Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hanging On

"Aram Keshgegian #5 of St. Joesph (left) eludes Shane Demsey #2 of Arizona during Day 1 of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships at Talen Energy Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Chester, Pennsylvania."

Sometimes in sports it can feel like you're dragging a ton of weight around due to many different variables.

Whether it's weather related such as extreme heat or cold, bad backgrounds at a venue, or other life events unrelated to the game. These things and more can make a regular match feel like a major challenge whereas it might not otherwise.

Much like the image above for the collegiate rugby championships, you have to push on, keep running forward and work hard. By worrying about what might be dragging you down, you'll never be able to succeed visually.

With that said, photographers are often the first to complain about things like weather, yet we should remember this minor nuances are only temporary.

While that may seem difficult at the time - there is nothing worse than constant complaining. Prove not only to yourself that you can overcome the obstacles, but to your team, too.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Snapping Win

"Raymond Henley #2 of the New Mexico Vatos Snapchats on his phone with teammates under the grandstands after defeating St. Mary's College of Maryland, 31-7, in the NSCRO Final during Day 2 of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships at Talen Energy Stadium on June 5, 2016 in Chester, Pennsylvania."

There is nothing like winning the big championship - and then sharing it with the world.

For the second year in a row, I had the opportunity to document rugby sevens action for two days at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Knowing the lay of the land this time around I tried to change my style of visual coverage for us at Getty Images. And one thing I wanted to look for was a big moment of jubilation or dejection away from the field.

After the New Mexico Vatos defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland in the NSCRO championship, I followed them under the grandstands to their makeshift locker room.

I didn't think anything of it because they weren't in a proper locker room - and as excited as they were - simply taking off their jerseys wasn't a picture. But something told me to stick around, and I am glad I did. 

Moments later, Raymond Henley lead the team in Snapchat showing the world what they've done.

It's this type of access, and these types of moments, that make sports special - and it would be possible without them allowing a total stranger into their world for a brief couple of minutes.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Salute

"Starting pitcher Tyler Wilson #63 of the Baltimore Orioles and teammates stand with members of the United States Armed Forces before playing against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Every year the same holidays occur. It can be just another day at the stadium unless you visualize how to document them differently.

Some years you miss certain celebrations. Other years you photograph them and think how you could make it better. But having to wait an entire year to get the chance to shoot it again can easily make one forget what they wanted to do.

For Memorial Day, I knew that service members took the field with players at Oriole Park at Camden Yards - much like most other ballparks around the nation.

I totally forgot about that until when I walked to the field. It then hit me because I had forgotten my stool for the photo well.

So I risked standing in the well or take a chance and photograph the beginning of the game from the nose bleed section.

Glad I went up high because it gave the scene a very proud to be American feel, while also being graphic and clean.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Preakness at Pimlico

"Jockey Victor Carrasco poses for a portrait after jockeying Never Stop Looking in The 2nd Running of the Old Bay Race prior to the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland."

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There is nothing more challenging then covering the same event year after year.

I've covered the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course for six years in a row - and that doesn't count what I've documented not in succession.

Obviously, each year variables change. The weather may be good or bad. There may be a policy changes for fans. A horse could scratch from the race. And so much more.

But for the most part, the venue and purpose of the assignment are relativity unchanged. So trying to capture the week long of morning workouts and then the one day event in a new light is always fun, but a huge challenge.

This year, lots of rain already changed our game plan at Getty Images. That in turn changed how I approached and documented the week.

Not only did we walk away Saturday night with brilliant coverage as a team, I thought I had one of my best Preakness weeks to date, and that goes back to my teammates doing the same.

Monday, May 16, 2016

All Hands On Pit

"Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Rheem Chevrolet, comes in for a pit stop during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 14, 2016 in Dover, Delaware."

Each and every venue has it's gems - yet it's finding them and knowing how to use them that makes it a challenge.

For motorsports, some tracks have different shooting positions that make routine documentation a bit more of a calculated risk.

As an example, at most race tracks, pit stop walls are solid concrete. And going over the wall with any part of your body and camera as a photographer is strictly prohibited.

However, at Dover International Speedway, the pit road wall is more of a guard rail with an opening below. This allows photographers to wedge their camera underneath the opening and spray frames blindly as cars come speeding in for tire changes.

Maybe it's because in all my years at Dover I was playing it safe when I covered pit stops. Whatever the reason being, I'm glad I went for something different this time around.

There is nothing better than getting multiple layers of action in one sports image.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

One to the Chin

"Lucian Bute of Canada (right) is punched by Badou Jack of Sweden in their WBC super middleweight championship bout at the DC Armory on May 1, 2016 in Washington, DC."

Timing is everything - and in boxing that's not always easy.

Learning  and adjusting to punching speeds is one of the most challenging things in documenting sports.

While not always necessary, I always show up to boxing matches early to get a my rhythm and timing down with the under card fights. Not to mention, a lot of the times these matches before the title fights are just as good, if not better, photographically.

With this being my third boxing night in a little over a month, I had a good night of connecting my clicks with connecting punches.

While one of the two title matches at the DC Armory ended in a majority draw, all the images that night showed the heart and hard-hitting action that boxing is known for.

As always, much respect to the fighters. There is nothing more vicious in sports than a night ringside.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Presidential Selfie

"Abraham Lincoln impersonator Ron Carley (left) takes a selfie picture with WBC Champion Badou Jack in front of the White House prior to Jack facing Lucian Bute (not pictured) in a super middleweight title fight, set for April 30, 2016 at the DC Armory, on April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC."

Reactions from the general public often make the most of assignments where a majority of the day are posed portraits.

A press tour helping promote a double-header headlined title fight had a group of photographers posing four professional boxers in front of iconic monuments in Washington, DC.

These clean portraits helped place international boxers from the fight card in the district - and were great for clients worldwide.

Yet it was another notable man that helped bring a candid moment to the otherwise set schedule day.

That man was Abraham Lincoln, well, an impersonator of the famous president with the top hat.

The best part was is that Abe sought out the selfie - making the moment even better.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stealthy Play

"Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals takes a high-stick to the face from Andrew MacDonald #47 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

Everyone near and on the ice needs to have quick reflexes.

From the goalie tracking a fast moving puck to make a save, to the star of the game lining up the game-winning shot. But even those such as officials and photographers need to have quick response times.

The other night as the Washington Capitals were trying to close out the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Philadelphia Flyers reflexes came into play.

Nothing is routine in the playoffs, but what seemed like a simple face-off turned into a high-stick penalty. A quick reaction to turn the camera resulted in documented said play.

One of my favorite images from the game I thought it symbolized the series where the Capitals and Flyers put everything on the line in order to advance.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

High Check

"Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals is checked into the goal by Brayden Schenn #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 14, 2016 in Washington, DC."

It's playoff hockey time - and the excitement is just beginning.

There is something that changes from regular to the post season where the fire is lit underneath the players. From the first puck drop until the Stanley Cup, the level of play is simply different.

Each goal matters. Each check is bigger than the last. Each game is one step closer to being named the greatest team.

We at Getty Images are always trying to capture the big moments from different angles. For game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, I thought I'd go back to the classic overhead remote. While I wanted something different, other photographers placed their remotes on the opposite goal, so I stuck to my regular routine.

At the end of the night, nothing telling happened - no major saves or goals. Yet a check that sent the goal flying off of its moorings ended up communicating that intensity of the playoffs.

Friday, April 15, 2016

En Garde

"Sancchi Kukadia (left) and Holly Buechel fence in the epee gold medal final during the USA Fencing Division I National Championships at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on April 11, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia."

There is nothing better than shooting something for the first time.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to document some fencing action during the USA Fencing Division I National Championships in Richmond, Virginia.

In no way have I ever photographed the sport, so I was excited, and nervous to get south.

With lots of help from one of our freelance editors who fences when not working, I was able to get up to speed quickly on the different types of fencing, as well as, who the Olympians were.

While I only had a couple hours to work, I had a lot of fun and wish I could have spent more time with the Olympians.

One thing I noticed is there is a lot of emotion and a lot of freedom to be creative. This was one of my favorites of the latter despite loving the great jubilation that continually occurred.