Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Screaming in Digital

This shot of the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables was taken tonight using three exposures merged with Photomatix software.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Screaming in Digital

Above is a shot of the fountain at the University of Miami at dawn during this past fall's homecoming week. I merged four different exposures using Photomatix software and tone mapped the results.

I just purchased a license for Photomatix and have been searching the archives for sequences of images to process using the software. It usually provides a different result than Photoshop, and it is easier to use.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Screaming In Digital - Holiday Edition

This residence on Ramblewood Drive in Coral Springs displays its holiday spirit in HDR on a rainy Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Shot of the Day

K.C. Rivers of the Clemson Tigers beats the 'Canes Jimmy Graham to the basket during Clemson's 91-72 victory last night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Shot of the Day

The 'Canes Women's Tennis team posed with attitude for me this past Tuesday in Coral Gables.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gratuitous Cheerleader Pic #21

It's been way too long! The Gratuitous Cheerleader Pic is back after a long hiatus, and I have them cued up to run every Wednesday for the next 26 weeks!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Shot of the Day

The Hurricanes Women's Golf team posed for several shots this morning at Riveria Country Club in Coral Gables.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


My day started around 10:30am with a phone call from the Florida Panthers wondering if I could fill in for someone to shoot a portrait of Gregory Campbell in my classic "grunge" style. After locating a dirty white brick wall in the back of a rink at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs, we posed Campbell for the above frame...

Then it was up to Boca Raton for the FAU football team photo scheduled at 2pm. While the assistant coaches and a handful of players were missing (many of those who showed were wearing flip flops), we went ahead and shot it anyways at around 2:45...

Then it was down to Coral Gables for the Indiana @ Miami Women's basketball portion of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. I shot some overheads around the bench area and came up with the image above.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sign of the Times

Since the Fiesta Bowl fiasco back in 2003, whenever the 'Canes meet up with Ohio State, its sure to trigger a response from the fans. With the Buckeyes' hoopsters in town last night, a couple of fans came prepared.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Instant Classic

Saturday's "Shula Bowl" matchup between FAU and FIU was a memorable one for the lucky few who showed up and the fewer still who didn't leave early. Twice trailing by two touchdowns in the 4th quarter, the Owls rallied to tie the score at 50-50 in regulation including a couple of improbable plays - a tipped pass for a touchdown and by recovering an onside kick - to send the game into overtime.

The Owls scored on their first possession in overtime and then forced the Golden Panthers to go four and out to win, 57-50.

I remember when I first stood on a practice field with the inaugural FAU team back in 2001. After years of looking up - literally - at 300+ pound linemen who could outrun me, I was looking down at players shorter and smaller than myself. It was the same over at FIU in 2002. The quality of both rosters continues to improve every year.

For those of you who think Sun Belt football is beneath you, these two football programs are a great bargain to watch in person, and plenty of seats are available.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Roll On Down the Highway

FAU recently took delivery of a new equipment semi-trailer, and one of my images was strategically placed - facing the cab. Oh well, it still looks cool when sitting by itself...

After looking at the original, I see that Malik Eugene was spared the embarrassment of falling down in the un-Photoshopped version.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"U" Fail!

As I was editing one of my assistants images the other day it became apparent all is not well in the 'Canes Nation.

Did I see a problem with an offensive formation, or a defensive scheme? No.

My assistant Matt was assigned with shooting images of our fans. What do our fans typically do when presented with the opportunity to be on film? They throw up the "U" hand signal. Time after time, Matt's images turned up something else.

While the 'Canes won on the field vs Virginia Tech, our fans failed miserably.

We play tackle football, folks, not paper football, at least as suggested by many of you attempting our signature hand gesture. Take a good look at our logo...

...now is it that hard to hold up all your fingers?

I'm trying to figure out why so many of you do "The Goalpost." We don't play FSU every week, so it can't be you are trying to give the 'Noles kicker a target.

As an alum I'm a stickler for tradition, even if that tradition is younger than Miley Cyrus. I'm dumbfounded why so many of you get it wrong.

(My assistant Jessica captured the image at the top during this season's game at Florida)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Smug Mugs

While shooting Hurricanes Rowing head shots today, Coach Tenenbaum tried to slip one by my itchy trigger finger...

Monday, November 17, 2008

You Can't Spell "Futbol" Without an "Eff"

University of Tampa goalkeepers Michael Torrance and Ryan Thompson celebrate as Lynn University's Jean Alexandre sits dejectedly after the Spartans 3-2 victory over the #1 ranked Fighting Knights during the Division II Men's Soccer tournament. The match featured much verbal jarring and f-bombs between the teams, and Thompson delivered a final parting shot below.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Shot of the Day

'Canes guard Eddie Rios splits two Florida Southern defenders during Miami's 96-60 season opening win over the Mocassins Saturday night.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Shot of the Day

Hurricanes defensive lineman Marcus Forston poses after sacking Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor during Miami's 16-14 victory Thursday night.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bad Hair Day in Boca

After shooting the FAU Track team photo involving approximately 40 girls in a 20 mph wind, shooting this photo of FAU Softball's returning seniors was a breeze.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Two Years Later

Yesterday was the second anniversary of Bryan Pata's death, and recently I photographed Bryan's mom - Jeanette Pata - for Unrestricted Magazine.

Mrs. Pata had a "photo throw" with Bryan's image on it which we used for the shoot. After trying various angles we settled for the one shown above. While setting up a stock photo of Bryan's helmet, you can see how taxing the day was for Mrs. Pata (below).

Bryan's murder remains unsolved.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Day in the Life of a Team Photographer

'Canes Women's Golf for the marketing department? Sure. FAU Men's Golf photo day? No problem. Coach Jarvis' debut for FAU? Scheduled months ago. Team photo a few hours before the game? Let's do it. All four of these assignments took place in one day, yesterday.

10:30am - Brooke Stuart, Maria Ronderos and Begona Sarabia walk down the fairway at Riveria Country Club in Coral Gables.

2:00pm - Senior Will Cottle poses with coach Angelo Sands during FAU Men's Golf photo day at Ocean Breeze Golf Club in Boca Raton.

3:30pm - Install my strobe lights at FAU Arena in Boca Raton.

5:30pm - Men's Basketball Team Photo.

7:00pm - Men's Basketball exhibition game against Lynn University. It didn't take Coach Jarvis long to get a reaction from a referee.

9:30pm - Tear down my strobe lights and go home...to edit!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Election day is today and with it comes memories of the 'Canes trip to Washington, D.C. for Champions Day at the White House back in 2002. One of the more memorable moments was Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) attempting to catch a pass from Senator Bill Nelson (R-FL). The end result, as seen above, was hilarious!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Shot of the Day

Freshman forward DeQuan Jones tries to split two Florida Memorial defenders during the 'Canes 71-43 exhibition win over the Division II Lions Saturday night.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Shot of the Day

After a nearly season long delay, I was finally able to use strobes to shoot Hurricanes Volleyball last night. Above: UM's Ariell Cooke goes for the kill over the outstretched arms of Duke's Sophia Dunworth during the 'Canes 3-0 win over the Blue Devils.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Iron Arrow

Lauren Gould, Erica Rule and Fernando Moreno applaud as Karen Wilkening reacts after being tapped into Iron Arrow last week at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Key Biscayne. Iron Arrow is the highest honor achievable at the University of Miami.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shot of the Day

Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo reacts after sacking Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner during the 'Canes 16-10 victory Saturday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Shot of the Day

Barry University's Women's Basketball team hams it up for the camera at the end of their team photo shoot last Sunday in Miami Shores.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shot of the Day

FAU's Miguel Dorante in action in the pool at the Boca Raton campus during last Thursday's photo day.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Another Sunday, More Futbol

Bowling Green's Ryan Davis and Hunter Van Houten can't out jump FAU's Gianni Piccoletti for the header during the Owls 2-1 overtime win on Sunday morning in Boca Raton.

Monday, October 13, 2008

From Football to Futbol

Instead of shooting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decisive victory over the Carolina Panthers yesterday, I found myself back in Coral Gables, shooting our women's soccer match with FSU.

In five short years I've gone from having the ability to make my own schedule shooting for NFL Photos to wondering week to week if I'm going to get a NFL game from my current agency. The league dissolved NFL Photos in 2004 and I moved over to WireImage, one of two licensees of NFL imagery. The other was Getty Images. WireImage was acquired by Getty in 2007 and to no surprise I wasn't retained by Getty.

So far this season, I've yet to work an NFL Sunday. In the meantime, I've filled those days with the other "futbol."

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shot of the Day

'Canes running back Graig Cooper dives for the eventual winning touchdown over University of Central Florida defensive back Johnell Neal during UM's 20-14 victory over the Knights at Dolphin Stadium yesterday.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Shot of the Day

'Canes offensive lineman Orlando Franklin loses his helmet while trying to block FSU's Paul Griffin during the Seminoles 41-39 victory over the Hurricanes at rainy Dolphin Stadium Saturday.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

It Could Have Been Worse...

While Miami's 41-39 loss to FSU was mostly played in rain, the real fun began with about two minutes left in the game. The skies opened and the downpour ensued for about an hour, leaving stadium personnel to deal with the effects.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Canes vs. Seminoles

Tomorrow, the Seminoles of Florida State University come to town, and a post on the grassy.com message boards reminded me of the game between these two rivals in Tallahassee five years ago.

Both schools entered the matchup 5-0 but the 'Canes swam out of the rain soaked capital of Florida with a 22-14 victory, led by Jarrett Payton's 97 yards rushing and Kellen Winslow's 106 yards recieving. Sean Taylor added a 50 yard interception return for a touchdown.

The game was played in a downpour, and FSU's field drainage system failed, creating puddles of standing water all over the field.

Here are a few moments I was fortunate enough to capture on "film" from the series between the two schools...

Jeremy Shockey's touchdown catch that proved to be the game winner against the 'Noles in 2000.

Vince Wilfork lays out Leon Washington during the 2004 Orange Bowl Classic.