I have been taking pictures for all of my life. I have always been the guy who has his camera ready in case something happens. I guess that things started with a little blue Fisher Price camera when I was in my teens. I always liked taking pictures, but the cost of developing them held me back. Then in 2000 a simple purchase by my father changed things dramatically. He bought a Sony Mavica. I started taking it with me when I would travel, and the pictures really started flowing. The only downside was that my pockets were always filled with 3.5 floppies. I then moved on to a couple of point and shoots that were my own, but neither of them could match up to the Mavica. Then I bought a digital SLR and things have heated up ever since. My Rebel XT saw a lot of places, and too many pictures for even it to count. Now I have a small fleet of camera and lenses.

I am a freelance photographer based in West Lafayette, IN. I am a former athlete who loves being close to the game. Getting in close to the action is a great way to stay connected to the sports that I love. There is no feeling quite like capturing the moment with all of the emotion that goes with it. I have covered sports for Purdue and many opponents coming to Purdue. I have also covered multiple NCAA Tournament games as well as the Big Ten Championships. My work has been featured on most of the Big Ten Athletic websites along with many other schools across the country. My goal is to capture the key moments of the game as well as to give my client an overall feel for the event from start to finish. Covering an event is about more than capturing the action. It takes a photographer who has been there before to capture all of the emotion during an event. My goal is not only to get ‘the shot’ of the event, to also put together a photo story of the event. If that is what you need you can contact me at pinolaphoto at gmail.com

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43 Replies to “About”

  1. Love your blog! love the idea a pic a day for a year! Very inspirational.


  2. Wow: I’ve just been dipping into your archive and am enjoying this very much! I’ll be back. I share your affection for B and W, but, as you’ve found out, dabble in colour too. Your Categories help me navigate in search of fave places/themes! Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”, by the way. Being a technodunce, I “enhance” my shots only a wee bit using a fairly basic facility that came with the computer when it was originally purchased. You’re tempting me to be more ambitious! Phil.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Post processing can be a daunting task at first. There are many great videos online including YouTube that can help make it less so.

  3. Fantastic idea, and even more fantastic photos. I would love to be able to do something similar, but my health doesn’t allow it, so I make use of the good days and show life from my perspective in a wheelchair, and hope that it gets people thinking a little.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like today. Love your photos – and thank you for including the technical details, too. I love reading about those. Good luck with your 365 project! I’m on year 2 of my project 52 (photo a week) – it’s a lot of fun and just the push I need to keep practicing my photography.

  5. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you enjoyed. I’ve only seen a couple of your pictures at the moment, but I really like what I’ve seen so far. 😀

  6. Hi — I like your philosophy (even if I’ll never match your photography), it really is all about opening the eyes, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting my blog and liking the latest post

  7. Thanks so much for liking my latest post! You’ve got some terrific shots on your blog; I’m impressed with the diversity of your subject matter.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my poems. I appreciate your time. I have enjoyed looking at your photo’s. I really liked the tunnel picture. You’re right, there is something to dingy/old when incorporated with new. Nicely captured.

  9. As someone who has attempted to take a photo a day for a year and failed, I applaud anyone who manages to accomplish such a feat! So kudos to you and your project, you have beautiful photographs (the ones I looked through are gorgeous!).

    Thank you, also, for checking out the intro to my own lil blog 😉

  10. Awesome blog you have here! Thanks for the visit to my own humble one. I’m only 7 months into this DSLR thing and boy my head is just swimming with all those terms. Glad to have seen your work!


  11. Thanks for visiting my site…. Your user name contains ALL things pertinent in my life … initials and important numbers… it kinda freaked me out a bit in a good way! Beautiful photos! 🙂 Definitely adding you to my “Follow” list!

  12. Hello David,

    I got an email today that Pinola Photo is now following my blog indybirdphotographer.com (which I have neglected lately), so I viewed your profile. I was surprised to see that you are a sports photographer rather than a nature photographer. I am a landscape and nature photographer with an intense obsession for birds (www.juliebrown.aminus3.com). However, I also do youth sports photography in the Indianapolis area for private clients and I enjoyed browsing your blog and smug mug website. You do good work. It looks like you often have great perspectives to capture the action. I’m sure you will agree that indoor sports photography is especially challenging in low light. I would suspect that the indoor college venues that you frequent are better lit than some of the gyms I shoot in! Anyway, I will now follow your blog.


    1. Julie,

      I am primarily a sports photographer, but I have recently started using that equipment to photograph birds. I came across your blog while looking up a couple of species today. I am actually writing tomorrows post about the dark-eyed junco that I saw today as we speak. Photographing in college or high school gyms is hard, but bird photography so far has proven far harder. I love the challenge though, and I plan on keeping it going. I really enjoyed your photos.

      1. David, you are right about bird photography being very challenging. It is also very addictive! It is a good thing that you already have the necessary equipment. My main lens is a Canon 300mm f2.8L IS II which I use with a 2x and carry it on a monopod. On my last bird photography trip to Cape May, NJ I rented a 500mm f4L IS II and a 1.4X extender. That lens is sweet! I have also rented the 600mm f4L IS II. I will continue to rent the big superteles but I am hoping that my new 7D MK II will give me more reach for local birding.

        I went to sports photography the opposite way. Having a variety of lenses to shoot birds gave me what I needed for sports. Although I got serious about nature photography first with backyard butterflies, birds, and insects, I spent more than half my life as an athlete, which makes the sports photography a lot of fun for me. I really enjoy making my clients happy when they see the images of their kids playing sports. To get decent shots in dimly lit gyms I often use a Canon 135mm f2.0L or the 300 f2.8 with a 5D MKIII.

        I’m looking forward to reading your post about the junco. Thanks for the reply.

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