Women’s Golf Photos Getting Published!

US Women's Open - Tuesday Practice round

Some of my golf photographs will be seeing the light of day and getting more exposure! Thanks to an agreement with WomensGolf, some of my photos will be featured on their website. Just this morning, the first article to feature two of my photographs was published.

US Women's Open - Tuesday Practice round

You can view the article where these two photos were published here: https://www.womensgolf.com/lpga-rookies/

 

Portfolio Worthy Photographs



I capture plenty of photographs in the games that I shoot. However, only a select are worthy to be included in a sports photography portfolio. I believe showing action is an important aspect of a portfolio worthy photo. The photo above was the one that got me noticed by the newspaper I freelance for now over three years ago.

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Showing the emotion of an athlete is also important to me. Sports are full of emotions and our job as sports photographers is to show this emotion in our photographs. A photograph without emotion tends to be lifeless and boring. Bring emotion into a photograph and it just seems to come to life!

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I also learned that showing the face and eyes is critical for a photo to come close to being great. The eyes often reveal some of the intense emotion in an athlete. The old saying is “the eyes are windows to the soul.” Well, to me, the eyes are a key element in a great portfolio worthy photograph.

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A great photograph tells a story. The action is this photograph shows the catcher putting the tag on the baserunner while the umpire is looking on before calling the out at the plate! What a story it tells! It also helps that some additional elements like emotion and eyes are included in this action shot.

I know that not every photo I capture will be portfolio worthy, but I am finding that the more I keep these key elements in mind while shooting a game, my success rate increases. I am capturing more quality, winning photographs these days. I attribute this to practice, practice, and more practice. I am not quite there yet, but someday I plan on having a perfect day from behind my camera!

Sports Photography Art & Goals

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Sometimes I never know which sports photographs are going to catch someone’s eye. I believe there are certain specific qualities that need to be present in a good photo. My sports photography goals aim to capture the special moments in a game, tell the game story, and bring the game to the fans in a unique and captivating way. I also am a photojournalist, so Photoshopping the heck out of an image is not ethical. I try very hard to capture quality photographs in camera. If I don’t, then I just missed that special moment.

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Nevertheless, there are artistic images to be captured during a game. Sports photography is an art even though we are tied to telling the story with photographs in an accurate and non-manipulated way. I enjoy this challenge immensely!

I never arrange photographs by staging players, balls, or equipment. Instead, I capture what I see on the field exactly as it is during a game. The photojournalist in me requires this standard. Portraits are something different entirely and there is definitely a unique art in that type of sports photography.

I prefer the challenge of reporting the game in photographs, capturing the story and essence of each game. There are many similarities in games, but each and every game unfolds in a different way. I feel my job is to capture each game story with my camera to help tell the story of each specific game. An example of one similarity is the scoreboard. Every game unfolds on the scoreboard, so each game has a scoreboard, However, the numbers are different as the game’s scoring unfolds. Each field has a different scoreboard, too. Photographing the scoreboard tells a unique aspect of each game.

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I hold myself to a high standard of sports photography. In fact, I take my motivation from a baseball concept: the perfect game. A perfect game in baseball is a rare feat, but one which every pitcher dreams of completing! A perfect games consists of no hits, no runs, no walks, no hit batters, and no errors. In short, it is perfect! So in my sports photography I aim for a perfect game, too. To me, a perfect sports photography game includes capturing every action shot of all the key plays during a game in perfect focus, telling the story of the game as it unfolds, capturing the emotions of the players both winners and losers, recording the coaches interaction with the players and their reactions with umpires, showing the fans’ as they cheer, and meet all my deadlines for the game. These high standards drive and motivate me to do my very best in sports photography. It is a challenge I enjoy with all my heart!

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Sequence Shots

The new Nikon D5 shoots 12 frames per second. It produces a very cool sound when you stand on the shutter and shoot away! Timing, however, is my preferred method for shooting sports. Even after watching a batter for a few times I can often tell when they are going to swing or not. I certainly take the situation and the count into consideration, but subtle twitches and slight movement are very telling. Sometimes, however, it is nice to lay on the shutter and shoot a sequence of shots to capture the play. These sequence shots were taken on Saturday, April 16 as Penn State Softball defeated Maryland. Third Baseman, Shelby Miller, knocked down a ball in front of her. She had to take a couple steps to pick up the ball and throw it to first. It was a bang-bang play and Miller threw out the baserunner by half a step. It was awesome! Here are the sequence of shots that I captured. I love Miller’s expression after the play was over. She was like, yeah, just another routine out!

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Penn State Softball Wins Against Maryland Again!

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The Penn State Softball Team continued their winning ways on a beautiful Saturday afternoon against Maryland. It was a sellout crowd, which smashed the attendance record for the most spectators watching Penn State Softball!

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This time they started out in front with a 2-run first inning. They never looked back and posted a 4-0 shutout victory.

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Alyssa VanDerveer socked a homerun for the teams fourth homerun in two days. There was no doubt about this one!

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The team is gaining momentum as they approach the final stretch of the season. This timing is perfect before the Big 10 Championships, which will be hosted at Penn State University for the first time!
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ESU Lacrosse Defeats Edinboro

L160402 2294 ESU’s Lacrosse Team played a well-executed and strong game against Edinboro University this afternoon. The Fighting Scots scored first, but that lead was quickly erased by a follow-up score by the Warriors.

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It was Senior Day after all, and this team would not be denied. Quick movement and strategic plays were the order of the day, as one goal after another was racked up on the scoreboard.

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All these photos were captured with my new Nikon D5. To say it is sweet is a gross understatement. I am still getting used to shooting with it, but it is an incredible camera. I am using the Sony XQD card and it keeps up incredibly well. Today, I ran it through some of my sports photography paces and it kept up with me every step of the way!

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First Sports Photos from My Nikon D5

BB160331 0293Well, today I had the opportunity to put my new Nikon D5 through a real test. I photographed the Millersville v. ESU baseball game for the university today. The sky was partly so I did have to keep adjust some of the camera settings and I am still learning the new camera, too.

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Overall, I am extremely happy with the results. The frames per second speed is phenomenal. I still prefer to time many of the shots, but having the rapid fire ability is helpful to capture the ball in the frame a little more consistently.

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I still have a ton to learn about the settings on this camera. The learning curve will be a little slower than I’d like at first. The focus settings, for example, are extensive with a variety of options. I need to narrow down what will work best when tracking a player through a play on the field. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the functionality and performance of this new D5. So far, it is even passing my exponentially high expectations!

Winning Ways

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Steve Harris dunks home two points for East Stroudsburg University against Lock haven on Saturday, February 20, 2016. I love the expression of total intensity in his face as the ball went through the hoop. ESU’s basketball teams, both men and women, are continuing their winning ways, as they are both headed to the PSAC playoffs!

This reminds me of the wonderful opportunities I have as a sports photographer to follow in their footsteps. A winning sports photograph should show action, have the ball in the frame, and tell a story. I believe this photo does all three.

I played sports and now keep close to the games and players through my photography. I’ve always believed that lessons learned on the court or field are helpful in life, too. We learn a lot about life from winning and even losing. One of my goals in life is to continue winning ways!

Pleasant Valley Wins in the Purple Pit!

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It might have been close at the beginning, but PV got stronger as the game clock clicked down. East Stroudsburg South connected on some early passes, like the one in the photo above. Quarterback, Jakob Cirillo, made some quality and accurate passes to keep PV’s defense on its heels early in the game.

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Penalties were costly for both teams at times and the referees had to consult on several occasions to sort it all out. The game actually took a lot longer due to all the penalties and especially because of the time it took the refs to get it all figured out along the way.

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PV’s quarterback, Mikey Brown, was a double threat with his arm and his legs. He connected on some crucial passes but also gained some positive yards against the Cavalier’s defense.
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Even though the Cavaliers got behind on the scoreboard they didn’t give up. Cirillo kept throwing to his receivers and made the game more interesting.

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These high school athletes certainly can put a great game on the field! It is a privilege to have the opportunity to photograph them and try to capture their athletic skills with my cameras!

The Kickers

in Brodheadsville on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The place kickers and punters in a football game can become heroes or goats in an instant. Just look at the fate of the NFL kickers this past Sunday and how many kicks missed their mark. It is not easy being a football kicker. The pressure and conditions can all take a toll on the psyche of any kicker. Last Friday night the weather in Brodheadsville for Pleasant Valley was terrible. It was raining steadily and the wind was whipping. Consider this: being a high school kicker is hard enough in good conditions let alone these terrible conditions!

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Photographing a kicker can be equally frustrating! A lot of action happens on every place kick, punt, and kickoff. Players and referees appear all over the field and oftentimes right  in front of the kicker! Timing is imperative, too.

I think of capturing the kickers during the game as a game within the game for us sports photographers. Newspapers, magazines, and news wires want the touchdown scores and sometimes the celebrations after the score. But then, immediately after all this exciting action, is the point after attempt. We need to get into the proper location right away or we will completely miss the extra point attempt.

Here is one more of my favorite shots I captured of a high school kicker. Kickers do not have it easy and yet win many games!

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