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.
Short drive to Austin, Texas to cover Texas longhorns vs TCU frogs NCAA basketball game. My shooting position was not so great. I prefer close to the basket (for NBA) and any corders of the court (for NCAA). Anyways, I used a floor remote – 1D Mark IV + 20 2.8 lens for wide shot. I mostly shot with 70-200 for near court and 200-400 for far court & coaches. Here”s some of my photos from Texas vs TCU game
Photographed boxing matches at Alamodome – loft of them. My back still hurts but it was a great game especially the last & main event Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Bryan Vera. I wasted to use 5D Mark III + 24-105 which would give me nice focal range but it 1. does not have frame per second I need 2. 24-105 F4 is not as sharp as 24-70 (mark II). I thought 1D Mark IV (1.3 crop factor) and 24-70 would be ideal. I love tight action shots with 70-200 but it’s often too tight. I love using prime lens for boxing – 24 mm, 50 mm etc but since it was HBO televised game, I knew I gonna have plenty of available light. Here’s some of my shots from yesterday.
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).
No icy rain this time (I almost got into an accident last wed). Drove to college station to cover Texas A&M Aggies vs LSU Tigers basketball game. It was a late start game. Luckily I was able to find a decent hotel at fair price. Here’s some of the photos from yesterday. Thought LSU gonna win. Aggies upsets Tigers 83-73.
Texas A&M Aggies forward Kourtney Roberson (14) reacts after a dunk against LSU Tigers forward Jordan Mickey (25) during the second half at Reed Arena
Photographed Friendly soccer game between Mexico vs Korea Republic at the Alamodome. Lots of Mexico fans at the alamodome. Mexico won 4-0.
Mexico defender Francisco Javier Rodriguez (2) tries to block a shot by Korea Republic forward Lee Keun-Ho (11)
Canon 200-400 F4 lens is great for soccer. Range from 200~540mm, I can cover a lot of territory. Alamodome however was pretty dark – it always has been. I shot mostly at ISO 6400. For this shot I was at ISO 8000
Covered Milwaukee Bucks for two days. No remote cameras. I just packed what I needed – two cameras, 70-200 & 300mm lens plus my wife’s macbook air (I love this computer). Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones had a great night. He scored a career high 25 points at the half! Rockets had a size advantage in the post against NBA worst team – only 7 wins this season.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight was a dominant player. Photographing three point shooter is always difficult from the sideline. I found a spot where I can shoot by the enterance . Shooting with long lens such as 300 2.8, I was able to get clean background (even with half empty seats).
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket. I spoke with Houston Rockets security staffs before the tip off in order to shoot from this place.
Another shooting position – I actually sat on a empty seat (no popcorns). I think 400mm would have been perfect.
Luke Ridnour (13) dives after a loose.
I was assigned to cover us army all american bowl game. It’s typically a long game with a lot of TV commercial breaks, player draft announcements etc. Luckily I was only there to cover key players – both quarter backs & running backs and all drafted player head shots. I needed to finish transmitting by 4pm since I had a clippers basketball after that. Here’s some of the game action photos.
Lighting at Alamodome was not great. White balance changed frequently and was about half to stop darker toward the end zone. I wasn’t sure how well my canon 200-400mm F4 lens would perform under dark situations. It did a lot better than I thought. All shot in ISO 6400 ~8000 and mostly used 335mm or 400mm focal length. I also occasionally used built in 1.4x teleconverter but I didn’t really like the sharpness at ISO 10,000.