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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

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! 🙂

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!

Photoshop and Photojournalism Classes at UT Knoxville Kids U

I am super excited to announce that I will (again, last year was a BLAST!) be teaching two classes at the University of  Tennessee’s Kids U program here in Knoxville this summer! This is an excellent program, and yep I’m stoked about it! 🙂

The first class is “Photojournalism for Kids”, Grades 9-12 and runs from 9 AM to Noon, June 24-28. This is going to introduce kids to the super cool world of photojournalism and we will cover a bit of everything from history and ethics to capturing decisive moments with your camera to how to caption an image. We will have assignments/field trips during the class (within walking distance of the classroom) and I’ll also discuss possible career and education paths after high school. You will need a digital camera (a DSLR would be best, point and shoots are OK, and film is a no-no) to participate, and if that’s a big issue I can probably help out with a loaner. Best $109 you’ll spend on your kid this summer 🙂  CLICK HERE for more info on the Photojournalism for Kids class. Also, check out the Facebook page we used during the class last year.

The second class is “Introduction to Photoshop”, Grades 8-12 and runs from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, June 24-28. Photoshop is one of those programs that you can spend years mastering and still not know half of it, but after I go through some basic techniques we are going to learn how to enhance images (including those bad cell phone images), do some cool/funky effects, and how to use and apply different styles to photographs. It’s going to be AWESOME!!! Students will need a decent sized USB drive so we can shuttle images around. CLICK HERE for more info on the Introduction to Photoshop class.

Both classes are being held at the UT Conference Center Computer Lab on the 4th floor, run 3 hours per day for 5 consecutive days, and feel free to call/text/email me if you have any questions. Please share this post (just click on the “Share the knowledge” tabs directly below this line to share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with your friends, but I do expect these both to fill up quickly (class sizes are limited), so register EARLY!

UT Football Media/Photo Day

Yesterday I had the chance to assist the UT Athletic Department and Staff Photographer Donald Page at the football team photo day. It was a bunch of fast paced work, but all in all everything went very well. I got tasked to photograph individual portraits of the players inside the locker room, and of course the players (for the most part) 🙂 and I had a blast!

Here’s the car all loaded up. Four 13′ lights stands, four AB-800’s, two White Lightning 1600’s,  reflectors, two strip boxes, two soft boxes, one large octabox, extension cords, generator, eight sandbags, two Vagabond mini lithiums, and I think the kitchen sink is in there somewhere…

 

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Here’s the lighting setup inside the locker room…

August 18, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Photo setup inside the locker room during the University of Tennessee 2012 Football Team media/photo day at Neyland Stadium.

 

Of course, the players were very relaxed and were being themselves, which led to quite a few interesting images 🙂

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Linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) is either scared or about to hurt someone…

 

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Random water bottles were flying…

 

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Here is linebacker Herman Lathers (34) with his best, “Take the darn picture already!” pose…

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Could this be defensive lineman Gregory Clark’s (93) best side?

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Offensive linesman Alan Posey (67) looks ready to take on some side line coaching duties…

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During a break, I got to sit with defensive lineman Isaac Mobley (75)  (who graduated from West High here in Knoxville) and we discussed a lot of local high school football, I was way impressed with his knowledge of the local football scene! So he gets a real image here 🙂

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I normally just see these guys in their 110% all business/game day mode, so it was cool to see see them in a more relaxed atmosphere! I’m photographing at least eight of their games this season, so Go Vols!