Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 High School Basketball: Wall vs. Jim Ned Girls

Dang, it's been a while since I've last posted on the blog. Borderline lazy if you ask me. But guess who hasn't been sitting back on their laurels, content with their past achievements, taking it easy saying, "Eh, one state title is enough,": The Wall High School Lady Hawks basketball team, that's who.

On Friday evening I headed out to Wall with sports reporter Carlos Silva to cover a District 6-3A matchup between the No. 3-ranked Lady Hawks and No. 5 Jim Ned High School. Whenever these two teams get together it is usually a big deal. There seems to be an unspoken rivalry and who ever comes out on top seems to go the farthest in the post season. It was an extremely fast-paced game as Jim Ned is quick to get the ball down the court and can be deadly from three-point range. But the Lady Hawks were equal to the task, putting up a stiff defense that held the Lady Indians at bay. Wall led 16-5 at the half and never relinquished the lead the entire game.

Because of all the action on the court the game appeared to be more competitive than what the scoreboard was showing. The Lady Hawks cruised to a convincing 40-22 victory and now boasts a 19-6 overall, 5-0 district record. Wall has always been a fun team to cover and was an absolute joy last year when they won the state championship in Austin. And if their offensive scoring machine keeps rolling backed by their impressive defensive prowess, another deep playoff run may just be over the horizon.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My 2014 Photo Favorites: Sports

So for my second installment of my "best of" posts is all about sports. Editing through sports photos is probably the hardest set to look through mainly because there are so many photos to choose from. For me, shooting sports has always come naturally. I'm a sports fan: football, soccer, motor sports, basketball, etc., etc. Heck, for two weeks out of the year I'm even a rodeo fan. I enjoy the action and the speed, the highs and lows of emotion, how at any given moment one play can lead to a radical change in the outcome of the game.

It was a good year for us here at the Standard-Times in the world of sports. We had several schools make it to the state championships in various sports so I had the opportunity to cover several different types of events. In my initial edit I selected 80 photos and finally got down to 24. Some are action, some features. I hope you like them as much as I did making them.

Here are the photos:

Friday, January 2, 2015

My 2014 Photo Favorites: Editorial

Okay, as promised, here is the first installment of my favorite photos I have produced this year. This gallery is of my favorite editorial photos that I submitted to the Standard-Times from January to December. I always find that looking back through my own personal work can be an exciting, but also a humbling process. It's an opportunity for me to see the body of work I produced, to see how I have improved and in what areas I need to improve upon. The benefit of doing a self-evaluation shows you how you can get better at what you do and offers a chance to learn. And that's what's all about, right?

Here are my favorite editorial photos I produced this year. This gallery consists of everything with the exception of sports. I think it's a nice little mix of photos, good emotion and lighting. The major thing that I learned while looking through these photos is that I need to make time to go out and shoot more general, feature and spot news assignments. Being the chief photographer requires me to do a substantial amount of administrative and office work that keeps me tied to my desk. But this year, that will be different. Work-related New Year Resolution No. 1: I'm going to make a point to get out into the field more.

Here are my photos: