Archive for September, 2008

Wahine Volleyball: A new perspective

September 8th, 2008
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I’ve been covering Wahine volleyball at the Stan Sheriff Center for the past four years now, and every single match is a toss-up on whether or not you’re going to get a great shot or just a good shot.  Up until the beginning of this season, the working media has been restricted to the floor immediately behind the court. So for four years, I’ve been getting shots such as these from a couple of days ago:

 

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS (at 200mm), Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 1250, 1/640 @ 2.8, Fluorescent whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS (at 200mm), Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 1250, 1/640 @ 2.8, Fluorescent whitebalance

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 300 f2.8L IS, exposure mode: Manual, ISO 1000, 1/640 @ 2.8, Fluorescent whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 300 f2.8L IS, exposure mode: Manual, ISO 1000, 1/640 @ 2.8, Fluorescent whitebalance

This season, though, thanks in big part to UH media guru and fellow shooter Jay Metzger along with Rich Sheriff, we’re able to sit up on the concourse in dedicated “media seats.”  This makes for a totally new perspective–and a new selection of gear to bring as well.  Now, instead of using just the 70-200 and 300mm lenses, we can actually take longer lenses like the 400 and 600mm to shoot down and really isolate the players and action.

 

Here's my view from one of the four concourse photographer seats.  Taken with my iPhone

Here's my view from one of the four concourse photographer seats. Taken with my iPhone

The first day I was up there, I was gutsy and brought the 600f4L lens.  Talk about tight!  It was so tight, balls and heads were being cut off of the frame (sic).  Here are two photos I made with the 600 that night from this spot:

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS, exposure mode: Manual, ISO 2500, 1/640 @ f4, Fluorescent whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS, exposure mode: Manual, ISO 2500, 1/640 @ f4, Fluorescent whitebalance

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 2500, 1/640 @ f4, Fluorescent whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 2500, 1/640 @ f4, Fluorescent whitebalance

I didn’t fare too well up there with the 600mm.  Mission failed.  So a couple of days later for the Hawaii/Cincinnati game, I brought the 300mm with a 1.4 converter, and it was just the right focal length.  YEAH!

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 300 f2.8L with 1.4x converter, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 3200, 1/800 @ f4, Auto Whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 300 f2.8L with 1.4x converter, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 3200, 1/800 @ f4, Auto Whitebalance

Personally, I LOVE that 300mm lens because it’s small enough to handhold (which I did here) and great when combined with teleconverters for a compact yet effective super-telephoto range.  Toodles for now!  Gotta go grab some Wild Art!

Season opener

September 7th, 2008
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Hey all!!

 

Well, Hawaii overcame Weber State, and myself, editor George F. Lee, and fellow staffer Mike Burley were there to capture it–in all its rain-soaked glory!  Funny thing, our buddy Hugh who was shooting for AP tonight jokingly said “Oh it’s gonna rain today, because I’m NOT going to take my rain cover out there.”

Yeah uh-huh…By the second quarter we were drenched!!  But not before I made several neat images of new Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin.  I wanted to capture an image that represented him as a new era of this football program.

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200 2.8L IS at 200mm, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f2.8, daylight Whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200 2.8L IS at 200mm, Exposure Mode: Manual, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f2.8, daylight Whitebalance

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200 2.8L IS at 200mm, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200 2.8L IS at 200mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 400, 1/2500 @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance

 Most of the game was on and off action, with a particularly dry second quarter action wise, as the Hawaii offense simply could not turn it on.  Being parked in the endzone with the 600mm, I fretted as play after play happened with no real telling imagery.  There were a few good reception shots I managed to get, though.  Here’s one:

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS USM, ISO 1250, 1/800 @ f4, daylight whitebalance.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS USM, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 1250, 1/800 @ f4, daylight whitebalance.

This picture is one affectionately called “the fingertips” shot by most photogs.  It was really quite challenging, as the past three years of covering all the Hawaii football games, I’ve been used to Colt Brennan throwing bombs down the field.  With Inoke in the first half, and Graunke in the second, it kept myself, and the rest of the photogs, on their toes not knowing fully what to expect.

I “moved” 14 pictures at half time.  “Moved” is the term photojournalists use to describe transmitting and sending via FTP (file transfer protocol) to the newsroom for layout.  Fast forward to the second half, and I’m in my rain-soaked clothes fretting and getting antsy for the story telling image.  Graunke was on fire, and I was waiting for the right moment of interaction between Coach McMackin and Graunke.  There were several times when Coach McMackin would high-five Graunke, but it just didn’t carry the weight of the story–I was looking for emotion, feel, and character.  I watched the sidelines like a hawk, then it finally happened in the fourth quarter after Graunke’s final touchdown drive:

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4 IS USM, ISO 6400, 1/800 @ f4, 4400K whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 600f4L IS USM, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 6400, 1/800 @ f4, 4400K whitebalance

YES!

One in the can, just waiting for the coach handshake at the end of the game, as this is McMackin’s first home appearance as head coach.  So with the clock winding down, both television and still guys waiting to dash to midfield for the handshake “scrum.”   Just for fun, here’s the rest of the still photogs on the prowl for jube at the end:

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35 at 19 mm, ISO 3200, 1/500 @ 3.5, 4400K whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 16-35 at 19 mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 3200, 1/500 @ 3.5, 4400K whitebalance

Well there you have it, the first game of 2008 at Aloha Stadium.  Be sure to check out our slideshow of photos on our main website.  Signing off for now!  See you soon!

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It’s Coming!!!

September 5th, 2008
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Hi, I’m Jamm Aquino, and I’d like you all to join me in my new photo blog, The Aperture Café, premiering after the UH/Weber State Football game, Saturday, September 6, 2008.  So bookmark, RSS, or come back and visit the Café often for a fun look into a Star-Bulletin photojournalist’s day!  See you all soon!

 

FOOTBALL IS HERE!!!!!

FOOTBALL IS HERE!!!!!