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Photographer Pelle Cass conveys sports events in single images


7.25.2019 News

One sporting event, one image. Pelle Cass’ time-lapse images of college sports allow viewers to see all the action in one still photograph. Here’s what we learned from Cass about his “Crowded Fields” series.How it began: Cass’ time-lapse street photography began to feel a bit too static, and he craved more action. That’s when it occurred to him that college sporting events could be the subject matter he was looking for. There’s plenty of action to photograph but without the... Continue Reading >

Super-telephoto Canon lenses are ideal for sports and wildlife

11.25.2018 Tech

Canon has managed to take pounds off the weight required for super-telephoto performance in two new lenses being released this month. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM (pictured) is now 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, weighing just 6.26 pounds, and the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens dropped 20 percent to 6.73 pounds.Improvements incorporated into the lenses include Optical Image Stabilization that’s up to five shutter speed stops of correction, heat-shielded paint that helps prevent... Continue Reading >

Stephen Green’s storybook photography career goes beyond baseball


July 2017 issue Profiles

High in a luxury stadium box, Cleveland’s basketball superstar LeBron James went crazy on national television, celebrating. Cleveland Indians’ Rajai Davis had just hit a three-run homer off the Chicago Cubs’ hitherto unhittable closer Aroldis Chapman. It was the eighth inning of the deciding game seven of Major League Baseball’s 2016 World Series, and it tied a game the Cubs had been leading since the first inning.Down in the photographers’ pit adjoining the Cubs’ dugout, veteran... Continue Reading >

This Cubs photo was a home run in more ways than one


July 2017 issue News

© Stephen GreenAnatomy of an ImageDate: August 24, 2015Location: Wrigley Field, ChicagoSubject: Kris Bryant walk-off home runCircumstances: All in a day’s workEquipment: Canon EOS 1D X, 70-300mm lensThe image on the right made the cover of Sports Illustrated, but it was just part of a day’s work for Chicago Cubs official photographer Stephen Green. Green typically arrives at the stadium about three hours before first pitch and checks with players in the clubhouse to see if... Continue Reading >

Product review: Sigma Sport camera lens is super glass


March 2017 issue Tech

Advances in the design of super-telephoto prime and zoom lenses mean that sports, wildlife, and bird photographers have never had a better selection of glass to choose from. Sigma Corp. released its 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens a year ago, and I was excited to receive it for review recently so I could compare its performance to that of the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and the AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II (“Big, Heavy, Awesome,” July 2015).Sigma Sports lenses are... Continue Reading >

The story behind this Robert Seale image


December 2016 issue Tech

Photographer: Robert SealeDate: March 15, 2011Location: Port Charlotte, FloridaSubject: Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Third Baseman Evan LongoriaCircumstances: A commission by Sports Illustrated for its baseball season preview issueCamera and lens: Canon EOS 1DS Mark III and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 lens (at 35mm)Exposure: 1/250 second at f/13, ISO 100Lighting: Four Profoto Pro-7B strobesIn Seale's own words: “When taking portraits of athletes or corporate executives, whose schedules... Continue Reading >

Pumping up the volume


June 2016 issue Business

sports team photography augments portrait studio businessDavid Grupa, M.Photog.Cr., began his photography career back in high school. He had a little business photographing T-ball teams for the local rec league. He made some simple black-and-white prints, handed out 5x7s to the teams, and got about $50 in return. “I thought I was rich,” he laughs.Kirsten and David GrupaYears later, he would join the ranks of the full-time professionals when he opened a portrait business in... Continue Reading >

Rock on


May 2016 issue Profiles

Michael Clark's career on the precipiceNot many people can say they’ve fallen into quicksand. Michael Clark can. “I’ve nearly died several times,” laughs the veteran adventure sports photographer, ticking off his near death experiences: “caught in an avalanche, hit by a beach-ball-sized falling rock, hit by a car on my road bike while training. There are all kinds of exciting days where photography has been the least of my worries.”The worst, though, was the frayed rope day.... Continue Reading >
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