Monthly Archives: September 2014

Butter Half

A while back I donated a portrait session for a silent auction at my son’s Montessori school. It was purchased by the Nana of his best friend that he has known since he was a few months old. She requested the two of them in front of a mural in Austin – something that said ‘I Love You’. I settled on ‘You’re My Butter Half’ – located across the street from Bennu on east MLK. The shoot started rough – hot/humid afternoon and no naps for either model – but once they realized they could roll down the grassy slope things improved. Here’s the set-up shot – with both models and my trusty assistant/model wrangler. No lights/reflectors, 17-55 f2.8 (later 80-200 f2.8) on a d7000. I’ll post edits once  have them.


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The Cover Shot

Today was my first cover photo assignment. USA Today Sports Weekly is running regional covers for their NCAA Basketball preview and Texas is a choice for this region. It was a very low budget shoot so nothing spectacular but still pretty fun for me. I don’t often get a chance to break out my lighting gear so any opportunity is welcome. For this shoot, I used two sb800’s with umbrellas. The d7000 command mode worked very nicely – for once. I learned that the sb strobes don’t put out nearly as much light as larger strobe heads so I’m expecting to do quite a bit of exposure compensation in photoshop. I did like several of the shots as far as pose and facial expression so I am hopeful for the final edits. I’m not going to post those here – don’t want to jump the gun on the issue coming out – but I do have a shot of my simple set up (I ended up moving over to the longhorn at mid-court for the actual shoot). I’ll post a link later to the image used if it runs and is available online.


Posted in Photography, Sports

ODU at Rice FBC 9/20/14

This weekend was my first paid football gig of the season. I travelled to Rice in Houston for Old Dominion’s first football game as a C-USA team – and they got the current C-USA champs at home. Not the most favorable of conditions. ODU certainly rose to the occasion, however, winning 45-42 on a last second field goal. Overall, a great game with plenty of action and nice weather.

I find that my timing improves if I only have to focus on one team – as opposed to working for USA Today Sports, when I am covering the event. That little bit of extra stress feeling like I have to cover both sides of the ball makes all the difference. In all, I am very pleased with the images I made this weekend. I’m looking forward to more opportunities to do the same this season.




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Opening Weekend, Day 2

Day 2 of the first weekend of my sports season was a busy one. It started with soccer – Whitworth women at Southwestern. Despite the clouds and humidity it was a great day for soccer and soccer photography.

After soccer, I had time to run home for lunch before heading out to pick up my creds for the weekend at Texas an shoot some real estate. The it was on to San Marcos for more Wichita State volleyball – v North Texas. The game went to 5 sets – a bit longer than I had anticipated, but as with last night I feel pretty good with the pictures.

Tomorrow is football – BYU at Texas – and then more soccer on Sunday – Montana at Texas. A very good start to the sports season so far.

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And so it begins…

Remember when I said I am not a sports photographer? And then I said it again? Well, I won’t bother saying it anymore. Tonight I officially began my sports photography season with a volleyball match at Texas State – Wichita State v Baylor. The venue was a bit on the dark side, but with plenty of room to work and the help of some nice gear I think I made some good pictures. Tomorrow, I shoot soccer in the morning and more volleyball in the evening. Then on Saturday it’s football time. Add one more potential soccer match on Sunday and this opening weekend is looking pretty good.


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