My Favorite Basketball Photos of 2014
Like most of these top ten lists this may not be my best ten photos, but they are the ones that I like for one reason or another. Narrowing down an entire years worth of photos into a ten picture post is not an easy thing to do. When it involves both men’s and women’s athletics it makes it even harder to do. I think that I have shot my last basketball game of the year. Unless something comes up last minute I have a little time off for the holidays. With that in mind basketball is my last sport that I will feature individually on this blog. After Christmas I will start my countdown of my other photos that I like so that I can take a little time off of blogging as well. About a week of scheduled posts lets me get away for a while, and then come back refreshed and ready to post. I am behind on my book and gear reviews so I will have to get some of those going in the new year. I have some great books that I just need to sit down and write about. That is all in the future. For now here are my ten favorite basketball images of the season.
10. The first photo on the countdown comes from my first road trip with Purdue. I have seen them play in the past on the road, but this was the first time that I did it in an official capacity. I had the Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens that I rented from LensRentals.com with me so I set up a remote camera with it. I had the entire baseline to myself so I chose a location that I normally don’t get to shoot from. At Mackey we can’t sit on the enplane because of the scoreboard. So for the second half of the game in Champaign I did just that. It was a unique angle that was made even cooler with this low angle.
9. This is not an action shot, but one that I loved from the year. This year I am sharing studio space with a few other photographers. I have really started to love the lighting aspect of photography, and I had my nephew in for a session one night. We tried a few standard ideas, and then shifted to some more advanced techniques. This shot was in between. I loved the blown out look of the background, and how he popped off of it. In the coming year I have some ideas that I want to try so I am sure that they will end up on this blog.
8. Coming in at number eight is this photo of the Chattanooga men’s team at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I shot two games in two nights for Chattanooga in this historic field house. It really is a beautiful old stadium. The new lighting that was installed really is dramatic, and at times can make it appear as if you were shooting with a black background.
7. Coming in at #7 on the countdown is this shot of the opening tip between Notre Dame and Chattanooga at Purcell Pavilion. At one time I was a season ticket holder at Notre Dame for the women’s team so it was pretty cool to shoot a game there. I was on assignment for Chattanooga so I went a little high for the opening tip to make this photo with the clover on the court. I like to give a little place in my photos when a team travels a long distance to play a game. This photo is one that tells a lot, and my detail shots later can build off of this. Continue reading