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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Front Page Champs

"Cody Latimer and Andre Caldwell of the Denver Broncos read a newspaper as they and teammates celebrate after defeating the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California."

The holy grail of football - The Super Bowl.

It can be argued that this one game is one of the biggest in the United States - if not the world. So getting the opportunity to be on the sideline with Getty Images for the one of the most watched single games is an honor.

But as sports goes, sometimes the ball bounces your way and other times it doesn't. While I cannot say nothing happened in my quadrant, I think some of the bigger moments visually occured at the other end of the field - but I am okay with that.

Being apart of the team is just as important as scoring the winning touchdown in my opinion. Without a block by the line, without a play call by the coach, and simply overall, without teammates, nothing can be achieved. It's a team effort.

While there were some key plays documented in my zone, it was this post game picture that ended up being my one of favorite. While not as iconic as Peyton Manning holding the Vince Lombardi trophy or Von Miller stripping Cam Newton in the fourth quarter, it makes me ask questions.

There is something about winning globally one of the biggest sporting prizes and taking the a second to look at a newspaper printed with visuals that sings.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Crash Ice

"Michael Del Zotto #15 of the Philadelphia Flyers misses a check and crashes into the boards against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Wells Fargo Center on February 2, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

In a closed arena surrounded by fans, hockey is not one of the cleanest sports to photograph.

Many advertisements adorn the lower portion of the boards in the sport, and above, while the glass has no markings, the fans sit up close to the glass.

With that in mind, there aren't many angles that make photographing hockey easy. A lot of the time images can look cluttered and busy.

Remote cameras from above and certain angles allow for compelling images no matter what the moment is. Also layering of players help shield the busy backgrounds.

When ice level, one of the best angles to get a clean image is behind the net. The repetitive lines from the glass and cropping waist up is as clean as it gets.

When Michael Del Zotto of the Philadelphia Flyers missed a check on an opposing player during a recent game, the ice helped create a interesting picture to look out.