Category Archives: Sports

Bullets, balloons and paintball

When people think of the word “photojournalist” they often think of a photographer covering some war-torn corner of the globe, however, I have never desired to be one of those photographers. For a couple of reasons, I have always preferred to take local photos of the people and places much closer to home. First, there [...]

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Highway to the danger zone

Recently I got an email from a reader who wondered how she could go about getting inside the fence on the field to photograph her nephew as he plays Little League baseball. I told her that as professional photographers we know the dangers of the game and are willing to risk them its a part [...]

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Team Trouble home opener

The Stockton Team Trouble American Basketball Association franchise held its home opener on Thursday, Dec. 7. TOP LEFT: Stockton Team Trouble’s Erik King, center, breaks through California Golden Tigers’ Kareem Ramos, left, and Jermaine Worley during an ABA game against the Golden Stage Tigers at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton. TOP RIGHT: Stockton Team [...]

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Girls Masters golf

TOP: St. Mary’s Vanessa Perez blasts out a sand trap during the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Golf Tournament at the reserve at Spanos Parkin Stockton. BOTTOM LEFT: St. Mary’s Ellon Madill hits from the 1st tee during the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Golf Tournament at the reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lincoln’s [...]

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“Art is long and life is short” – Hippocrates

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “the best zoom lens your feet,” meaning that you should try to get physically as close to your subject as you can. That’s certainly true but there are times when you can’t get as close as you want. That’s where a telephoto lens comes in. There are 2 [...]

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Oh, say can you sing?

After a very contentious election season I found my faith in America at least momentarily restored while covering a girls varsity basketball game a few weeks ago. East Union played their crosstown rivals Manteca at Manteca’s Winter Gym. I had gotten to the game a bit early and was waiting for the warm ups to [...]

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A timeout for timeouts

There are 2 words that many sports shooters hate to hear, or at least I don’t when I’m photographing sports: “Media timeout.” For those who attend a sporting event that’s being televised, you will inevitably hear those words at some point during the game. It means that play is being stopped for a commercial break [...]

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The anatomy of a sports shot

The ability to capture peak action is a necessity for a sports photographer. Sure, one should know how to get things like action away from the ball, sports portraits, victory/defeat shots, among other techniques, but peak action is a sports shooter’s bread and butter. The best sports photographers not only know where to position themselves [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Grace from fall

The season of Autumn is well upon us which is the inspiration for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Fall. What most epitomizes the season is the color of fall leaves. With the shortening of the days and, to a lesser extent, the cooler days, changes them from their verdant greens to hues of red [...]

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Into each life some rain must fall

It’s been several years since I’ve shot a football game in any kind of significant rain. The drought has made sure that many fall and winter Friday nights would be dry as a bone. Even with last year’s El Niño weather pattern I was able to get away with nary a drop falling on me. [...]

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