Shooting the Reno Bighorns…

After some time of getting all the ducks in a row… I was able to get a remote camera up behind the backboard at the Reno Bighorn’s game Friday, March 21st.  You never know what’s going to happen when you put up one of these remotes so it’s kind of a proverbial “crap shoot”… which I guess is fitting for Reno, NV! :)

So… after returning from the game and frantically prepping the photos for submission to the wire service I got them all loaded and headed off to bed…  when I woke the next morning to check out the status I was very pleasantly surprised to see this!

… and as I told my wife, I wish it meant more than “… it’s on there…” but that’s the life, keep trying to make great photos every time I shoot and see what happens!

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2014 Carson Douglas Basketball… at Douglas High

You always come away from a Carson Douglas game with some great memories… and Friday night’s games did not disappoint!

In addition to the links to the left under Current Events you can also find all the High School images here…

http://instaimage.com/chs

http://instaimage.com/dhs

Onto the games…

As I was looking through the photos of the girls game a theme very quickly developed… the girls were all flying! :) Take a look and you’ll see what I mean!

Carly driving, or rather “hovering” to the hoop…140214_4953 McKenna “hovering” down the court…140214_4968 Kelly shooting for three… and… those toes… :) 140214_4972 I played around with a longer lens tonight… made for some very tightly cropped images in camera… sorry, I’ll stop camera geeking out now…140214_4983 All kidding aside with flying girls and camera geek stuff… The atmosphere for the girls game was great, the girls all played hard and it was exciting to watch… both teams are going onto the regionals, Douglas will host Spanish Springs and Carson will travel to Reno. Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs!!

Onto the Boys game…

I hope people don’t look at me during times like this and think I’m irreverent toward my country when they see me snapping away or in this case making a pano with my phone… As a photographer you’re always trying to make great photos.  In my opinion, a packed house with all the attention on Old Glory with our National Anthem playing is one of the very greatest moments in any competition.  I’ll be honest, I get choked up sometimes.  We take for granted the words and the meaning of it but with everyone of us knowing active military and veterans, it’s a VERY significant moment, God Bless our Troops and God Bless America!  And when I started to see how all of this was setting up, I put down my three DSLR cameras on the floor and reached for my iPhone and grabbed this pano of the “moment”.  Sometimes it’s knowing what tool will do the best job at the moment… $X’s of fancy camera gear laying on the floor can’t capture this so easily.

Oh, and… see what you missed if you weren’t there! Look at that place!

140214AnthemThe boys game was entertaining for an entirely different reason.  When Douglas visited Carson James Herrick, Douglas’ 6′ 10″ center made at least three blocked shots inside when Carson tried to penetrate deeper into the key… and it’s been well known all season that Carson doesn’t have much size and would be need to run a quick outside shooting game with the weapons they have… well that all made for some VERY interesting run of play with these two teams!

This first shot is of James making a block inside during the first half… Carson spent most the rest of the game trying to NOT have this happen!  Check out the video below this photo, it’s a time lapse of this same play…140214_5047

Quick and sneaky was the game plan for Carson… here Cameron Price sneaks in from the far side for an easy layup with the inside vacant of The Big Man…
140214_5052And when Carson did penetrate, get that shot off before The Big Man could get to you…
140214_5056 What do you do when he is over a foot taller than you AND jumps as high off the floor?140214_5067Watching these games and knowing these kids is a lot of fun for me.  Yea, one team wins and one looses so I’m happy for one and sad for another… but when I get to see them excel at “their” move or play it’s particularly rewarding for me…. This photo is the one photo that I was on the line for tonight.  I believe for every year I’ve been covering Austin Evans I’ve tried to make absolute certain that I get him shooting a three… and with him graduating this year I can confidently say, in his last year I grabbed my very favorite of all the years…. Again, check out the time lapse of this shot below, watch closely, it’s quick!

It was also fun to see the adjustment to his outside shot that Carson made… after this one, he had one more opportunity and from my vantage point and to the untrained “Austin follower” it appeared rather cocky but he almost taunted the Carson defender to come at him and when the defender didn’t take the bait, Austin stepped up and hammered a three… needless to say, that didn’t happen again in the game!  Carson put a quick scrappy Kyle Denning in Austin’s face from then on…
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When you break down a game and study the stats you quickly realize the little things that made the difference.  For as long as I’ve been shooting in this area (…since 2009…) Douglas has ALWAYS had a pretty lethal three point game.  You take away three point shots from Douglas and the game is equal… it’s the little things right?

Here Pat Johnson shoots for 3 of his 12 points for the night.140214_5115

Both teams will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs.  Douglas will travel to Reed Wednesday and Carson will travel to Spanish Springs.  Best of luck to all the teams in the Regional Playoffs!