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Franklin Pierce vs Sumner 10/04/13

Good evening, friends.

I had the opportunity to take some photographs at the Franklin Pierce Cardinals vs. Sumner Spartans high school football game last Friday and got some wonderful shots. Just thought that  I’d share a few.



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Sounders FC Reserves September 14, 2013

Taking a photograph of another individual is an honor to me, but taking photographs of athlete’s is something I love to do.

Yesterday, I was able to take some photographs of the Sounders FC reserve squad as they played the Real Salt Lake reserve at Starfire. I didn’t shoot the entire game, but in the half or so I was able to shoot I got some wonderful pictures. I hope you enjoy them.



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Shot of the Day 8/25/13

Good morning Seattle!

Big day today! Right, soccer fans?! Today is a HUGE Cascadia Day match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers. 67,000 rabid soccer at Centurylink Field to watch what will hopefully be a beat down of the Timbers by the Sounders.

So, what I wanted to do would be take a photograph of that game and post it here. BUT the NFL, yes NFL, in conjunction with the MLS no longer allows anything in the stadiums. So what that means is basically no more photographs with my D800 (iPhone only and we know how much that sucks). If I am ever fortunate enough to be allowed on the sidelines then I will get different photographs, but until then I am left with a few select photographs taken before the policy change. One of those being the one in this post.

This image was taken earlier this year right before a match with the other Cascadia opponent: the Vancouver Whitecaps.

So what makes this photograph special? Well, nothing in particular except that it is a panoramic photograph. That is, one images made up of several photographs. In this case, it is made up of 6 images. So why do it? Well, first of all, there will be much more detail in the complete image than what could ever be in one image of the same frame. Second, it allows a much wider field-of-view than a standard lens could (yes, I know that you can get an ultra wide angle lens). And lastly, its just plain cool to work in Photoshop.  Yes, the 6 images I took needed some Photoshop work to complete the panoramic.

So, how was this shot. First, manually set the correct exposure. Then, start taking the photographs, overlapping about 1/3 of each image. Simple, right ? Ok, perhaps not that easy, but I’ll save more details instructions for a separate blog post. In the mean time, enjoy the photograph.

Blessings, and enjoy the game!


BTW-you need to click on the thumbnail to view it. And unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the full splendor and the detail of the image due to size restrictions of the blog.

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Shot of the Day 8/18/2013

For my second ‘Shot of the Day’ post I am going to add something a little personal.

Last spring, our daughter decided to try out a new elite/premiere soccer team that was closer to home. Previously, she was playing with a Federal Way Football Club team, and they had much success, winning several tournaments and outright dominating their league all year long. But for one reason and another, she couldn’t continue with that club. So when this new team presented itself, she (and we) jumped at the chance for her to play. First up for them was the annual Federal Way Blast Off Tournament.

Their first game, as expected, came on a Friday night. No problem, right. Well, the game was a hard fought battle throughout. The ball went from one side of the field to the other with no score. Finally, with about 10 minutes to spare, Caitrin’s team had a breakout moment. One of our girls was fouled just outside the penalty box and so we were awarded a free kick. The kick came in, and Caitrin, being very tall, got her head on it and put one into the back of the net! Yay for us. Score 1-0.

The next 10 minutes was a flurry of activity from the other team. There were intent on bringing the score even and so they stepped up their intensity and focus. With about a minute left in the game, they pushed the ball forward, but it was cleared by one of our defenders and was rolling to the corner of their opposition side. Caitrin ran a foot race with one of their defenders to track the ball down. They both arrived at the same time, both hitting the ball at the same time, and both flying through the air. Caitrin tumbled in the air and came down on her shoulder. She normally pops back up right away, but not this time. There was something wrong.

Turns out she broke her collar bone. Nasty break, but not the end of the world. Needless to say, she couldn’t finish the tournament, but her lone goal in game 1 was what sent them into the finals, where the team scrapped together enough of an effort to bring about a victory.

I normally shoot all my daughters games, but unfortunately I did not manage to bring my camera to the game on Friday night. I did have it with me on Sunday, when the team won the tournament and received their medals.

Anyway, here are a couple of shots from the medal ceremony.



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Federal Way Football Club Reign State Cup

Greetings friends,

It’s been a while since we posted any sports shots lately, but we’ve only been following one team this last season: the Federal Way Football Club Reign ’96 girls. They are in the State Cup now after a wonderful winter season (season photographs will follow later), but here a few from today’s quarterfinal game against the Washington Rush.

Enjoy the photographs, girls. And best wishes as you continue in the cup.



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More Sports Photographs – Washington State Sports Photographers

I just realized that I really don’t have much of my sports photographs posted on this blog. So, I thought that I would add a gallery of past photographs here for your viewing.

Of course, you can view a larger gallery in the portfolio section of this site.




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American Pride 2010 – Pierce County Sports Photography

Soccer is a huge part of my life right now. I play it, my children play it, my brothers play it. We watch it on television and we watch it in person. We cannot escape from it. We love it!

So when we were asked to be the “official photographer” of the 2010 American Pride Girls Soccer Club, we jumped at the chance.

We got some great shot of each girl on the team during the course of their season. We even showed up to a few summer practices and got a few shot of their practice and scrimmage against parents and “boys.” That was a lot of fun!

The montage that plays below is one that encompasses the season. The video is divided up into 4 sections: the first 3 are game photos while the last is photographs taken during the practice session, some shot of the parents during games, and the official portraits of all the girls.

Enjoy the video.

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