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I just shot my last CBU basketball game at home. Hopefully that is not true though, as they can still host the NCAA regional tournament, but we will have to wait and see. I have spent the last four years capturing both the teams in Van Dyne. I went back in my archives and counted them up, the final number was 57 games. There has been lots of great games in that gym and I only saw about 6 games that ended with the Lancers on the losing side. Of all the gyms I have been in, there is nothing like Van Dyne.
Over the last few years, I have tried shooting from every angle possible, some worked and some didn't. I have put remote cameras everywhere I could and have come to enjoy shooting in this gym over and over. Truth is I am going to miss this gym and I just hope I get a few more games in it a few weeks from now.
Anyways, about the games last night. As soon the schedule came out in the fall, I knew this was going to be a special night. I wasn't going to miss it for anything. Game day was finally here and it was time for the Last Time in Van Dyne. I got to the gym a few hours early to capture the empty court and details of the gym. I then got all my cameras ready. I used five cameras all throughout the night. Two remote cameras and three with me. I wanted to capture everything for this game.
First up was the Women's game against Point Loma. The top two teams in the Pac West conference. It was going to be a good game and it did not disappoint. The Lancers needing this win to remain undefeated in conference and continue their record breaking streak. The game was coming down to the last few minutes and ended regulation tied. It was the first OT all year, and the Lancers pulled away and closed the regular season with one last win. It was a fitting end to an amazing season. Can't wait to see what this team does in the postseason. Check out my favorites from the Women's game below.
Next up was the men's game on Fox Sports vs. Point Loma. These teams matched up earlier in the season down in San Diego and it was a close game, I was expecting this one to be close too. Before the tip the two seniors were honored one of them was Michael Smith the all time points leader for CBU and the PacWest. I have captured his game all four years, it was cool to see him improve each year. It was an honor to shoot some of the first photos of his CBU career and the last. The game tipped off I got my favorite photo of the night...
I wanted to capture the whole gym with the last jump ball in this gym. I put my fisheye lens on and attached to my monopod to get as high as possible.
The game was intense and the teams went back and forth both halves. There was a few minutes left and the Lancers just couldn't hold off Point Loma and they took the win. It wasn't the ended everyone wanted, but regardless of the result it was still a great night closing out this place. Check out my favorite photos from the men's game below.
It has been a blast being able to capture both these teams the last couple years, I can't believe I am just about done shooting CBU Basketball. Thanks for all the players and staff for letting me do my thing in Van Dyne.
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In just nine short months, the Lancers will be back home and have a fancy new event center to play in. Don't worry I'll be back to capture the first time in the Event Center.
This is suppose to be where I write about my year and everything that happened in the last twelve months, but I didn't feel like writing all that out. I decided just to show you what I captured throughout the year. So below is my favorite image from each month...
If you made it this far, thanks for all the support this year! I focused everything on my sports photography and it is beginning to pay off. I learned so much more and had some great experiences. I am truly blessed to be where I am with the talent God gave me. I can't believe graduation is just a few months away. I am not sure what my future will look like or where I will be, but I will be working harder than ever to create memorable images. Have a great new year!
Midnight Madness has always been my favorite event of the year. This was the third year I was capturing it for Athletics, and each time it makes for some really interesting photos. This year was the very last midnight madness in Van Dyne Gym.
The brand new Event Center is going to be finished this spring and basketball moves in next season. It was a special night, as it was also my last midnight madness here at CBU. I wanted to try some new things this time around. That included using strobes to light up the gym and bring more light in for the dunk contest. I also used three remote camera setup around the gym. Those included...
It was such a historic night and a great way to kick off the last season in Van Dyne. Looking forward to capturing the season and hopefully end the year with a long tournament run. The home opener is Friday at 4pm! Take a look at my 50 best from the night.
When I first started photography, I just captured Landscapes. I spent a few years learning everything I could, practicing, and taking photos everywhere I went. I kept that up until I discovered sports photography and landscapes took a back seat ever since. I tried to get out and capture nature as much as I could, but the sports photography took over completely. This year, I had no time to shoot what started my passion of photography. I needed to get back and get inspired by God's creation again.
Utah had been on my places to see for a few years now. After a few attempts were unsuccessfully, I knew this summer was my best chance to get out there. I spent a few days researching and scheduling the trip. I wanted to make the most out of the week and see the most I could. I also rented another camera and got all my gear ready to go.
The date finally came, and we left Sacramento for Utah. After a long drive, we made it to St. George and went to Snow Canyon State Park for sunset and stars. This was a nice little park that was totally empty. The next morning we headed out early for Zion National Park. We hiked the narrows in the morning, did a few other hikes during the day. For sunset I got a spot on the bridge and captured the classic shot of the watchmen and river below. The night skies were some of the best I have ever seen and those were some of my favorite images.
Monday morning we drove up to Bryce Canon National Park. The rock formations there were incredible and one of a kind. I have never seen anything like that. After hiking down into the canyon, you really saw the height and uniqueness of these rocks. I left this place with a new favorite national park.
Next we drove to Page, Arizona. Horseshoe Bend was the location for sunset. This was no doubt my favorite location from the trip. Seeing the river cut around the canyon while standing a few inches from a huge cliff was intense. It was a little difficult to capture and the photos don't show how vast it was. It was so amazing I came back for sunset the next night.
The next morning was one I will never forget. Antelope Canyon, you have seen the thousands of photos taken here, but seeing it in person was incredible. There is no words to describe the canyon from the textures and colors, nothing is like it.
Wednesday was another day of driving, the first stop was Monument Valley. There have been countless western movies filmed here and seeing it in person was really cool. The view from the top of the hill was memorable, but driving down right next to the monuments was incredible. Seeing how tall there were and I was so glad the sky was cloudy which made the photos even better.
Our last location was Arches National Park. Both days in the park were filled with storms and rains, but it made the photos different. After seeing most of the popular arches, my personal favorite was the double arch. The last hike we did was the delicate arch. We climbed up the trail with a big thunderstorm rolling in. After reaching the view of the arch, the lightning started and it was quite the show.
What a trip. I captured many locations that have been on my list for a long time. It was a lot of new scenery and I got some unique photographs. This trip really showed off more of God's incredible creation. Hopefully I will be able to go on more trips soon and continue to capture landscapes in my free time.
Check out my favorites below.
The NBA season just ended and what a season it was. The Finals series between the Cavs and Warriors was incredible. It was cool to see LeBron give Cleveland their championship after so many years.
I never thought I would be around and next to NBA players so soon. This first year capturing the Clippers and the NBA was a dream come true. The best part was being able to watch the best players in the world from right on the court and getting to know so of the athletes. Growing up watching all these players on TV and getting to photograph them a few feet away was something I will never forget. I cannot believe I have my own photographs of LeBron, Curry, Duncan, and Kobe. Another highlight was shooting two games in Arco Arena during the last season at that arena. That meant so much to me, after going to countless Kings games throughout the years. The season ended a little earlier that expect due to the unfortunate injuries to Blake and CP3, but there always another season. I am excited to see whats next for me and photography. Take a look at a few of my favorite images below.
Last fall a friend and I worked on a personal project. I knew I wanted to work with sports. Brittany is a great designer and we knew together we could make a great project. After a lot of researching and gathering inspiration we came up with the initial drafts. We wanted to show the motion and strength it takes to be a top athlete. Each pose shows off the sport at its peak moment. I reached out to a few fellow students to see if they wanted to be the athletes in the photos. They all were great and really made the project come together. After a night of photographing the athletes in the studio we got the final three images and edited them. I gave the final images to Brittany and she did the rest adding the lines and text to compliment the images. We both were really proud of how the posters came out. We knew they were good, but never imagined how far they would go. We entered them into the local american advertising awards and were excited to win gold. It moved up to the district competition and we won silver. The next level was the national competition against all the other student work across the country. A few weeks went by, and we finally got an email saying we won on the national level, but we did not know what awards. The national gala and ceremony was at the Disneyland hotel. They announced the professional awards and some of the best commercials and advertising were shown. It came time for the student winners. I saw my images come on the screen and they announced I won gold. I won gold for the photography and Brittany won silver for the design. Winning a gold award at a national level really surprised me. Out of 6,000 student entries in the country, the judges picked my photographs as the best. Getting recognized nationally is something I am extremely grateful for and I am so excited for the future. It was an incredible feeling seeing my work and name on the screen in the same room with some of the top advertising agencies. Watching the other winners just gave inspiration to keep working and perfecting my photography. Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!
Well I just finished up another year of capturing CBU Lancers Athletics. It has now been three full years and each year has kept getting better. This year I went to about 80 total games and took almost 60,000 photos. This year I really used many remote cameras. This let me capture the action from multiple angles. I was able to shoot all the marketing photos for all of the teams throughout the fall. This was really fun and I could come up with ideas and lighting setups to make the ideas come to life. I am really looking forward to doing all these again next year but with even better poses and lighting. The best part of the year was being around all the teams more and getting to know the athletes which really made for better images. After I went through all the photos I came away with about 300 selects. I have one more year left at CBU, and I already know its going to be the best yet.
I have been capturing CBU basketball for three years now, and each year keeps getting better. This past season was really fun. The team played great all year and I only missed a few games. Since I was at most of the games it was awesome to see how the team improved and played better each game. There were a lot of huge wins and a few heartbreaking finishes throughout the season. The season ended a little sooner than expected, but I can't wait to be with the guys again for one more year. This year, I was able to shoot all the images for promos and marketing. That was awesome, thinking up the lighting and poses for the team. The best part was seeing the final images all around campus and billboards around town. Here are a few favorites from the shoot.
Next up was midnight madness. This is no doubt my favorite event to shoot. The night when the team is introduced to the students. It is the best. I tried a few new things this year, but they didn't quite work out. Practice makes perfect and looking forward to next year to make even better photographs. Here are a few favorites...
After that there was only a few days until the home opener. It was great the fans showed up all season and filled Van Dyne Gym. I must say this season was crazy, when CBU started their season, I just got the Clippers internship. Going back and forth from Staples Center to Van Dyne was quite challenging at times. Just because of the size, lighting, and speed of the game. I actually missed a few Clipper games for CBU games, because I wasn't going to miss them.
Anyways, this season was memorable. Congrats guys for a great season! I already miss it and don't know if I can wait till next season. Take a look at my favorite images from the season...
The last game I captured this year was the PacWest Championship against rival APU. Check out my blog post on that game a couple weeks back. But here is one last photo from the season that sums up all the hard work and practice this past basketball season.
Last night the CBU Baseball team played Point Loma at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. I was looking forward to this game since it was first announced a few months ago. The first pro game I ever photographed was a Giants game, so I was looking forward to getting back into a major league stadium and getting better images. I got in the stadium and just walked around to find where I wanted to shoot from and get ready. I went down on the field to get some shots of the guys warming up and really like those photos. During the game, I moved around every inning to get something new. My favorite spot was in the front row suites right behind the home plate. I can't get that angle at CBU so it was great being able to capture some new images.Playing in a major league stadium, the lighting was way better, this was the best part. I was able to freeze the action and get better quality images. I also rented a 300mm 2.8 lens and that was really fun to use throughout the game. The game broke a record for a CBU athletic event as about 7,500 fans came to watch the team. It was a great night and CBU came back with the win. Check out the photos below...
In case you haven't heard Kobe is retiring and only has a few games left. First off, I just want to clarify that I am not a Kobe fan. I am and will always be a Sacramento Kings fan, the Kings and Kobe do not go together. Growing up watching Kobe dominate and end any hope for the Kings championship for countless years was horrible. I never liked him and nobody in Sacramento should. Watching him the last few years has been enjoyable, he wasn't the same Kobe I grew up hating. But with that I realized the greatness and work he put in all those years. I saw the legacy he was going to leave and I started to appreciate the history. Saying all that, I never thought I would get a chance to take photos of him playing the game. But yesterday the Clippers played the Lakers and it was Kobe's last time playing in Staples Center as a visitor. It was an incredible experience and one I will remember for a long time. Since it was the battle of LA, the fans were split and there were a lot of Laker fans. When they introduced Kobe and played his farewell video the arena was filled with Kobe chants. I was witnessing history and didn't have to pay the thousands of dollars to see him up close. It was cool to photograph him for one of the last times in his career and be up close for this historic moment. Take a look at some of my favorites from the game...
So farewell Kobe, congrats on a great career!
First off, watch this video if you haven't seen it already...
What a game last night. The whole game was back and forth and the lead changed multiple times in the last minute. I was on the court for the forth quarter, and wasn't expecting an ending like this. On the last play I just followed the play and got a great image of Redick's game winner and the celebration after. Now I can cross capture a NBA game winner from the court off my list.
Check out some photos from the game below.
I've been looking forward to this game since I first got the internship with the Clippers. Seeing LeBron up close and take photos of him was a dream come true. I was not going to miss this game for anything. Watching LeBron play on TV for the last decade was one thing, but being on the court watching him play up close was an awesome experience. I was only on the court for the second quarter, but thankfully he played enough that I was able to get some good images of him. This was one game I will never forget. Check out my favorite images from the game below.
Capturing this basketball season at CBU has been incredible. I only missed a few games and I have hundreds of great photos from the year. They have become my favorite team to shoot and getting to know the guys over the season has been cool. I'll be making a best of the season favorites post in a few weeks. But this past weekend was the Pac-West conference tournament in Irvine. The Lancers won the first two games of the tournament on Thursday and Friday. I originally was not planning on going to the game on Saturday because I had to be in LA for the Clippers game, but there was no way I was going to miss CBU win the conference. I made it work and just got to the Clippers game a little late, and it was worth it. In the Championship game, the team faced rival APU for the third time this season. They lost to them both times in the regular season, so there was no way they were going to lose this game. The Lancers gained a twenty point lead at halftime and never let go, winning the game 101-64. It was awesome seeing all the team's hard work over the season pay off with this win and being able the capture the moment. It has been an incredible season so far and they aren't done yet. Here are my favorite images from the game...
Fall of 2015 started out like every other year, I was beginning my junior year at CBU and working for athletics taking photos at most of the sporting events. I had no idea what was coming at the end of October. I had started the process of looking for something else I could do to start working in the sports photography industry. I was having trouble finding opportunities but I kept looking. Eventually, I came across a job listing for a game day photo intern for the LA Clippers. At first, I didn't think I was ready for the job nor did I really want to apply. After a few days and a lot of thinking, I decided to go for it and I applied. I never expected to hear back, but a couple of days later I got a call requesting an interview. The next week I went out to LA to interview and later that night I received another call saying I got the job! I couldn't believe it, I was an intern and was tasked to take photos for an NBA team. The day after I got the call, the Clippers had their last preseason game. During this game, I went to the arena and received training for what I would be doing for the season. It still didn't feel real, my first time in Staples Center and I was taking photos for the Clippers. A few days later was the home opener against the Dallas Mavericks. It was an incredible experience and I will never forget what it felt like. The next few weeks were pretty crazy, trying to figure out how to balance School, CBU Athletics, and the Clippers. Adjusting to driving out to LA every couple of days took getting used to as well. After a few games, I figured everything out and felt comfortable being on the court with these NBA players.
I grew up watching NBA games all the time, I knew all the players and watched every game I could. It was one thing to watch them on TV all those years. But this job and this season being up close and experiencing all those NBA players in person has been amazing. Being on the court and hearing all the talk between teams is really unique and something few people get to hear. One of the best parts of game day, is getting to watch the players warm up hours before the game. Sitting in front row gives me a clear view of the practice and effort the players put into the game. I always try to get a few unique pictures of players warming up, but it is challenging to try and take different photos every game. Another favorite part of game day, is the starting lineups. If I can, I make an effort to be on the court and try new angles or shoot from a new spot every introduction. It has taken a lot of trial and error, but I have a few photos I really like. Going to every home game has been sort of challenging. I find myself taking the same pictures over and over again. It is really hard to come away with a couple great images a game. I do my best to mix things up and try different techniques to come back with at least one image I am proud for each game.
This weekend is NBA All Star weekend in Toronto. I thought it would be a good time to just look back on the last few months and share my favorite images from the first half of the season with you. A few games that have really stuck out to me were the home opener against the Mavericks and the first time they played the Sacramento Kings. I have been a lifelong Kings fan and went to a bunch of Kings game growing up. It was really cool to be on the court with the Kings, my favorite team. The Warriors-Clippers game on TNT was also awesome, seeing the Warriors and especially Steph Curry play up close was incredible. One last memorable game was the game against the Thunder. The game went down to the wire and watching Durant hit the game winner was something else.
This last few months have been quite the experience and it has been a dream photographing the Clippers this season. I can't wait for the rest of the season. I'm hoping it ends with a long playoff run. Below are my 50 favorite images from the first half of the Clippers season...
I haven't really talked about this a lot yet, but being with the Clippers this season has been awesome. I am working on another post (Coming soon) that I will be sharing my favorites images from the first half of the season. It has been a dream internship being able to shoot at every Clipper home game this year. For the game between the Clippers and Rockets a few weeks ago, I wanted to do something different. So I focused on capturing details and then edit them in post to black and white. It was a little bit of a challenge to focus and look for those in between the action moments. Also, I never really get to edit the photos after a game, so it was really fun to be able to put a unique and classic black and white style to the images. I really liked the final results of this game, so take a look at a few of my favorites.