Sports Writing 101

1. Never use the term ‘home-Run’ in your football game article. This was my wife’s observation after reading my first football story roughly 3 years ago. Fortunately, they decided I would be a better photographer, and let me do that instead.

Canon 7D2, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, ISO 6400, 1/800

I always read the stories after the article was published, and began noticing some patterns. This year I was asked if I’d like to try the articles again. I decided, why not? I have learned a little. Much comes from noticing things on the field, and then tying it together with the play by play stats the school gives me access to, as well as looking though hundreds of images… Oh, then there’s always my favorite coach Travis. He is always willing to answer a question, no matter how silly it is, and I appreciate that!

sweet sounds on the streets of DC

John Thornton

Canon 6D, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, ISO 400, ƒ/4, 1/2000

One of my favorite shots from our time in Washington this past July. John Thornton has been out in front of the Washington Mall for at least the past decade. He plays out of an old Hymnal; but appears to know pretty much everything he plays by heart. You can listen to him play via NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/30/155989687/a-lone-trumpeter-serenades-the-national-mall

Considering a switch from Canon to Sony?

IMG_2718This past year, I learned about a new mirrorless system, that honestly is beginning to give the big camera companies (Nikon and Canon) a run for their money. Sony has made video cameras for years; but when they started getting into digital photography, it wouldn’t be long before they started making cameras that were highly video friendly; well, that was the plan. The one that interested me the most was probably the more affordable one, the Sony a6000. I purchased a used one (body only) from B&H Photo to try. It was only $420.

I became aware than Canon CPS would stop servicing the Canon 1D Mark III cameras in May 2016 and have been looking at a viable replacement solution. The 1D Mark IV has been an option, then the new 7D Mark II has caught my attention as well. Then I found out about Sony. The Sony a6000 has an impressive 11fps and has amazing autofocus system; but only if you use Sony glass – which is rather pricey in relationship to Canon glass.

On the sidelines at a Burke County High School Football game, Caleeb Roberson gets looked at after sustaining an injury to his should.

Sony a6000, Canon FD 135mm f/2.8, ISO 3200, ƒ/2.8, 1/400

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Football Season Coverage begins

The Burke County Bears started the regular season with a scrimmage game against Butler High School of Augusta this past Friday. The Bears were the state Champions in 2011. Below, Stephen Dishmond, makes his way over the goal line for a touchdown.

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Canon 1D Mark III, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, ISO 1600, ƒ/4, 1/640

Traveling in ‘Murica

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Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, ISO 500, ƒ/2.8, 1/500

This past month we decided to drive our son to a survival school rather than putting him on a plane. It was an incredible adventure. I’m hopping to share some of the many areas we visited, and the stories behind them. I will add more photos to my photography facebook page. You can find it here.

One of our first stops was near the Mayberry Station Grill in Fancy Gap, Virginia. Kind of a touristy stop; but definitely worth checking out!

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Plugged In!

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Canon 6D, EF 20mm USM, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/80

Girls from Burke County enjoy a visit with 103 year old Elma Logue Economos, who still lives at her home in Waynesboro. Ms Elma talked to the teens about growing up in the early 1900s and her life of faith. The girls were doing service projects for the 4th-annual PluggedIn community girls event sponsored by several area churches held in Waynesboro. Pictured L – R Madelyne Goode, Maggie Brogan, Bailie Ruffo, Katelyn Tobat, Sara Boothe and Claire Johnson and Ms Elma.