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Mike Christy

Mike Christy

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Staff Photographer | Arizona Daily Star September 2012 – Present • Daily news, features and sports photography for Tucson's only daily, reaching more than 82,000 print subscribers. Photography Intern | Colorado Springs Gazette August 2011 – December 2011 • Documentary photography of breaking and metro news for Colorado Springs’ only daily for an 81,300-reader circulation. • Provided coverage of high school, prep, and professional sporting events. Staff Photographer & Picture Editor | Arizona Daily Wildcat August 2008 – May 2011 • Captured images from high-profile campus news and sporting events, as well as from the neighboring community. • Served as beat sports photographer for all Arizona athletics including the football, men’s basketball, baseball, softball, and club hockey teams. Photography Apprentice | Arizona Daily Star January 2010 – May 2010 • Photographed metro and breaking news along with local sporting events for Tucson’s 238,000-member readership. • Continued to contribute content as a freelance photographer for high school sporting events and metro news assignments. Store Photographer | University of Arizona Bookstores December 2008 – January 2010 • Responsible for photographic documentation and representation of every fact of the bookstore and its seven satellite locations for marketing campaigns. • Worked collaboratively with marketers and graphic designers in photographing author speaking events, community events, and portrait sessions with live models. Teaching Assistant | University of Arizona School of Journalism August 2010 – May 2011 • Instructed and oversaw lab sessions for the Beginning Photojournalism class. • Worked with roughly 100 students in teaching photography and multimedia storytelling techniques as well as composition and picture editing.
  • Canon 1D Mark IV
  • Canon 1D Mark II
  • Canon 17-40
  • Canon 70-200 2.8 IS
  • Canon 580 EX II
  • Canon 430 EX

MLS in Tucson

Published March 8th, 2012

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 ...

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Portrait Series: Light Painting

Published December 17th, 2011

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 ...

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