Lost In The Fog

The John Hancock Tower Gets Lost In the Fog

While in Boston we had a great view of the John Hancock Tower. That is every day except one where the clouds were so low you could not see most of the tower. I had a great view out of my hotel window of the building, and it made it easy to make pictures like this one. I always feel sorry for my wife in these situations when she is woken up by the sound of my camera shutter. The light was right though, and the fog was too good to pass up.

Finding the Right View

One thing that I love about my wife is that she actually thinks of the view that we will have when she books a hotel room. In this situation the conference she was at determined our hotel, but she determined the view. I loved look at the Trinity Church every morning before heading out to see the city. On this occasion it worked out very well for me as I was able to make a cool photo from my room before going back to bed.


Saying Goodbye To The House On Pawnee

Saying Goodbye To The Childhood Home

If all goes according to plan today then the house that I knew for over thirty years in LaPorte will not be a part of our family tomorrow.  I have always been someone who likes the past. I love history, and my family history is fun as well. That is what makes a day like tomorrow so hard. I can look around that yard and see moments everywhere. Looking at this picture now I see the basketball pad just off of the pool area. That thing was amazing when it was built, and I put up thousands of shots on it. It is a sad day for our family, but a happy day for a family that is just starting their journey. It seems like just yesterday that I started riding my bike around this new neighborhood looking for new friends to make. The journey since then has been amazing. I made lifelong friends there, and had countless great moments with those kids. The best sporting events that I have ever been to were the ‘championship’ football and basketball games that we would play. Looking back it is hard to believe how long ago those games really were. I still think of the smells from the cherries falling off of the trees in the fall when I hear Whitesnake sing “Here I Go Again.” Many clothes were ruined playing football in the fall.

Getting Rid Of The ‘Stuff’

George Carlin had a great bit on stuff. I have always been someone who likes stuff. I don’t have a lot of expensive stuff, but the stuff that I have is mine. Part of this process of my parents moving has been me going through my stuff. The stuff that was important to me back then is not as important to me now. All of the stuff that I collected through my life is a lot like this house. I talk about the memories that were made there, but at the end of the day the house is just stuff. It is too big for my parents now that my brother and I are finally gone for good. A new family can bring their stuff to it now, and everything can start over. This was a great home to raise a family in. It will be a great place for a new family to do the same. One last thing before I go. Does anyone have any extra room for me to store all of my stuff?

Beautiful Nashville At Night

Nashville Shines Under the Lights

My trip to Nashville in 2016 was a special one. I shot a great baseball tournament that weekend, but it was the relationships that were made at the time that really made it a great weekend. I had already shot for Washington in the Women’s Final Four a few months before this trip. I was able to shoot for them again that weekend. I also shot for Xavier for the first time. Since that time I have had some really cool experiences with Xavier that would be hard to fill if I had not met them. It is that relationship with Xavier that will get me back to Nashville this weekend as they start their March Madness run there.

An Awesome Night

The night that I made this picture should have been a bad night in many ways. The tournament that I was photographing was cancelled due to bad weather. Instead of moping about it and heading back to the hotel I went downtown to make some pictures. The fast, low clouds were perfect that night to showcase this awesome town. I think that when you travel you have to make the most out of what you are given. Every night will not always be a perfect night. Sometimes the worst weather of the trip makes for the best photos.

Top 18 Photos From the 2017-2018 Indiana State Women’s Basketball Season

My Favorite 18 Indiana State Basketball Photos From the 2017-2018 Season

This was really a tale of two seasons. The first half of the year was an interesting one in which the team really seemed to struggle. At the beginning of 2018 a coaching change was made, and this team really took off. That run at the end of the season was so much fun to cover. This team really started playing well, and that just makes for good photos. Here are my eighteen favorite images from the 2017-2018 season.

18. On senior day all of the seniors started the game. Freja Christensen got the nod on senior day, and seemed to be having some fun out on the floor. Here she dribbles through a screen looking to make a pass. It was fun seeing her get some minutes with her family in the stands.

17. Regan Wentland is a player that you never have to question her effort. She always gives her all, and is going to be a key player returning next season. Here she gets a shot up against Evansville to help give the team their first MVC win of the season.

16. I had to get one photo in here of Ashely O’Neal getting a three up. She was money during the season from behind the arc. When the team needed a big three they could count on Ashley to nail it.

15. This photo of Alexis Delgado was made during the final game that I shot for the team this year at Southern Illinois. It was basically a preview of a matchup that would happen one week later at Hoops In The Heartland. This team really battled back to finish fifth in the conference. From the way that the season started you would never have guess that it could have happened.

14. Ashley O’Neal has the nickname ‘Biggie’. I am sure that it has to do with her size, but you would never guess it to see her on the court. She is fearless in the way that she plays the game. Here the sophomore drives the lane against a much bigger opponent. It seemed like she would need stitches every game after going in the paint, but it never stopped her from doing so. She will be fun to watch grow over the next couple of years.  Continue reading

Indiana State Baseball Wins A Pitchers Duel

Indiana State Wins Their Second Home Game In A Row

Yesterday was a cold but fun day at Bob Warn Field as Indiana State won their second home game in a row. For most of the game Triston Polley and Ryan Dunne were locked in a pitchers duel. In fact Dunne had a no-hitter into the sixth inning. That is when I decided to start tweeting about the no-no that Dunne was throwing. That did the trick, and Indiana State immediately looked to take the lead. They would have to wait until the eighth inning to get their runs though as Dunne was still too good. Most people do not enjoy a good pitchers duel, but on a cold day it helps the game move along a little quicker, and the emotion is a little better.

Still Going Strong With the Tamron 150-600mm Lens

For the second straight day I was playing around with the Tamron 150-600mm lens. I like how close I can get to the action on a crop frame body. There are some drawbacks though, but I feel that most of those are really only visible to pixel peeping photographers. Most people will never pay attention to the bokeh. I don’t think that this is my everyday lens, but it is fun as a change up every now and then.

The Week In Photos

Last week was a fun week. Any week with baseball in it is a fun week. If you read this blog then you know that I love a good bookend. Just by chance the week started off and ended with me photographing some eagles. I love it when a plan comes together that was never planned. If you want to check out my weekly post with my favorite photos in it you can click on my Exposure page here.

Indiana State Baseball Wins Their Home Opener

Indiana State Beats Western Illinois To Start Their 2018 Home Season

Yesterday Indiana State used a hot start to defeat Western Illinois. The final score was 5-4, but several interesting calls by the third base umpire seemed to make the game closer than it should have been. I don’t like to blame officials for losses, and ISU won so I am not doing that here. A couple of calls that in my viewfinder looked like no-brainers were called the other way.

Finally Back Photographing Baseball!

It has been nearly three months since I photographed my last baseball game. Before that game it was another three months since the previous game. Six months and only one game is not nearly enough for me. I love photographing baseball. I think baseball and football would be 1A and 1B for me. It was great to get out and photograph some baseball early this year. The weather seemed to decide it was time for baseball as well as it was a very nice early March day.

Having Some Fun With Multi-Exposures

Usually when I talk about multi-exposures I am using it to show motion in a sport. I try and capture the mechanics of the sport in three or more frames. Yesterday I did something with the multi-exposure function that I don’t do often. I blended a couple of photos together. Before the game started and I had a little time I made some photos of the Indiana State logo behind the plate. Later in the game I layered another photo into that photo to get what you see above. It provides something a little different to the gallery, and is fun to make. I will have to try this a little more to get it down to something that I really like.

My Usual Multi-Exposure

This is usually how I use the multi-exposure feature on my camera. I normally would not have pulled this trick out of the bag so early in the season, but the light and the uniforms were right for it. The dark background with the white jerseys lit up usually works very well so I figured why not try it. I already had photos of this pitcher from the inning before so I could have a little fun.

Using The Tamron 150-600mm Lens

I took my Tamron 150-600mm lens mounted on my Canon 7D Mark II to the game to use during pregame to get some tight action shots. On the crop frame body the lens basically becomes a 240mm-960mm lens. I used it pregame and ran up to the press box to see how it did. I liked the results enough to give it a shot for the first part of the game as well. That went well enough that I just kept using it for the entire game. Obviously it was a nice sunny day so the f/6.3 aperture really did not come into play. My 400mm lens will get a lot of use this baseball season. For now though the Tamron is a way for me to get a little closer to the game.

Rogers Hornsby Gets One Last At Bat

The Rogers Hornsby Statue at Busch Stadium

I love the way that the Cardinals have honored their past outside of the stadium. You don’t need to buy a ticket to see the history of the team. The statues outside of the stadium have been on the blog before so I didn’t want to repeat too much of what I shot a couple of years ago. I did like this photo though so I wanted to include it on the blog.

Getting It Right

The Cardinals really have gotten it right when it comes to their past. They have the great museum that is not too much to walk through. Just walking through the museum really brings back memories from my childhood. They have the great statues outside of the park that lets you visit your heroes whenever you want to even if it is the offseason. My White Sox have tried to bring the statue game up to date, but they are all in the park. You have to pay to see them. The old Hall of Fame disappeared in 2006 never to resurface again. Part of getting youth into the game is having their family walk them through the past. My dad did that for me letting me know about names like Minoso, Fox, Appling, Pierce, and others. I want to do the same showing my daughter players like Fisk, Baines, Konerko, and Buehrle. I hope that eventually the Sox get it together and make something like this happen.

A Panoramic Of The Circle

Hanging Out Just Outside of the Hilbert Circle Theatre

I made this photo just before heading in to the John Williams concert in early February. As I was driving up to the circle the light was starting to look nice. I hurried up and parked to make a few photos. I was only armed with my iPhone so I knew I was not going to make any award winners, but it is still nice to make some photos when the light is good. Here I liked the warm lights of the theatre against the blue sky.

Playing With An Idea

As I said above this photo was never meant to win any awards. It was really just me playing around with an idea. I wanted to see just what I could do with my phone. I decided to try a nine photo panoramic to see how Lightroom would handle it. I was surprised when it went right through with no problem. Sometimes Lightroom does not like certain kinds of panos. This one seemed like a slam dunk for it.

Top 10 Photos From the 2017-2018 Xavier Women’s Basketball Season

My Ten Favorite Images From the 2017-18 Xavier Women’s Basketball Season

This year I started shooting basketball much earlier than ever before in early October. It was fun being there during the Xavier Musketeer Madness. I have not seen a lot of midnight madness events as none of the other schools I am involved in have them. I was worried that I would be bored with basketball season even sooner with the early start, but for some reason this year I have had a blast making basketball images. From the start it has been fun. I saw this team the first time that they took the court this year, and I followed them until the last time that they left the court. Here are ten of my favorite images from this past season.

10. The countdown starts where the season started. That is in Cincinnati with Musketeer Madness. I loved the way that the teams were introduced to the crowd. Here Jada Byrd is introduced to the crowd at the Cintas Center. Those lights in the background were fun to photograph in different ways the entire night.

9. For the second straight year I have photographed the Xavier women’s team at Butler. For the second straight year the team won in Hinkle Fieldhouse. I loved this moment during the game as you can see just how hard fought that win was.

8. Here A’Riana Gray battles for a rebound during the Big East Tournament in Chicago. On the surface it does not look like too much of a battle, but the grabbing hands and flexed muscles really shows you just how much these two were straining.

7. This is the year of the anthem shot. It is hard to constantly get excited about photographing the anthem as I see so many during the year. When you are somewhere as cool as Hinkle Fieldhouse though you work the building into any shot that you can.  Continue reading

Top 18 Photos From the 2017-2018 Purdue Women’s Basketball Season

My Favorite Eighteen Photos From the 2017-2018 Purdue Women’s Basketball Season

I say this every year, but I need to see more Purdue women’s basketball in person. This year I saw more than last year, but still not nearly as much as I used to. In the past I attend nearly every home game, and a handful of away games. I would also never miss them playing in the Big Ten Tournament. I thought of this as I was driving to a job listening to them play in the tournament on the radio. There are some great pieces on this team that will have it competing past the first day of the tournament in the next couple of years. They will be fun to watch. Here are my favorite images that I made of the team from the 2017-2018 season.

18. One of the highlights of the season for me was season Ukari Figgs recognized with a bobblehead. She was a fun player to watch during her time at Purdue. She is a winner too. Here she shares some information with the current Purdue squad that will help them beat Penn State.

17. The last couple of weeks I have been able to shoot in some cool arenas that have a cool background. Over the last few years Mackey Arena has really become a fun place to photograph inside. You get a lot of great things that you can incorporate into your photos.

16. These moments are so much fun to capture. When one player is just going off the bench usually erupts. I don’t know if these kids are old enough to remember the old Michael Jordan shrug, but Abby Abel to me seemed to be doing a great impression of it.

15. Abby and the bench enjoying another great moment here. Abby is one of those players that every team needs to have. She is a great presence that keeps things fun. She also does some great things off of the court as well. When you think of a student athlete and what that should mean players like Abby should come to mind.  Continue reading