Premier Lacrosse League for AP Images

I am very guilty of always saying yes to assignments. It is beaten into me from when I started this career and learned quickly that saying no often meant not getting the next call. Following my injury this summer I have been saying yes to anything. So when I was called to photograph a sport I’ve never even watched before, I immediately said yes.

Lacrosse is a fast paced sport I learned quickly with a certain amount of danger as the heavy lacrosse ball flies off the field with little notice. Of course there is danger in covering any sport, but rarely does that danger significantly limit the angles or positions you can shoot from. Because of this I was very grateful to have the new Canon 600mm F4 IS III. This allowed me to pick aggressive angles without being in the line of fire of shots that go wide. It also allowed me to make frames from up in the stands that were still tight enough to have exciting action.

This lens is incredible. It is so light at just under 7 pounds and allows me to hand hold it for two days straight of game action. It is incredibly fast to focus and just ridiculously sharp. No matter what I’ve tried to shoot with it I’m just blown away and even elevates my 1DX Mark II bodies to be more impressive than I already find them to be. During pregame I use a 2x teleconverter and take advantage of the combined 1200mm focal length. The image quality still holds up as very impressive to my critical eye.

I also used my Canon 300 2.8 IS II and I think that was a great combination for the sport. I was happy to make the frames I did with so little experience in Lacrosse. It helps so much to understand the sport you are photographing as the nature of sports photography is predictive not reactive.

Unadilla Motocross National 2019

I traveled to the Unadilla Motocross National race as a spectator. Despite covering NFL and other top sports, the sport I love to view as a spectator is dirt bike racing. Unadilla is one of the favorite national races and this year was the 50th anniversary.

Despite my usual approach of just enjoying days off I decided that I’d take a camera. I was tempted to take my new fancy 600mm and make something different but the idea of carrying around work gear was dreadful. So i decided to take an unorthodox approach and limit myself to make photos like I would have years ago with basic equipment. I grabbed a 5D Mark IV and 24-105 lens and headed off. Forcing myself to make interesting photographs of a sporting event with the last setup I’d ever take.

Using long exposure and layering I attempted to make frames that could run in an editorial context.

I posted these on Instagram first, please follow on there to see work like this right away.

Tim Tebow for The New York Times

The New York Times asked me to cover the Binghamton Rumble Ponies baseball team.  A local AA affiliate of the New York Mets that would not ever be covered by a paper like The New York Times, the reason was because of one particular player. Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Quarterback turned baseball player Tim Tebow is now playing for the team.

I ended up making two trips to the stadium, the first to cover Tebow playing in one of his first games with the team and then another to photograph the team's owner. Making photographs of just one player during a nine inning baseball game was a little challenging. Being a minor league stadium on a near freezing temperature day, there was not many shooting positions or variety to have. I spent a lot of time hoping for a defensive play to his position in left field and chasing him before and after the game and was able to get some nice interactions with other players and fans.

These photographs were made with the Canon 1DX Mark II camera bodies, 200-400 f4 IS 1.4x and the 50 1.2 L lenses.

Please enjoy the outtakes below, you can read the full article here or see it in May 13th Sunday Edition.

Battle against MRSA for The New York Times

This fall has been about photographing the invisible for me it seems, first Virtual Reality and with this assignment MRSA. Well what I photographed is not exactly invisible, this story is about one University's plan to combat MRSA to prevent an outbreak in their athletics department.

The New York Times sent me out to Colgate University in Central New York to illustrate the ways in which the school's athletic trainers are competing against MRSA outbreaks. An assignment like this can be very linear and action based meaning that it will end up looking like an Ikea instruction manual more than illustrative photographs. That is something I had to overcome, I did so by asking myself "what's the story about?" over and over.

It sadly was still a little process oriented but finding small wins, like how to illustrate the department director Steve Chouinard in a way that wasn't a portrait. I then had to work on showing the overcrowding and the amount of close contact that happens in these training rooms. By the end of the afternoon thanks to patience and diligence I ended up illustrating both of those things in one photograph.

This was a pretty straightforward shoot as far as gear goes. I shot with two Canon 1DX Mark II cameras paired with a 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 lenses.

Check out the full article here

STPR 2017 for Getty Images

One of my favorite events of the year is the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Wellsboro, PA. Rally racing is the sport where you race against the clock, following pace notes to navigate closed public roads often on a dirt or gravel surface. I've been attending this rally race since I was a teenager and is actually where I made my first published photograph many years ago. You can license my photographs from the event via Getty Images.