Blog, Week 6, Composite

Here is my idea for my composite for PHO 241. I have taken a photo of the R. J. Reynolds school sign. I also have photos of 6 different R. J. Reynolds sports I have photographed. That will give me my seven different photographs for the composite. I intend to take the student athlete from each of the sports photos and place them on the school grounds near the school sign. I have posted 3 of the sports I intend to use for the composite. I have photographed 3 sports especially for this project, volleyball, field hockey and football. The school was also photographed just for this project. The other sports will be lacrosse, baseball, and soccer.


Blog, Week 5, Features


Okay, here is my photo for Day 27 of my Photo-A-Day blog. It was supposed to be a feature photo, or a photo that did not require an article written about it, only a correctly worded caption. The caption was to use AP style captioning. I thought I had a pretty good shot here of a guy practicing his serve at Miller Park Tennis Courts. It did not require an article to know what he was doing and the caption followed AP guidelines. Well, while I thought it was right on, Jay had other ideas. To make this photo newspaper worthy, it needed something else. Perhaps climbing the fence with the camera and taking a shot down on the gentleman or lying down and shooting through the net. Next time I will try and come up with an unusual angle when doing a feature.

Blog 4, R.J. Reynolds Football


I do not know why, but last Friday night was a hard night for me photographing football. The action shots all seemed to occur on the other side of the field. When the ball was handed off to a running back, they all seemed to run off tackle, which means they just ran into the line and disappeared from site. Sometimes they would appear on the other side but getting a shot with their face in it was next to impossible. The field where R.J. Reynolds plays is one of the worst lit fields in this part of the state and that also presented a challenge late in the game. I basically had to quit shooting after the third quarter because the lighting was so bad.

Blog Week 3, Ball Boy

Blog Week 3-2

I submitted a photo for Jay’s Photo-A-Day blog of an action shot from a football game. He said it was a good action shot but what he wanted was a shot of something going on associated with the game, but not the game. An example he gave was ‘the ball boy juggling 4 footballs’. At the R.J. Reynolds game Friday night, I was not able to find a ball boy juggling 4 footballs but I did find one juggling 3 footballs, so here he is. I like this photo because this young man appears to be up to something and we do not know what it is. Just look at his eyes and smile and you know a prank is about to happen.

Blog Week 3, Friday Night Football

Blog Week 3

This is a photo from our first football assignment. I was able to use the 300mm lens to get this action. This shot is special to me because the young man making the tackle is the coach’s son. Last year the coach asked me to try and get a picture of his son. I got some photos but they were only of him blocking, which was not an action shot. This year, he has come into his own and is a force to be reckoned with on the field. In this shot, he is making a textbook tackle on the opposing teams running back. He has reached up into the player’s pads and is using his own weight to bring him down. I turned in another shot of him grabbing the quarterback, forcing him to throw the ball away to avoid a sack.

A Thrill A Minute


In my opinion, there is nothing in sports more exciting than bicycle racing. These folks ride at 30 plus miles per hour, wheel to wheel, shoulder to shoulder. They must have the utmost confidence in those racing around them to compete at those speeds, riding that close. Just one slip up, one mental lapse, and it sounds like paperclips in a blender when there is a crash. I like this photo because of the line the racers create and the colorful uniforms of each team. I wish the background could have been a little nicer.

RJ Reynolds Lacrosse


Lacrosse is a sport that I learned to appreciate late in life. It is one of the oldest games played in North America. Lacrosse had its originated in Canada by Native Americans and was thought to have been centered around the Great Lakes. Different Native American tribes would play each other and the matches could go on for days.

Lacrosse is a great sport. There is no other sport where a helmet is required and you carry a stick to either carry the ball or hit the opponent who has the ball. The rules state that a defensive player can use his stick to knock the ball loose from an opponent’s stick by hitting the opponent’s hands or stick. As you can see, there are times when the stick gets a little high. The rules also state there can be contact below the shoulders and above the waist. Body checking is allowed if done on the player possessing the ball and if it is done from the side or front, never from the back.

I like this photo because it shows the two styles of sticks used. The player on attack has a short stick and the defense has a longer stick. This is a good, legal defensive play.

Don’t Let The Skirts Fool You…


“Don’t Let The Skirts Fool You” is a mantra of field hockey players. They were what looks like a skirt over shorts as part of their uniform but they want you to know right away that there is nothing “dainty” about them.

I started doing sports photography in the digital world shooting RJ Reynolds High School Field Hockey. My stepdaughter was playing and I wanted her to have something to look back on, years from now when she has her own family. I have one photo of my mother in a team picture when she played basketball at Tula High School in Tula, MS. I have one picture of my baseball playing days, which is a team photo when I was 16 years old. I wanted her to have more than that and I know her children will have fun looking at their mom in her athletic years. The year she graduated, the coach asked to if I would come back out and photograph the team the next year, even though Emma would not be playing. I said yes and this year will be my tenth year providing memories for these young folks.

Field hockey is a sport played with a stick that is flat on one side and rounded on the other. The ball can only be touched with the flat side. If you have possession of the ball and it touches the rounded side, a whistle is blown, play stopped, that the ball turned over to the other team. It is a tough sport and is not for the faint of heart. The ball is hard rubber and as the season wears on, so do the bruises that appear on the arms and legs of the players. I have seen these girls hit with a direct shot, fall to their knees, take a couple of deep breaths, and refuse to leave the game. These young ladies are very, very tough.

I like this photo because the light was good and it shows off athletic ability.

Leader of the Pack


This is one of my two favorite track photos. This is an event that has been held at Hanes Park in Winston Salem for the last 30 years. The event consists of 5 events, the mile, 400 meters, 800 meters, 100 meters, and a cross country 5K, all in one evening. The thing I like about this photo is the strength of the woman in the front. Don’t be so shallow as to think those very fast male runners behind her are lapping her. The photo illustrates the power of the female athlete. Make no mistake; those guys behind her were fast male runners. This lady was focused and in total control of the race she was running. She not only led this event, but also led and won each heat of each event and became the female overall winner. If I could change something about this photo, I would have taken it in the turn so that more of the pack behind her could be seen and you could see just how hard they were working to try and keep up.

Soccer Action


I know we all found that getting a ball just off the pictures fingers is hard. Well, getting a header in soccer is equally as hard. You have to follow the ball in the air and determine who was going to go up for the ball. I have quite a few shots of the ball just off the head, which meant I was late, but I got this one making contact. What I would like to get is two players going up for the ball and getting the ball making contact with a players head while their heads collide. That is not uncommon in soccer but hard for me to get.