April 5, 2010

Dejection

"The Crater", the alias for the gym at Clifton Central, was packed with bodies elbow to elbow and as comfortable as greenhouse in late May.  Paxton-Buckley-Loda's basketball team was playing for a chance to go to state the Class 2A state tournament.

One of the best photos I've made so far this year is this image of  PBL's Dylan Overstreet and his teammates in the background watching the sectional trophy presentation to Hale Franciscan.  He and his teammates watched in silence after the Panthers were booted out of the post-season in heartbreaking 66-56 loss, one game away from playing for a Class 2A state title.

March 5, 2010 - Clifton, IL - With a towel covering his head and teammates behind him, Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Dylan Overstreet watches the sectional trophy presentation after their sectional championship game against Hale Franciscan.  The Spartans advanced after knocking the Panthers out of the post-season with a heartbreaking 66-56 victory.
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The Panthers had a great season finishing 28-3, the second best in school history.  The last time the program enjoyed a 25 plus win season was 1996-1997 under then head coach Russ Zick.  Hale Franciscan went on to finish their season with a third place finish.

See more photos here from the game here.


March 5, 2010 - Clifton, IL - Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Gauge Snider and Connor Allen wipe sweat from their faces as the leave the floor in the final seconds of the game in their sectional championship game against Hale Franciscan.  The Spartans knocked the Panthers out of the post-season with a heartbreaking 66-56 victory.

Above, Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Gauge Snider and Connor Allen wipe sweat from their faces as the leave the floor in the final seconds of the game in their sectional championship game against Hale Franciscan.

April 3, 2010

Three times 15



April 2, 2010 - Champaign, IL - Cobras' Danny Winkler unloads a pitch in game one against Lewis & Clark in this photo illustration made from three separate images.  Winkler along with teammates Ryan Copley, and Darin Worman combined to pitch 14 complete innings without a score by the Blazers.  The Cobras defeated Lewis & Clark 10-0 in the first game and 5-0 in the nightcap.  The game was played at Centennial High School's field while the Parkland continues renovations at their facility.
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In this composite photo Cobras' Danny Winkler unloads a pitch in game one against Lewis & Clark.  When I saw the three separate images from Winkler's wind up I knew I could make something really cool out of the three images.  Winkler along with teammates Ryan Copley, and Darin Worman combined to pitch 14 complete innings without a score by the Blazers last Friday. The Cobras, last year's NJCAA Division II national champs, defeated Lewis & Clark 10-0 in the first game and 5-0 in the nightcap. The game was played at Centennial High School's field while the Parkland continues renovations at their facility.Read game story here. Click here to see more photos from this game.

April 1, 2010

Cobras Chop Down Loggers


March 30, 2010 - Champaign, IL - Parkland College's Sam Inman starts her slide into second base in game two of the Cobras' doubleheader against the Loggers.   Parkland College swept visiting Lincoln Land 4-1, 6-5 stretching their win streak to 8 consecutive games.
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March 30, 2010 - Champaign, IL - Parkland College's Sam Inman starts her slide into second base in game two of the Cobras' doubleheader against the Loggers. Parkland College swept visiting Lincoln Land 4-1, 6-5 stretching their win streak to 8 consecutive games. Click here to see more photos from this game.

March 31, 2010

Parkland takes two


March 29, 2010 - Champaign, IL - Kevin Kiermaier (right) celebrates a his sixth inning home run shot with teammates Collin DeDecker and Bob Glover at the plate.  Kiermaier was 4-7 with 2 HR and 5 RBI, scored 6 runs, walked 4 times, and stole three bases.  Playing at Centennial High School's baseball field due to construction on their home field, Parkland swept their doubleheader with visiting Shawnee, 14-4 and 4-0.
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March 29, 2010 - Champaign, IL - Kevin Kiermaier (right) celebrates a his sixth inning home run shot with teammates Collin DeDecker and Bob Glover at the plate. Kiermaier was 4-7 with 2 HR and 5 RBI, scored 6 runs, walked 4 times, and stole three bases. Playing at Centennial High School's baseball field due to construction on their home field, Parkland swept their doubleheader with visiting Shawnee, 14-4 and 4-0. Click image to see more photos from this game! Read game summary here.

March 30, 2010

Spartans split DH with Danville

The St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team, minus three senior starters who were away taking their ACT test during the first five and half innings, dropped the first game of their doubleheader to the visiting Danville Vikings, 4-2.   It was a bit on the chilly on side as the clouds rolled in early Saturday afternoon over St. Joseph, IL.

After the break, the Vikings scored two runs the first two innings of game two.  The Spartans answered with a single run in each to keep the contest winnable.  Both teams remained scoreless for the next four and half innings until SJO's final at-bat.

Down 4-2 at the start in the bottom of the seventh, St. Joseph-Ogden exploded with a three-run rally to secure the victory over the visitors.  Sophomore Blake Hoveln put the ball in play allowing teammate Tyler Mills to score the third run of the inning to help the Spartans improve to 5-2 after the non-conference twin bill.
 

Spartans' Cody Bohlen winds up for a pitch against the Vikings.
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March 27, 2010 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Cody Bohlen winds up for a pitch against the Vikings.  Danville beat St. Joseph-Ogden 4-2 in their opener and fell 5-4 in game 2 thanks to a 3-run 7th inning rally by SJO.




March 27, 2010 - St. Joseph, IL - Vikings' Ryne Watson beats a throw to second in DHS' away game as St. Joseph-Ogden.  Danville beat the Spartans 4-2 in their opener and fell 5-4 in game 2 thanks to a 3-run 7th inning rally by SJO.
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March 27, 2010 - St. Joseph, IL - Vikings' Ryne Watson beats a throw to second in DHS' away game as St. Joseph-Ogden.



To see more photos from this game follow this link - more game photos.


 
March 27, 2010 - St. Joseph, IL - Vikings' catcher Chuckie Robinson tags out Spartans' Austin Griswell at home plate during the first game of their doubleheader. Danville beat St. Joseph-Ogden 4-2 in their opener and fell 5-4 in game 2 thanks to a 3-run 7th inning rally by SJO.
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March 27, 2010 - St. Joseph, IL - Vikings' catcher Chuckie Robinson tags out Spartans' Austin Griswell at home plate during the first game of their doubleheader.




March 26, 2010

World famous

When I was a wee lad, wet behind the ears with Dektol and D76, like most budding shutter snappers I dreamed of making a photograph that people around the world would look at with awe.  In 2007, some 30 years later, I reached that accomplishment but not the way I had planned.

While covering a high school track meet, my foot caught on the edge of a rubber mat and I went plummeting downward with my Canon 1Dm2 camera body attached to a 500mm f4.5, all mounted on a monopod.  With my hand on the monopod shaft as I fell forward, the front of the titanium body was peeled outward by the force created by my body weight and the weight of the lens (around 8 lbs) leveraged against the camera mount.  That truly sad part wasn't the fact that I totaled a $4,200 camera body and possibly damaged a $6,000 lens, but the fact that I went down, in front of the main bleachers at the meet with hundreds of people watching, camera first.

The lens actually survived and to this day works to spec.  The camera body as you can see below wasn't quite so lucky.

The result of the fall is a front on view on the left and below, more pics which were first displayed on sportsshooter.com in my member profile in 2007 and seen by photographers both in awe and sickened at the sight of one of the world's best and Canon's flagship camera bodies in a state the kind of looks like the Terminator before he jumps in the vat of molten iron.  Click the photos to see a larger view.

Since then, the photos, the fall, and the damage have been discussed on Chinese, Japanese, Finish, Israeli and Spanish websites around the world.  I've seen links to my sportsshooter profile on Thai, German and other European photography sites, too.  Many of the discussions and responses are entertaining (if you can read them).

My favorite set of comments are on this site:
http://www.accessphoto.com/forum/index.php/topic/10199-ever-seen-a-grown-man-cry/page__pid__98090__st__0&#entry98090

This shot is a photo taken immediately after the fall.  The accident occurred early in the meet.  I didn't have time to morn my loss.  While I had to later replace this camera body,  I was able to finish my assignment with a second camera body that I always take on every assignment just in case situations like this occur.


Here are just a few links to some of the sites that talk about the damage:
http://forum.digitalimagery.se/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4688
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/z/535090/0
http://forums.finalgear.com/photography/the-pain-the-pain-19014/
http://forums.audiworld.com/archive/index.php/t-1177571.html
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1022&message=23036649
http://lensaku.net/forum/viewthread.php?tid=114
http://capsmod.net/forum/redirect.php?fid=22&tid=184&goto=nextnewset
http://www.sonicbands.it/fotografia-digitale/77508-attacco-obiettivi-pesanti-su-fotocamera.html
http://www.pinoyphotography.org/forum/index.php?topic=11767.80;wap2
http://www.inspiring-photography.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-3428.html
http://www.copycat2u.net/bbs/viewthread.php?action=printable&tid=119397
http://www.atforumz.com/archive/index.php/t-299644.html
http://forum.canonfans.biz/viewthread.php?tid=929&extra=page%3D33&sid=R50m72
http://ubb.frostyplace.com/viewtopic.php?p=156482&sid=472477d07a72aed9116e95cec5d2aafb
http://forums.gameon.co.uk/showthread.php?p=305891
http://pt-br.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2204516892&topic=2475

The lens was fine and in fact seemed to work better after the fall.  The camera body was complete loss. I called Canon repair for the fun of it to see if they could repair it.  That conversation is a funny story all its own which I might tell in the future.

~ Clark