Here's the rules: You get one shot, and it has to be your favorite. Not necessarily your technical best, but the one you like the best because of story, framing, whatever. Second rule: you need to explain why it's your favorite. Third rule: It has to be taken in 2008!
Bring 'em on!
Here's mine to start it.
This is my son delivering the check. He played JV LAX at a high school that went on to be ranked #1 in the country. He was the JV captain (sophomore), but will not be invited to play varsity (go figure). He's 5'5", 160lbs. plays dpole, and is tough as nails (plays nose guard in football against guys that out weigh him by 120-200 lbs.) Also it was my first game with the 300mm 2.8 and I'm glad it stood up to a huge crop!
Photo is of a Coach and his youngest son. Coach has been in our league for years. 3 sons have gone thur and he has coached every one in one way or another.He has made it to the big game several times with several teams, but never got the trophy. Last year, he and his son came within inches of winning, but it didn't happen. Just wasn't their day.
This will be his last year with our league as he and his son both are moving up to high school. As he and his son both rattled off the cheer with the team.... "What's our Goal-Superbowl - What's our goal - We won the superbowl.." I stuck the D700 up over the crowd and got this. There was several tears being shed as I looked around. It was great...
This coach did a lot for our league and was a very special win.
HEY TKJ60 - GREAT TOPIC - THANKS FOR STARTING IT!!!!
Great idea. Here's mine. It was one of those pictures that kind-of just hits you.
What it means to be a “WARRIOR”. The softer side of football.
This image was taken at the 2008 Annual Thanksgiving Day football game where the Coyle-Cassidy Warriors faced off against the Taunton Tigers. The Warriors have been win less in there last 8 Thanksgiving Day matches against the Tigers. This year again they went down early after the Tigers first 7 play drive put the Tigers up 7-0.
With drive and determination the Warriors offense and defense stepped it up and were ahead 24-14 late in the fourth quarter. With less than 2 minutes to go the Tigers fought back scoring and making it a one possession game 24-21. The Warriors turned the ball over on downs and it was up to the defense to protect the lead. After allowing one first down they sacked the QB twice to clinched the win.
It was a very emotional win for the Warriors. Shown in the photo is Ryan Foley who was chosen Defensive Player of the game. It's nice to be reminded that even at this level they are still kids at heart.
I love taking action pics, but this photo is one of my favorites.
Any time a rugby referee judges that a player has committed an egregious offense (or a series of slightly lesser offenses) that player must immediately leave the playing field for 10 minutes. After that time the player is allowed to return to the pitch. The game continues on the entire time that the player is in the SIN BIN; the offending team must then play a (wo)man short until that player returns. This is generally BAD, and the coach will typically share his displeasure with this player some time later. As such, it is rare to see a SIN BIN occupant smiling.
Here's a Syracuse University player watching the action from the dreaded SIN BIN (between the goal posts). She was a tough, tough lady, but looked so forlorn just sitting there.
Here is my favorite photo. Not much of a story, other than I was really trying to get photos of players on my daughters team actually making contact with the ball. This shot came too late, but to me it was one of the more interesting shots during the softball season as it told more of a story than most other shots. The ball was hit a mile high in the air. I like how the bat is seen dropping out of the photo. I also like the players expression, as well as both spectators are tracking the ball. MMV
Of all the images I shot this year this is my favorite. I captured the intensity and determination she displayed every minute she was on the field. She was a freshman on the JV squad and was moved up to varsity half way through the season. When she would come in for a shot not many dared to get close to her. I finally got brave enough to venture behind the goal I came close to getting hit a couple of times
D300, 70-200, 1/1600, ISO 200, f4.5
Bob, Midlothian, VA "you don't have to like it you just have to do it"
Hmmm... You might be preempting one of Rob's Challenges. I used to use this one every January.
Where, you might ask, is the action? Why can't I see her face? What's with the ribbon and the paper bags? On top of all that, it's a technically poor shot - why post it?
There is no action, no face, but there is a story to be told...
Despite her diminutive size, she's a dominant force on the field in both field hockey and lacrosse, in a region where the level of competition is quite high. All-County, Player of the Year (as a junior)... the accolades roll in. And yet, all is not well. Her mother died of cancer during the season. She missed one game, then came back and scored three goals in the next. The ribbon and bags containing candles are tributes from her teammates. When I saw where she was running to retrieve a ball that was hit out of play, I hesitated before I took the shot. Then I hesitated again later that night as I posted the image for all to see. But it was accepted well, and even appreciated by some.
I've tried. I've really tried to pick one image. But each time I do I think about all of the ones I'm slighting! Some I like because purely because of the action. Some I like because of the human drama. Some I like because of the technical challenges I had to overcome. And a few I like because I think they are actually decent photographs.
Here's one that embodies at least some of those elements. Ask me again tomorrow and I might pick a different one. And a different one the day after. But for now...
Night games with flash are always challenging, but this one was doubly so because of fairly thick fog. It was also not a very competitive game. The home team, in the maroon uniforms, had a really tough season. Coming into this game they were 1-8, and you could almost count the number of touchdowns they had scored during the season on one hand. But they played hard and managed to score one touchdown. The lost the game 7-35, but that one touchdown, set up by this play, was such a joy for them!
So I remember this photo especially since it was shot through the fog and has nice action and drama. A great photo? Well, no, but you can't have everything!
This is a shot of my daughter (#17) and her teammate being interviewed after their team's first ever state tournament game win. (they lost in the next round to the defending and repeating state champions) It was a great season for the team and this moment was special because it was my daughter's first time in the "spotlight". She's a freshman and she was a starter on the varsity volleyball team all year. She had a very good first season and finished ranked in the top ten in the state as a hitter.
In this particular game she really shined and had some very impressive kills at crucial times down the stretch in a very close match. The team erupted after the win and my daughter was so thrilled to be chosen for an interview along with her teammate who is a senior, the captain of the team and a first-team all-state setter.
It was her first "Big Time" moment in her H.S. athletic career, and I'm glad I was able to capture it!
Fantastic Tom, and congratulations to your beautiful and talented daughter. What a proud moment! She doesn't even look nervous.
My daughter was in the same position and had to address the City of Buffalo Common Council along with a few teammates. Outwardly she was cool as a cucumber, but she told me after she was sweatin' bullets. cheers, Dave
Dave, Thanks for the reply and the very kind comments! Congratulations to your daughter as well for her success!
Isn't it great to witness your kids in their finest moments! It would have been great just to witness this moment, but to have a permanent record of it is terrific!
This has been a really proud fall in our family. Our son was the starting QB on the football team that finished with the schools best-ever record (10-2) losing in the state semifinal game. And our daughter has come out of the blocks strong in her first semester in high school. Along with her success on the volleyball court, she's getting excellent grades in all honors courses and she was elected the freshman class president! She recently told us she wants to play volleyball on scholarship at an Ivy League school... You go girl! I hope she can achieve that goal! Sorry to ramble on there for a minute... I just had to brag a little! Thanks again!
It was 95 degrees this Spring and my son's high school lacrosse team had just won the district title in overtime. My son, the goalie, walked across the field with his head down and then suddenly raised his arm and let out a howl. It was a good day for him and for me.
Lots of favourites but this one stuck in my mind for a couple of reasons. Firstly it was one of my first games with the D300, and secondly I was in shock when I saw the photo becuase it was taken from the hip while running backwards and the focus and framing were spot on! I'd tried this several times with the D70s and never had a single keeper and first time with the D300 - bang!
Here's my favorite, and the story: My son is the assistant sports information director at a small NAIA college. Basically the go-fer for everything!
His school was playing about an hour from our home, so we went down to watch. When we got there he came up to me and said "you've got your camera along, right?" A safe assumption on his part . He and the SID were in the process of putting together Senior Day gifts that were to include photos of each senior in action. Turns out they were missing four players. So Dad got the assignment to work the sidelines and get all four in action. Mission accomplished!
This is one of the four. Very bright October Saturday afternoon. Shooting D70s with the 18-200 VR @150mm. ISO 200, F/11 @ 1/320s. Using a polarizer and -2/3 stop EV comp to take the glare off the polished helmets and white uniforms.
This is Great!! Love reading all the stories and hearing your memory's!!
I feel the same a JBLOOM - I CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT PHOTO EACH DAY!!
But, Here is one for you, no photo needed.
I am at the local gas station filling up the last Sunday. A kid rides by on his bike, I notice him, but I don't recognize him right off hand and go back to pumping gas. I put the pump away and turnaround and he is there... he says "Hey Camera Guy, thanks for taking photos of them superbowl, my grandma is in Texas and she gets to look at me play football on your website and she loves it". I told him thanks and he is welcome... He asked if i was going to shoot baseball this year and i tell him yes.. He said "Grandma will be stoked!!. He said thanks again, see ya around and rides off...
Grandma order photos yesterday!!! The conversation i had with that kid is priceless!!!
Hi all, attached is my favorite shot for 2008. When I go out to a shoot, I want my images to tell the entire story. In my mind I also have some ideas that I would like to capture that really tell the story. This image is what I envisioned. This is the first time I have every photographed world class athletes in short track speed skating. This image to me says it all. Shows the uniform, the Team Canada logo, the skates and ice and even though everything is frozen, it gives the impression of speed. Have a great holiday season and everyone keep shooting.
One photo, can't remember if everyone preferred the original crop or the close-up.
This is my lad. He isn't the biggest or best keeper in the world and, to be honest, his team is pretty darn poor. But he is very proud of his role in the team and very, very brave. He never flinches despite regularly being the last line of defence. And I thought this captured it.
This was certainly a tough choice as I often shoot both Hockey and Equestrian (jumping) events. I have many shots that show nice action, motion etc. However, I truly enjoy this photo. Hockey is a very physical/demanding sport. Pretty rough...but the subject of this photo is not the four players in a shoving match in front of the goal...rather it is the goalie laying on the ice desperately trying to protect himself after making the "save".
Tim...thanks for setting up this topic...great idea.
Since I don't have a son or daughter competing at this point, I don't have any that have a particular attachment to me. I chose this one from among others simply because I liked the action and the element of danger every athlete faces, more in some sports than others.
I've been racing for decades. I've thumbed through thousands of shots of me by now. Always I've been amazed by how these pros could capture such a powerful moment in a still photo. Although I've always been creative, never have I been able to get my head around how a camera works. What an f-stop is. How to pan. And on and on and on. Each night at the races the pro photogs would come to our pit for a beer. Each night I'd ask them all the same questions.. "How in the hell do you this?" Or "how in the hell do you that?" Never once could any of them crack through my thick skull and help me learn. So I set out to teach myself. It's been three years now, and while this is definitely not my favorite photo, it's definitely my favorite story...
>Since I don't have a son or daughter competing at this point, >I don't have any that have a particular attachment to me. I >chose this one from among others simply because I liked the >action and the element of danger every athlete faces, more in >some sports than others. > >John > >
Because of the angle of the hair and the flying bits of mud it looks frighteningly like boot has just made contact with head. I assume that this wasn't the case?
Fortonately not. The player in the blue uni avoided stepping on the one on the ground. The bits of mud were flying off the shoe and the angle of the hair is probably due to the momentum of his slide. There was really little contact and they played on.
Fri 19-Dec-08 01:57 AM | edited Fri 19-Dec-08 02:00 AM by APN_PHOTOGRAPHY
This shot was taken March 18 2008. The reason is is my favorite is due to many reasons.
Winona State University had one of the greatest runs in Division II basketball history. In a three year span our program went 105-6, won 3 conference titles, 3 region titles and 2 national championships. In this picture are two future hall of famers (#42 John Smith - two time NCAA Div II player of the year AND #21 Jonte Flowers). This is the Regional Championship game (which we won in order to go to the national tournament), we are playing against a big rival and nationally ranked team (Northern State of Aberdeen - Northern only lost 4 games all year and they we all against us!)
I treated this in B&W because it helps focus on the action and strength of the image. I like the angles created by our two players playing defense (defense is what made our team). I like what is going on with the numbers (42 is double 21, 31 and 13 are mirrors of each other). I also like that all the eyes in the image are on the ball.
In my humble opinion, this image says it all for our program. Thanks for looking
Andy, Great shot and story! Talk about domination....Northern must really loath Winona State! I guess when your team name starts with "Win"... you're good to go!
I also like the angles the two defenders on the ball create. They were so good at defense it looks like it was choreographed. Cool observation about the numbers... The only thing that would have made it even more suiting is if the far left player for Northern was wearing #10; then combined with the guy guarding him it would read 105. I'm sure it was a very fun atmosphere every game for the past 3 years! How will the team be this year?
Thanks for the kind comments! Northern States' record during that same time frame was 77-18 (with 10 losses to Winona! ) They haven't beaten us since the conference title game in 2004-2005.
It is a lot of fun to be part of a Division II program.... especially one that is as successful as ours. Our team is doing some minor rebuilding this year. We still have a great team but is far away from what we had the last 3 year. They are "finding themselves" after losing 3 starters from last years team. They have a really good red-shirt freshman sitting on the bench for next year (a transfer from Div 1).
Thanks for looking.
Andy Victoria, MN ------------------------------------------------------------- Please enjoy my images here: andrewnyhusphotography.com
Sat 20-Dec-08 06:18 AM | edited Sat 20-Dec-08 06:32 AM by jrp
Hard to choose the best, Tim Sorry, long story: My 7-year old grandson had two inguinal hernias and the corresponding surgical interventions when very young and was therefore overprotected and shy of physical exertion in fear of pain. Being a very smart kid, he was soon moved upwards to a higher grade at school, in contact with kids one year older, taller and stronger. He soon suffered a skull concussion, an open brow which required seven stitches and several "accidental" falls always in the nearby presence of bullies suspects. That prompted us to take him to Tae Kwon Do school. (SWMBO, his grandmother, is a 2nd Dan black belt) There, he progressed very fast and went from white waistband to yellow and white, then yellow, later the orange, getting ready for green. Unfortunately, due to logistics problems we had to move him to another well accredited school closer to home, but his level was not recognized and was forced to start all over again. Sour, "in the company of babies", he nevertheless bit the bullet and took it very seriously.
In his first exam last week, he was the only student of the class to get a 10/10 for discipline and earned the yellow waistband with over 9/10 grades on all exercises.
This photo shows such seriousness and fierce spirit, at the start of continuous frontal alternate leg kicks for a distance of 30 feet and that's why I chose it as my favorite.
Nikon D2X, 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor, SB-800 with GF Lightsphere II diffuser, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/60 sec.
This turned out to be a GREAT idea, Tim...lots of 'replies' and contributions and a ton of 'views'. Good thing you didn't ask for our WORST shot...I'd still be sorting through my all-too-large digital scrapyard!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, and a hearty Happy Holidays to all our Nikonian family.
We're still digging out from the drifts here in Buffalo! Did you get equally socked in Michigan?
Sat 27-Dec-08 06:33 PM | edited Sat 27-Dec-08 06:37 PM by yuriboiblu
why is it my favorite from my 2008 archive? Calgary Colts vs Saskatoon Hills -- SK Hills won the game.
1. it is because it was my first time to shoot a football. 2. it is because it was my first time getting an action like this. 3. it is because one person commented, "there you go yuriboi!" 4. it is because i want to share it with you guys.
Well here is my favorite sports photo of the year, NON-Action, part of USA Hockey's 24 hours of hockey where each state participated in a game for a portion of the 24 hours. MA had the opportunity to have a special game with the US Sled Hockey team vs some Boston Bruins Alumni (at a disadvantage in sleds). The NESC in Marlborogh, MA hosted the 2008 World Sled Hockey Championships a few weeks later, this was a warm up and promotion for it.
1 Action shot from the game. HE was faster than a lot of guys on just skates, he MOVED.
My personal favorite of the year, working with and meeting Chris Berman.
Although getting to hold the 2007 Red Sox World Series Trophy was pretty sweet as well got a photo on my comp.
Sorry to come late to the party ladies and gents...this is a great topic!
Story: This was a XC Invitational outside of Buffalo, NY back in late September 2008. This young lady just finished her 5k and evidently recorded a PR (personal record/best). As you can see, her Dad was very proud.
Now I could not have scripted this even if I tried but if you notice the phrase on the back of his shirt, it sez it all (well, disregard the watermark). I just happened to be in the right place at the right time as they say.
Here's my favorite capture of 2008. It was taken at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in June. It's my favorite image because it captures an F1 car at "speed" - blurred background, spinning tires and glowing rear brakes.
Sun 04-Jan-09 08:38 PM | edited Sun 04-Jan-09 09:33 PM by Irish317
One of my daughters....Not the greatest picture, but the fact that she is only in her second season of ice Hockey/skating and has the ability to see the ice so well. Both of my daughters are Ass't Captains on this team, and my daughter pictured is second in points on her team!!!! As you can tell, I am a proud Papa Sean I added a second pic, of my older daughter. If they both saw this, and only one was pictured I would be done for!!!
This is my favorite of the year simply because of the story. I was at my sons High School baseball game that was being played at a field where a minor league team plays it home games. Nice stands, dugouts etc. all the amenities and about 30 people watching the game from various vantage points. I was sitting directly behind the home teams dugout with my camera bag sitting on top of the dugout roof about 6 feet from the front edge. During play in the second inning the infield umpire stops play and calls the home manager out to the middle of the field behind the pitchers mound. When they meet they turn, look directly at me, point and then the manager comes back to the dugout. Before entering the dugout he asks me to remove my bag from the top of the dugout because it is a "distraction".
You guys that use flash at basketball and football games without anyone complaining have never had this umpire refereeing any of those contests.
Anyway, here is a shot of them as they check out my camera gear in the middle of the game.
Just to give you an idea of where I was sitting this is a shot from that spot.
I believe this must be my favorite from 2008. It's from the last "duel" between Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt before the Olympics. Asafa won this "duel" in Stockholm. But after Usain's grand achievements in Beijing with 3 golds and 3 WR's, one can only wonder what Bolt was thinking as they crossed the finish line..... Maybe something like: "You haven't seen my 5th gear, yet...." or "You don't know what I have in store for you....".
....or du you have a suggestion?
ooops, I forgot the tech part: D3 300 2.8 VR f/2.8 1/1600s ISO 3200