Monday, May 07, 2012

Just checking

"Midfielder Adam Rand #10 of the Chesapeake Bayhawks watches as a loose ball pops up into the air as midfielder Anthony Kelly #34 of the Ohio Machine looses his footing in the second quarter during their Major League Lacrosse game at Navy-Marines Memorial Stadium on May 5, 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Chesapeake Bayhawks won, 23-11."

Is there anything aside from fresh steamed crabs that screams Maryland like the fastest sport on two feet?

I'm always my own worse enemy and easily one of the harshest editors I'll ever encounter when it comes to my job and shooting pictures. What makes me even harder on myself is knowing too much about my subject. In this case - Lacrosse.

I grew up playing the sport at a young age and consider the area I grew up in to be one of the biggest hot beds for the sport. Many amazingly talented and naturally gifted athletes, coaches have came out of this area and state.

With that, I'm not usually thrilled with my takes with lacrosse because I know of the rare moments we see that make an amazingly fresh image; such as, players soaring through the air for a shot, bone-crushing hits and thrilling checks.

Luckily, when on assignment for Getty Images, we photographers are essentially one of the many league photographers when shooting the Major League Lacrosse. That means a lot of freedom.

As per usual, I am always looking for the quieter moments in sports with my features. But that doesn't mean I am not trying to get the action, too.

This isn't the best lacrosse photo I've ever taken, nor does it say the storyline of the game, but it's one of the odd moments when everyone has their eye on the loose ball and for a brief second things are calm in and otherwise fast, intense sport.


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