Monday, May 26, 2008

Jarvis Era Begins at FAU

FAU will announce Mike Jarvis as their new head basketball coach on Tuesday. Jarvis replaces the departed Rex Walters, who left for the University of San Francisco last month.

Coach Jarvis will probably have a few of these moments (as shown above) as he begins to rebuild the Owls' program in Boca.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Art of Life

Today was head shot day in the Hurricanes Football locker room and I set up a third light with a grid to try to get something different. I set the third strobe on a different radio channel than my normal setup to make it easy to switch between the two. Orlando Franklin provided some artwork for this portrait.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Screaming in Digital

This is Alex Rodriguez Park at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida during last Friday's game with North Carolina. I shot 9 frames at various exposures and merged them together to make this High Dynamic Range image.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Shot of the Day

Miami Hurricanes lefty Eric Erickson watches a pitch during the first inning of the 'Canes 10-6 defeat to the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday night.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Another 'Canes Shrine to Bite the Dust

Word out of Omaha is the clock is ticking on the life of Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. The stadium has hosted the event since 1950 and is named for the former mayor of Omaha who was instrumental in bringing the CWS to the city. A stipulation in the new agreement between the NCAA and the city is for the event to move into a new downtown stadium in time for the 2011 season. The plans call for the demolition of Rosenblatt and sale of the land to pay off the remaining debt.

The University of Miami has won more national championships at Rosenblatt than any other venue. Hurricanes Baseball has appeared at the CWS in Omaha 22 times in the past 34 years, winning the national championship four times.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cooney's Blue Wave Goodbye

Sunday was FAU head baseball coach Kevin Cooney's final home game, and the few dozen usual die-hard fans showed up to say goodbye. In fact, an army of red ants probably outnumbered the fans 100-1. The ants certainly made themselves known to me as I was shooting down the first base line, as they tried to climb up on top of me to get a look at the game.

Cooney is retiring after 21 seasons at the helm of Owls Baseball. Actually, Cooney's club was more often referred to as the Blue Wave, but that nickname disappeared a few years ago when University President Frank Brogan unified the entire athletic department's nickname as the Owls.

Since Cooney's hiring in 1988, the team formerly known as the Blue Wave have risen from Division II to national significance on the Division I level. The Owls were 54-9 in 1999, and won the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2002.

As Cooney was sweeping the basepaths before Sunday's home finale, he said to me, "I'll bet you don't have a shot of Coach Morris doing this!"

Perhaps I should email him this shot below, then maybe he won't feel so bad about his groundskeeping...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crosley's Field of Dreams

Saturday I photographed a wedding at the Powell Crosley, Jr. Estate in Sarasota. My reference to Crosley Field should ring a bell to baseball fans, as Powell Crosley, Jr. was the owner of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1930's and 40's and of which the stadium the team occupied at the time was named for.

Crosley built the estate, named Seagate, for his wife Gwendolyn in 1929. Situated on 62 acres next to John Ringling's Estate on Sarasota Bay, it measures 11,000 square feet, and features 21 rooms including 10 bathrooms. The Crosleys used Seagate as their winter residence until Gwendolin's death in 1939.

Purchased and renovated by Manatee County in the 1990's, it is now used as a meeting, conference, and event venue. For a few thousand dollars, it can be yours for a wedding.

Below, the groom and his groomsmen pose in the "Ship Room," a circular room that housed an unusual weather vane that displayed the wind direction on the ceiling.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Graduation Day

The University of Miami's graduation ceremonies are today and a former classmate of mine is finally getting his degree. That's Lamar Thomas, the former UM receiver who spent time in the NFL with the Bucs and Dolphins. Lamar took a full load this semester to finish, 15 years removed from taking "HIS 383," the "History of Sport" class we both took back in 1993.

While the class was supposed to be about the history of the olympics, there were so many "jocks" in the class that often Professor Handler would engage the student-athletes about current times. I remember one psychology themed discussion turning frank when some of the football players were asked what they would do to try to "psyche out" the opposition. The one about FSU's Casey Weldon sticks out in my mind like it was yesterday, but since I want to keep this blog PG-13 I can't mention it here.

Lamar joins Dwayne Johnson and Duane Starks, former 'Canes who returned in recent years to finish school and get their degrees.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

It's Such a Long Goodbye, the Finale

Today I took my final trip to the Orange Bowl site. It will soon become the Miami Marlins Stadium site, if the powers that be in Miami can get out of their own way.

I spent a total of five minutes there today, as the dust aggravated my allergies so bad a Zyrtec tablet didn't help.

The above shot is looking east through where the "West End Zone" used to be.

Here's whats left of the press box and upper deck, looking in from the west-northwest.

Above is a panoramic view from the south. The wedge that remains from the northwest corner of the stadium has electrical transformers which FPL needs to deal with before it can be demolished.

Above is panoramic of whats left framed by palm trees.

As I mentioned this is most likely my last trip, I have enough visual material for my project and the dust in the air has affected me greatly the last two times I was there. We'll be at Dolphin Stadium for the start of the new era in August.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Shot of the Day

Want a little Saturday Evening Post with your Sunday afternoon baseball? Here's my take on Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field during Sunday's Miami Hurricanes game against St. Mary's (CA) College.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Shot of the Day

Florida Atlantic Owls DH Caitlyn Bliss takes the field during pregame introductions before the Owls 10-1 defeat to rival Florida International.

The Art of Life

Although I try to post every day, sometimes I get too busy to do so. Besides, there are only so many cheerleader photos to post, right? Okay, maybe you don't mind those.

Tonight I was inspired by a post by my friend and former college roommate David Bergman on his photo blog. He posted a pic of the band Mayday Parade that he shot in my former hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I immediately recognized where the photo was shot, as I shot a photo of my son Shawn and his brother River in the very same spot (albeit from a different angle) over a year ago.

After searching for an hour on my hard drives to find the image, and after giving it my treatment in Photoshop, it inspired me to start a new category on my blog. As of right now I'll call it "Faces," but I'm sure a song title will come along soon that will be a better fit.

So instead of cheerleader #8, you get my kid. I'm proud of my kid, and he's a good looking kid, but I'll return you to your regularly scheduled cheerleader tomorrow.