It’s been awhile since I posted a real blog and not just an automatic post from my Instagram feed. So today I figured I would give an update to what I have been doing the past few months.
Since stepping away from USA Today Sports Images and not covering sports since the NFC Championship between the Packers and Seahawks, I have been focusing on commercial photography and videography.
In the mid 2000’s I used to mess with video a lot while traveling to motorsports events around the west coast. But after a few years of that, I focussed mainly on still photography which got me to where I am today.
As many of you know, companies have really started to lean towards video content for their websites, email blasts and social media channels. So to keep up with the times, I have been dipping my feet (a lot) back into the video word filming, producing and editing product videos. Boy have things changed, but its starting to come back to me very slowly.
I have always been an Apple computer guy (never owned a PC in my life) and used to work with Final Cut Pro back when I was working with video. Of course now that video is back in my life, I am working and learning Final Cut Pro all over again.
So to summarize what’s going on with me currently, I have been doing some commercial photography and a lot of commercial video work. But….. I am happy to say that I have recently signed on with Panini America, Inc and will be photographing a few of the Seattle Seahawks home games this season. I am really looking forward to catching up with fellow photographers once again on the field for my 5th years of photographing the team.
I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon for the first time last week during a commercial photography shoot for ARB 4×4 Accessories (www.arbusa.com). All I can say is that the desert + Grand Canyon is such a magical place. I just wish I had more time to shoot landscape photography.
It was a great trip, met awesome people combined with great weather (a little sunburned) all resulted with awesome photos. I will defiantly have to plan another trip just for nature and landscape photography in the near future.
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I am writing this a few days late, as I didn’t have time to post up the blog before flying to Vegas for a short vacation. So as I type this, I am in the air on the way home from my short, but relaxing trip (I didn’t win any money if you are wondering).
So back to the good stuff. The Saturday before flying out of Seattle, I photographed two games. First the Sounders FC vs Real Salt Lake (MLS) and the Mariner vs Detroit Tigers (MLB).
Coming into today’s MLS game between the Sounders and RSL (short for Real Salt Lake), both teams ranked 1 & 2 in the supports shield race and both without key players who are off on World Cup duty. So in reality, this was a game of depth. Oh, did I mention that coming into this game, RSL had yet to lose a game in the 2014 season? Well to cut the story short, the Sounders FC proved how valuable RSL starting goal keeper (off on world cup duty) really is and defeated them 4-0.
Now to the photography. After shooting multiple MLS, NFL and even NCAA football games at CenturyLink Field, I have grown to love this venue….except when it’s hot outside during a MLS game. All but special occasions, CenturyLink Field is covered in astro turf. To their credit it’s a very high quality astro turf but when the Sounders FC play on the turf, the grounds crew water the heck out of the turf to slow the ball down to replicate the ball speed as if the teams were playing on natural grass. This is fine unless it’s warm enough to evaporate the water from the rubber turf surface causing heat waves. These heat waves play havoc on our auto focus systems creating soft images from about 30-40 yards out.
Have I bored you yet? Below are a few of my favorite (well, non soft keepers) from the game.