Ohio at UT Football

Football Time! Tennessee 28, Ohio 19

Hard to believe this is the third Vols game I’ve photographed this season and it was the first time UT has been home on a Saturday! Even with the early (noon) kickoff, it was awesome to get back to something close to a routine.

UT got off to a fast start, then things got interesting, but in the end they pulled off the win over a very determined Ohio team.

Since this is the first of two daytime games in a row, I decided it was time to give the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens a good workout, so I had the fine folks at LensRentals.com send me one. I wound up using it with my Canon 1.4x III extender on a 7D Mark II most of the day and I must say I was very well satisfied with the results…now I just need to convince everyone that ALL football should be played in the daytime! 🙂

Here’s a few of my favorites and thanks for stopping by!

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; A Tennessee Volunteers fan before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; The Tennessee Volunteers gather before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view before the game between the Ohio Bobcats and Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view before the game between the Ohio Bobcats and Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) dives for garage against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) dives for garage against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The image above of Jauan made the ESPN’s Best Of College Football Week 3 Gallery.

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) returns a kick against the Ohio Bobcats during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) returns a kick against the Ohio Bobcats during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats quarterback Greg Windham (14) throws a pass to running back Papi White (4) during the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats quarterback Greg Windham (14) throws a pass to running back Papi White (4) during the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. (24) tackles Ohio Bobcats tight end Mason Morgan (86) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. (24) tackles Ohio Bobcats tight end Mason Morgan (86) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jalen Hurd (1) jumps for a touchdown against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jalen Hurd (1) jumps for a touchdown against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Nigel Warrior (18) and Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) dive for a fumble during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Nigel Warrior (18) and Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) dive for a fumble during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers fans during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers fans during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs the ball against the Ohio Bobcats during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs the ball against the Ohio Bobcats during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Tyler Byrd (10) breaks a tackle from Ohio Bobcats safety Toran Davis (24) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jalen Hurd (1) breaks a tackle from Ohio Bobcats safety Toran Davis (24) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) after the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) after the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Football Photographer MaxPrep’s Preseason Top 25

Football Photographer?

Football Photographer in April/May? Yep, that’s me 🙂 Excited to be able to share some of what I have been up to the past five weeks!

I’ve been photographing for MaxPreps for quite a while now, and they are still one of my favorite clients, so I was excited to have the opportunity to photograph four of the top twenty five high school football teams for them this year.

I started with three teams in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. Just so happens there are some reasonably priced flights from here to there and my brother lives in the area, so logistically speaking things worked out well. Traveling with an entire outdoor studio setup was a bit of an issue, but thankfully between Think Tank Photo, Pelican Products, and some nifty Amazon Prime shopping I had everything I needed.

First up was #11 American Heritage in Plantation, FL. Gorgeous campus, great athletes and staff! (link to full gallery here)

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

Next was #16 Central in Miami, FL. Another awesome bunch of people, and you just have to love it anytime you get to use a rocket in your images, plus the clouds cooperated well! (link to full gallery here)

5-2-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Miami Central High School in Miami, FL.

Photographer above obviously has some skills!

5-2-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Miami Central High School in Miami, FL.

Last one for me in Florida was #1 St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. As usual, great people, another amazing facility, and the clouds remained friendly to me here as well! (link to full gallery here)

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I owe my brother Michael and some other friends a huge shout out for all the help assisting me in Florida, I could not have done it without you guys!

 

Finally got home for a few weeks and got my last school, #15 Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA scheduled for their shoot. (link to full gallery here) More great people, and the school is located downtown with some amazing architecture. Even with a lot of construction going on, you simply have to love the place, especially after you realize that this is where Dan Marino went to school! Michael Messing (super assistant and awesome photographer himself) came along on this trip and all the “Behind The Scenes” shots are his. (Thanks Mikey!)

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Laying down on the job! With all the construction going on, finding clean backgrounds was a chore.

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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According to my exhaustive research on Google Earth prior to this trip, that is a simply gorgeous hillside behind us 🙂

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No, your OTHER left!

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Here’s the link for the for the entire Top 25 from MaxPrep’s, looks like there is going to be some amazing high school football played this year! Big thanks to MaxPreps and especially Todd Shurtleff (Director of Photography) for this great opportunity, let’s shoot for 8 teams next year! 🙂

For all the photography minded people out there, practically everything was shot with a Canon 5DIII and the 24-105mm lens. Lighting was all Paul C. Buff White Lightning 1600’s and/or Einsteins, normally a three light setup. All power came from the Vagabond Mini Lithiums. Used an Octabox on the main light in Pittsburgh, everything else used either standard or 8.5″ reflectors. And yes, it was too windy for me to set anything on fire 🙁

 

Baseball Photography – Oxford Chargers #1

Baseball Photography in January? You Bet!

Yep, baseball photography in January. Brrrrrr…!!!

Last month (January 2016) I returned to Oxford High School in Mississippi to photograph the baseball team for MaxPreps, who I thought were going to be ranked VERY high in the MaxPrep’s preseason poll. Turns out I was right! I say returned, because I also photographed the Charger’s football team in July of 2015. It was very nice to go back to a school where I knew some of the staff and a few of the athletes.

Coach Baughman and his staff were great to work with, and gave us complete cooperation every step of the way. As usual for my shoots in this area, my pal (and super great photographer himself) Fred Brooks came along to assist…couldn’t have done it without you Fred!

I shot straight to an iPad (which the athletes had) and as always that was a HUGE hit. The guys really got into it, offering “styling” and posing suggestions to their teammates throughout the shoot.

For the photography buffs out there, everything was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III with a f/4.0 24-105mm lens. Lights were White Lightning 1600’s. Triggered using Pocket Wizard Plus III’s/Mini TT1 in HyperSync mode. And yes, that’s real fire and smoke (worn out bats and rubber cement).

Again, big thanks to Coach Baughman, his staff, and the entire athletic department. You guys are a class act and really helped to create some awesome images. Go Chargers!

Here’s a video plus a few of my favorite images. You can view the entire gallery here (as well as purchase images…hint, hint).

 

The Fred!!!

The Fred!!!

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That’s about as messed up as a football bat!

 

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His name is Tag. Yep, plays infield. You can’t make this stuff up.

 

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SMOKIN!

 

Coach Goolsby

Coach Goolsby

 

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HUGE thanks to Thomas, he helped us lug our gear around a lot!

Thanks for looking, hope everyone enjoyed!

 

 

Oak Hill Academy Basketball Photography

Just before Halloween I travelled to the Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Wilson, VA to once again photograph the Warriors for MaxPrep’s Early Contender program. I believe this my third year in a row, and it seems like each year is better than before (last years images are here).

Oak Hill is well known as a basketball powerhouse, and as always Coach Smith and the rest of the staff went out of their way to help me  in any way possible. We went with a bit of a different look this year with the majority of the images being shot on a small outside court. And yes, I tried the hoverboard thingy. It was not pretty 🙂

Here’s a link to the MaxPrep’s story and video, and the full gallery of images are located here.

Here’s a few of my favorites…

Smith Stearns Tennis Academy Photography

Last month I had the chance to return to the absolutely beautiful Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, SC, to do their annual photo shoot. Once again I was lucky enough to get the most awesome Mikhail Thomas to assist me, and boy did we work our you know what’s off. 2 days of shooting with over 12,000 images. Everything from headshots to action to posed action to interiors of housing and fitness facilities.

As usual, the staff was great to work with and of course the athletes (and us) had a blast. I simply can’t say enough about what a joy it is to work with these folks! The interaction between all the coaches and the athletes is nothing short of amazing. I have shot a ton of D1 (and below) tennis, which is great, but seeing what a great time these guys and gals are having is truly a joy to photograph.

Anyway, here’s some of my favorites. I was too lazy to figure out who shot what, but they are all either mine or Mikhail’s 🙂

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On The Road Again!

It’s been a busy month of May for me! Over 26 days I have been on the road 19 days, driven 3,735 miles, and photographed 19 different events/sessions for 3 different clients. 13,932 images in total. No wonder I’m tired!

First up was the Winn Dixie 300 and the Geico 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway, where Dale Jr. won the 500.

 

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus and Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) before the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus and Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) before the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver Carl Edwards (19) and driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver Carl Edwards (19) and driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) makes a phone call from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) makes a phone call from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) celebrates from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) celebrates from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

From Talladega I traveled west and had 2 days of some kick butt posed action shoots for one of my favorite clients. Too bad it’s all secret squirrel stuff until the images are published. 🙁

 

I made it back home for a day or two then headed off to Raleigh to help my very good friend and most excellent photographer  Bennett Scarborough  photograph the attendees of a new WakeMed Hospital grand opening. It was a super cool event that was VERY well organized, and we set up two different locations in one large room and shot straight to dye sub printers…everyone that came through recieved a couple of free 5X7’s before they even left the room.

 

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Twinkle from WakeMed

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Bennett workin' hard at Wake Med

Bennett workin’ hard at WakeMed

 

Then back home for a few days then off to Charlotte for the NASCAR Sprint Showdown and All-Star races. Kyle Busch returned to racing after breaking his leg in a crash at Daytona earlier in the year, and Denny Hamlin won the All-Star race.

 

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during an interview after practice for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during an interview after practice for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) leads during the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) leads during the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) makes a pit stop during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) makes a pit stop during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) does a burn out after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) does a burn out after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Another few days off then back to Charlotte for the Xfinity Hisense 300 and NASCAR’s longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600.

 

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; A crew member waits for NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Elliott (9) (not pictured) to make a pit stop during the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; A crew member waits for NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Elliott (9) (not pictured) to make a pit stop during the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) does a burnout after winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) does a burnout after winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) celebrates winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) celebrates winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

And finally, the Coca-Cola 600 won by Carl Edwards! (with a little ZZ Top thrown in)

 

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; The band ZZ Top performs for members of the U.S. Military and fans before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; The band ZZ Top performs for members of the U.S. Military and fans before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; F-18's fly over before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; F-18’s fly over before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; Members of the US Military perform an exercise before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; Members of the US Military perform an exercise before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) poses for a picture with members of the military before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) poses for a picture with members of the military before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) has a selfie taken with fans before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) has a selfie taken with fans before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) rides a motorized cooler to a press conference before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) rides a motorized cooler to a press conference before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; General view during the  NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; General view during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) and driver Joey Logano (22) lead a pack of cars during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) and driver Joey Logano (22) lead a pack of cars during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) and his crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) and his crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

It was a wild and crazy 26 days! As always, I want to give a huge shoutout to Canon Professional Services for their AMAZING support and gear (I had images shot at ISO 12,800 run published across the nation)  and also to Think Tank Photo for their amazing bags and gear. One last shoutout to Robert Caplin and The Photo Brigade for keeping me awake with all of the podcasts, pretty sure I listened to every single one of them while driving!

Coach Donnie Tyndall. Intense.

Last night I photographed the University of Tennessee vs. Arkansas men’s basketball game for USA Today Sports Images, and it was an awesome game to photograph with UT pulling off a 74 to 69 upset win over #19 Arkansas. But what happened late in the game tells the whole story…

Pictured below is Tennessee Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall being pulled back to the bench by director of basketball operations Justin Phelps. Yes, it’s a bit awkward looking. It’s also, to those of us that know them, freakin’ hilarious. It’s been tweeted around with such comments as “Tennessee starts the first SEC speed skating team” and “are they twerking?” and quite a few other amusing comments. I ran into Coach, showed him the image, and his response was that infectious laugh of his 🙂

What the image shows to me is just how extremely intense he is…he has a basketball team that is not supposed to be winning very many games 2-1 in the SEC and has already defeated 2 top 20 teams this season. And Coach Phelps deserves an award for making sure Coach Tyndall did not get a technical foul. 🙂

Full gallery of images are here.

Jan 13, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall is restrained by director of basketball operations Justin Phelps during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 74 to 69. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 13, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall is restrained by director of basketball operations Justin Phelps during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 74 to 69. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

And here’s the video discussing the image…yes I suck at this! 🙂

MaxPrep’s Preseason Top 10 Basketball Photo Shoot

October turned out to be a VERY busy month for me, felt like I was home for just a day or two 🙂 Toward the end of the month I travelled back to the Mouth of Wilson, VA to photograph the Oak Hill Academy’s basketball team for the MaxPrep’s Preseason Top 10 Rankings. I absolutely love the drive to Oak Hill (and the campus), and also have a tremendous amount of respect for Head Coach Steve Smith and his amazing basketball program. The Academy was founded in 1878. Here’s a slideshow from MaxPreps…

As I said, I love the drive to Oak Hill Academy. Some of the most gorgeous country around! (plus it’s like the Christmas Tree capital of the world, there were hundreds of tractor trailers loaded with trees heading out).

2014 MaxPrep's Preseason Top 10 Basketball Photo Shoot at Oak Hill, VA

2014 MaxPrep's Preseason Top 10 Basketball Photo Shoot at Oak Hill, VA

 

As usual, Coach Smith and his athletes were nothing short of amazing to work with! They allowed me plenty of time and full access to the facilities. As I was shooting, I transferred the images straight to an iPad which quickly wound up in the hands of the athletes and was a huge hit with them. 🙂

 

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Huge Thanks to Coach Smith and his wife Lisa for all the help, and I hope to be back next year!

The full gallery is here on MaxPreps, enjoy!

A Ferris Wheel, Rain, Fire, Coach Jones, & a Backflip…It’s Bristol Baby!

I have always enjoyed photographing the “spring” race at Bristol, and as usual we had everything from 70 degrees and sunny to rain to snow flurries. My buddy Andrew Weber came down as well, and we were both pretty happy with our take for USA Today Sports Images at the rain delayed cup race. Here’s a few of my favorites!

 

UT Lady Volunteers Softball Shoot

Last month I had the privilege of photographing the preseason #1  Lady Vols softball team. It was a cold and long day but other than a few mild cases of frostbite (just kidding!) everything went really well. And just like my last big softball shoot, we just had to set some bats on fire! The girls did an excellent job, but I think a few of them are still mad at me for threatening to turn off the heaters in the dugouts…and I also learned that it is incredibly difficult to see their eyes when they slide. 🙂

Big thanks to James Dean, Jeff Jacoby, and my wife Laura for all the help setting stuff up and moving it around! Andrew Bruckse was also there photographing, and you can see the full set of our images here. And of course a huge shout out to the athletes for all the great cooperation, and to UT Athletics Photographer Donald Page for getting everything setup! All images are ©2014 University of Tennessee Athletics and GO LADY VOLUNTEERS!

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Scott Kelby, Remotes, UT Vols Football, and a Time Lapse

Last Saturday Photoshop Guru, Photographer, and All Around Great Guy Scott Kelby came to Knoxville to photograph the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers football game. I had saw where Scott had posted on his blog about the gear he was bringing and wanting to setup a remote on the goal post…cool stuff!

I’ve spent some time trying to devise a good way to setup a remote on the post and called UT Athletics Photographer Donald Page (he and Scott are friends) to let him know that I thought it was gonna be a pain in the you know what. Sure enough Donald calls me at 10PM the night before the game (noon kickoff the next day) and says, “Yeah, we got some issues here…”. 🙂

So I went to work and came up with this, which, well, looks like you know what. Sad part is I actually own the correct gear to do this with but it was about two hours away. (and as bad as it looks it worked quite well, and we had a gazillion safety cables on it).

The old "cut the superclamp in half and use huge hose clamps" trick.

The old “cut the superclamp in half and use huge hose clamps” trick. Photo Bomb by Buzz Lightyear.

A gazillion dollars worth of photography gear and we’re all taking crappy iPhone pictures, gotta love it….

Brad Moore, Donald Page, & Scott Kelby. EARLY am Neyland Stadium.

Brad Moore, Donald Page, & Scott Kelby. EARLY am Neyland Stadium.

 

Camera is set way back from the uprights.

Camera is set way back from the uprights.

 

Scott Kelby admiring our work :)

Scott admiring our work

 

Scott's 1DX and my GoPro during the game.

Scott’s 1DX and my GoPro during the game.

 

So here’s my time lapse video…3 hours and 10 minutes real time, 2,274 frames. Runs from 10:30 am to 1:40 pm (end of first half).

South Carolina at Tennessee Time Lapse Video from Randy Sartin on Vimeo.

So as usual I had a blast and learned quite a bit! Scott has a super cool blog post with lot’s more info and all the great images!

Thursday Update: Left out the fact that I actually photographed the game as well 🙂  Images via USA Today Sports Images are located here, thanks!

Video, NASCAR, and Richard Petty. Yes, THAT Richard Petty…

I was covering the Michigan race this June when I got a call from USA Today late Friday asking if I was able to shoot video. Sure!, I say, knowing that most of my video gear was back at my house about 500 miles away…

Thanks to Amazon Prime next day Saturday delivery, I managed to get a few video lights and a Rode VideoMic sent to me. Went to Best Buy and bought the “nicest” tripod they had (think it’s in the trash now), and by Sunday morning I was good to go. What followed was one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of.

I have been a big NASCAR fan my entire life, and of everything that I get to cover I get more excited over NASCAR than anything else. Which is not necessarily a good thing, I have to work a bit at controlling my emotions, especially when doing something really cool 🙂

Sunday morning I got hooked up with USA Today NASCAR writer Nate Ryan and we proceeded to Mr. Petty’s motorhome. I had about 10 minutes to get setup (as nice as The King’s motorhome is, it’s a pretty dark place for video/photography). Overall things went very well (wish I had my lav mic) but it was a super simple shoot on my end.

What impressed me the most was listening to Mr. Petty discuss everything from the global economy to “partnerships” (not “sponsorships”) to the newspaper industry to about 30 other wide ranging topics. I’m here to to tell you, The King is one intelligent dude! My favorite part was during a break I asked him if he by chance remembered the name Tootle Estes (an East Tn racing legend, my dad built dirt track cars for him back in the 50’s) and Mr. Petty replied, “Tootle from East TN, Knoxville I think?”. Just wow, Tootle passed away in the early 80’s.

Big Thanks to Nate Ryan and the rest of the gang at USA Today for the great work on the video, and also to the 43 crew for giving me great access to shoot during the race. And of course a HUGE thanks to Mr. Petty for his time and wonderful hospitality!

Here’s my one crappy cell phone image I took during the shoot, followed by the video. Enjoy!

Nate Ryan interviews Richard Petty for an USA Today video.

Nate Ryan interviews Richard Petty for an USA Today video.