Tag Archives: Outdoor

Youth Sports

My son Christopher has become quite the aspiring athlete. Ever since he was born, I dreamt of coaching him while he learned and grew playing sports. At 5 years old, he has already played soccer, pee wee tackle football and he is now in his 3rd year of baseball.

As a manager/coach of his baseball team, I am not able to get pictures of him playing in the games, while I am on the field coaching. My wife takes care of that with her camera and she does a good job. I was always interested in trying my skills at sports photography and what better way to get a feel for it than to shoot your own kid.

When he began playing football last summer, I was able to bring my camera down to the field while he practiced and get some nice shots from outside the fence and I was happy with that. After a scrimmage game right before the season began, I shot over 300 pictures of all the players and emailed the gallery to the coaches and parents so they could see and enjoy all the photos. They were all very appreciative to see such close action pictures of their own kids playing in game.

I approached the head coach and asked if it were possible to get onto the field for all the games and shoot from the sidelines. In football, the only people allowed on the field were coaches and players. Sometime this meant that you were watching the game as far as 50 yards away. In return, I would document the entire game and be sure to get pictures of all the players and email the link from my site to the coaches and parents each week to they can see all the pictures. They were excited about the idea and now the team had an official photographer.

Each week the pictures got better and better and I was really enjoying sports photography.  I covered every game from the 2011 season. The parents were enjoying the photographs each week, so much in fact that I was actually getting hired to shoot some away games for the older divisions. I began to wonder if this could be another opportunity for me. As a wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings and events. Shooting sports to me was very different and so much fun. I felt it was a perfect balance to keep shooting all the time and never get tired of it.

I recently went to register my son for football this upcoming season and I met the commissioner who had apparently seen some of the photos I took from last year. He asked if I would be interested in covering some of the games this coming season for him and the photos would be showcased in the league newsletter and who knows what else will come of it.

My new toys came the other day

I have been putting off getting the new (new to me at least) pocket wizard FlexTT5 transceivers. For years, I have been using the multimax units, but have been anxiously awaiting using the high-speed sync capabilities of these TTL units for outdoor use. I finally took the plunge and picked up three units. So far, I have used them to shoot a wedding. No situations however to hyper sync the flashes, but I was able to test them with the multimax units and no problems there. No extra wires to connect, cause they sit right on the hot shoe, which is nice.I tried the FlexTT5's outside today very briefly and they seem to work pretty awesome. I shot a few frames of my son in the early afternoon sun after we were done playing football. At f2.8, ISO 200, the first is at 1/2000 and the second is 1/5000. So far, me likey.

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I love making images of the fire island lighthouse, I have plenty of them

I try to visit whenever I feel the urge. My favorite times to shoot are usually around sunrise or sunset. This is one that I took in the afternoon which basically proves that there is never a bad time to capture images there.

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Platinum Sunset

I have lots of images of the Fire Island Lighthouse. This is definitely my favorite black and white. I was waiting for the sun to set and I happen to line this one up to include the sun glare with the boardwalk leading right to the already black and white lighthouse. It's a keeper!
Platinum Sunset

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One of my favorite places to watch the sun rise or set

It's long a quiet pier at the Cedar Beach Marina. It has awesome views of the Great South Bay and the Robert Moses Bridge. If you're ever there in the summer, just remember to bring bug spray, cause the mosquitoes are on steroids.

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I love taking images of the Fire Island lighthouse

It is such a beautiful lighthouse and that area at the beach is so peaceful. I was there last summer waiting for the sun to set when I noticed there were others that were doing the same. A couple with the fishing pier all to themselves and taking it all in. I love taking beach pictures and these images are giving me spring fever. Bring on Spring!

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There are many moments during the wedding day that help tell the story back in the…

There are many moments during the wedding day that help tell the story back in the wedding album if they are anticipated and captured properly. It doesn't matter how good your memory is…when you jam-pack that much stuff into one day, you won't retain memory of everything.

Undirected expressions usually show true emotion. When someone looks back at a picture of themself from a particular moment….they can usually remember what was going through their minds at that moment, helping relive the experience all over again. That's what I try and document.

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Sometimes you can find a really nice spot outdoors to snap a few frames even after…

Sometimes you can find a really nice spot outdoors to snap a few frames even after the sun has gone down. Most wedding venues have outdoor areas that are pretty well lit. But sometimes it's not quite enough to get a good exposure on the subjects. That's when I bust out some extra lighting. I always bring my quantum light with me and a few speedlites. Lighting is key for creating drama and mood.

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Not exactly a trash the dress session, but how could you have a beach wedding without…

Not exactly a trash the dress session, but how could you have a beach wedding without getting a little wet. The bride was very cool. She did not want to completely ruin her dress, but she didn't mind getting the bottom wet and full of sand. So in the water we went.

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