Here are few frames from my assignment on Sunday to cover the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked wandering through the tens of thousands of fans who flock here twice a year, but we did have a spectacular race in some of the most beautiful weather Alabama has to offer. Hopefully I’ll be back for the October edition.
A few weeks ago, USA TODAY asked me to take some portraits of Miller Grove (Ga.) High School boys basketball head coach Sharman White. He was in the running for the 2014 ALL USA Boys Basketball Head Coach of the Year, which he was named yesterday. And it’s not hard to see why he would be candidate for this title: He has led the Miller Grove Wolverines to six straight AAAAA state titles. Six straight. White, who is also the athletics director, started at the school when it opened in 2005. He has been winning championships since the 2008-09 season.
I don’t shoot much NASCAR anymore, but I wanted to share some photos I took a few years ago of Chase Elliott, who won his first NASCAR Nationwide race tonight at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s always pretty cool when you have the chance to photograph someone before they really make it.
Football season has been over for a little while now, but this assignment was too cool not to share, even this late. Last December, the Falcons hired me to help them photograph the last game of future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, particularly his entrance on to the field during player introductions (above).
Last week, two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados made history by becoming the first woman to play for the Southern Professional Hockey League. Szabados, who helped the Canadians win at both the Vancouver and Sochi winter Olympics, signed as a goalie with the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths.
The evening light at Clayton State’s soccer field is gorgeous … too bad it won’t be all season, as the sun goes down earlier and earlier. This frame (CSU’s Jency Ramirez dribbles the ball downfield.) is from last week, when I shot a soccer doubleheader there. The men played the Tampa Spartans, and the women battled the Wingate Bulldogs. It was a heartbreaker, considering both teams tied, even two overtime periods each. Here are a few of my favorite frames from each game.
On Friday, The Ted was sold out, but it wasn’t because fans came only to see the Braves take on the Diamondbacks. People packed into every possible crevasse (and then some) to see their beloved Chipper step on the grass for perhaps the last time. Chipper, who played all of his 19 MLB seasons with the Braves, retired from the game last year, and they retired his famous No. 10 during a pre-game ceremony.
I grew up pretty close to Shady Dale, Georgia, but I didn’t attend my first Shady Dale Rodeo until I was well into my 20s. It was about 6-7 years ago, when I was working as a photographer for the Griffin Daily News. I was blown away that this had been going on right up the road from me for most of my life and I had yet to attend. I immediately fell in love with rodeos and the people who attend them.
I was never very good at sports. I didn’t pick up any girls because of my athletic prowess, I didn’t grace the local weekly newspaper’s sports headlines, nor did I make the rosters of the all-star or traveling teams. But I did have a lot of fun playing sports. Baseball, in particular. And a lot of that fun was experienced on a little dirt patch where I grew up in Bostwick, Georgia. For those of you not familiar with this quiet place, it’s a small, small, town between Madison and Monroe on Georgia’s scenic Highway 83. Population, 366.
To call the Falcons’ 30-28 win Sunday over the Seahawks a nail biter would be a gross understatement. It was the second best football game I’ve seen all season (I don’t think anything could top the BCS Championship!). It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it was good enough to put the Dirty Birds in the NFC Title Game for the first time since 2004. On top of that, it puts future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez that much closer to getting his first Super Bowl ring. He definitely deserves one.
The only thing that could’ve made it better is if it the game would have been in a beautiful outside stadium instead of in the dull light of the Georgia Dome. Anyways, here are some rectangles from the game.