Soccer at Folk Field

The Purdue Soccer Field Gets a New Name

This past summer the Purdue Soccer Complex finally received a name. It is now named Folk Field after Loren and Donna Folk. I like the idea of the field finally having a name. It gives it a bit of personality that it seemed to be lacking just being called the Purdue Soccer Complex. Part of my goal Sunday was to capture a few images with the new name in the background. A lot of things were in my favor doing it Sunday as it was a Chamber of Commerce day. The conditions were perfect to make a photo of the stadium. The stadium looked great to start the season as well. The grounds crew does a great job with all of the stadiums making Purdue a beautiful place to play sports. Maybe they can come and help me with my lawn. I would kill for a small patch of grass that looks like the entire field does here.

The Week in Photos

As I said yesterday I really enjoyed last week. I was able to get out and photograph some sports that I have not photographed in quite a while. You can see my favorite photos from the past week here. These first few weeks of the school year usually are very exciting as I can get back out and photograph something other than baseball. I love football, and I was able to photograph that on Friday night. The best part about that was that the home team won big. I also was able to photograph some soccer and volleyball. Over the next couple of weeks that will be all that I shoot so it was good to get out and stretch my legs so to speak with all three sports. I won’t shoot football again until the second week in September, but that is a big job that I wanted to have some experience under my belt this year for. After this weekend I should be well back into the groove photographing volleyball. I have four matches scheduled to shoot for sure with a few around those that I can photograph as well. This is a fun time to photograph, and the weekly look back at my photos should show that over the next few weeks.


Purdue Soccer Battles Montana

My First Time Seeing Purdue at Folk Field This Season

Yesterday I made my way out to Folk Field to see the Purdue Boilermaker soccer team take on the Montana Grizzlies. I really enjoy photographing soccer, but last year I did not have many opportunities to do so. It seemed like most Purdue home games were in direct conflict with something that I had booked. This year I had an early chance to see the team and I took it. At this point of the season I am just trying to get back into the groove photographing soccer. There are many aspects to the game that you do not see in any other sport so it takes a little getting used to again. Soccer is one sport that I am still trying to master. I think that I have a decent handle on it, but it does not come as natural to me as some sports do. A couple of years ago I shot a lot of soccer to get the basics of the sport down. This year I would like to shoot a lot to keep learning it. Hopefully that is in the cards. Soccer is a sport that is very fun to shoot so why not work more of it into my schedule?

The Week In Photos

This week was a welcome change. For most of the summer I basically shoot baseball. There are not many other options around here. This past week though I shot soccer, football, and volleyball for the first time this season again. It felt great, and sort of recharges the batteries so to speak. You feel like you are making new photos which is always great. It is nice to have a week in photos with some other sports in it for once. Next week I have a lot of volleyball booked so I am sure that it will skew very much towards that sport. You can look at some of my favorite photos from last week on my Exposure page here. This is a feature that I started during basketball season last year, and has been fun for me to curate each week since.

Purdue Soccer vs. Montana Photo Gallery

Below are a few bonus photos from the match that I liked. I shot with the sun for the first half, and backlit for the second half. I thought that I really liked the light during the first half, but I really liked how the photos looked backlit during the second half. You really see the turf and hair flying that much more. Anyway here are a few that I liked from the game.

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Purdue Volleyball Alumni Game

Watching Some Purdue Volleyball Legends Return to Belin Court

Last night I made my way to Holloway Gymnasium to see the current Purdue volleyball team take on members from past teams. As I walked into the arena I walked right past the alumni team warming up. I saw so many familiar faces that it took a second to process that these players were now alumni. It was really fun to see some great Boilermakers back on the court. Purdue begins play for real with the Mortar Board Premier next Friday and Saturday. This team has the potential to be really good, and it will be interesting to see how they come together on the court.

Belin Court Looks Fantastic

Belin Court recently had to be replaced because of water damage. The old design was good, but this new design is amazing. I love the oversized Purdue P at center court. I can’t wait to see this court with a packed house around it. There was a pretty good turnout for the alumni game as well. I waited too long to make the photo above, and some of the crowd had already left. In a week Holloway Gymnasium will be packed, and it will be a great time to make a good photo of the court.

Purdue Volleyball Alumni Game Photo Gallery

I was at the game for fun and not really game coverage so I spent some of the game playing around a bit. The new court surface is highly reflective to a tried a few angles that showed that off a bit. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the game.

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West Lafayette Defeats Tri-West to Start the 2016 Season

Heading Down the Street to Watch Football!

Football season is here! It is that time of year again when it is time to put the helmets on and play some football again. After having dinner with the family I made my way down to the West Lafayette football field to watch some football. I made it in during the second quarter, and stayed for nearly the entire game. It was a good hard hitting game that made me glad to see football again. I spent most of the second quarter playing around with some slow shutter speeds. This is something that I did at the Colt World Series as well. I was sitting on one play to run a certain way to make an interesting photo. I wasted about a quarter and a half doing this with only one decent shot from the experiment. That is why I go out to things like this though. If I fail trying something crazy out it really doesn’t matter. I still made some photos from the game that I liked, and I learned that 1/15th of a second is hard to nail down when the coach isn’t calling the off tackle run like he should. Instead he was calling long pass plays for touchdowns.

More Exciting Football News

In a couple of weeks I will be taking a road trip with the Indiana State football team to Minnesota to see them take on the Golden Gophers. I have been trying for a couple of years now to do a behind the scenes look at a road trip with no takers. Here is a great opportunity to follow a team through an entire football weekend. I am excited to get out and do it, and to see another Big Ten venue up close as well. This was part of the reasons in an earlier post when I talked about being excited for this upcoming football season. Every year I try and top my photos from the year before. This year I have a goal to make my entire best of ’16 football post better than any photo from last year’s post. I have a few road trips already booked to shoot some games in some cool venues so I will have plenty of chances to do just that.


West Lafayette vs. Tri West Photo Gallery

Here are a few photos that I liked from the game.

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Winter in LaPorte

Finding The Beauty In Winter In My Hometown

LaPorte is a town that has seen a lot of changes, but some things always seem the same. When I was a kid the indian statue used to be located in between the courthouse and the museum. When the museum building was renovated the indian moved to the spot it is in now in front of the courthouse. I remember looking at the statue in it’s fountain every time that we went across the overpass. Now the indian has a nice quiet spot to hang out at. I have made a few pictures from this location since the indian made his move. I am sure that I will make a few more before I am done.

Photographing Your Hometown

Every time that I go back to LaPorte I take my camera with the intention of making some photos of my birthplace. What ends up happening though is that I end up spending time with family instead of making pictures. At the end of the day that is what is important anyway. With my schedule my time to get back home is not what it should be. I have too many people that I want to visit, and never enough time to do it. It is nice to get out and make some photos though as it brings back some great memories from my childhood.

West Lafayette Girls Soccer vs. McCutcheon

Soccer Season is Here Again

Last night the light was good, and thanks to Twitter I saw that the West Lafayette Girls Soccer team was playing just down the road. This is the time of year that I start really transitioning into the fall sports. I have not shot a real soccer match since the end of the college regular season last year. I knew that I needed to knock some of the rust off so I grabbed my lens and went down to the field. I made it during the second half with the score tied at zero. I spent the majority of my early time at the field sitting on one picture that I wanted to make. There was a great shaft of light about a quarter of the way into the field, and I had my camera set up for that spot. It was easily 1.5 to 2 stops brighter than everything else, and if anything had come into that spot it would have been a good shot. Of course it didn’t so I moved a little and shot some action to get back into the swing of things. I had a good time shooting for the short time that I was there, and I look forward to more soccer soon.

Football Season is Getting Close

Yesterday before I left for the soccer game I checked the mail and found my Purdue football credentials in there. This time of fall is always exciting because football is right around the corner. If you read this blog regularly then you know that I love baseball. I love everything about the sport. I also love football. Football is the sport that I played (although too long ago to be relevant), and I seem to know it the best. I can’t wait to spend Saturdays at Ross Ade Stadium again this fall. There are a lot of playmakers on this squad that make for good photographs. It will be fun seeing just how far they have come in the off season. This football season promises to be a great one with one very cool road trip already planned early on.

West Lafayette vs. McCutcheon Photo Gallery

Below are a couple of bonus photos that I liked from the game tonight.

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Sunset at the Belmont Towers

Planning the Next Trip to Ocean City

Last night over dinner we were talking about out next trip to Ocean City next summer. I was a bit skeptical in 2012 about heading out to Ocean City. It seemed like a tourist trap to me, and I used to avoid those at all costs. The kids enjoy it so much though that I don’t mind that aspect of it. In fact I have fun making photos each year that we go. Next year will be the sixth year that I will vacation in Ocean City. It will be fun to head back and try and make some photos that I have not made yet. Of course I will probably find my way to the pier at sunrise to make a photo there for the sixth year as well.

Sunset From the Top Floor

This past year I was down on the fourth floor making some photos of the sunset from the pool area. There was nobody in the pool and no sign saying that you should not be there. In the back of my camera I saw a security guard walking up on me. I thought he was going to ask me to leave the pool area. Instead though we talked photography for a bit, and he told about a way that I could get up on the top floor to make a photo from up there. It was from the spot where he told me to go that I made the photo that you see above. It was a great place to get some of the hotel in the shot as well as part of the city. In the background you can also see the Isle of Wight Bay glowing orange as well. This was a view that I really liked, and I would like to try some other angles up there sometime.

Day Two of the Eaux Claires

Lots to Choose From on Day Two of the Eaux Claires

For me personally I had a lot more to choose from on day two of the Eaux Claires. There was a lot going on, and all of it seemed pretty cool. One thing that I did not talk about yesterday was the little orange booklet that we picked up on our way into the festival on the first day. In an age where everything is part of an app the booklet had everything that you needed to know in one place. That little booklet was well used over the course of the two days by us in planning where we would be to see the shows that we wanted to see. That little booklet really came in handy for day two as we had plenty of bands and artists that we wanted to see. On day two we were able to really take in some really good shows. We started off the day with So Percussion. We were able to see them at the Music Now Festival last year, and it was great to see them again. We also saw EX EYE, Jon Mueller, Jenny Lewis, Mavis Staples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Phil Cook, Day of the Dead, Lucius, Erykah Badu, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. It was a great day of music for sure with lots of acts that killed it. Below are a few standouts for me.

Jenny Lewis

The first of the big surprises on the day was the great show that Jenny Lewis put on. From the first song she had me hooked, and the set seemed to fly by. The Staves and Lucius came out to give some fantastic backup vocals that really added to the show. Being up close and personal you could also see the emotion going through Jenny as she played. She really seemed to be enjoying herself, and it came through in her music. She gained a fan during that set, and I look forward to seeing her again.

Day of the Dead

This was the reason that we were in Eau Claire to start with. My wife is a huge fan of the Grateful Dead and the National. To have the National and friends playing the songs of the Dead was a great time. The way that they did it was with such reverence that it was a great homage to the Dead. The logistics of having so many artists coming on and off stage had to be amazing as it was a huge number that we saw in the one and a half hours of the show. The show still ended right on the button as it should have which tells you about the preparation for the show. There were too many good moments to go over here. It seemed as if each new song brought one more great moment for the crowd. What made the entire festival great was the fact that it seemed as if everyone was also guest starring as well as performing on their own stage. This portion of the weekend was one stage where most of the acts made some appearance. It was a great time, and possibly the only time to see this album performed live.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

The absolute treat of the day was the late night show by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I really did not know what to expect here. The fans around us were die hards and they were amped up for the show. When the band came out they were as pumped up as the crowd. It was an hour of non stop high tempo music. This is a band that I want to hear live again, and we will be able to hear them when they come to Austin City Limits in a little over a month. Just like Jenny Lewis and Phosphorescent I picked up another band to follow after the show.

The Week in Photos

This past week I was able to see some amazing things, and even luckier to photograph them. This might be one of my favorite weeks for my weekly Exposure page which you can find here. I also want to thank everyone who took the time to check out my photo essay from the Colt World Series. It is one of my most popular photo stories to date, and it means a lot that so many people took the time to check out my work. If you missed it you can find it here.

Eaux Claires Day Two Photo Gallery

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Day One of the Eaux Claires

Finding My Way to the Eaux Claires

Last year Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner came up with a unique idea. They would invite a bunch of artists to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to play a festival there. The lineup last year was very good, but life got in the way, and we were not able to attend. This year we were not going to miss it. The trip to Eau Claire, Wisconsin is not an easy one for us. It is a fairly long drive with a few potential trouble spots for traffic. We arrived Thursday night so that we could get to the festival early Friday morning. We stayed at a hotel with a shuttle bus to the festival so we had a great mode of transportation for the weekend. As we got off the bus we realized that we were indeed on a farm. The walk from the bus tot he main gate was a little long, but that is what makes this so unique. We were part of the first group into the festival, and we were in for a treat.

Day One of the Eaux Claires

On day one of the festival we were treated to some fun and interesting shows. In all we saw all or part of ten acts that first day. We took in Tenement, NOXROY, Eighth Blackbird, Richard Reed Parry, Phosphorescent, Senyawa, Little Scream, Deafheaven, LNZNDRF, Bruce Hornsby, and Bon Iver. Part of the fun of this festival is how everyone seemed to be everywhere joining in for songs everywhere. Highlights of day one for us included Tenement, Richard Reed Parry, Phosphorescent, Little Scream, and Bon Iver. Of course being the hometown star Bon Iver put on a heck of a show debuting his new album 22, A Million. One of the small surprises of day one though was Little Scream. I did not know much about them going into the festival, but they put on a great show. They also seemed to be having the time of their lives doing it which is what it is all about. You can tell a lot about an artist by who comes to see them play at something like this, and the crowd was full of other artists checking them out. We saw some acts that we didn’t like as well, but that is what this festival is all about. They were not to our tastes, but they were out there doing their thing. It may not have been for us, but there was a crowd for everyone. We thought that day one was pretty good. We had no idea that day two would blow the doors off of it. More on that tomorrow though.

Using the Canon Powershot G16 to Make Photos

As with most music venues this one did not allow my dSLR (a professional camera) inside the gates. I did what I always do, and I brought my Canon Powershot G16 to the venue. The G16 is a powerful little camera that lets me control the exposure which is something a lot of point and shoot cameras do not do. It lets me decide what is important to me which is what photography is all about. I made the photo of Bon Iver just as he came on to the stage with the camera, and it is probably my favorite concert photo that I have ever taken. It is the black and white photo above here. Without a photo pass the camera is very limiting, but in the end that helps me turn off my creative side and enjoy the show.

The Week in Photos

This past week I was able to see some amazing things, and even luckier to photograph them. This might be one of my favorite weeks for my weekly Exposure page which you can find here. I also want to thank everyone who took the time to check out my photo essay from the Colt World Series. It is one of my most popular photo stories to date, and it means a lot that so many people took the time to check out my work. If you missed it you can find it here.

Eaux Claires Day One Photo Gallery

Here are a few photos that I liked from day one of the Eaux Claires. I did not make many photos on the day, but I was able to capture some scenes that I really enjoyed.

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At the Front Door of the Hermitage

Standing at the Front Door of the Hermitage

When you take the tour of the Hermitage you will probably wait out in front of the house for your chance to walk through it. While you do you have some very knowledgeable people that will give you some early details about the house. The volunteers at a place like this usually really love their subject so it is fun to listen to them talk about it. The gentleman who was talking to us really had some good stories to tell, and you could tell that he really had been doing this for a long time. Sometimes the best part of the trip is the details that you get from people like this. I made this photo while listening to one of those stories, and I think the story informs my opinion of this photo.

Finally Making the Trip

This past year I finally made my way to the Hermitage just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. The trip was originally supposed to be a part of a trip to see a Purdue football bowl game in 2006. I ended up leaving much later than I was supposed to so I had to scratch some things from my plan. The Jackson home was one of the first things to get cut as it was early on in the trip. I wanted to get closer to my destination before making any stops. It was nice to get out and finally cross this off of my list.