Monthly Archives: March 2014

NCAA Men’s Swim&Dive

For three days starting today I am covering the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at UT. 10 different schools have hired me to provide photo coverage of their athletes. This is very exciting – not only because I enjoy the work, but also because it shows that my sports event database is doing its job. Tracking down all the proper emails can be a pain, but weekends like this make it worthwhile.

I don’t usually cover swimming – even less diving – but I always enjoy doing so. It seems simple enough – the swimmers follow a predictable path and rarely do anything out of the ordinary. There’s no ball or opponent to keep in frame, just a single athlete.┬áIts not really about the action in swimming – its the reaction and intensity.

Timing is important with swimming and diving. You have to get the right moment mid-flip or -twist; the right moment between splashes. Rapid fire shutters help. Paying attention helps even more – blink and you might miss that fist pump.

 

 

 

Posted in Photography, Sports

Turning it Down

One of the best – and worst – feelings as a freelance photographer is having to turn down a job because I am too busy. Time management is a lesson best learned early. I’ve been doing a pretty good job at it, but I still want to say ‘Yes!Yes!Yes!’ to any and all offers that come my way regardless of what kind of impossible schedule it creates for me.

Fortunately, I have not mastered the science of being in two places at once. And so I will be covering the NCAA Men’s Swim and Dive championships this weekend and not the Texas Relays. So far, I have 5 schools confirmed and one more interested. I’m hoping for a few more. Should be a fun, lucrative weekend.

This past weekend was the start of the NCAA Basketball Tournament for me. I covered the women’s First Round at Texas A&M. Reed Arena is a nice place to shoot and the Aggies are great as fans – always an exciting atmosphere even if the seats aren’t that full.

Before that, I covered rowing at the Texas Invitational and a couple baseball games. Rowing is an interesting sport to shoot. Its one of those picturesque events that inspire highly imaginative shots. Of course, it helps to have a sunny day – not a cloudy, windy, freeze-your-nose-off day. Still, lying on my stomach on the dock to get the water-level shot was something new and exciting.

 

 

Posted in Photography, Sports

Burgess Falls – Tennessee

This weekend we are in Tennessee visiting family we used to be able to drive up 35 to see. It took us a while to get here but it was definitely worth the wait.

For our first day we headed out to Burgess Falls – a nice little state park featuring a good hike along a river with scenic views of a few falls – one ‘small’, one ‘large’. Easy enough for kids – all three cousins made it the 3/4 mile in on their own two feet – and full of photo-ops for the nature pic buff. Nature is not really my thing – mostly because I just don’t do it often enough.

This time caught me largely unprepared. I packed my Nikon D7000 and Sigma 10-24 3.5-5.6 for this trip. I don’t really have many options in lenses these days and the D7000 is the lighter of my 2 available bodies. For this hike, I borrowed a kit 18-55 3.5-5.6. Not my favorite, but it got the job done. Still, I would love to do it again with a nice 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8.

The roads into the park were populated by farms and ranches – and it seemed like every other property had a great old, red barn just screaming to be photographed. Wish I’d had more time. Still, I’m fairly happy with what the park afforded. Barns for another day…

 

 

 

 

Posted in Photography, Travel