Always Look Up

Look Around You to Find Beauty

While walking around at Epcot you have so many things to look at. You have all of the different flavors that make each country what they are. As you walk around with two kids it becomes increasingly harder to take everything in. As we walked into a Chinese temple though the first thing I did was look up. The walls seemed to lead you to the ceiling, and I was very impressed with what I saw. While the little ones were getting their passports stamped I made the photo that you see above. I love the way that the folks at Disney pay attention to every last detail in their work. This was an amazing site that no camera would do justice to. Many times I am blessed with a great photo when I just look up. This was just one of those times.

A Busy Weekend

Speaking of looking up, this weekend will be a good one for me. Over the course of the next two days I have five volleyball matches scheduled in two states. I knew about two of the matches last weekend so that is why I brushed up on my volleyball last Saturday. Three matches kind of fell into my lap this past week. I have come to really enjoy photographing volleyball so this will be a fun weekend. I will have some posts over the next few days showing some of my photos from each match. The college season officially starts for me this weekend, and it starts with a bang. That is what we want to see.

Playing With Fire

Photographing a Fire Dancer

On our last night in Disney this past winter we went to a luau to celebrate the trip. Part of the fun for me was the fact that I was going to get to photograph a fire dancer. Of course by the time he came out to dance my daughter had fallen asleep in my arms. I still managed to make a few good photos of him with one hand while he had his fun. In low light I usually want both hands on the camera to steady it, but here I had to make due with what I had available. Not photographing the whole show also allowed me to enjoy it as well which is what you should do on vacation.

The New Canon 5D Mark IV

Late last night Canon announced their new camera in the 5D series. The 5D Mark IV sounds very impressive from what I have read so far. It is a long time coming, but much needed for myself. My copy of my 5D Mark III which made the photo above has seen better days. It has been dropped, cracked, and is ready to move out of my rotation. I was not going to do that though until the IV came out. Now it sounds like it will ship during the second week of September so maybe my 5DIII can finally get some rest. I really have made many pictures with has lasted me three years. At one time it was my only camera that I would use for jobs. It is still my vacation workhorse camera. The next time I go on vacation I may have a new camera at my side. Are you excited for the new 5D Mark IV?

The Basilica of St. Louis, King of France

Finding the Little Things in a Big Town

While I was in St. Louis to cover Arch Madness for Indiana State I had some free time to explore the city. I of course decided to do the most touristy thing and head down to the Arch for some photos early in the morning. On the way to the arch I was people streaming by this little church on the way. I decided to poke my head in to see what it was all about. I love the inside of it, but with the light streaming in from one side like it was I knew that I would make this a black and white photo. There really wasn’t anything that screamed color in the shot so I made sure that I had what I wanted for a cool black and white conversion. There was only one person in the church cleaning it at the time so I waited for them to walk behind one of the columns to make my photo. It is hard to believe that everyone was passing this little church up. I am glad that I decided to stop in.

What Is In the Future For This Blog?

In a week or so I will have been blogging for ten years. That is hard for me to believe. It all started with some nice photos that I made from the stands at a Purdue football game in 2006. I wanted some way to show them off so I picked a blog to post the photos. Over the course of those ten years I have blogged on different platforms and toyed with new ideas for my blog. It started out with a blog called Confessions of a Sports Junkie. When I started getting serious with photography in 2011 I started posting more on this blog, and the Junkie just kind of died off. In early October this little blog will turn five. I have posted at least one photo a day if not more for nearly five years now. Coming up with titles for posts and interesting things to say was hard on day 30 let alone day 1,500. I have been toying with the idea of just posting when I have an event. At times it will be back to the old format of a post a day as I shoot quite heavily at times. I like the idea of having something new everyday though. What do you think? Do you like me showing older pictures when I don’t have a new one to share, or would you rather I just post when I have something new?

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.