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.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Zion Madness

"Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC."

March Madness: There is no greater emotion seen on a basketball court anywhere in the world.

Every play. Every pass. Every bucket. It all matters as the best in college basketball chase the title of National Champions.

Documenting nine games in a week, it has been fun photographing both blowout and close action.

What was even more fun was getting a few games with the player which has been called one of the most exciting players this season - Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils.

While Duke ended up losing in the Elite 8, the plays were quite thrilling like the above.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Kings, Again

"Brandon King #36 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia."

Not every sporting event is a high-scoring affair - and that's certainly true in even the biggest of games.

In one of the world's biggest games, Super Bowl LIII lacked time in the end zone.

Some may say that made it interesting, but most would have probably liked more near 100 total points scored rather than under 20.

Despite the score, Patriots secured their sixth Super Bowl title by only putting up 13 points over the Los Angeles Rams - once again being crowned the kings of the NFL.

Friday, January 25, 2019

No Flipping Way

"Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Jonathan Jones #31 of the New England Patriots in the first half during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri." 

It's down to the nitty-gritty in the NFL season and everyone is on edge.

From wild-card weekend to the AFC and NFC Championship games - teams are doing whatever it takes to get to the Superbowl - including the New England Patriots.

The Patriots rallied back to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs on their home field to advance to the Super Bowl yet again.

Looking forward to the big game in Atlanta next weekend and hoping for another exciting finish as they have been in recent years.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Post Season Leap

"Tight end Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens leaps over defensive back Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland."

It's a New Year and that rings in the start of the NFL playoffs.

Every snap and down has a much bigger meaning as teams fight for the right to hoist the Lombardi trophy.

Stakes are higher and players are willing to sacrifice everything to play for a chance to win it all.

The Wild Card weekend started at home in Baltimore as the Ravens tried to claw their way back into contention - but ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Chargers.

As always, it will be a fun ride to the Super Bowl - and will hopefully produce those iconic images that make football one of the most exciting sports to photograph.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Helping Hands

"Tight end Jordan Reed #86 of the Washington Redskins is introduced before playing against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField on October 14, 2018 in Landover, Maryland."

Introductions in sports are nothing new, but it's always fun to try and find something different.

With some smoke and some fans, it was a welcomed change for my pupils as the Redskins made their way to the field before playing the Carolina Panthers back in October.

I think most want to be on the field, but I always believe the picture is away from the view of fans.

Or in this case - maybe an obstructed view.