Monday, July 29, 2013

Grand Victory

"Driver Alex Popow, of the #2 Starworks with Alex Popow Soloson BMW Riley, celebrates as teammate Ryan Dalziel drives the car after winning the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana." 


In the world of photography, there is nothing better than great access.

When covering the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Brickyard Grand Prix, the Getty Images team had nothing short of perfect access, positions.

On a very large track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, three of us split the road course and worked as many angles as possible for the timed three-hour race.

Having covered practice the day before, I remembered some unique spots that helped to make clean pictures that generated the content that not only told the story, but also focused on client cars.

As the race came to a close, we were told that the finish wasn't like other motorsports we've covered in the past. In Grand Prix, typically there is no burnout celebration and photographers are allowed to run onto the track and up close to the car for the jubilation.

With day quickly turning into night, it was a memorable finish as driver Alex Popow jumped atop of the moving Starworks winning car to celebrate and display his pride for his home country.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

All Profit

"Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series CNBC Prime's The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire."

My July schedule hasn't provided many right-hand turns, as I've been continuing coverage of NASCAR for Getty Images.

This past weekend I was in New Hampshire covering a pair of races - Nationwide and Sprint Cup.

My positions during the pair of races didn't allow me to shoot much side-by-side action, but instead capture frantic wrenching turning and champagne-spraying celebrations as I documented pit stops and victory lane.

It's hard-work covering the aforementioned, and as simple as they may seem to outsiders, you really never know what could happen, specifically in the pits and with the burnout celebration.

On the other hand, victory lane is usually straight forward. Drivers are put there to celebrate a victory, and there happens to be a gaggle of photographers in marked spots in front of them. But it's an important image that needs to be taken for historical, storytelling purposes.

Nonetheless, the beauty of documenting the world is its spontaneity. Most of the time drivers jump out of the car and get drenched by their crew. There is a certain style, formula that needs to achieved when in the marked spot.

Yet every once in a while, drivers do something different to keep photographers engaged. Thanks to Kyle Busch, he decided to spit his Monster Energy Drink into the air after winning the Nationwide race that provided a fresh moment in victory lane.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Days of Daytona

"Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida."


Halfway through the NASCAR season, I had the amazing opportunity to document restrictor plate racing at Daytona International Speedway.

While working in sweltering heat all weekend, somehow it was much more tolerable than Maryland's nasty summer humidity. I certainly thought it would be the other way around.

Nonetheless, the two races of the weekend were after sunset making it easy to not overheat shooting the action. My position for the Getty Images team was on the roof, giving me an incredible vantage of both races.

In most cases, if you're not positioned at a high elevation, you can only see the stock cars racing by for a few seconds at a time each lap. But being on the roof, my eyes were glued on the track literally every moment time I wasn't blinking.

I had an great time with the always talented crew - and was fortunate to get to document the weekend perched above everyone else for a fresh view.

Sunday, July 07, 2013


"Left fielder Nate McLouth #9 of the Baltimore Orioles cannot catch a foul ball hit by Jayson Nix #17 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 29, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland."


It's summer time and that means one thing: Baseball.

Like any other sport, baseball is a sports story that needs to be documented and told. And there is no better way to do that then covering every game of a series or homestand.

While I had to take one day off in the recent Baltimore Orioles homestand, I did get the opportunity cover every game of the New York Yankees series for Getty Images.

This series always attracts a lot of fans and generates a lot of energy in the stadium. With the seats packed and the fans loud, it's hard not to be excited to document some baseball action at The Yard.

With a lot of their major players out of the line up for the Yankees, and Orioles' hitters having a big-time seasons thus far, it was no surprise the Orioles sweep the Yankees in a three game series.

From rainbows to dives into the stands, it was a great series that has me itching for more baseball as summer just gets started.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Orioles Magic

"A rainbow shines in the sky as pitcher Kevin Gausman #37 of the Baltimore Orioles works batter Alberto Gonzalez #40 of the New York Yankees in the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland."

With lots of strong competition covering the same events - and outlets, readers wanting live game action (or news) delivered quickly - we as photographers covering all types of events must send images frequently and often.

In baseball, it's always a gamble running upstairs before the fourth inning to send some images of starting pitchers and any story telling images. There certainly have been times when all of the photographers covering the game are sending pictures at the same time when a huge play occurs.

The other night during game one of a three game series, the Baltimore Orioles were having trouble hitting off of New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. With the Yankees up, I thought it was safe to run up to transmit.

I had the chance to tone and caption two pictures before I overheard the television in the photo room talking about a beautiful rainbow. I ran out to the press box, looked to the sky and confirmed it was indeed surreal.

I grabbed my widest lens and worked the scene from the concourse. I knew anything higher wouldn't be as dramtic, and that the playing field level would be a tough frame to make in the short window the rainbow shined in the sky.

Before I knew it, the rainbow was gone - just another clear sky night over Camden Yards.

I love when things like this happen. For a couple minutes I was in a complete zen state - I didn't hear the crowd, I don't even know what happen in the game in that very brief time. But it was a scene that may never happen again at the ballpark and I was happy to be able to document it so others can remember the brief beauty in the sky.