Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Nuts and Bolts

The following are my favorite shots of the guys and girl from Nuts & Bolts Comedy Improve Troupe based in Rochester, NY. A friend of mine (who is with the troupe) asked me if I can shoot them and after months of trying he finally rounded up most of the troupe (I think it was most of them?) and we shoot 'em. My favorite of them all is probably the group shot.... why? I generally hate doing group shots because so many variables can go wrong, and normally do... (from an aesthetic perspective) however these guys were pretty funny and cooperative.... and that's always a huge plus.... so I think that's why the pic came out good!

Nuts & Bolts

Ryan Turco

Matt Roy

Matt Cadrette

John Barthelmes

Jeremy Brown

Jake Ottosen

Frank Storace

Bryan Agnello

Andy Anderson

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Still Got It

This picture of Chris Raw was for a prep profile.... This was my first shoot after being off the whole week on vacation. I was not looking forward to returning to work just yet.... one more day would have been nice... but non the less...... this brotha gots to get paid! I set up my little Westcott soft box and popped few pics from across the starting block. (Yes Sir. feels good to know you still got
after a week of not picking up the camera!)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bills over Jets

(The Buffalo Bills have won their first game this year (!!!!!!!!) and here are several of my favorite shots. Most of the shots are self explanatory (...I hope) however, here are few of their stories from behind the shutter.)

This shot was a missed opportunity on my end of the 4th and 1 (4th and goal) touchdown pass that was perhaps the most talked about play of the game. I was dinking around and preparing to get a pic of the field goal as that what the Bills were initially going for, that changed and they went for a pass instead. I missed the catch but the jubilation afterwards made a better picture in my opinion. I had the 17-35mm on my camera (since this was an end zone play) and as soon as they began to celebrate I ran few yards over and stuck my hand with the camera between two photogs and set it completely on the ground and fired off 5-6 shots. The reason I think it is a better shot is because not only is Michael Gaines (86) (who made the catch) is in the picture but also rookie QB Trent Edwards (5) who got much praise for great execution of the play on 4th and 1.

Buffalo's rookie QB Trent Edwards..... the next starting QB and answer to Buffalo's prayers? ( ... many people hope so!)

Josh Reed (82) almost made it!

And in the 2nd half Bills made a touch down... and as He said...... it was gooooooood!!!!

The other interesting shot was the New York Jets' Laveranues Coles (87) makes a touchdown catch over Buffalo's Terrence McGee (24) in the 2nd half. I generaly don't shoot this close when I'm in the endzone... (but I guess I should) this was just a lucky shot. By this time I retirede the 300mm f/2.8 with 1.7x TC and was just playing around with the 70-200mm with 1.7x TC. Even though this picture was taken at 70mm mark the 1.7x brought the action closer as though it was shot with a 119mm, I continued following the action.....
...... and got this pic as Laveranues Coles (87) came crashing down for a tough down. I later cheked the shots that AP and Getty Images, as well as local newspapers had of the same play, and (call me biest :-) my came out looking the best! This could have been a better shot had it been Buffalo's touchdown.... but, I'm happy with the outcome of the game and these pics.

Rian Lindell 's 46 yard field goal!

In yo face boyeeee!!!!!!!!

This shot of the New York Jets' Andre Dyson (21) intercepting the ball over Buffalo's Lee Evans (83) was a much anticipated. I took out the 70-200mm and just fallowed the action. I moved from the sideline to the end zone and sat next to Jay Capers from the Democrat and Chronicle. As we were busting each others chops with, "That's what she said!" jokes, I said, "Watch this, it will be a pass to the end zone... and L'll get this really cool shot the the player in the Superman pose diving towards the camera with his finger tips right on the ball! lol" and like clockwork Lee Evans ran to his favorite spot...... it's just too bad the pass was intercepted.

Just chillin' like a villain!

In conclusion, my two cents are this.... I hope this win does one of the two things...
1) Helps rookie QB Trent Edwards establish a starting position as QB for Buffalo, and/or ...
2) Puts fire (... get it? cuz its a picture of a fire? hahahaha) under J.P. Losmans butt and makes him step up his game so Bills can win more often.