Some extra-curricular activities prior to the basketball tourney allowed me to capture a few of these images. The Teardrop Memorial was given by the Russian people in response to 9/11 and the horrors of terrorism. The skyline of New York City was taken from the park in New Jersey where the memorial is located. From this vantage point, you can see Statue of Liberty to the left, the Freedom Tower at the 1/3 mark from the left, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges to the right.
When I was in school, I always dreamed of attending the ACC tourney. At the time, we often watched the first round (on Friday) games in class, and if our class didn't have a television, we had a single ear bud run through the sleeve of our shirt from a transistor radio and would lean on the hand where the ear bud was located so we could hear the games.
Later, in college, I dreamt of one day covering the tourney, but as a writer.
Starting today, this bucket list item is being checked off, and I am seeing the action straight from the baseline as I cover the games throughout the week. Here are some shots from day 1's action.
Today, even with the wind playing by Winnie the Pooh rules, you know, a rather blustery day, our stoic senior performed perfectly. Here are a few from the session.
Game 1 - ACC women's tournament. #1 seed Louisville defeated #5 seed NC State 64-59 in a tightly contested matchup in the semi-finals.
Game 2 - Then, I headed from Greensboro to Raleigh to catch the men's teams in the final regular season game. NC State defeated Louisville 76-69 on senior night to finish tied for 3rd place in the conference after being picked 12th in the preseason.
Not going to lie. After shooting four games back to back with limited time between each, my body starts to feel it at the end. But, in just a few weeks, I won't remember or feel the wear, but I will remember covering the tourney. Here are a few from the quarterfinal round:
I have shared a lot of sports imagery. I enjoy sports and make decent money with it. However, commercial and stock photography supplies the majority of my income. In fact, one of my national clients was responsible for nearly half my income for 2017.
So, today brought a change of pace. I had a commercial job lined up and here are some of the resulting images.
If you are in need of a commercial photographer, of course, contact me. It is what I love to do.
Day 1, even though the teams are the bottom of the league, proved to be a great time for those that did attend. UNC defeated Boston College, Georgia Tech defeated Clemson, and Wake defeated Pitt.
Many of the players I remember from last season's tournament, and there were several photographers that I have shot with multiple times in attendance as well.
Don't ever discount women's basketball. Especially if it is the ACC tournament. It is an incredible experience for sports fans, basketball fans, and yes, even photographers.
Last season I covered the ACC Women's tournament for the first time. Lots of basketball, a multitude of personalities, and some of the best basketball in the nation, regardless of gender. And yes, gender had a lot to do with that tournament as it was moved to South Carolina from North Carolina due to the now infamous 'bathroom law'.
This season, I once again will be on the baseline with camera in hand, and likely a remote camera placed in various locations as well. Unlike last season, I will not be able to cover every game due to other work I have scheduled, but I do have the following games tentatively scheduled:
February 28: UNC/Boston College 1pm, Georgia Tech/Clemson 330pm, Wake Forest/Pittsburgh 630pm.
March 1: Matchup featuring Virginia 6pm, matchup featuring Miami 8pm
March 2: Matchup featuring Duke 11am, matchup featuring Louisville 2pm, matchup featuring Notre Dame 6pm, matchup featuring Florida State 8pm.
March 3: 12pm semifinal game.
March 4: 2pm Championship game.
Attached below are a few from last season's tournament.
One of my proudest moments in my photography career was when I was asked to shoot the men's basketball program for North Carolina State University, which so happens to also be my alma mater.
The second-to-last home game of the season saw the #25 ranked Florida State Seminoles come to Raleigh in a battle for positioning in the ACC standings. NC State saw their win streak advance to 4, and defeated their 5th ranked opponent on the season on their way to a tie for 4th in the conference with 2 games to go.
The Wolfpack defeated the 'Noles 92-72.
Who knew? Quidditch, the famed sport from Harry Potter lore, happens to be real. Well, mostly anyway. Instead of flying on brooms, the participants run around with broomsticks between their legs, chase a person designated as the 'snitch', and score points by throwing a volleyball through one of three hoops.
UNC-Wilmington defeats NC State in Raleigh, NC.
UNC-Wilmington defeats Appalachian State in Raleigh, NC.