Shot some photos at the AZ Tattoo Expo for the Republic’s iPad app, AZ Today. These are few keepers.
The assignment gods smiled on me last night and gave me the Neon Splash Dash. Judging from my facebook feed, I missed a lot of my friends who were also there. Kind of hard to tell people apart though when they’re covered with glow-in-the-dark paint.
Check out more of the photos on AZCentral.com
Shot three ASU baseball games in as many days as well as a softball portrait this weekend. Baseball isn’t my strongest sport but I think I’m starting to finally get the hang of the pace. Feeling like I’m missing less and less of the action on the field since I’m trying to focus less on following the ball and more on predicting where it will end up.
Diamondbacks regular season baseball starts this Monday so I’m sure that this is only the beginning. Thanks for looking!
Really busy/fun week at my internship at the Republic. Had a portrait shoot with the All-Arizona High School Basketball Team. It’s always cool to photograph young talented players, since you never know who could be an NBA star in a few years. Also shot some Suns, Coyotes, and ASU baseball. Really cool getting to watch James Harden play, even though the Rockets lost to the Suns. I may only be an intern, but I love what I’m getting the opportunity to do!
This has been a fun long weekend of shooting random stuff. I was assigned NASCAR on Friday and ended up spending upwards of 2-3 hours hovering around Danica Patrick’s garage area trying to get a good look for a Sunday sports centerpiece. I also shot some various festivals, parades, etc. After a pretty wicked-feeling sunburn, I’m glad this weekend is in the books.
Oh yeah, and this happened.
This has been a week full of acronym assignments. Lots of basketball with some NHRA drag racing thrown in at the end. The basketball portrait was from a month or so ago but finally published today. Great to be busy with interesting assignments.
Decided to go on a last minute trip to Las Vegas for the holidays with my family complete with a 9-mile day hike to a hot springs, a climbing trip in Red Rock State Park and a day of hiking in the spectacular Valley of Fire State park. I had no idea that Vegas was so close to some epic sights.
Ryan hikes to the Hot Springs.
Shira and Ryan watch as some drunk, drugged up dude gets ready to photobomb the shot.
A moody scene on Fremont Street on Christmas Day.
3000-year-old petroglyphs are seen on the walls of Atlatl rock in Valley of Fire State Park.
A tourist snaps a shot on top of some rocks at Beehive Rock.
Saw this kid having some problems climbing.
Long horn sheep!
Shira looking to the great beyond.
The Fire Wave at Valley of Fire.
Shira and Ryan get ready to hike back to the car.
Pugs are deprived of the epic views at Valley of Fire.
Mandatory self portrait.
Tonight was a great change of pace. Instead of sending me down to Tucson to shoot the UA/ASU football territorial cup, I was asked to stay in Tempe to shoot UA take on ASU in Volleyball. It’s been a good two years since the last time I shot volleyball and I felt like I didn’t do a great job the last time. It’s a tough sport to shoot and pretty difficult to follow. However, I was able to access the catwalk and I think I came out with some nice images. Thanks for clicking!
There’s still one more category that I entered in the 2012 College Photographer of the Year contest that hasn’t been judged yet, however after seeing what has won thus far, I’m not sure if I’ll take home anything this year.
Luckily, I’m happy with the fact that two of my photos made it pretty far, at least far enough to be seen in the Judging Screencasts which usually show the top 20-30 images out of sometimes more than a thousand. I’m glad to be in the company of some incredibly talented photojournalists, including my friend Patrick who managed to scoop up an award of excellence for his photo on homelessness in Kyrgyzstan. (fourth photo down)
Here are the two photos that were so close, yet so far.
Although the next few photos didn’t place, I’m still happy with the fact that I submitted them anyway.
I felt this year has been a good year for shooting. I had my internship with the Seattle Times and continued my work with The State Press, ASU’s newspaper. I feel like I’ve had more publications pick up my photos in the past three months than the rest of my time shooting combined. Barring some sort of disaster, I should have another great internship opportunity in the beginning of 2013.
Granted, competitions aren’t everything, but for the next year, I’m going to apply a few new motos to my work to try to push myself over the edge. Try to make a photo that I’ve never taken or even considered on every shoot, and try to make one good photo a day.
Photojournalism has a competitive job market, so this next year is make or break and hopefully if I follow my new mindset to employment.
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Checked out the GOP election viewing party on Tuesday night. Was a pretty interesting scene given the local wins for some big congressional and senate seats but the major loss for Mitt Romney. Either way, I like any opportunity to make some interesting images.
Check out more images at The State Press
It’s 3:15 am and I just got home from shooting some UW football for The Seattle Times. Unfortunately, my car broke down in Tucson and had to be towed back to Phoenix tonight. The tow truck driver had the genius idea of grabbing some coffee on the way back so of course I got the largest possible cup and now am all hyped up on caffeine…. thus, the 3:15 am blog post. Don’t judge me.
Check out the rest of the photos in this here slideshow published by The Seattle Times
Last night I had the opportunity to photograph JB Snyder put up a massive 100+ foot mural at the Navajo Bridge near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We spent hours while JB and his assistants covered the entire structure with JB’s signature style painting.
Hoping to get a daytime photo, we realized that the sun was about to set and JB and crew were still painting away. I knew that once it was dark, it would be difficult to show the epic- outdoor nature of the work, so I decided to work with what I had to give it a sense of place.
I decided to expose for the stars, leaving the shutter open for around 20 seconds at f2.8 / iso1600. I took a speedlight, dialed it down to 1/128 power, and walked the length of the 100 foot wall, popping the light off every 20-or-so feet. The result? A colorful rendition of JB’s banner framed against the stars. One more challenge that I should have anticipated was the time that it would take for the paint to dry… time I did not have. I had to make sure to angle the flash carefully to eliminate any specular highlights along the wall, given that there were ridges that could reflect back toward the camera. I wasn’t able to eliminate the highlights, but I got pretty close.
Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. Next time I go up there, I’ll make sure to snap photos during daylight hours…
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What it could have looked like in nice magic hour light, had it been finished
Check out the story about Thea published by The Seattle Times