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Baseball – Oregon vs. Illinois State Game 3

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These photos are of game 3 played Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Weather was much nice for this game.  The Ducks We lost this game by one run.  It was a pitching dual until the 9th inning.  When there is a pitching dual going on, there is sometimes less action to shoot. But, every now and then things happen to keep the photographers on our toes.

Photos: Baseball – Ducks vs. Illinois State

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The Oregon baseball team played the Illinois State Redbirds this past weekend.  I missed the first game, Thursday night, due to technical difficulties but shot the games played Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Oregon won 3 out of the 4 games.  All of the games I attended were more or less pitching duals, There were not a lot of hits in any of the three games.  The play was pretty clean with a limited number of errors.  There was one towering home run by Phil Craig St. Louis in game 3 Saturday.

Friday nights game was a challenge to photograph due to the heavy rain at times.  The rain never completely let up although it subsided at times.  There were only a few showers Sunday.  I was exploring different places to shoot the action and liked the first base line in the neighborhood of the on-deck circle.  Like any sport photography, it’s all about location and who steps in front of you while taking the photos.  It’s all good.  Hopefully, I come away with a few good photos.  It has been a while since I have shot sports so I’m getting back in the groove.  I’m keeping my arsenal down to one camera body and one lens and that seems to be working…especially easier when it rains.  The press box is a busy place during and after the games.

Enjoy!

Photos – Oregon Pepsi Invitational April 11

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I had my first taste photographing a collegiate track and field event.  It was a positive experience.  I enjoy the atmoshere of being around athletes as they perform and being able to capture their effort.  There was plenty of action Saturday as Oregon took on Washington and Kentucky in a three way meet.  Oregon was victorious and showed good effort as they won numerous events.  Working a meet such as this is difficult at times because there are numerous events happening at the same time.  One must pick and choose what action to capture.  For me personally, I enjoyed shooting the field events.  The high jump, the long jump, the pole vault, and discus.  Too many events were going on and I missed the shot put.  Of the running events, I enjoyed capturing the runners clearing the hurdle in the steeplechase and running through the water.  I was able to grab a few photos of the hurdlers while at the long jump pit.  It just so happened it started raining right when the runners were in the blocks of the hurdles.  In a matter of seconds, it started hailing a bit.  Luckily the rain only lasted 5 or 10 minutes and then there was blus sky for a while before the next rain.  Shooting track and field requires a photographer to run from here to there to catch the various events.  And there are designated areas where photographers can shoot each event from.  It takes a bit of prior planning to coordinate your time while the action is going on.  I enjoyed the day and I was bushed when it was all over.  I look forward to more opportunities.

CFP Championship Game – Oregon / Ohio State

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My final photo essay for this football season.

It was my honor to be at the inaugural CFP Championship Game in AT&T stadium.  It has been a thrill to be on the sidelines for every game Oregon played this year except the Colorado game when I was sick.  What an experience it has been to cover a Heisman winner and to watch him play at such a high level.  There were so many stars on this years team and they have set the bar high for teams coming behind them.  This football season fulfills one of my bucket list line items.  I thank Kelly Asay for giving me this opportunity.  I hope people have enjoyed some of the photos I’ve posted in my photo essays.  I will go into the off-season and work at getting better.

My experience at the National Football Playoff game at AT&T Stadium…  This stadium is amazing.  Everything about it is grand.  I’ve done my camera setting checks on the field and systems appear to be go.  Only 4 hours to game time.  The bus ride to the stadium was pretty neat – a 4 car police escort.  Check in at the stadium included having all of our bags on the ground in front of us while a dog niffed every bag.  Then our bags were searched and we were all wanded. Once inside, we are pretty much left to go where ever we are permitted.  Grabbed a bite to eat in the media area and headed to the field.  I’m amazed every time I walk onto the field.  There are so many media people of all sorts at the game.  It’s very busy on the sidelines.  Neat to be part of the crowd.  It’s very difficult to get shots that don’t include people of some sorts.  ESPN has a large contingency of photographers, TV, and video shooters.

Shooting during the game was fun.  The end zones were for kneeling only and space was usually at a premium.  I normally will be found at the end of the field where Oregon will score.  Unfortunately, there weren’t many opportunities to get action shots except for Ohio State when they started a drive.  I will not attempt to critique the game but I will say it became eveident early on that Oregon was struggling to get momentum going.  I wish Arik and Marcus all the success in the NFL.  I hope their dreams come true.  They have given us so much throughout the season.  Mahalo.

Photos – Rose Bowl – Oregon / FSU – 2nd Post

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Photo essay number 2.  I have assembled more photos from the semifinal game at the Rose Bowl.  As I have mentioned, shooting the Oregon Duck football games has been quite an experience for me.  Each game I pick up valuable information like where the best spots on the field might be…although, it’s somewhat luck as one never knows where the action will be on the field.  I’ve learned a lot and have much more to pick up on for games in the future.  There is one game left in this football season and that is the National Championship game on Texas on January 12th.  It will be a night game and one I am really looking forward to shooting.  I’ll need to be at the top of my game to get some good action shots.

As for the semifinal game in the Rose Bowl, it is an experience I won’t soon forget.  Being part of the media group was fantastic, being in downtown LA was cool, meeting some friendly taxi drivers, being treated by an EMT at the LAX terminal, and spending a day at Disneyland with a hundred thousand people…well, somewhere close to that number of people.

Next photo essay – early next week.

David Peaks – Civil War 2014

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I had an opportunity to shoot the Civil War football game at Reser Stadium Saturday evening.  That was my first visit to the stadium and found the upgrade to be very nice.  The afternoon started out with a rain shower but we were able to be under cover.  By game time, there were clear skies but it got pretty cold as the game went on.  I was shooting with a new photographer to me, BJ Miller.  She was fun to shoot with and I’m sure she had some fantastic shots.

I find shooting the games this year to be memorable as this may be the last year we see Marcus Mariota playing for the Ducks.  You may see a number of Mariota photos in my post because we are huge Mariota fans.

This was a fun game to shoot as there were many moments to record for viewing later on.  Oregon has a number of fantastic players on the team and many provided photographic moments.  I am working with a new camera body and there are a few new features to learn but I was pleased overall.

I am looking forward to shooting the Pac 12 Championship game next Friday in Levi Stadium in Santa Calra, California.  I have reasonable expectations of the photos I hope to take.

David Peaks: Football Oregon-Stanford Photos

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What an awesome football game.  Oregon came out prepared and it showed in all phases of the game.  The rain couldn’t dampen the great feeling of defeating Stanford.  This was the first game I had to put rain jackets on my camera equipment.  I was pretty confident that the weather was going to hold and did not bring any rain gear for myself.  Fortunately, I did not get soaked.  The rain did not slow down the Oregon express: 45 to 16 – what a great game.

I was testing out a new camera body – the Canon 7D Mark II.  I put it on my 300mm lens for a total of 480mm.  I received the camera Friday at noon so I had virtually no time to do much with it.  It was a gamble but it had to be done.  Next game I will have it fully set up.

This being my first year shooting football, I have areas to improve in.  I’ll conduct my own spring training and fall camp.  I learned a lot and have lots of areas to improve in.  It’s been a blast and I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity.  I look forward to the last home game of the season against Colorado.  I would love the opportunity to travel to Santa Clara for the Pac 12 championship game.

I try and take a variety of photos.  I like the pre-game time on the sideline.  The players are into focusing on their technique while listening to tunes.  One of the first groups on the field are some of the linerbackers.  I like taking photos of some players that will depart at the end of this season like Ifo and Hroniss.

Photos: Oregon Ducks-Washington Huskies

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What an awesome victory for the Oregon Duck football team.  The weather was perfect the entire game and the Ducks played well.  There was much walking down memory lane at various points during the game.  I was not in position to shoot much of it but it was great for the fans.

My experience shooting Oregon football continues to grow.  I have really enjoyed being part of the photography group shooting photos of the Ducks.  I am getting to know some of the photographers.  The sport continues to be about location.  I go into each game wondering if I will be in the right position to get some great photos of the game highlights.  If I’m not in position to get “the shot”, I can still participate in getting celebrations after touchdowns or interceptions.  It’s fun to watch players develop from the start of the season to the end.  Freeman has turned out to be a gem of a running back.  He is very fun to shoot as he tears up the turf.  Everyone seems to be playing at a higher level.

I am still changing up how I shoot the game.  I have never been a fan of monopods and have decided to try and hand hold my camera and lens.  I feel I can react better to fast moving players especially on pass plays.  I’m a work in progress.  I’ll see how these changes work out when Stanford comes to town on November 1.  Until then, I have a water polo game coming up.

Sports Workshop – A’s Baseball Game

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On June 19, I traveled to Santa Clara, California for a Sports Photography Workshop. I was fortunate enough to have signed in right away as the workshop filled up quickly. The workshop was limited to 16 photographers. The event was hosted by Canon U.S.A. and led by Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller. Three sporting events were to be covered in the workshop – an International swim meet, an Oakland A’s/Boston Red Sox game, and a high school field hockey game.

The first evening was spent looking at a collection of photos taken by Peter and having explain what makes a good sports photo of various sporting events. Also that first night, a Canon rep went over the features of their 1D X camera which is used widely by wildlife and sports photographers. After the review, we were able to sign up to use a variety of equipment ranging from fisheye lenses to 800mm lenses. Canon had brought enough cameras for participants to use one.I personally asked to use a camera body and a 500mm lens.

The second event was an Oakland A’s / Boston Red Sox game. Here again, I was not familiar with shooting photos of this sport. I would say I didn’t get the best shots but I learned a lot about what to be looking for. The group was told that we were fortunate that the A’s organization allowed this many photographers into the ballpark to shoot the game. Peter has many connections in the sports world and it paid off. We were given quite a list of do’s and don’ts. Being to a major league park shooting a game was super neat. Just watching the activity in the park was cool. One thing I need to work on is taking photos of things other than the action. I have to admit that I was pretty focused on action shots. I need to take more “color” shots. It’s all a learning process. Watching the players warm up and interact with the fans was very interesting. One thing I found interesting was every foul ball, every broken bat, virtually everything regarding the Oakland players is gathered up, cataloged, labeled to be sold later to fans. I stood by the gentleman responsible for this activity. At first, I tried to figure out what he was doing. This was a very enjoyable evening watching and photographing the action. I hope to be able to shoot a few of the Oregon baseball games this coming season.

The workshop ended with Peter critiquing some of our photos. All-in-all, the workshop was well worth the time and expense. I learned a lot about what to shoot in these three sports. What makes a good photo and what doesn’t. I’m new to the sports photography game so I’m looking for any opportunities I can get. I enjoy the activity and the challenge.

Sports Workshop – Field Hockey

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On June 19, I traveled to Santa Clara, California for a Sports Photography Workshop. I was fortunate enough to have signed in right away as the workshop filled up quickly. The workshop was limited to 16 photographers. The event was hosted by Canon U.S.A. and led by Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller. Three sporting events were to be covered in the workshop – an International swim meet, an Oakland A’s/Boston Red Sox game, and a high school field hockey game.

The first evening was spent looking at a collection of photos taken by Peter and having him explain what makes a good sports photo of various sporting events. Also that first night, a Canon rep went over the features of their 1D X camera which is used widely by wildlife and sports photographers. After the review, we were able to sign up to use a variety of equipment ranging from fisheye lenses to 800mm lenses. Canon had brought enough cameras for all participants to use one. I asked to use a camera body and a 500mm lens.

This photo essay will cover a high school field hockey game. Here again, Peter was able to put this game together because of the people he knows. This wasn’t an actual game but a full scrimmage between members of the Los Gatos High School teams. This was my first exposure to field hockey. I found it an interesting sport. This sport is big on the East coast with only a few colleges on the West coast having teams. Some of the girls playing that day were being heavily recruited by East coast teams. They were very good. I found this game a cross between hockey and golf. Just kidding but some of the girls had great golf swings. The ball is larger than a handball, is plastic, and very hard. I found it amazing the speed the ball travels and the lack of protection the girls had. Outside of the goalie who was heavily protected, the girls only wore shin guards. The girls played a full game for us and included official refs. The temperature was up there causing some heat shimmering in the photos. I learned about the game and had fun shooting the action.

The workshop ended with Peter critiquing some of our photos. All-in-all, the workshop was well worth the time and expense. I learned a lot about what to shoot in these three sports. What makes a good photo and what doesn’t. I’m new to the sports photography game so I’m looking for any opportunities I can get. I enjoy the activity and the challenge.