Rhode Island vs. Toledo


It’s a New Year and I am off to a great start so far. I just started my new job as the contract photographer at the University of Toledo. I will be covering all kinds of sports and events that happen on campus. So to start my first assignment at the new job I shot Rhode Island who is 12-4 against Toledo who is 2 and well not so good.

I got to the arena about an hour and half before tipoff. You think working for the University I would be able to get my usual rock star parking because the police office still things that media parking is a ¼ of a mile walk up a hill. First thing when I get into the office Monday is get that squared away.

So I headed to work on getting some feature photos of the introductions but its so hard because they turn off the lights and put spot lights right on the players so you have to kind of guess at the exposure and I defiantly got luck because these photos came out sharp and correctly exposed.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 4000iso, 1/160th,f2.8

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 4000iso, 1/320th, f2.8

The first half was all Rhode Island just nailing three points like there were layups. Then Toledo decided to turn it on and have somewhat of an offensive drive. Jonathan Amos (4) got it started by grabbing this loose ball.

Nikon D3, 70-200, 1250iso, 1/640th, f2.8

Which lead to this dunk.

Nikon D3, 70-200, 1250iso, 1/640th, f2.8

Nikon D3, 70-200, 1250iso, 1/640th, f2.8

Since Toledo’s arena has recently been renovated making the court extremely shinny which makes for a cool photo of the players bring the ball up court while being reflected on the floor.

Nikon D3, 70-200, 1250iso, 1/640th, f2.8

Then forward Jonathan Amos (4) was fouled and kind of flexed and pointed at the same time, which made for a cool photo. I also got a close up of his tattoo.

Nikon D3, 70-200, 1250iso, 1/640th, f2.8


Nikon D3, 70-200, 1250iso, 1/640th, f2.8

Lets just fast-forward to the second half, which was extremely painful. I wasted about 600 clicks on my shutter just to get these three slow shutter pictures.

Nikon D3, 70-200, 200iso, 1/25th, f5

Nikon D3, 70-200, 250iso, 1/30th, f5.6



Nikon D3, 70-200, 250iso, 1/30th, f5.6

Then after about 2000 pictures on my remote I did I got one decent shot.


Canon Mark IIN, 16-35, 1600iso, 1/400th, f3.2


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2 responses to “Rhode Island vs. Toledo

  1. Some good shots in this batch. Those blur photos pretty good, and the one of the Amos layup is damned amazing. I tried to do this technique at the last game but then I realised that I should work on being able to shoot the regular stuff before I was good enough to do anything that requires real talent like that picture obviously took. The sharpness on what I call his “famous Amos” expression is excellent, and really sells the photo (and that photo would really sell if there was a good market for Toledo Rockets pictures).And I bet it was not fun to look through 2000 of those remote photos, but the juice was definately worth the squeeze on that one. Excellent stuff.

  2. Look through 2000 photo was easy. i usually take 600-1000 photos with the camera in my hand so its just another day at the office for me.

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