The Winston-Salem Open came to the Old North State featuring a warm-up for several before the US Open. If one thinks four days of golf makes for a long week shooting, well, five days of tennis might just top that.
The primer for sports season that leads to football, then basketball, is the final PGA tournament of the year, the Wyndham Championship. Here are a few from the tournament that saw Brandt Snedeker not only lead from start to finish, but shoot the second best round ever in a PGA event.
I started this career just under three years ago. Since that time I have been to more places and attended more special events than I ever thought I would. If you follow me on social media, particularly Facebook, you will likely know I have mentioned how #blessed I am on numerous occasions.
Friday marked another one of those moments. Not only did I get to attend part of the March Madness with the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, I was able to do so from the baseline with a camera in hand.
Although my team, NC State, lost in Wichita, Kansas the night before (and I didn't travel with them), I was hired by the Kansas State Wildcats to shoot for them for the weekend. In the process I was able to cover the other three games of the day as well. Those included Texas A&M vs Providence, North Carolina Tarheels (#NotOurRival) vs Lipscomb, and Virginia vs UMBC.
Think of this for a moment. I was able to shoot the defending champions (UNC) and the #1 team in the country (UVA) in the same weekend. And...I got to both witness and capture a bit of history with UVa becoming the first #1 seed to ever fall to the #16 seed.
Here are a few shots from the day.
You know things are going good when you get two different magazine covers. You know things are even better when there is a five-page spread on your art and business. That is what has just happened to me.
First, Her magazine's wedding special donned a wedding I shot last year on both the cover and in the inside story.
Next, I was interviewed for Wilson magazine and as was asked to shoot some shots for a possible cover. The only request for the cover assignment was to capture something that would clearly define Wilson, other than the Whirligig Park since it had been featured recently. I set out and shot a few of the things that I think of when thinking of Wilson, and sure enough, I landed the cover.
You can see some of this information on the In The News page that has a link/tab at the top menu of this website.
After taking a three goal lead, the Carolina Hurricanes were downgraded to a small March breeze in the third period, giving up 5 goals in a 6-4 loss to Boston. This was my second NHL game and the first in which I was assigned a 'hole'. What this means is I had the opportunity to shoot through a hole in the glass rather than shooting through the glass.
Here are a few photos from the night, however you can check out the entire gallery at InsideHockey.com.
In building this website, I wasn't able to share some of the exciting stuff that has happened earlier in the year. Throughout the month of February, I had my first solo exhibit at the Natures Art Gallery of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC.
The opening reception was beyond my expectations and the exhibit was both a success and learning experience.
These prints can be found for sale in the store here on the website by clicking the top tabs or HERE.
The name is a sentence full. It deserves a name such as that. It is the second largest in North America and largest in the United States. It is perhaps the most beautiful building I have ever been in.
In my nearly three years of being a full-time photographer, I have now been to the Basilica five times. And yes, I am planning on going once again very soon for a follow-up visit to this one. My primary goal on this visit was to catch an image of the Trinity Dome. I had already taken photographs framing two of the other domes, the Incarnation Dome and the Redemption Dome. The Trinity Dome has been under construction for some time and finished late in 2017.
I took the liberty to add my own personal tweaks to these images, first turning the image to sepia tone then adjusting the tones to give them the monotone gold that I was looking for. Rather than the typical slide-show, they deserve to be displayed in single imagery, and clicking on them will enlarge the image. I also added a bonus shot of one of the arches near the Trinity Dome.
The Incarnation Dome
The Redemption Dome
The Trinity Dome
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.