Sponsored Moments in Play!

I love a clean background because it always makes the subject in play stand out. Sometimes you don't have a choice when photographing in public venues. There is a lot of sponsor signage and team logos everywhere. When covering the game you have to take the action where it's happening.

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Once in a while you get lucky when something amazing happens - framed up, locked into the play and it all just works.

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And then sometimes you just have to laugh! Referees and other interference in photographing sports is inevitable. The way I look at it is, it makes me more agile and creative in my shooting.  

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Silence is a beautiful thing! Be patient and wait for that right moment. Go early and stay late is just part of a photographers business hours.

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Sponsors spend an enormous amount of money to keep our athletic programs and athletes active. It takes a lot of work to get sponsors and even more effort to keep them. My marketing background makes me hypersensitive to appreciating and valuing great sponsors. 

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When photographing minor sports in recreational facilities positioning is critical to get the shot. Signage around the venue can add character to your photograph, bring depth and tell a story. A photo is worth a thousand words!

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Most wall art is balanced around the gym floor. Team logos are generally behind the endlines and pennants/banners may hang from the ceiling. It is important to know your angles to prepare yourself for the frame. 

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Messaging and call to action is important in efficient signage. With great branding just a glimpse of a logo can stimulate a viewer to act!

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Support the Allan Cup on April 14th-20th at J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas, Ontario

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Mountaineer Men Cool Down Hot Royals

Source: Al Craig, Mohawk Athletics | February 10, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

The Mohawk men played giant killers at the Fennell Gymnasium on Saturday (Feb. 9) when they knocked off the high flying Redeemer Royals in a real barn-burner, 25-19, 25-18, 24-26, 19-25, 17-15, in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association volleyball.

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Mo Sulaiman had another big night for the Mountaineers with 19 kills and four stuff blocks. Marcin Jedrzejewski had 14 kills and one block, while his brother, Bart, had 24 digs.

David Klomps had 15 kills, two service aces and two blocks to pace Redeemer, which entered the match tied for first place with Niagara. The Royals record fell to 13-4 while the Mountaineers improved to 9-8.

The outcome wasn’t as positive for the Mohawk women, who were swept by Redeemer, 25-13, 25-23, 27-25.

Royals’ Curtiss Straatsma had a monster game, leading all players with 18 kills, five stuff blocks and 10 digs. April Passchier contributed seven kills and five service aces.

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Mohawk was led by Chantal Baker with eight kills and eight digs.

“Tonight we had our best match of the second half,” said Mountaineers’ coach Andrew Nicholson. “The girls worked hard on every point in sets two and three and with any luck we could have won both. We felt very good about ourselves tonight even though we lost.”

Mohawk’s record dropped to 6-11, while Redeemer improved to 8-9.

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Rams Latest Victims of Unbeaten Volleyball…

Rams Latest Victims of Unbeaten Volleyball Marauders Source: Fraser Caldwell, McMaster Communications – January 13, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders stretched their Ontario University Athletics men’s volleyball unbeaten streak to 11 matches, after taken a long, five-set battle, 3-2, from the Ryerson Rams.

Jayson McCarthy had 21.5 points for the first place Marauders, converting 17 of 30 hitting attempts. Dany Demyanenko added 17 points, including 14 kills on 19 attempts.

Robert Wojcik led the Rams putting up 18 points and 15 kills.

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A close beginning to the match saw the Marauders take a 9-6 lead when a serve took a fortunate bounce, rolling limply over the tape and finding the Rams’ side of the floor. Ryerson was often its own worst enemy in the opening set, and a slew of errors helped the Marauders take a 16-12 lead into the technical timeout.

The trend continued after the break, and yet another attack gave McMaster a seven-point lead, 21-14. The deficit was too much for the visitors, and after an ace from McCarthy gave the hosts a set point, Ryerson’s Wojcik fired a jump serve into the bottom of the net to end it 25-18.

The Rams fought back late in the second set, aided in large part by their blocking efforts. Jori Mantha fell into a double block on the left and the Marauders were forced to call time trailing 23-21. McMaster used the timeout well, and sent the set into extra points where McCarthy came up with a clutch spinning ace to take it 28-26.

Ryerson’s blockers once again took the fore in the third, with Aleksa Miladinovic reeling off a string of stuffs to help his team into a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout. The advantage held as the set progressed, and a Stefan Ristic ace gave the Rams a seven-point lead at 22-15. They would polish off the set just points later, when a miscommunication between setter Austin Campion-Smith and middle Alex Elliot led the latter to whiff on an attack at net, giving Ryerson the set 25-17.

The Rams held the early edge again in the fourth, clinching a long rally to move ahead 6-4. But the home side found another level midway through the set, and a Demyanenko kill in the middle propelled McMaster into a 12-10 lead. The back-and-forth set took another turn at the technical, with a Ryerson surge bringing the visitors back into the lead after a well executed double block.

The two teams traded points as the set approached a conclusion, with the Rams gaining separation at 24-22 after a Steven Maar attack rolled wide off the tape. Ryerson levelled the match two points later, when the Marauder serve found the bottom of the net.

Momentum seemed to be entirely on the visitors’ side, but it was the hosts who took the initiative to open the deciding set. McMaster took the first three points of the shortened fifth before Ryerson called time to halt the run. Elliot took the reins as the Marauders raced ahead, bouncing a swing off of the attempted dig for 6-3. The home side’s lead only grew from there, and Campion-Smith’s well-placed dump gave McMaster match point at 14-7. Demyanenko sealed it with an ace, catching the back line in the process.

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Loss Leaves Mac at .500 in Women’s Volleyball

Source: Fraser Caldwell, McMaster Communications – January 13, 2013 [Hamilton Scores] 

The Marauders’ winning streak was snapped at four on Saturday (Jan.12) after the Ryerson Rams handed the hosts a 3-2 loss at the Burridge Gym in Ontario University Athletics women’s volleyball.

Taylor Brisebois led the Marauders paced Mac with 17 points, converting 11 of her 16 hitting attempts in the process. Shannon McRobert (15) and Kierstyn Bakker (14) also contributed double-digit point totals for McMaster, which evened its record at 6-6.

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Middle Chelsea Briscoe was tops for the Rams with 18.5 points and 15 kills.

The first set began neck-and-neck, but the Marauders distanced themselves as they approached the technical timeout. The home side took a 16-11 lead into the break after the Rams were unable to pass out of a swing by Lauren Mastroluisi.

It was Mastroluisi who forced the Rams into another timeout at 19-11, when the left side rolled a shot deep that found a weak point in Ryerson’s coverage. Weldon chose to dump two points later and caught the Rams off guard to move the Marauders ahead by nine at 21-12.

McMaster held that pace in the late stages, and polished off the set by a score of 25-15 after a combo block by Taylor Brisebois and Mira Krunic on the right side.

In the second set, a small Marauder run forced the Rams to call time at 9-6. McMaster seized on that advantage, and when a Ryerson attack weakly floated wide, the Marauders led 13-9.

The visitors answered back momentarily, winning seven of the next eight points to carry a 16-14 lead into the technical timeout after the Marauders failed to dig out the serve. The set levelled out again a few points later, with the Rams putting an attack wide left to end a long rally and knot things at 17.

Errors crept into McMaster’s game, and they were forced to call time trailing 23-21 after a miscue at the net. The Rams finished the set strongly and evened the match at a game apiece with a 25-23 win.

The home side bounced back quickly in the third, jumping into the lead on the back of a combo block in the middle by Lauren Skelly and Brisebois, and testing Ryerson with its serve to take a 12-7. Shannon McRobert made the most of an awkward pass and pushed an attack to take the Marauders into the third set technical timeout with a 16-13 advantage.

But Ryerson used the timeout well, and came out firing to retake the lead and force McMaster into a break of its own at 18-17. Much like the Rams’ timeout before it, the Marauders’ appeared to refocus the team, and they powered into a lead that proved final.

Riding the steady service of Bakker, McMaster streaked to the finish line in the third, and crossed it when Krunic tooled the block on the right and found the floor for 25-21.

There was little to separate the two teams early in the fourth, but Ryerson inched ahead as it approached the technical timeout. Kailee Stock produced a thunderous kill for 13-15, but the Rams would enter the break with the lead a point later. McMaster kept itself within striking distance and tied the game at 21 when Patricia Raso came up with a solo block on the left.

Ryerson moved into a late lead and edged the set 25-23 when a McMaster dig sailed wide.

The Rams carried that momentum into the fifth, and won five of the first six points of the deciding set before the Marauders called time. It was a deep hole to dig out of for the home side, and McMaster would never be able to fully recover, dropping the set 15-7.

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Sport Filled Weekend!

Between my own children's activities and sports shooting, it was a very busy weekend! I was at the rink with my lil'guy Friday Night for some DMHA hockey and a little more with the Senior AAA Dundas Real McCoys who literally lay a beating on the Orillia team.

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Saturday was the Awesome HWMFA Ticats Football Camp. I will admit I am in withdrawal from shooting football, but it was really nice to watch the pros teach the kids fundamentals.  I picked up on a few tricks to understand and anticipate the game more....Not to mention the big smile on my lil'guys face-Fun-Fun-Fun! Soccer and Basketball for my other lil'gal! Off to shoot some Mac Sports.

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One of my beautiful girlfriends from Whistler passed away this December of Breast Cancer. I dedicate Saturday night to Lalaine while I shot "Think Pink" Volleyball at McMaster University. It made be want reminisce and remember a card she made for me before I came back to Ontario.  As you can see she was beautiful on the inside and out....I miss her!

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Sunday was a competitive day for my children as we revised a plan to get one to an OBA Provincial Basketball Tryout and the other to a Select hockey game in Brantford. Divide and conquer!

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