Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Website up!

Finally and after months of procrastination, I have set-up a better website here: . I'm still not the greatest of shooters but manage to get some great shots at times . I need to work on the homepage and point my domain towards smugmug. All of this comes in due time after understanding the flash code for getting started.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

More Model shots

I'm still more of a sports-news person but love the chance to go shoot other things at times. I shot product shots of t-shirts for a friend of mine Sunday morning in Downtown Raleigh. Used a light ( trying my strobist bit!) and came out OK. I still need to learn more about lighting but here are some results from that morning!

Mudcats Baseball

On April 24th, I went to cover the Carolina Mudcats for The Carolinian at Five County Stadium in Eastern Wake County. My first semi-pro baseball game of the season and first game in six weeks. Night shooting is tricky and trying to get a method which works. The big 300mm 2.8 AF-I and D2X were suprisingly good even at ASA 1600! Other shots with a Canon 1D Mk2N and a 300/4L up to ASA 3200.

The ball whizzed by the 2nd baseman's head by inches!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Drag racing

This is an old photo, from 2006, from my time shooting drag racing. Ironcially, minutes after I left this spot, a halfshaft from a Chevy S10 flew into this spot and would have taken my head off! This was shot with a Canon 20D at ASA 1600, 20-35 2.8l lens

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tennis by Ektachrome?

With the heavy use of digital for press these days, many do not remember the use of slides for getting the best color for print magazines. Just for kicks, I shot part of a tournament with Kodak Extra Color 100 with a Nikon F5 and an AF-I 300 2.8. It's a different look but I like the colors.

Tennis Championship Day

Two teams fought it out against SC State for the MEC tennis championship on April 19th with SCSU winning both mens and women's 2009 MEAC tennis conference champions. Shooting was easier this day due to nice flat lighting. The best way to have an effective tennis photo is to have the ball in the photo. It's difficult to shoot tight and have the perfect shot as players swing and move. Also, not blasting away with the motor drive as it gives extra work once you get home. Understand the sport and you can shoot less frames with better results.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

College tennis 4-18

I went to cover college tennis yesterday for The Carolinian. Not too bad shooting as I tried using a BIG Nikon 300mm from upstairs to shoot the court. Also a 70-200 2.8 L Canon lens on a 1DMk2N on court level. Watching the players can give a basic lesson on how to play the game; keeping your eye on the ball!

Above photo: Upstairs with a 300mm 2.8 lens

Thursday, April 16, 2009

TEA Party in Raleigh

With April 15th being associated with Fed tax deadline, many took to the streets to protest the proposed multi-trillion dollar budget stating their opposition. Across the nation, thousands of people protested with TEA ( taxed enough Already) rallys. I have my own opinions but won't express them here. However, I have posted some images from the first rally in Downtown Raleigh at the old Capitol building.

TEA Party in Raleigh 4-15-09

Previously, protesters gathered at the Federal Building in Downtown Raleigh before moving to the Capitol grounds.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NCAA gymnastics 4-4-09

With UNC-Chapel Hill in the hunt for the national basketball championship (much to the dismay of NCSU fans) I ended up at the NCAA Gymnastics Southeast regional finals at Reynolds Colesuem in Raleigh NC on April 4th. While I have never shot gymnastics before, images came out not too bad. I went as part of work for The Carolinian with some images published on 4/9/09. Unfortunately, many of the non-revenue sports do not receive the attention as basketball and football but the athletes work hard to master their sport.

MORE NCAA Gymnastics 4-4-09

While I have never attended a gymnastics event before, I was impressed by the ladies' abilities at the different venues.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I did a favor for a friend who needed some images of models in t-shirts she designed. While I'm more inclined to news & sports, this is something different and gave it a try. Lighting the gazebo was not too hard ( thank you, strobist!) but shooting in the sun was a small challenge. Images were shot at the J.C. Ralston Arboretum of NC State in Raleigh.

Monday, April 13, 2009

On April 11, I went to shoot a Carolina Railhawks game for The Carolinian. I'm new at shooting soccer but did my best. It seems I am doing more sports than regular events of late but still quite competent in shooting whatever is needed.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Raleigh Relays 2009

I went to cover St. Aug and Shaw's progress at the 2009 Raleigh relays for The Carolinian. Shots are not too bad but left before the heavens opened up around 3pm. Paper is happy and so am I.