Category Archives: Sports

Knocking the stuffing out of the ball

Recently I photographed Kimball High senior tennis player Logan Staggs during a match in the Seniors Challenge Cup at the Oak Park Tennis Complex in Stockton. I shot it as I normally shoot a tennis match: Using a long lens (a 200-400mm zoom) and a fast shutter speed (1/1000th – 1/2000th of a second). After [...]

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“A bad day fishing is better than…”

There’s a saying that goes: “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.” Not being an angler, I wouldn’t know if that was true, but I bet that fishermen Jason Lee and Simon Chen of Stockton were having second thoughts when they cast their lines from their small boat on [...]

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When shooting sports for the newspaper, getting IDs on the athletes is as important as getting shots of them. You never read a caption that says: “So-and-so is tackled by what’s-his-name.” Or “Boxer X connects with an uppercut to Boxer Y’s chin.” Football tends to be one of the easiest sports to identify the players [...]

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Relative motion

Capturing motion is different depending on where subject is and how it’s moving relative to the camera. If a runner is moving from one side of the frame to the other (left to right or right to left), he/she will look like they’re going faster than if they’re coming towards or away from the camera [...]

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Eye of the Tiger

When I got to the youth boxing matches at Yaqui Lopez’s Fat City Gym in downtown Stockton, sitting around the ring were officials wearing white polo shirts with a “USA Boxing” logo on them. I sat down with them, not paying much attention to them, and waited for the fights to start. As I waited, [...]

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Challenge reminder

Just a reminder that there are 7 days left in the latest Readers Photo Challenge: Motion. Sporting events are great subjects for action but you can choose anything that moves, from running children to prancing pets, to cars zipping down the street. 1. Entries can be emailed to Type in “Motion” in the subject [...]

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Playing our part

“…we’ve got that momentary time of exhilaration when you hoist that championship trophy over your head, and I don’t know what happens, but some mystical blood kinship is formed. And although it’s a fleeting moment, that kinship lasts for the rest of your life. And the thing I’m most proud of with my teams is [...]

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Up close and personal

Former Seattle Times photographer Rod Mar wrote a blog that concentrated on sports photography for the Times called “The Best Seat In The House.” The title referred to the fact that we as photographers, especially when it comes to sports, are often close to the action. In sports photography the general rule is: the closer, [...]

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Just beachy

At there is a glossary that gives the terms used in volleyball. Almost everyone has heard of the word “spike”: “A hit or attack where the ball is contacted with force by a player on the offensive team who intends to terminate the ball on the opponent’s floor or off the opponent’s blocker.” And [...]

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Quite a stretch

As a teenager I was a pretty limber guy, though not so much now that I’m a middle-ager. I was on my school’s football team (yeah, yeah, back then they’d take anybody) and during warmups before a game, my teammates would grunt and groan, but I would outstretch them with ease. It was my favorite [...]

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