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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Fight Must Go On

"Guillermo Avila of Mexico drips blood after taking a punch from Gervonta Davis (not pictured) in their super featherweights bout at the DC Armory on April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC."

No one likes to see anyone hurt - but in boxing the theme heavily weighs on knocking your opponent out cold.

Covering a handful of fights at the DC Armory last week, not many fights ended quickly. These conditioned athletes stood toe to toe for all rounds showing how resilient they are.

While a few did end in knock out or technical knock out, only one fighter shed a lot of blood. That was Guillermo Avila.

With upper cheek slashed open, blood poured out of his face briefly before being tended to by his corner.

It's always an amazing feat when boxers continue a fight after a gnarly gash, even more so, is that their corner is able to stop such a massive, bleeding wound so quickly.

I have nothing but respect for these tough athletes every time I document boxing.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shred

"A skateboarder rides a concrete bowl that is covered in graffiti at FDR Skatepark on March 30, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

The saying goes: one man's trash is another man's treasure.

For my photographer friends living in Philadelphia, they've been to and worked the famous FDR Skatepark near the stadium complexes to no end. They probably think it's cliche. They avoid it because they've documented the action time and time again.

But for someone who has known about it for more than ten years, yet has never been, it's like gold to my eyes.

The other day I had to be in city of brotherly love to shoot a Flyers hockey game. Since I had a lot of time to burn, I thought after all these years I'd get over to the concrete paradise.

It's hard not to find every moment attractive as graffiti perfectly covers every section of the park.

While I know what makes a compelling action photo with extreme sports, I was continually drawn to the environment more than the skaters catching air off of the lip of the rail.

I've now checked this off my want to shoot list, however, I am now already wanting to go back for more.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Box Out

"Isaiah Miles #15 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks, Jordan Bell #1 of the Oregon Ducks, Chris Boucher #25 of the Oregon Ducks, DeAndre Bembry #43 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks, and Tyler Dorsey #5 of the Oregon Ducks, battle for a rebound in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2016 in Spokane, Washington."

Basketball can be very similar as ice hockey - being up close and personal on the court or ice doesn't always translate to the cleanest imagery.

What I mean is that advertisements can quickly distract viewers eyes. While each venue is different, some have cleaner backgrounds than others, setting up a remote camera is one way to clean up a frame.

Most if not all of the basketball I cover locally doesn't allow for clean angles for remote cameras. So when I jetted west, I knew I'd bring my remote gear to document the first and second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

I had no idea what possibilities I'd have, and without bringing the right gear, I would have never been able to find out otherwise.

After two days of basketball and six games, the above was my favorite remote image. Basically firing blindly from the opposite end of the court, the players interlocking and battling for a rebound communicated the fierce competition of March Madness.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spray

"Angel Aispuro is punched by Palmer Park in their featherweights match at the DC Armory on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC."

If there is one thing I hope for when documenting sports, it's a clean background.

A backdrop that isn't cluttered with advertisements or distracting elements is the greatest canvas. It makes shooting action much easier. You're not constantly running around the venue looking for the cleanest angle.

Late last year when documented boxing, large sign boards ruined a lot of great images in my opinion. Some will say that a moment always defeats a busy background. But I feel lit advertisement boards will always be an eye sore.

So when I arrived at the DC Armory last weekend for a large fight card, the first thing I did was notice how clean the backdrop was. I only wish all indoor sporting events were lit only on the athletes and not the fans.

The contrast from the sweat, water continually helped make pictures throughout the night. And while there were a lot of bloody fights, I kept coming back to this frame just for the fact that it's clean.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Tied Up

"Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers gets tripped up by the stick of Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Calgary Flames during the second period at Wells Fargo Center on February 29, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

Anything and everything happens in sports.

When one thinks they've seen it all, something new occurs. The problem with that is picturing an image before it occurs. And the real issue is that sets oneself up for failure.

What I mean is that we envision something happening. The most insane of moments - lets say - a ice hockey player upside down with their ice skates fall off midair next to them.

These dreamy type moments will probably never happen. It's a great feeling to hope it happens and be able to document it. But realistically you'll only get maybe the player in midair as thier skates probably would never come off.

Conversely, being ready. Having those grand fantasies do help capture what could actually happen.

For  Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers a quick burst between players ended up with him going a little airborne and spinning around a couple times after getting tied up by Dougie Hamilton of the Calgary Flames stick.

Not the most insane picture of the year for hockey, yet great for the game and enough to keep dreaming of even bigger hits.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Pick a Winner

"Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is fouled by Jared Dudley #1 of the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Center on February 28, 2016 in Washington, DC."

There is nothing worse than having your routine being changed - until you realize that change is good.

The other night as the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Washington Wizards, our floor spot was moved to the other side of the basket. After shooting from the same spot on the floor for a couple of months, things suddenly felt different.

But I learned a long time ago to embrace change in life. Everything happens for a reason; and there really isn't much you can do to change what's happening.

Frankly, I've always been that sort of team player. I always do what I'm told without a fight. Whether it's a large team or the solo team of myself. Find the pictures that happen no matter where you end up.

This nearly nose picking foul moment happened in front of me - a spot I'm typically not sitting.

Just a small reminder to myself to always go with the flow.