So it’s been a while since I last posted anything. Not that I haven’t been busy behind the lens it’s just been finding shoots ya’ll would find interesting and that I would dub “blog worthy”. This shoot was for the UNR School of Medicine Alumni. First we had a sort of cocktail hour and I set up a light for some class reunion type portraits. The next day was a tailgate event for the UNR vs UNLV football game.
Normally I wouldn’t blog about a Metromix event. I usually end up thinking, “Why? It’s just photos of people smiling at the camera”. The Run or Dye was a little different. The deal with that dye is that it is a super fine dust that is very unfriendly to cameras/lenses. So instead of standing in the middle of a lens-killing, sensor-dirtying dye storm, I carried my long lens. I did see one other guy with some carefully placed trash bags and masking tape that braved the purple cloud but I decided that wasn’t for me. Instead I sat outside of the evil dust cloud and took mostly pictures of people just starting or just finishing as to remain away from the dust. I took advantage of the long glass and the fun moments happening within the gates.
This event was really fun. I know I say that about all the stuff I shoot but it’s true. Probably because I just like doing what I do. I got to show up and make fun images of people out enjoying themselves. The only thing I guess that would have made it better would be to actually run it and to be able to shoot it without fear of the purple dust destroying my equipment. Other than that it was a super successful event. It was pretty funny seeing how far the residual dye had travelled. I ended up going to lunch with my girlfriend and then to the Meadowood Mall that afternoon where I saw purple bathroom sinks and various participants out in their recently colored shirts. I also liked seeing all the vehicles that got nice and colorful as tired runners slipped into the driver’s seat of their car. The full gallery is on Metromix and you can go see it at Metromix.com. If you ran it I may have even gotten a photo of you. Check out the gallery and be sure to check out Run or Dye. They have a fun and unique event that you have to try.
In my humble beginnings I was but a mere freshmen in college with a Canon Rebel xti and a dream. Well it was more like I was lost and needed something to study in college. I decided on photography because hey, that was cool at the time. Well during my time in the Photography Program at UNR one of my professors, Scott Hinton, came to me with a project. He needed someone to cover and event. The Ride for the Ta Tas.
This was three years ago. Hard to believe actually, I’ve come a long ways since. My first year shooting the event was right in downtown. They organized everyone in the courthouse parking lot and the ride took off from there. Last year they moved it to Pinocchio’s Bar & Grill which I think was a much more suitable location. The ride last year was a total success and this year was even better. I showed up around 7:30am after a night of metormix shooting and was ready to go. I got some pictures of people signing up. I got pictures of happy faces and I got pictures of doughnuts. I got picture of ballons, bikes, and a few of our mayor, Bob Cashell. I really enjoyed this year’s ride. Between the ride and Moms on the run you really start to feel a sense of community here in Reno. It’s cool.
The ride is also cool. They take off from the restaurant and head up to Virginia City to the Bucket of Blood Saloon before diving down into the Carson Valley and back Reno. Along the way riders pick up a poker hand try their luck back at the restaurant. Back at Pinocchio’s the riders are able to have a beer and sit down to a prime rib lunch. This year JP signed up a couple a girls to be show girls. My duty? To follow the girls around and take pictures of bikers posing with them. Not bad right? So the majority of my images were pretty much just grip and grins but I think I got a few cool images of other things that are worth checking out. The full gallery should be up any day now. I dropped off a CD with JP so when they are up I’ll let you all know and you can browse through them all. For now, look up the ride and maybe look at the photos from last year. Thanks for reading!
Sports photography is a crazy thing. It’s fast, it’s hectic, and unpredictable. You have no control over the scene and mostly no control over the lighting. There are ways to light a stadium but for most of us that’s just not a luxury we enjoy. It really is wild though. You have to understand the game and look for peak action.
Covering sports is important. Why? Because people friggin love sports. Sports are everywhere and people love pictures of sports. If your business has a publication or your business is a publication then you should have photos and if you can you should try and cover some sports. Local sports are the best. Your audience will engage more with local sports. Just think of Kaepernick and what that did to Reno and sports coverage. Though media outlets typically cover sports and do the photo galleries for sports but I think businesses have some opportunity there. Many businesses create a new letter where they discuss happenings in the industry or in their actual business. Of course those business events need professional photography of their proprietary events but I think they could branch out a little. With some variety that could include local sports I think businesses could expand their audience.
As far as sports go you have definitely go to watch for peak action and moments. Additionally a good Reno sports photographer will look for good photos of the coach and of the fans. Fan and coach images can always add to a sports set. Looking for key action and player reactions is another great place to look for photos. In the end a good sports photographer should have action, emotion, and moments. I shot these images when I was doing my undergrad for UNR. The Nevada Sagebrush needed a little help so I gladly obliged. It turned out to be one of my best sports sets.
I love shooting sports, mostly because I am a terrible athlete. I get to engage with the action and the fun in a unique way. Showing clients fun images and players the images of themselves is very fun and quite rewarding. Check out the Nevada Sagebrush, it’s a smaller publication but sometimes they have some good work and usually birth those who will be running the Reno Gazette and the Sparks Tribune.