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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV.

Unfortunately slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.


Friday, December 30, 2011

UK vs. Loyola (MD)


I enjoyed shooting my third game from the Rupp floor for Walter's Wildcat World. If the Greyhounds were the least bit intimidated by the Cats and atmosphere, they didn't show it. They were scrappy and tough, even mixing it up with my boy Eloy at one point. I was heading back to the floor at the end of halftime when the door opened to the Loyola locker room. As the players filed out, I heard one say, "Are we going to do this? Are we doing to do this?" They were strong-willed and had a lot of fire. I could respect that, especially coming into Rupp and playing the third-ranked team in the nation. They only trailed 6 at the half, but the Cats quickly took control and went on to win 87-63.

During halftime, Gov. Steve Beshear joined Kentucky fans in the presentation of a valorous unit award streamer to soldiers of the 201st Engineer Battalion. These brave individuals were credited with disposing of more than 200,000 land mines and IED's in Afghanistan. The ceremony was very moving and the Kentucky fans showed their appreciation by standing and cheering until the last soldier marched off the floor.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Basketball Shoot Take 2: UK vs. Samford


I shot my second UK game on Tuesday when Kentucky played Samford at Rupp. I felt a little more comfortable arriving this time around since I knew where everything was and most of the procedures. Some media outlets have reserved spots to shoot from on the floor. I could go to any of the spots marked open and for this game there were only a couple available in the first row. These spots get snatched up pretty quickly so you have to get there early to mark your territory. I ended up in the back photo row for the first half, but snagged a front row spot for the second with a little guidance and kindness from a fellow photographer. Of course we were on defense on that end by this time, but I was happy to shoot unobstructed. I should say relatively unobstructed because it seems the referees have a love affair with the front of my lens. I am learning positioning is half the battle when under the basket.

Shooting between shoulders and around refs. created more of a challenge this time. In the end we got the shots we needed to go along with the copy and for the gallery on the website and called it a success. It certainly was not my finest hour. Something was just off for most of the game and I could never get into the swing of things while shooting. Fortunately I get a chance to do it all again on Thursday.

This is my first year shooting collegiate basketball. I have primarily shot baseball in the past. Basketball is a whole different animal. Hats off to those who create such high quality images game in and game out. I love this blog post by Scott Kelby about his experience shooting a college basketball game.  I can definitely relate after this game.


Once the game was finished, I headed to the media area where the post-game presser is held. After hearing from the coaches, the locker room was opened up for player interviews.

It was nice sitting with Walter and having the chance to watch how he processes all of the photos and information after the game. It amazes me how quickly the hard working people at UK Athletics gather the stats, quotes and other information and get copies out to all of the media. Everything works like a well-oiled machine and I find it all fascinating. I guess I should chalk this up to my rookie status, because everyone around me seemed to look so bored with it all. ha

You can see some of the shots below in the slideshow.

A huge thank you to DeWayne Peevy and Walter Cornett for the opportunity. It is a dream come true to combine two of my greatest loves and shoot from the floor of Rupp. It has been an  unbelievable learning experience.



I'll more photos from this game soon as well as Thursday's matchup with the Loyola Greyhounds.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

UK Hoops vs. Duke


After a bit of a slow start, the 10th ranked Wildcats rallied in the second half to defeat No. 6 Duke 72-65. The win gives Kentucky its first-ever  back-to-back wins over top ten opponents. Tonight's crowd of 14, 508 set a record as the largest attendance in women's program history!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

UK Hoops Crushes Rival Cards


UK Hoops dominated archrival Louisville on Sunday, much to the delight of the 7,951 exuberant fans in attendance. The total marked the 6th largest crowd in Memorial Coliseum history. 

It was obvious this was a big rivalry game before even entering the building. As I rounded the corner towards the entrance, I saw 5 large buses with Cards fans spilling out in a sea of red. As I hurried past them, I did my traditional good luck touch of the SEC All-Americans wall. Almost on cue as my hand hit Big Cuz, a C-A-R-D-S cheer broke out in the line. Gotta hand it to Louisville's fans, they rolled in deep and loud. To see them chanting though while entering our house was just disrespectful. I couldn't wait to see them running for the buses at the end of the game!

Led by junior A'dia Mathies, the Cats jumped to an early lead and never looked back, beating down the 10th ranked Lady Dirty Birds 74-54. 

Kentucky moved up two spots in the AP Poll to #10 after the win over Louisville. The Cards dropped to #13. The Cats will have little time to rest and celebrate the win, as #6 Duke rolls into town on Thursday. The game will be played at Rupp Arena and tickets are still available.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

UK vs. UT Volleyball SEC Championship Match

I'll have more on this and a full slideshow up soon, but I wanted to share a few images from last night's UK vs. UT volleyball match. With a share of the SEC title on the line, these ladies came out swinging. It was obvious how much both teams wanted it. The intensity level as they traded point for point was unbelievable. The Cats fell a little short of their goal, but have had an amazing season and we are so proud of their effort. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA tournament.





I have no love for the Orange, but congratulations to the Lady Vols on their hard-fought victory and SEC championship.



Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Big Blue family!

Monday, November 21, 2011

UK Hoops vs. JSU


No, that is not a mistake. In a game reminiscent of the men's beatdown of Morehouse, the Lady Cats rolled over Jacksonville State University 100-25. The Cats forced a women's basketball school record 48 turnovers. They also tied a school record with only 25 points allowed. A packed house full of Fayette County sixth graders made for an exciting atmosphere, especially as Bernisha Pinkett went to the line to pass the century mark. She made the second shot and helped lead the Cats with 18 points in the game.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

UK Hoops vs. Coker College

The UK Dance Team with Jenna Mitchell, wife of Coach Matthew Mitchell, and new baby daughter.
UK Hoops unofficially opened the season today with an exhibition game against Coker College at Memorial Coliseum. It was nice to see former Kentucky standout and Coker head coach Jenny (Pfeiffer) Finora. The Cats won 86-44 thanks in part to 45 points off of 40 turnovers.



Slideshow is also up on Kentucky Wild-cast Stop by and check them out UK Fans!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

UK Blue-White Scrimmage 2011


I had the opportunity to shoot the Blue-White scrimmage thanks to my friends over at Kentucky Wild-cast . It was my first time having credentials at Rupp Arena. What an experience! I would like to thank Brian, DeWayne Peevy, and all those who were kind enough to offer advice and help show me the ropes down on the floor. I learned so much. Just an amazing experience all around. Hopefully I will get a chance to do it again soon.


Homecoming 2011

The Cats picked up a much needed win over Jacksonville State in front of a sparse crowd at Commonwealth Stadium over Homecoming weekend. Took a few shots from my seat. Excuse the blur. A little too much "brown water." ;)



 



 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Big Blue Madness 2011

With 23,000+ cheering on and a laser light show to rival any rock concert, the Kentucky basketball season got off to a much anticipated start last night in Lexington. This year's Madness had everything from exploding pyrotechnics, cheerleaders, dancers, clouds of smoke, heart-pounding music, and a moon-walking coach. We had special appearances by our locked-out "UK in the NBA" pros and even a LeBron James infomercial thrown in. We stood in awe as a new Final Four banner unfurled from Rupp's rafters, got a glimpse of the "NextCats" and even got a chance to watch a little basketball.

So Coach Cal's sermon went a little long and the lighting during the scrimmages was worse than the Pros game at the Chicken Bucket, but all in all it was a great night. For the many that camped out for tickets and the thousands more who helped sell out Rupp online in less than an hour, it is not about the glitz and the glamour. It is about getting together to celebrate with those who understand, without any explanation necessary, the passion that is Kentucky basketball. Thanks to the miracle of television and the internet, the whole world gets a chance to feel the Kentucky Effect and see what it means to say...We are UK!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kentucky Volleyball


Kentucky Volleyball is on fire, winning 12 straight sets in their last 4 matches. On a balmy night in Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, the Cats captured the Kentucky Classic tournament with a three-set sweep of Virginia Tech. Junior libero Stephanie Klefot earned MVP honors for her star performance in the tourney and was later named SEC Defensive Player of the Week. 

Kentucky earned its fourth consecutive sweep last night over in-state rival Louisville, marking UK's first sweep of the Cards since 1988. UK Athletics is a combined 16-2-1 so far this fall. Go Cats! #WeAreUK






It is nice seeing so many of our student-athletes from other sports showing up to support UK volleyball!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UK Volleyball vs. Cincinnati


The Kentucky women's volleyball team held its home opener last night at Memorial Coliseum. It wasn't the start the Cats expected, falling to Cincinnati 25-20, 25-19 and 25-13. Kentucky hit .070 and committed 40 errors in the match. The last time the Cats lost a home opener was in 2002 against Alabama.

Tuesday's contest marked the first of 10 straight home matches. The Wildcats will host the Kentucky Classic on Friday and Saturday at Memorial. Friday's match against Western Kentucky begins at 7p.m. 



If you have ever been in Memorial in the summer, you know it is a sauna. I would like to thank those responsible for the 4 new fans installed by Big Ass Fans. They really move some air and will be greatly appreciated by fans and the student-athletes using the facility.


Friday, August 19, 2011

UK Olympic Sports Pass

I received something in the mail today I want to share with my fellow Cats fans. I can't say enough good things about the Olympic Sports Pass offered by UK Athletics!

Olympic Sports Passes for 2011-2012 are now available through the UK Ticket Office. The pass gains you admission to over 75 UK events and most people aren't aware it exists when I mention it. A Family Pass ($40) allows admission for up to 5 people (maximum 2 adults) to all home events in: Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Baseball, and Softball. Individual passes are available for $25. *General admission seating rules apply.

A BBN bargain for families on a budget and no K-fund donation required. lol You will also earn your money back in free t-shirts alone (our family caught many), not to mention you will be supporting UK student athletes and teams that are often overlooked. We bought our pass primarily for baseball, but once we started attending some of the other sporting events, we were hooked. Try a volleyball game or catch our amazing women's softball team in action. Show up, wear blue, get LOUD! You won't regret it.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

UK Football Fan Day

While fan focus has pretty much been on the basketball exhibition games, the UK football team has been grinding it out on the field and getting ready for opening kickoff. Here are some shots from UK Football Fan Day at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans were treated to an open practice, followed by an autograph session and fireworks display. Some even took advantage of the beautiful weather to do a little preseason tailgating.



Friday, August 5, 2011

Camp Cuz


I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Camp held at KBA in Lexington this week. DeMarcus' playful nature really helps him connect with kids. They chant his name and gang up on him, often trying to wrestle him to the ground. Many people have asked if DeMarcus was really at the camp and involved. He definitely was. He was there every day, very hands-on running drills and playing games with the campers. He even held a dunk contest with former Wildcat Perry Stevenson at the urging of the kids. Perry gave instruction at the camp this week and did a fantastic job with the campers. 



I am always amazed at how DeMarcus handles his fans. Even though it was announced several times that he was there to teach the kids, he never hesitated to pose for a picture or to stop and give an autograph. I lost count, but I can only imagine how many times he is asked to do this in a given day while visiting Kentucky. He is always polite and gives that big grin over and over again.

DeMarcus takes questions from the campers.


Here is some video from the dunk contest: http://yfrog.com/b9p1mez

My little Wildcat didn't participate as a camper, but when he found out he would be visiting camp he drew a picture of DeMarcus.

 

He waited patiently to turn his artwork over. DeMarcus looked at the picture, laughed and then stared at it for a minute. Like so many kids at camp, "Big Cuz" made his day with a simple gesture. It is just one of the numerous stories I have heard from camp of how DeMarcus managed to make a kid feel special in a sea of so many.


During his closing remarks, DeMarcus told the campers, "The sky's the limit." To these kids he is a role model and larger than life. I hope he carries their respect and admiration with him and continues living his life in a way that will inspire them well beyond their days at camp.

 

A huge thank you to Andrew Rogers. It is nice to see DeMarcus surrounds himself with so many good people. True professionals. #TeamCousins 


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Celebrity Doubles Cats Clash


UK women's basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell and UK assistant men’s basketball Coach Orlando Antigua took on former Wildcat Josh “Jorts” Harrellson and Kyle Macy of the ’78 NCAA champs tonight at the Boone Tennis Complex. The event was part of Big Blue Night at the Fifth Third Tennis Championships. Lots of laughs, but the highlight of my night was saying hello to former basketball coach Joe B. Hall!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Let the countdown begin!

  

There is nothing like the promise of a new season, and nowhere is the anticipation greater than here in Kentucky. Other than Big Blue Madness, this was our first look at the new Cats last season. Who could have predicted at that moment that Josh Harrellson would pull off such a transformation and become a Kentucky legend? It would have been almost unfathomable to those present that Liggins would become one of the best defenders in basketball and both he and Jorts would hear their names called in the NBA Draft. Many would have guessed this would be the only season we would get to see Terrence Jones in Blue, but to the surprise of many, he decided to return to help Kentucky seek #8. As the new Wildcats get settled in, our thoughts once again turn to the season ahead. Will this team be the one to lead us to the Championship? Will the group of top recruits Coach Cal has assembled live up to their potential and the monstrous expectations we place upon them? Only time will tell. Let the countdown to Madness begin!