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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.




Spurs Season Opener

Another basketball season has begun!  Lots of excitement & crazy fans!  Hope to see one more championship ring & banner in the rafters next year.

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UTSA football head coach

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

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NBA Finals

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:

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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.

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Michigan baseball preseason game

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).


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Mack Brown’s last game

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.

sports  31A5358 620x413I decided to follow coach Mack Brown after the game instead of ceremony.  His story was more important than the game.

sports  L3A6923 620x413During the post game press conference.  It was quite and coach Mack Brown was calm.  This is my favorite shot of the day

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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 sports  ML3A6398 620x413

 

 

 



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canon 200-400 reviews

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

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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.

spurs photos sports gear  L3A7182 620x413This lens is great for reaction shots – tight ones. and of course cheerleaders as well

spurs photos sports gear  L3A6957 620x413The 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)

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I personally think 70-200 is (mark II) is sharper and of course easier to focus but canon 200-400 is very close.  spurs photos sports gear  31A5564 620x413So, here’s my canon 200-400 reviews:

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)

 

 

 

 

 



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2013 NBA Finals

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.

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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.

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Shot with 400 mm lens elevated.spurs photos  2 photos vertical 3Here’s more elevated shots – photographed with 600 F4

spurs photos  2 photos vertical2Here’s even higher angle – overhead remotes

spurs photos  BR945131Another remotes from the rails.  They all fired at the same time

spurs photos  BR52201Here’s few more shots from remotes

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Manu was both hero and heartbreak. But still he’s my favorite player on the court.spurs photos  BD30220Looks like Tim Duncan has no problem play several more years!  I did not like this angle since the aisle was showing on the background.

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Danny Green improved his play so much this season.  He’s outstanding three point shooter

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DeJuan Blair is a talented player.  I really wish to see him more often next season.

 

 

 

 



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