Monday, December 18, 2017

Flip Out

"Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by cornerback Josh Norman #24 of the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedExField on December 17, 2017 in Landover, Maryland."

The running joke as a photographer is that the game is never won in the first half.

While true, that doesn't mean a compelling picture cannot occur in the first couple or minutes.

Thus was the case as the Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald got their hands on the ball in one of their the first few drives of the game.

Something prior to the game told me to bring a different lens than normal. Something inside of me also had me sitting behind the line of scrimmage. Because of both, I was able to get the above image of Fitzgerald going airborne.

While not a stunning rectangle, it was an image that held up to be storytelling as the Cardinals fell short on a last minute drive in the fourth quarter - which resulted in a loss to the Washington Redskins.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Speed Skate

"Brady Skjei #76 of the New York Rangers and Alex Chiasson #39 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck during the second period at Capital One Arena on December 08, 2017 in Washington, DC."

The end of the year is always hectic. So much happening and shaping in the world of sports, and a lot happening with the holidays.

It's easy to sit back and coast into the new year photographically. As the year comes to an end, most know what their favorite images are and one can get complacent.

I always continue to push. Just because it's the end of a calendar year doesn't mean there aren't pictures to be made.

With hockey in full-swing, I've been shooting lots of it. Shooting from the same position can feel like a grind until you try and break that habit.

The above is a perfect example of that. Looking forward to a fresh start, but as always, have to continue to engage viewers/