Last year, MLB broke a years-long spring tradition in Tucson. Come February, there were no pitchers and catchers reporting, leather Rawlings shooting over the fence, and 1:05pm saw empty grandstands and barren diamonds. We lost spring training, but got something almost as cool in return: the MLS Desert Diamond Cup. While baseball revelers may have turned up their noses at the sight of sod-covered infields, there's no denying the crowds that came out to see David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry.
Slight bummer that Beckham and Donovan didn't show for the night I shot, but it was still fun to be back in the throws of shooting.
I rented a 400 2.8 to shoot this as soccer fields are just plain HUGE. It was a tad tight for attacks into the box, but it can yield some really amazing shots for corner kicks with headers and the goalie coming into the frame. I needed more than two games to get used to it! I had a 70-200 2.8 on a second body to transition to for the attacks, but a 300 pro ...
Read More →
After every high school sports season, the Colorado Springs Gazette sports staff sits down together to pick the top performers from each respective sport. Now with this, the paper has made it a point for the photo desk to create a thematic visual element that ties the player portraits together. They trusted me with this task. I graduated college back in May, but this sure felt like a final exam.
I've always seen light painting portraits and naturally had an interest in them. They're *fairly* easy to break down to understand how to do them for yourself, but I had never seen them incorporated into portraits. I did some searching and found another photojournalist had used the idea to create some stunning environmental portraits of basketball players. From then, I knew this was what I wanted to do.
My editors liked the idea and helped me troubleshoot the technical issues with practice runs (which are pretty entertaining to watch take place). Turns out the hardest part of this whole shoot ...
Read More →