Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Bling

"Cristian Pache #25 of the Atlanta Braves runs off of the field after the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game two of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on April 7, 2021 in Washington, DC."

One of the biggest misconceptions of sports photography is that a great picture is only action. And that cannot be further from the truth.

It doesn't take much for a little bit of seeking around to find a nice picture. Sometimes it's like a little luck, sometimes is wondering around and other times it's staying focused in-between the action.

I loved this simple, clean image of Cristian Pache of the Atlanta Braves running to the dugout after the inning. The sun catching his sunglasses made from a welcoming picture.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Wanamaker



"As the sunsets, Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy on a sand dune after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina."

When athletes are young, they're rarely legends. It takes time for them to build a following after winning historic championships.

Back in May, Phil Mickelson became the oldest major champion in history after winning the 2021 PGA Championship at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

It's always exciting to see history be made with a big name - and sometimes when they're legendary - all you need is a silhouette of them and the trophy to know exactly who it is and what they won.  

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Double Jockey

"Jockey Julian Pimentel walks to the jockey's room after riding Torch of Truth in the 7th race prior to the 146th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Documenting the same events can be visually challenging. But there is a saying that if you don't look at what you did before, you'll do it all over again.

I try to remember that as I always want to bring a fresh perspective to the events I am documenting. Sometimes that's much more of a challenge than others.

Yet all it takes is a new signage board like above that catches your eye when it makes a reflection.

Having covered the Preakness Stakes more than I care to remember, it was a reminder that every year to be different and have a positive attitude going into it.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Paddle Rock

"A surfer waits to catch a wave as they paddle by a jetty at the Ocean City inlet on March 12, 2021 in Ocean City, Maryland."

Last year during the pandemic, I picked up an Aquatech housing and got into shooting images in the ocean. Be it summer or the dead of winter, I found a new passion and love for photography while neck deep in the ocean with a camera.

However, with many different tools at my disposal, it's always a gamble trying to decide whether to get into the water or photograph a scene from the beach.

Back in March, the waves were great, but I had been in earlier in the day and wanted to shoot some surfers with my drone. One of the spots I thought would be interesting was the inlet in Ocean City.

Thankfully, there were a handful of surfers, and as per usual, the drone opened up a new vantage point.

Whether I am in the water, or simply near the sea, there is an itch that needs to be scratched and find myself searching for every availability to get back to the shore.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Legendary

"Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida."

Every game has its challenges. Be it preseason, regular season or the Super Bowl.

In the age of Covid-19 restrictions, shooting the biggest game in North America, or the globe considered by some, it was our biggest hurdle yet.

A game we at Getty Images usually cover with a massive team had to be done with only three photographers a couple of technical and editorial support on scene.

Not only was that a new way of approaching such a historic match - we also didn't have field access. Strategy in our movements became much more of a thought process and deliberate.

At the end of the day, it was a huge success for our team. From the coaching to the players, it felt good.

As for myself, the best way to describe the image above is from a recent Twitter post by professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood below. It totally describes photography perfectly:

"Ever have one of those rounds of golf when you’re so frustrated at this stupid game for not giving you what you deserve? Then, just when you're about to lose it, you hit the shot that makes you realize why you're so hopelessly in love with it."

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In the Bubble

"Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before playing against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on February 1, 2021 in Washington, DC."

With sports pretty much fully returned since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, not all is how it used to be.

For most professional and college sports, photographers are out into different tiers away from the field of play. This mostly means, the snappers are put into spectator seating far from the atheltes. 

However, some sports there has been no change. One of them is the hockey. While modified in that not all of the ice level cut out holes are available, photographers are close.

We've taken advantage of this and I've even pulled out the circular fisheye lens to try something different. A bubble view of the game if you will.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Surgical Start

"Arsenio Bustos looks on in his protective face covering worn due to the Covid-19 pandemic before he competes in the Men's 200 Meter IM during Day Four of the TYR Pro Swim Series at SwimRVA at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center on January 17, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia"

A clean background is most often your ticket to a compelling image.

During the TYR Pro Swim Series at SwimRVA, action is obviously the image we are seeking. But living in a pandemic, I have this deep interest in capturing how we are competing during this health crisis.

Masks are a clear historical visual reference. And like so many other sports, athletes wore them until it was time to dive off of the blocks.

Having a clean background with a color palate matched surgical masks was a perfect way to document this event. 

One day we'll look back at these images knowing how we all adapted to keep athletes in action.

Monday, March 08, 2021

Rise Up

 

"Michael Fisher Sr., lifts his son, Michael Fisher Jr., to dunk a basketball at the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue on January 15, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia."

Being on the road can often mean spending time with no one except yourself.

In January while covering a multiple day swim meet, I found myself with excessive free time. Instead of sitting around all day waiting for action to resume, I decided to roam around Richmond.

Erected in 1890, and standing 60 feet high, Richmond's graffitied statue of Robert E. Lee now serves as reminder of last year's racial justice movement. Art work, graffiti and memorials call out racial equity and take stand for social injustice.

I found it powerful to spend some time there photographing what I saw. 

It's one thing to read and photograph everything displayed. But being able to connect a human element to this display really helped communicate what the community has done here and serve as real reminder when the statue is removed in the future.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Sanitizing for Safety

"Alexander Espinoza of V&G Cleaning Services uses an electromagnetic sanitizer with hospital-grade disinfectant to sterilize the George Mason Patriots basketball locker room against the novel coronavirus after their men's NCAA basketball game against the La Salle Explorers at Eagle Bank Arena on January 13, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia."

One of most important images of sports during the Covid-19 pandemic is rarely seen. That is the image of leagues, teams and universities cleaning and sanitizing. 

George Mason University has been taking necessary precautions to mitigate risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Their efforts include reduced fan attendance, public health announcements, and continual disinfecting, cleaning to keep its players, coaches, staff, and visiting teams safe - among other policies.

We were able to shadow their efforts which help fans, players and those alike see what actually goes into keeping everyone safe day-to-day from illness.

With out efforts like these, the coronavirus pandemic that canceled seasons and tournaments worldwide in 2020, would continue to keep athletes from competing. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tom

"Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on from the tunnel before playing against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on January 09, 2021 in Landover, Maryland."

I'm often asked what my favorite sport is to photograph. And the answer can go two different ways.

My first response is usually whatever season it's not. It's easy to become complacent when you're continually going to the same venue or photographing the same teams. I thrive for change and variety. So my answer usually relates to the excitement of photographing a new season.

But the real answer is I enjoy the players more than teams. The greats, the rookies and the interactions between everyone on the playing surface. 

These players make a good game which in turns makes a great images. 

One player that immediately comes to mind is Tom Brady - now of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There is no denying his greatness and is one of those iconic athletes I'll remember photographing when he's long retired.