I am a contract photographer covering San Antonio Spurs and University of Texas for 2011-2012 season. I am available for assignment and able to travel & transmit on deadline. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your coverage needs. Images on this blog can be licenced for editorial use.
Photographed UTSA football head coach Larry Coker for USA Today. I photographed several portraits in his office, practice fields and weight room. My favorite photo was from UTSA football weight room . I asked coach Larry Coker to show me some tricks with balls. Lighting was not so great. I had to use multiple strobes to light this place. What a incredible story you can read more here
It’s been a really really long season for San Antonio Spurs. I am sure most of the Spurs fans won’t forget last years Finals. My photo editor handed me hard drive containing all the photos I took after game 5. Wow I didn’t think I took this many photos. Problems with covering big events like this is that I rarely get to look at my work. Well, I managed to select some of my favorite photos:
During the Finals I work with USA Today Sports team including myself 3 photographers, 3 photo editors and 3 card runner/assistant
We all showed up ridiculously early and stayed late. Lot of hard work but at the end it was all worth it.
Photographed Michigan baseball preseason game for the Big 10. University of Michigan wanted feature type of photos as well as some action shots. Lots of die hard Wolverine fans. Players seemed to enjoyed their invitational game. Photographed 95% of photos using my 200-400 F4 lens even at night (first day double header game ended around 1:30 AM if i remember correctly).
It was Mack Brown’s last game as UT head coach. Lot of memories. Texas coach Mack Brown sings the school song after the game. I wished Texas beat Oregon since it was his last game.
Here’s my favorite shot of the day: Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown celebrates with Texas Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy (6) after a touchdown
I just got canon 200-400mm lens and wanted to test out on basketball game tonight. Here’s summary on canon 200-400 reviews: it’s sharp and very versatile lens
I was afraid of shooting at 6400 ISO – oh my gosh I’ve never though about shooting it that high. Thought ISO 3200 was unusable couple years ago. This was as good as 400 2.8 IS mark II.
The think that I didn’t like about canon 200-400mm lens was zooming. It was not as easy to go from 200-400 when action happened in front of me. However, I was able to go from 300mm to 400mm without any problems. For basketball, I only use this for far court anyways. Here’s some of shots I took with canon 70-200 (for near court action)
1. great focal length: I can easily cover basketball and football. I think it’s great for soccer as well. I was able to move around the arena and shoot in different angle – I will try some more next game.
2. sharp: tack sharp at F4. I will try 1.4 teleconverter later
3. AF: really fast – with focus distance limiter. This was main concern but after I tired 600 F4 (Mark II), I was confident that 200-400 would deliver same AF speed.
Now my old 300 2.8 is lens is on sale (anyone interested, please let me know). Still a great lens but I think it’s little too short for basketball (it was just perfect on my 1.3 crop body camera)
Spurs almost had their championship ring. Here’s some of my favorite photos: Tony Parker played really good game despite of his injury. For the first photo, I shot with Canon 24-70 mark II. I love the sharpness and contrast. Big improvement from mark I.
Here’s some of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in different angles. I had to new 400 F2.8 Mark II and 600 F4 Mark II during the NBA finals.
Manu was both hero and heartbreak. But still he’s my favorite player on the court.Looks like Tim Duncan has no problem play several more years! I did not like this angle since the aisle was showing on the background.
Danny Green improved his play so much this season. He’s outstanding three point shooter
DeJuan Blair is a talented player. I really wish to see him more often next season.
Left: shot with 300 2.8 lens; San Antonio Silver Stars guard Jia Perkins (7) reacts after a shot against the Los Angeles Sparks during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Right: shot with 70-200 2.8 IS II; Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker is fouled by San Antonio Silver Stars center Jayne Appel (32) during the first half.
Here’s couple shots taken with Canon 1D Mark III at ISO 2500.
Left: San Antonio Silver Stars forward Shameka Christon (20) is fouled by Los Angeles Sparks guard Marissa Coleman (25) during the first half at the AT&T Center.
Right:San Antonio Silver Stars forward Shameka Christon (20) gets fouled while shooting against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the first half at the AT&T Center.
Here’s my Canon 1D mark IV review:
- AF: auto focus was fast and most importantly accurate especially for the near court shots. It tracks down initial AF very quickly. For far court us, it’s about the same.
- IG: image quality is like night and day. so much better! No need to explain here.
- ISO: ISO 3200 was better than ISO 1600 on Mark III i my opinion
I still gonna use 1D mark II bit longer – maybe till start of NBA season. Mark III is still avery good camera.