Braving The Cold For An Idea

This was the first year in a long time that we spent New Year’s Eve at home. One of the kids was not feeling well at night so we decided to play it safe and stay home. Ever since I have known my wife we have spent the night just outside of Lafayette with friends. We went out to visit on New Year’s Day for a while, and while everyone else was playing a card game I decided to try and make a picture of the horses on the property. Of course it was below zero so I did not try for very long. I did get one curious horse who played along and let me have some fun for a couple of minutes though.

The Canon 85mm f/1.2 Lens

My time with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens is almost up. I have really enjoyed playing around with it in various situations over the last couple of weeks. A great deal by LensRentals let me have it for half of the time for free. I don’t know that with what I shoot that I would need such a lens, but it has been fun playing around with it.  I take it back Thursday, and I am sure that it will be a sad day for me.

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Xavier Wins At Butler to Win Their Big East Opener

Friday night I was able to close out my sports year at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I can’t think of many better places to cap off a great year shooting sports. It is a historic arena that looks great. To make things even better I was able to photograph a school that was great to me in 2018 get a big win. I have had a lot of fun during the year shooting for Xavier, and this was a great way to cap that off. They pulled out the win on the road to start off their Big East season right.

Using the Canon 85mm f/1.2 Lens

I really think that some sports lend themselves to this lens more than others. A sport like wrestling could really be cool with this lens. It has a place to give a different look in basketball, but I couldn’t see using it for much of the game. I used it Friday at the very end of the game knowing that I would be heading into the locker room with the team, and I really wanted what that f/1.2 would give me in there. I love the way that it makes the background melt away in a shot like the one above.

Sprinting Into 2018

This is the last blog post of 2018 as well as the last sporting event that I will shoot this year. This past year I travelled to 13 states making photos, and something sold from every trip. Many of those trips were with teams that were paying me to travel with them. I was not sure how much I would travel in 2018, but already a couple of great opportunities have popped up that always seem to get that ball rolling. Every year as I look back at what I have accomplished in the year before it really blows me away. It does not seem like that long ago that I was a supervisor on a can line making lids for soup cans. An idea that I could do more has blossomed into a reality that I still cannot believe. Thank you all for your support in making what I love to do a reality.

Indiana State Starts the MVC Season Off Right With a Win

Thursday night Indiana State opened up the Missouri Valley Conference with a win over Valley newcomer Valparaiso. It was a hard fought win, but as Coach Lansing said after the game that’s what made it so much fun after the game. This is a good Sycamore team that could make some noise in St. Louis come March. Photographing ISU games is always fun, but they are so much more fun when the Sycamores win.

Enjoying Basketball

If you follow this blog then you know that I really have never enjoyed photographing basketball for long stretches. I am excited to photograph it when the season starts, and then I start to fall off after a bit. When March Madness comes around the excitement level peaks again. I think that is because you are confined to a space in basketball without the ability to move around. This year I have had some fun trying to change my view with different lenses and ideas, and that has made the basketball season fun for me. I am actually looking forward to late December games.

Going To The Dogs

This is the second time this season that I have seen the K9 Crew Dog Disc Team perform at a halftime show. The first time was at Purdue, and they were great fun to watch. This show was just as good. Maybe I am looking at it through the filter of my dog, and what these dogs do are so much cooler. My dog did get a frisbee for Christmas so maybe we can both start a new line of work.

The Thrill of Victory

When I parked at the stadium I was forced to use the secondary lot because the main media lot was full. That is a good thing as it means more eyes on Indiana State basketball. As I was walking to the stadium I thought that the last time I parked in that lot the Sycamores beat Butler and I made a great picture in the locker room. Maybe that was still buried in my mind after the game as I went into the Indiana State locker room. I was looking for a moment, and luckily that moment came to me. This is pure emotion, and the reason that what I do is so much fun.

 

Indiana State Takes On Elon

I had one more game to photograph before the Christmas break, and that was the Indiana State basketball game against Elon. A six o’clock start in Terre Haute is always a good thing as it means I won’t be driving home too late. This was a perfect way to tie things up before taking a few days off to be with the family.

Trying Out A New Lens

If you follow this blog then you know that I have rented from LensRentals.com for a long time now. I have always found their service to be amazing, and they have plenty of what I need. Sometimes their emails also get me to rent something that I didn’t know that I needed. With the holidays coming up they basically had an offer to rent something free for a week. I took them up on that offer and rented a Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens. It really is a sharp lens that can get the job done in low light. Here in the locker room pregame for example I had all the light that I needed at f/1.2. I was impressed with what I was able to get during the game as well. During the game when I was able to hit with it I almost saw a tilt shift effect. The focus plane is so razor thin that everything else just melted away. I really didn’t play with it too much as I wanted to get my shots, but in the future I will have to take it to a game that I am not getting paid for to play around a little.