Candlestick Park in San Francisco was home to the San Francisco 49ers for over 40 years, where this past Monday night, the last game was played there.
Personally for me, this is where I learned to shoot football. When I was 16 years old, I was lucky enough to hook up with UPI, where I started covering the Niners in their glory. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott were my subjects back then, so it didn’t really get any better than that!
The DOP at Sports Illustrated Brad Smith came to me at the beginning of the season with an idea of capturing a behind the scenes look at the last year of the ballpark. Furthermore, shooting with an infrared camera would give it an extra look of nostalgia. I’ll definitely miss shooting at the old ballpark. We’ll see what the new stadium has to offer next year. Thanks for looking.
I very well could be the worst blogger ever…I’m afraid to even look to see when my last post was! Call this a pre-resolution for 2014… I had a lot of fun working with the NFL editor George Washington at Sports … Continue reading →
Mike Trout was recently rated the top player in baseball by Sports Illustrated to start 2013. Pretty impressive for the second year player on the Angels. I spent a morning in mid February in-between assignments to shoot Trout working out in Tempe during Spring Training. I have yet to work one on one with him, but did shoot him a bunch of in game images last year, and he seems by his mannerisms to be a good guy with his head on straight. I’m sure he’ll be on the Yankees soon enough.
I love the atmosphere that exists during Sprint Training. Most of the players are laid back and relaxed and the access is generally pretty good. I’ve been covering these games or workouts in some capacity or another for over 15 years (straight??) both in Arizona and in Florida. It’s a great mix of being able to generate some really fun, behind the scenes style of images and a fun preview to the season. I love baseball!
Sad news today out of South Africa with the shocking revelation that Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee runner who made history by competing in the Olympic Games this past summer in London, has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend.
Photographing him at the track and field in London this past summer was a highlight of the Games for me. His story was so inspirational and touched so many people at the time and really transcended the sport of track and field that summer. Really very sad for the family of the woman who was killed. Hope to hear some better news about this story in the coming days.
I had the great pleasure of photographing Super Bowl XXVII for the New York Times. I was fortunate enough to work alongside staffer Doug Mills, who in my opinion, has the best job in photography. Not only does he photograph all the top sporting events in the world, but also covers Obama, and has been known to frequent Air Force One, among other major political venues. And he does it all with no ego and a smile on his face. You will not meet a finer person in the business than Doug Mills. Brad Smith is the senior sports editor at the Times and one of the most well respected figures in editing. His resume from the White House to Sports Illustrated is incomparable. He was the captain of the ship down in New Orleans and coordinated all the shooting for us that week. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew to work with.
As for the game itself, it was a mixed bag of emotions for me. There are very few sporting teams that I cover that I actually care if they win or not, and the 49ers happen to be one of them. The desire for me to do well at my job and not miss any pictures certainly outweighed the fan inside me, but it was still a little difficult at times, to separate the two. And then for the 49ers to come back the way they did and for the potential game winning touchdown to be in the corner I was in, was crushing. I guess it wasn’t meant to be…
With the Super Bowl less than a week away, I went back through the Archive this year to look at some of my favorite images from the 49ers (and one Ravens game!) I’ll be heading down to the Super Bowl this year for the sixth time, but the first to cover the 49ers. Admittedly, I am a 49er fan so this time should be extra special. Not only will there be lots of friends and colleagues that I am looking forward to seeing, but also, the city of New Orleans is always a treat to visit. The food, culture and music scene is truly unique and one that I hope to be able to explore again this week. Just finished a great article in the New York Times on visiting NOLA on the cheap, which is good to know these days… Stay tuned for more images from New Orleans and of course more from the big game on Sunday!
It took a while, but finally, I have archived and posted more than 1100 images to my Photoshelter site from the Olympic Games in London this past summer. The images are fully captioned and searchable and I’ll be adding more as I can. Better late than never!
Congrats to David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays who won the CY Young award today as the leagues best pitcher. I photographed him for Nike at Yankee Stadium a few months ago, where he dominated the Bronx Bomers that night in the above photograph.
Despite being an Oakland A’s fan, it was hard to deny what an amazing run the San Francisco Giants made through the postseason. Especially in Game One at home, when Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in one game, a feat that has only been accomplished three times before in the the history of the game. I climbed up to the top of the stands for an overall view when he hit is second homer off of Verlander (image above). I shot a little looser these games, as I was on assignment for Sports Illustrated and I knew they ofter like images that incorporate the environment a little more, as opposed to some of the other wire pictures out there. For me, it was my 15th World Series (getting old ;)) Congrats to the Giants. If you would like to view the images bigger on my website you can find them here: http://tinyurl.com/anshjyb