Monday, April 16, 2018

Bacon Blur

"Dwayne Bacon #7 of the Charlotte Hornets shoots in front of Ian Mahinmi #28 of the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena on March 31, 2018 in Washington, DC."

Every once in a while a photographer will think, "Why haven't I shot this image in the past?"

Sports photographers can go years shooting in the venues season after season. While there are variables that change those environments, for the most part they remain the same.

So when they decide to shoot differently, it becomes fresh.

But in that same moment, they can also ponder, "How can I make this image better?"

The above is a photograph I shoot at least once a game of recent. A slow shutter speed that tries to grab the strobe lights of other photographers shooting the same moment.

I'm always trying to better the already graphically compelling frame. Whether it's a slower shutter speed, working with different jersey colors, players, or moments.

Sooner than later it will become perfect for an instant, then I'll go back to trying to better it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Orange Sweep

"A member of the Baltimore Orioles grounds crew cleans an orange carpet before the Baltimore Orioles are introduced before they play against the Minnesota Twins in their Opening Day game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on March 29, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Photography can often mean a lot of sitting around and waiting.

Whether it's in a holding room, sitting in a photo position or even standing on a concourse - it pays to be early.

The above was no different as photographers waiting for the Opening Day introductions of the Baltimore Orioles.

It's easy to simply chat among the competition or relax, but I always stay focused on the scene in front of my lens as you never know would could make an interesting picture.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fast Glide

"Jordan Weal #40 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates with the puck as he is defended by John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during the first period at Wells Fargo Center on March 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

Being in the same building and arena can look the same after many visits - and it's easy to feel as if your images are not compelling or different enough because of the aforementioned.

Not every game is going to be high-scoring affair or feature big hits or moments. But that's indicative of life. Not everything is going to be grand or the polar opposite.

There is a norm to even day-to-day sports. No milestones. No championships. Just regular season hockey in this instance.

But one can push through feeling of repetitive imagery by pushing to be creative or trying something that's not typically seen in that sport.

With such a small, narrow hole to shoot from through the glass, and many advertisements on the boards, ice hockey isn't always a cleanest or easiest sport to photograph.

But a slight change of shutter speed can create something beautiful, eye catching and change the mood of everything even for just one night.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pick Me Up

"Will Leviton #4 of the Rhode Island Rams is held up by teammates Michael Tertsea #55 (L) and Eric Dadika #15 after a point against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the first half in the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 9, 2018 in Washington, DC."

One of the best things about March is basketball.

With March Madness taking over the sports news cycle every year, the stories always inspire great competition.

And while that starts on the court, to me the best visuals always come from the bench.

Players are always showing their support for their teammates which is uplifting in it self - a pick me up if you will. Their actions and celebrations are always over the top.

During the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament the end of the Rhode Island Rams bench was nothing short of entertainment.

With every three-pointer, block, turn-over and dunk, they lit up in jubilation with eccentric routines.

Sadly for all with eyes on them, they didn't win the over all tournament because I don't doubt it would have been even crazier had they taken home the title.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Midstickmen

"Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck during the third period in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland."

Every once in a while an new opportunity within a fresh assignment occurs that helps make a different picture.

During the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, a rare remote camera position was offered to us - this being the dasher camera.

This is a hole cutout along the bottom side of the boards. While few arenas have them, the outdoor rink is one that helps create this type of image.

While not anything ground breaking, what I did like about the above is that it incorporates lens flare from the stadium lighting. In addition, a cleaner background than a typical indoor venue.

Always fun to try something new and have it be a successful image.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Gotta Go

"A man draped in a Eagles flag urinates on the exterior wall of Living Word Community Church as fans celebrate with the Philadelphia Eagles during their NFL Super Bowl victory parade on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

After the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history...they had quite the party.

On the ground covering the up and downs of said celebration can be quite the experience.

Sober and drunk, loud and quiet, yin and yang. Just about every emotion one can think of, and it's opposite counterpart, is witnessed and on display when hundreds of thousands of fans (maybe even millions) gathered in the city to show their support.

It's lawless to say the least. Do as you please. Climb on what you want. And even urinate wherever can find a place to go.

Maybe it's because I've never been a die-hard fan of any team, but I cannot imagine acting outlandish like many Eagles fans did even if my favorite team did the unspeakable. It's also hard to process knowing many live directly in the city and it's where their children are raised.

Nonetheless, as a visual witness to the shenanigans, there were no shortage of images in this super celebration.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Super Win

"Vinny Curry #75 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota."

There is always a lot of hype around the Super Bowl - so much that even photographers can feel the pressure.

However, I always say to others, that after pregame and the first couple of minutes, it starts to feel like just another game.

While there is still that heightened sense of importance to stay focused, much like all sporting events, one cannot fall victim to being wrapped up in the emotion of the game.

This game resembled a boxing match, a sea-saw battle, touchdown after touchdown with it coming down to literally the last play of the game

In the end, after a lot of action and a ton of offensive yardage - it was nothing short of a stunning game as the Philadelphia Eagles claimed their first ever Super Bowl victory

Monday, January 29, 2018

Underdogs

"Beau Allen #94 and Chris Long #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate with dog masks after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

You never know what can happen during a sporting event, unless it happened the week before.

During the NFC Championship, the Philadelphia Eagles rolled over the Minnesota Vikings to reach the Super Bowl.

The aforementioned was totally unknown to everyone.

However, I knew that the Eagles, and more specifically, Chris Long, adorned a dog mask after their divisional playoff win. So I knew to look out for the new trend after the NFC Championship.

After photographing the trophy ceremony, I followed Long as if I was a puppy myself. Little did I know he would be joined by a teammate wearing another 'underdog' mask.

Always fun documenting something like this in sports. Is it a little gloating on their part? Sure. But is it a fun, telling picture. Absolutely.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Eighty-Eight

"NHL Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia Flyer Eric Lindros acknowledges the crowd during his Jersey Retirement Night ceremony before the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

As a sports photographer, one never gets to photographer every athlete.

Eric Lindros was one of those athletes that I vividly remember watching and knowing about when I was kid.

He was a household name and that proves true with his NHL Hall of Fame induction.

His style of play was something that one certainly doesn't see in today's game and his leadership meant enough to the Philadelphia Flyers that they retired his iconic eighty-eight number.

Having access to the ice for the ceremony, I tried to make something a bit different than the rest, as literal images don't always draw a viewer in.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wrong Bench

"Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards crashes into the stands against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 15, 2018 in Washington, DC."

I am always amazed how quickly basketball players can slam on the brakes.

What I am talking about is their ability to come to a quick stop before crashing into those seated so close the boundaries of the court.

Their control is remarkable. Each and every play is full speed and unlike most other sports - the fan base is right on top of them.

It's rare you see a player accidentally collide with the media or fans. But when it does happen, it another stroke of genius as everyone is able to protect themselves and come out unscathed.

In this case, it was convenient that there was an empty court side seat for Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizards to sit into when he couldn't brake in time. The only casualty were a couple of beers that splashed empty.