburg, Virginia a few weeks prior for a news assignment to photograph these pictured historic Presidential statues; I knew when I made my return I wanted to take advantage of them again for a sports assignment.

We were making our return for an inaugural Ironman race in Williamsburg.

So with the permission of the landowner, an amazing contact at Ironman, and the willingness of athletes, this portrait session came together perfectly.

Remove any one of them from the equation - and we're left with nothing.

A good reminder that it always takes a team effort - whether it's a portrait session, a regular season game, major event somewhere abroad, or something in-between.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Striped Enterance

"Referee Dan O'Rourke #9 takes the ice before the Carolina Hurricanes play the Washington Capitals in the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on April 20, 2019 in Washington, DC."

What I love about sports is often what I hate the most.

Being in the same venues time and time again without a doubt becomes repetitive. It's a grind. But it's also a challenge that you have to love.

Much like the games being played in front of our lens, you never know what can happen or how well you'll perform.

Having an open mind and pushing yourself to be great often leads to simple moments making an interesting picture - much like the above.

A warmup skate can make a dreamy scene that will push me to try and better it next time in the building.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Backstroke

"Collin Fuchs competes in the men's 100 meter backstroke during day two of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Collegiate School Aquatics Center on April 11, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia."

If there is one thing good about swimming events, it's that there is only one pool.

During athletics, or track and field, there is usually so many things going on at once that it can be a real challenge of time management. 

While swimming has a similar schedule as athletics, as there are many heats, having only one event at a time allows for lots of time to look for different pictures.

The downside is, that most of the time competitive swimming is indoors without any sunlight hitting the pool. So you have to work with what you're given.

Nonetheless, I was able to find some different pictures during the TYR Pro Swim Series the other week.