Kelley L Cox: Blog http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog en-us All content (C) Kelley L Cox kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Fri, 15 Jun 2018 02:15:00 GMT Fri, 15 Jun 2018 02:15:00 GMT http://www.kelleylcox.com/img/s/v-5/u147196319-o262367266-50.jpg Kelley L Cox: Blog http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog 115 120 Warriors 2018 Championship Parade http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/warriors-championship-parade NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; View of downtown Oakland during the Golden State Warriors championship parade. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Not to sound spoiled (even though I am), I've covered my fair share of championship parades. I covered two Giants World Series parades. (I wasn't yet working with USA Today Sports Images [then still US Presswire] during their 2010 win, but have quite the memory of kayaking to McCovey Cove for game 1). The 2012 parade Giants one was fair enough, I was stationed to the stage and got some pretty standard photos. Nothing portfolio. The 2014 parade, I had a pass to join the players on the double decker bus and made some photos I'm really proud of and enjoyed taking.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates from a double decker bus during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports I covered the Warriors 2015 parade and it was a total nightmare. The event management team designed to organize was anything but. Maps were wrong, credentials weren't there nor were staff. They said you could shoot parade -or- rally and that no photographers would be allowed in the rally area after a certain time so anyone covering parade route wouldn't be let in. Myself and a few other photographers sat on a raised platform in the sun for HOURS waiting for the parade to reach the rally location, only to find that contrary to their stated rules, they let photographers who were walking the route walk right up to the base of the stage. My photos of the rally were garbage compared to anything taken from that vantage point, and certainly compared to anything on the parade route. And there wasn't wifi so it was an extra nightmare.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; A police vehicle with a card box cutout displaying a photo of LeBron James before the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I hoped to never photograph a parade again and managed to get out of it in 2017. But when my assignment editor asked if I could, I caved and agreed.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) sprays champagne during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Early wake up to beat the crowds, walking to Bart with my gear on my back (MindShift makes fantastic backpacks but I always prefer to roll when I can), standing around for HOURS waiting for the parade to start (20 minutes late) I was a bit of a Krabby Patty (understatement). Klay Thompson was just on his phone before the parade because a) that's how engaging a parade it b) phone addiction is so real c) his mom was texting him d) all of the above?

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) on his mobile device before the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As I would photograph each double decker bus with players (poor Patrick who? accompany Stephen Curry) and follow them along the route for a while, while the other community/Warriors staff groups that I didn't need photos of were in between. I had plenty of time to then walk back to the start and grab the next player bus.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) holds up the trophy during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But then suddenly, well before I planned to walk back towards the next double decker of players, is JaVale McGhee walking along the route high fiving fans, taking off his shirt, tossing into the fans and just LIVING it!

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) takes a selfie with fans during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Then Nick Young, in his silk robe and cigar in mouth, feeling himself!

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young (6) walks inside the first barricade during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Their energy, enthusiasm, and engagement with the fans totally turned around my mood.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young (6) and center JaVale McGee (1) celebrate during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Like Draymond Green's trolling t-shirt MOOD... 

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) with his son Draymond Jamal Green during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I went to edit from Specialty's Cafe (free public wifi!) hung around to let the crowds (I think there's people somewhere behind all those phones) die down while Cary stayed along the route, and then caught BART home.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Fans during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I still wouldn't say I have any desire to shoot a championship parade in the future, but it was as terrible as I dreaded it would be.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeNBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship ParadeJun 12, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures to fans while holding the trophy during the championship parade in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports In better news, even though my new MacBook Pro (don't buy unless you have to) doesn't fit in My 2nd Brain 11 that use to love to bring my MacBook Air in, it DOES fit in my MindShift Gear Rotation Panorama 22L. Along with an EM-1 Mark II body in the main compartment. And then I had another EM-1 Mark II and two lenses (40-150mm f/2.8 and 7-14mm f/2.8... in retrospect the 12-100mm f/4 may have served me even better if I had it) in the rotating waist pack. Nick Wong caught me in action. Don't mind my really cool visor and expertly coiffed hair ;)

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WORKSHOP: June 13th Peter Read Miller Workshop in Santa Clara, CA http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/workshop-6/13-peter-read-miller-workshop-in-santa-clara-ca Me Assisting PRMPhoto by Matt Cohen - mattcohenphoto.com

For the third year in a row, I'll be speaking at the Peter Read Miller Northern California Workshop in Santa Clara.

While they are learning photography tips from one of the best in the business, Peter Read Miller himself (along with support from Greg Cooper and Jordan Murph), I'll be speaking on How to Build a Career in Today's Sports Photography Industry. Peter and I followed a somewhat similar paths, both Economics majors who were photographing our college teams (Peter at USC and yours truly at Cal, Go Bears!). Peter's transition from USC to Sports Illustrated isn't exactly a career path anymore since SI laid off all of their staff photographers. So I'm there to speak on how I've navigated my way into having a career in sports photography both with my freelance career with USA Today Sports Images and founding KLC fotos.

After my talk, the class will get a chance to photograph the Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium which I will coincidentally also be covering for USA Today Sports Images!

Can't make this one but want to check out another workshop? Visit my Workshops Page

*Please Note: This workshop has been rescheduled from Thursday 6/14/18 to Wednesday 6/13/18 to accommodate a scheduling change with the workshop program

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) workshops http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/workshop-6/13-peter-read-miller-workshop-in-santa-clara-ca Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:00:00 GMT
NBA Finals: Warriors Sweep 4-0 Watch Party http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/nba-finals-warriors-sweep-4-0-watch-party NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum after the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time in four years, the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals Championship. NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum after the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate after the win at the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As Warriors went up 2-0 at home, then won game 3 in Cleveland, it seemed likely that they'd win the whole thing (to win one out of the next 3 would be significantly easier than the Cavs winning the next four in a row). With the potential of a sweep, USA Today Sports images assigned me to the watch party at Oracle Arena.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans hold a 4-0 sign during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I covered this when they won in 2015 (it was AMAZING) and I covered game 6 last year (when they lost... but it's ok because then they won it at home) and I was pretty excited to cover it again.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; A Golden State Warriors fan during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Warriors games in the regular season, and even more so during the playoffs are not so much big time fans, but casual fans with big time bank accounts. Sure the action is incredible, covering elite level basketball, but it lacks the fan engagement and passion. Watch party is this incredible mix of extreme fans that want to watch the game with other fans, as well as families that want to give their kids the "game experience" without have to spend hundreds of dollars for three hours of entertainment.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate after the win at the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And the "game experience" is amazing. The "players" are introduced, the flag is displayed for the national anthem, the dancers, breakdancers, and junior jam squad perform, t-shirts are thrown.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors hype crew holding oversized cutouts of Warriors starters faces are introduced during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors dancers hold the American flag during the national anthem during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors dancers perform during a timeout during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And Montell Jordan performs at half time. This is How We Do It!

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Recording artist Montell Jordan performs during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And then the Warriors handedly win and everyone celebrates in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum (where the A's beat the Royals). And by everyone, I mean everyone. People smoking pot, kids dancing, adults losing their wallets and folks hollering out their name "Daniel ..... Daniel... we found your wallet" and returning it to him. Establishing a community with your neighbors and people you interact with regularly is fantastic, but I LOVE the idea of community.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum after the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum after the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXXX during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And since Wednesday didn't stay within the law, with a shot being fired in the parking lot post game, and the event was high profile in a way that might attract rogue criminals, thanks to the officers who had a strong but friendly presence to ensure the safety of everyone.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Police officers in the hallway during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Members of the bomb squad during the watch party for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum after the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As we have conversations about the GOAT I think it's unquestionable, LeBron James is one of the best players we'll ever see play in the league. But the greatest (whether it's players or people in general) make the others around them great as well. Congratulations to the Warriors team, the players, the fans, the town.

NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans celebrate in the plaza between Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum after the win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersNBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersJun 8, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Fireworks go off above Oracle Arena after the Golden State Warriors win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) action basketball golden state warriors http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/nba-finals-warriors-sweep-4-0-watch-party Sat, 09 Jun 2018 05:59:00 GMT
NBA Finals: Warriors Lead 2-0 http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/nba-finals-warriors-lead-2-0 NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts following the 122-103 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We are getting so spoiled with Warriors going to the NBA Finals the last four consecutive years. And it's all familiar as they again face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With a lot of talk about the Warriors winning it all in 4, we expected Game 1 to be a lopsided game, but it proved to be MUCH more exciting.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dive for the ball during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) is involved in an altercation with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And ultimately an overtime win for the Warriors.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Cleveland Cavaliers during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Side note, driving home heard a great forum episode on How Today's Athletes are Playing Harder, Faster, Longer, worth a listen!

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2, proved to be the blowout we expected. 

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers as center Kevin Love (0) and guard JR Smith (5) walk to the bench during the first half in game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

While the on-court action isn't dramatically different, they are still playing basketball, these games are an entirely different ball game for photographers. New credentials, new security protocol, new assigned seating. Showing up hours early staying hours post-game. Covering fans and warm-ups pregame much more thoroughly than I ever would regular season. Covering post-game pressers which I don't think I've ever covered in a regular season game (only pregame when injuries or major news is announced). And having a card runner and on-site editor so I can focus on shooting and don't have to worry about transmitting images during a game. Thanks to Miquel Jacobs for being my card runner and Gary Vasquez for editing my take.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; General view before spectators are allowed inside before the Golden State Warriors play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fan Phil Eugenio poses for a photo before game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game two of the 2018 NBA Finals Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) before game two of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

While sometimes it seems (as Steph Curry said unrelated in his press conference) "Much Ado About Nothing" it's great to witness the best players playing their best games and it's so fun to have my "coworkers" who I rarely see all get together to cover a game.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) to media following game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We'll see if we come back or if Warriors do indeed win it in four. Just in case we took some fun photos of our crew. Credit to Jose Carlos Fajardo for the USA Today Sports Images crew photo and Cary Emdondson for the photos of me jumping... and retaking them with a tucked in my shirt, much less scandalous! ;)

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; USA Today Sports Images team after game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Kelley L Cox after game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory credit: Kelley L Cox - USA Today Sports Images

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) sports http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/6/nba-finals-warriors-lead-2-0 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 06:59:00 GMT
Rockets at Warriors - Western Conference Finals Games 3 and 4 http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/5/rockets-at-warriors---western-conference-finals-games-3-and-4 NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; The national anthem is performed before game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Headed to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets with the series tied 2-2.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors players huddle before game three against the Houston Rockets of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Previous playoff games when I shot elevated, I was assigned to a seat on the north-west side of the arena that had me facing the Warriors bench, while USA Today Sports Images staff photographer Kyle Terada, shoot from the floor opposite the visiting teams bench.

For whatever reason, this series they mixed it up on us and I didn't have an assigned shooting location, the stairwells on the west side (the side that faces the benches) were all otherwise assigned, which meant I had to find a spot in the stairwell on the east side and stand all game.

Standing in the aisle means I can't shoot and send as easily because I can't keep my laptop in my lap and try to quickly add a caption during a free throw or short timeout.

While obviously, some spots are undeniably better, I always try to have the outlook of "I'm going to create a picture here" and try to see the silver lining. Shooting from this different vantage point means I am not as easily blocked by standing fans, I can be a little more in the center so the hoop and stanchion don't block my shot, and most importantly, I'm not sitting in a row of photographers so whatever image I get, will be unique instead of being just a sliiiiightly different angle than the photographer next to me. Whether it's just a different angle of a moment everyone will get, or a moment that you can only get from my angle.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) pulls aside guard Klay Thompson (11) as a timeout is called against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And a reminder that it's not just the Warriors players bench that reacts. Here's a fun frame, that was made even more fun when Warriors World started a "Caption This" thread... with photo credit, mind you!

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors majority owner Joe Jacob celebrates after a play against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This is also my reminder to photographers, unless you KNOW where you are going to be shooting from, bring all your gear. I ended up switching it up between my 40-150mm, the 300mm and also added the 1.4x extender for certain periods, and a wide for venue photos. I personally chose to shoot a little tighter in the 2nd and 3rd and a little looser in the 1st and 4th. I also wore a harness (mine is similiar to that one but can't find link) part of the time so that my cameras were easily accessible without having to hunch my shoulders to keep them up and brought my trusty ThinkTankPhoto Urban Disguise 35 (Mine is V2.0 they are now up to V3.0) to hold my laptop, exposure disc, and of course my canteens (one hot tea one room temperature water) and snacks... I love my Roller but I'm not about to climb the entire bowl section with it. A side note on how a live the good life. I met up with Kyle, Christopher Chung, Nhat Meyer and Jose Carlos Fajardo for lunch before Sunday's game. They had carpooled over from the arena after setting up remotes and I gave Kyle and Chris a ride back to Oracle. In my car they noticed my Tiger Tail, my trigger wheel, and my variety of Berkeley Bowl snacks and playfully made fun of me. As much as I love having my canteens, I love a little trigger point therapy while stuck in traffic. There is no shame in my game :)

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (4) sets a screen against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) for Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the fourth quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 was a total blowout in favor of the Warriors.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) extends of rate ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And because Warriors fans are the new Warriors fans (or perhaps because our lives are too busy and it's Sunday night) instead of the fans losing their minds like they once did when Warriors even made the playoffs, half of them went home before the final whistle.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; View of the stands with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday it was down to the wire and most fans stayed (apart from a little hiccup where Rockets celebrated the victory before refs decided Shaun Livingston had fouled Chris Paul and then after missing one of two free throws, Curry had a chance to tie it in the final seconds) NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after pulling in a rebound against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) looks to make an inbound pass against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But just because the fans were there physically doesn't mean they were there mentally. Phone addiction is SO real. I'm not calling them out personally because I too have a hard time not checking my phone. But here's to hoping we can all try to be more present.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Court side fans on their mobile devices during the first quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Look at the interaction this woman was able to have as she handed the out of bounds ball to Trevor Ariza as quickly as possible, then he jokingly offered it back to her and they shared a smile. Despite her obviously not cheering for him, it was a nice moment of two humans interacting. She got to live that moment, that real interaction, because her hands (and vision) weren't occupied by her phone.  

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State WarriorsMay 22, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; A Golden State Warriors fan hands the ball back to Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the second quarter in game four of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) basketball nba rockets usa today sports images warriors http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/5/rockets-at-warriors---western-conference-finals-games-3-and-4 Wed, 23 May 2018 06:50:00 GMT
WORKSHOP: May 17th - Glazer's Camera in Seattle, WA http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/5/may-17th---workshop-at-glazers-camera-in-seattle photo by S Ray Acevedo

I'm heading up to Seattle tomorrow to speak at Glazer's Camera. I'll be talking sports photography with tips for creating great images! Register here.

It sounds like we'll be standing room only, but we've got room for you!

This workshop is a little different because it's all presentation no hands-on shooting like some other workshops, but I'll be offering both broad and very specific tips for taking better images whether it's how to look for light and great moments or what camera settings you need for various situations. Should be useful to all levels of photographers whether you are an Olympus shooter or not.

ALSO - Olympus technicians will be on-site Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm offering FREE Camera Clean and Check. Get rid of those pesky sensor spots! Register here

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) getolympus workshops http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/5/may-17th---workshop-at-glazers-camera-in-seattle Wed, 09 May 2018 23:00:00 GMT
San Diego - Fun, Workshop, Soccer http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/nelsons-camera-workshop-review Ocean BeachOcean BeachApril 27, 2018; Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

I had such a great time in San Diego giving a workshop at Nelson Photo and thanks to Olympus tech rep Ray Acevedo for driving me around and giving me a quick tour of San Diego. I take for granted living near water, but these folks take for granted living near warm water!

Ocean BeachOcean BeachApril 27, 2018; Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

Additional thanks to the staff at Nelson Photo Supplies who hosted us and organized the event. They . Family owned and operated since 1950, Nelson Photo sell great cameras (and accessories) and offer insight, but hosting these photos classes really help their clients learn what their cameras are capable of. It was great to see the owner out there getting hands-on with the gear so that when folks come into the store and ask questions, he doesn't give a canned answer but knows from experience shooting with the camera.

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

Also big thanks to Chula Vista Fútbol Club for scrimmaging for our crew of photographers after having played a competitive game that morning.

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

I'm nearly always photographing games that "count" so it was a real treat to photograph a scrimmage and see how much they just LOVE playing soccer with their friends.

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

The real superstar of the scrimmage though was this littler brother who was very serious about his job retrieving errant balls. Darting past the soccer moms, into the parking lot, and bringing the ball back to the big boys.

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

So sweet. These moments remind me how much joy sports can bring to people.

Chula Vista Football ClubChula Vista Football ClubApril 28, 2018; Liberty Station, San Diego, California, USA; Chula Vista Football Club; Covered as part of an Olympus workshop with Nelson Photo Supplies.

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) adventure getolympus workshops http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/nelsons-camera-workshop-review Sun, 29 Apr 2018 23:30:00 GMT
WORKSHOP: April 28th - Nelson Photo in San Diego, CA http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/workshop-at-nelson-photo-april-28th I'm heading down to sunny San Diego this weekend to give a workshop at Nelson's Photo. Register Here, It's Free!

Olympus & Nelson Photo

Kelley L Cox Workshop  

Saturday, April 28, 2018  

It will be a great day of learning and shooting Olympus cameras.  We will have a 2 hour class taught by Kelley L Cox, a professional sports photographer, and then we will be off site near the store photographing a youth soccer game.  The class is free and is also open to anyone who is interested in learning to shoot sports and anything that moves with an Olympus camera system.


Saturday April 28, 2018
10:00am to Noon Class at Nelson Photo 
1:30pm to 3:30pm Sports Photo Shoot-Soccer Game
 

Class Description:

Sports gives photographers an opportunity to capture incredible moments in time but often presents challenging lighting scenarios and other elements outside of their control. Learn how to see and think like a sports photographer and feel comfortable covering any sport. Gain insight on how to cover specific sports as well as tips that can be applied to improve your overall photography skill set.
 

The class will be comprised of a presentation of sports photography insights and recommendations followed by a hands-on experience photographing soccer.
 

Presentation to Cover:

Capturing Peak Action and Emotion

Story Telling with Sports Photography

Non-Action Sports Photography

Finding the Best Light and Angle

Camera Settings for Various Situations and Sports

What it Takes to be a Pro - Workflow and Management
 

Hands-On:

Bring your Olympus camera for a hands-on experience covering soccer and challenge yourself to create compelling images.

We will have a few demo cameras and lenses available to share. 


 
 

Kelley L Cox has been photographing sports since she was a student at UC Berkeley. As a freelancer with USA Today Sports Images, Kelley has covered the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Worlds Series, and NCAA Championships. She is the founder and managing director of KLC fotos which serves as official photographer for USA Rugby and Cal Athletics in addition to myriad other sports, corporate and personal clients. Kelley's images have been published by the New York Times, Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, among others. Her work was also exhibited by the Smithsonian Institute - Museum of the American Indian, "Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics". Kelley enjoys sharing her experiences in professional sports to help photographers of all levels improve their photography.

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Nelson Photo

3625 Midway Drive, Suite J

San Diego, CA  92110

619-234-6621

Monday-Friday 9am-6:00pm

Saturdays 9am-5:30pm  

Most Sundays Noon-4:00pm

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/workshop-at-nelson-photo-april-28th Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:42:16 GMT
A's Walk-Off Win After 14 innings, 5 hours and 48 minutes http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/as-walk-off-win-after-14-innings-5-hours-and-48-minutes MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Well I thought I was shooting a day game today as the A's faced the White Sox at 12:35pm

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs (60) pitches the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carson Fulmer (51) before his first pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After about two hours in and still only in the 2nd, I knew it was going to be a long game.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs (60) in the dugout during the bottom of the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A run a piece in the 1st inning, five runs by the White Sox in the 2nd followed by three by the A's MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (10) high fives center fielder Adam Engel (15), shortstop Tim Anderson (7) and catcher Welington Castillo (21) after batting them in on a grand slam home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Another three runs by the White Sox in the 4th inning followed by four by the A's. MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) high fives teammates after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports By this point, I had already sent 50 photos and got a note from my editor to slow down on the transmitting and they didn't want anything else of players rounding the bases.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez (5) rounds third base against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Generally our shot list is something of each starting pitcher, any runs scores and the batter who got the hit to send em in. Then some detail plays.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

When the game is 9 to 8 after the 4th, the set tends to get pretty heavy.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (2) scores a run as Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo (21) is unable to control the ball during the fourth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But I'm still tempted to send photos that I think are visually interesting, even if they aren't necessarily part of the storyline.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) bends over after being hit by pitch by the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel (15) throws the ball infield with right fielder Leury Garcia (28) below a Black Panther graphic on the wall during the thirteenth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I more or less stopped sending, as the game went 11-11 and into extra innings.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel (15) and left fielder Nicky Delmonico (30) sit on gatorade buckets above the dugout during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For only the second time in a ball game, and the first time at the Coliseum (Giants there's a tunnel from the outside third photo well that you can access) I had to run up the stands to find a bathroom during the half inning break between the 13th and 14th innings. After two 20oz each thermos, I had to gooooooooo. Thankfully, unlike Tuesday's free game, there weren't many fans to contend with as I darted up the stairs.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; An Oakland Athletics fan in the stands during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I intentionally chose the half inning break between 13th and 14th innings figuring if I missed a White Sox run, I could still get celebration at the end of the bottom of the 14th if they won, but if I missed an A's run in the bottom of an inning, I would miss the walk-off win celebration.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with designated hitter Khris Davis (2) after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with shortstop Chad Pinder (18) and third baseman Matt Chapman (26) after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Photo tip: Bring extra batteries. Also my love for grip batteries. Generally, I can make it through one game on one battery. But I ended up exhausting both batteries in the camera I had my 300mm lens on and needing to swap a battery from the grip of my wide. Thankfully the wide still had 100% in the body so I could quickly run and get the "pie" shot after the walk off win.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) puts a pie in the face of first baseman Matt Olson (28) as he is interviewed by Dallas Braden after hitting a walk-off single for the win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics teammates pour gatorade on first baseman Matt Olson (28) after hitting a walk-off single for the win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Photo tip #2: Be aware of your surroundings and courteous of your fellow shooters (still and video)! The "pie" shot is a photo we know is coming after any walk-off win. We generally walk over to where the interview is and carefully duck below the TV camera that does the live interview. Another photographer who I won't name, obliviously walked over and stood in front of the TV camera while the cameraman was hollering "hey, get down!" and also blocked another photographer (thankfully not me) on the shot. The TV cameraman called the photographer selfish and they responded calling them a prick. TV cameramen are notorious for getting in our way, and it's frustrating, but when it's their shot for a TV interview, they definitely have the "right-of-way". Sometimes in the hype of jubee we forget our surroundings and don't look over our shoulder to see who we might be blocking, it happens. But if you get called out for blocking someone's shot, accident or otherwise, you should apologize and try to be more aware. We don't work for the same company, but we have to work in each other's company. There's no space to make enemies.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) puts a pie in the face of first baseman Matt Olson (28) as he is interviewed by Dallas Braden after hitting a walk-off single for the win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Also, question: Can anyone tell me why Mark Canha has been wearing this, it was not cold. Also Piscotty wore it in the outfield but not when he was batting. Hmmm?

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha (20) wears a mask in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha (20) returns to the dugout wearing a mask during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) returns to the dugout wearing a mask during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) sports http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/as-walk-off-win-after-14-innings-5-hours-and-48-minutes Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:57:23 GMT
NBA Playoffs: Round 1 Game 2 - Warriors vs Spurs http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/nba-playoffs-round-1-game-2---warriors-vs-spurs NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Headed to Oracle early since it was a dual event day with Warriors vs Spurs AND A's v White Sox at the Coliseum/Oracle Arena complex and they share a parking lot. Coincidentally, I was supposed to go to the A's game with Colin and his friends but had to bail last minute to pick up the playoff game. That's the trouble with post-season uncertainty, and the trouble with being married to sports photographer :P NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; The scoreboard before game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1 had been a blow out and while Game 2 was a tight and intense game in the beginning, it ended up being a blow out too.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives in against Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after the San Antonio Spurs miss the free throw earned after Green was issued a flagrant foul during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) gestures towards teammates after scoring a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; A Golden State Warriors holds a sign reading "BlasŽ blasŽ blasŽ blah blah blah..." during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We'll see whether the Spurs return to the bay for a game 5, let alone a game 7.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs huddle after a foul against San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) by the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Photo tip: Always bring extra gear. While USA Today Sports Images had a floor shooting position for Game 1, for Game 2 we had to share two spots between us, Getty and AP. After drawing from a hat, this meant I shot 2nd and 4th quarter from the floor and 1st and 3rd elevated. This wasn't too bad because it meant I could send from my laptop in the 1st without having to leave the court. But if I didn't have long glass (another photographer had only brought a 70-200mm) I couldn't have made images like I wanted (like my editors expect). While some events you can know and anticipate all the gear you need, if you have room in your bag and ability to carry it, why not bring extra gear? Better to have and not need, than need and not have! Oh and hey, if you are looking for a bag, check out ThinkTank Photo or MindShift Gear.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Golden State WarriorsApr 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors players forward Draymond Green (23), guard Klay Thompson (11), forward Kevin Durant (35) and center JaVale McGee (1) surround San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) on a loose ball during the first quarter in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) basketball golden state warriors nba san antonio spurs sports usa today sports images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/nba-playoffs-round-1-game-2---warriors-vs-spurs Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:19:01 GMT
Last Kings Game of the Season http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/last-kings-game-of-the-season NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) thanks fans before the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports With baseball in full swing (get it) basketball is just wrapping up. Well at least for the Sacramento Kings.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) drives in against Houston Rockets guard Joe Johnson (7) during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Headed back to Golden 1 Arena for the final home game of the season where the Kings played the Houston Rocket's B-team while their superstars rested with injuries.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (33) watches the game against the Sacramento Kings from the tunnel during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

They even brought on players so unknown that the Kings paper roster had another player listed and their jersey had the name of the player he replaced covered up, in favor of cloth instead of his own name. What an unfriendly welcome to the big leagues for Aaron Jackson. Though I imagine, he's not complaining as he just got put on a playoff team.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; The name on the back of the jersey of Houston Rockets guard Aaron Jackson (55) is covered in cloth during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard Aaron Jackson (55) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In all likelihood it will be Vince Carter's final game as a King, after signing for the season. Will not go down in history for his time as a Sacramento King compared to his six (younger) years with the Raptors. But Kings definitely appreciate his time here.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) dunks the ball against Houston Rockets center Chinanu Onuaku (21) during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though the biggest story was the retirement of longtime broadcaster Jerry Reynolds. My friend Ali Thanawalla with NBC Sports Bay Area (formerly Comcast Bay Area, I'm still getting used to the rebrand) gave me a heads up so I was able to catch him pre-game, in-game and post-game. After 20 years as the color commentator for the Kings after 30+ years with the organization in various roles including coach! NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds before the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings broadcaster Jerry Reynolds acknowledges fans alongside Grant Napear during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It's so rare to find someone with such a long career with one company, let alone one sports team. And sounds like he'll continued to work with the Kings in a reduced role. Seems totally fair for a 74-year-old! NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings broadcasters Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear after the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of people evaluating how they best spend their time at this phase in their life, this game also served as reminder of how much I want myself and everyone to reduce their phone role! I fall victim to using my phone on the court with various excuses: I need for my editor to be able to reach me, I want to receive and respond to the goodnight text from my husband who is in Santa Cruz mountain biking with his sister and her boyfriend, I want to be able to check twitter to confirm any plays/injuries that get announced by the team in-game. Ultimately everyone has some reason to be on their phone. Using it when you're home alone, sure. But using it at a game, in company of others, while there is action on the court... makes the addiction seem so scary!

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; XXXXX during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; XXXXX during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

What is happening?!?

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsNBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento KingsApr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; XXXXX during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) basketball nba sports usa today sports images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/last-kings-game-of-the-season Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:58:26 GMT
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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) mindshift gear promo http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/4/mindshift-gear-exposure-shoulder-bags Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:44:03 GMT
Joshua Tree with Old Friends http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/joshua-tree-with-old-friends Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 27, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

Headed down to Joshua Tree for a quick trip with the group Colin calls "the Old Friends" not in their individual ages, but in the age of their friendship.

Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 28, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

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After a long day's drive, we caught a bit of sunset, played charades around a campfire, and then woke up for a day of scrambling and climbing before I had to catch a flight back up to the bay for MLB Opening Day. Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 27, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 28, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos
Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 28, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos
I feel so lucky to live within a days drive of such incredible places, grateful for the National Park system for protecting these places, and for Colin's friends who have welcomed me into their group, even though I'm not nearly as skilled a climber! Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 28, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

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Also, was another great excuse to bring my MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Panorama to pack my climbing shoes, harness, water and of course snacks!

Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkMarch 28, 2018; Joshua Tree, California, USA; Joshua Tree National Park;

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) joshua tree life mindshift gear http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/joshua-tree-with-old-friends Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT
ThinkTank Photo: StoryTeller Shoulder Bags and Modular Belt System V3.0 http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/thinktank-photo-storyteller StoryTeller Shoulder BagsStoryTeller Shoulder BagsOur friends at Think Tank Photo have released new and revised classic camera carrying solutions. The newly-released StoryTeller shoulder bags come in three sizes. The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet. The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. My friends at Think Tank Photo have released new and revised classic camera carrying solutions.  The newly-released StoryTeller shoulder bags come in three sizes. The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet.  The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. 

Modular Belt SystemModular Belt SystemThe Modular Belt System V3.0 moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position. And, the newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0 belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow.

Think Tank has also completely updated the #1 rated line of modular belt system components. The Modular Belt System V3.0 moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position. And, the newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0 belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow.  And don’t forget that by using the URLs in this post you will receive free gear with your orders of $50+ and free shipping on all orders.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) promo think tank photo http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/thinktank-photo-storyteller Sat, 24 Mar 2018 23:45:00 GMT
Mexico v Iceland International Un-Friendly http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/mexico-v-iceland-international-un-friendly Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico defender Miguel Layún (7) celebrates after scoring a goal against Iceland during the second half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Always a chaotic treat to cover a Mexico international soccer game.

Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Iceland defender Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (27) extends ahead of Mexico forward Oribe Peralta (19) during the second half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico forward Oribe Peralta (19) reacts after a call following a play against Iceland defender Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (27) during the second half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports I still remember the first time I covered Mexico, Mexico v Australia in 2008 at the Coliseum. As Stan Szeto commented "For friendlies, they aren't that friendly"

Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico defender Miguel Layún (7) shoves Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason (8) during the second half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico defender Miguel Layún (7) shoves Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason (8) during the second half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason (8) points after an altercation with Mexico players during the second half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In the decade since, Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa is still by far my favorite player, even though he didn't play this time.

Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (13) before the game against Iceland at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Mexico won 2-0. Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico midfielder Marco Fabi‡n (10) celebrates with defender Miguel Layœn (7) after a goal against Iceland during the first half at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports But as usual, it's the fans that are really the story! Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico fans before the game against Iceland at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Carmelo and Carmelo Jr! Soccer: Mexico vs IcelandSoccer: Mexico vs IcelandMar 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Mexico fans before the game against Iceland at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) mexico soccer sports usa today sports images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/mexico-v-iceland-international-un-friendly Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:45:00 GMT
Googling Your Former Self http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/googling-your-former-self CSQ BasketballCSQ BasketballCal Sports Quarterly. Patrick Christopher and Alexis Gray-Lawson

Every once in a while, I'll admit, I google myself. Generally to see what work of mine has been published. I'm notoriously bad for maintaining a record of publications that run my images. My first photo in Sports Illustrated seemed like such a big deal, but after being published regularly I was able to start focusing on the work, not promoting my work and now just randomly check to get a sense of what others might see when they google me.

One of the articles that always pops up pretty high in the search results, is "Interview with Golden Bear Kelley L Cox" from 2011 with California Golden Blogs. I generally skip over it, but today I thought I'd read to see whether my voice seemed familiar and my thoughts then held true now.

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1. Have we made you a fan of Cal sports? Who do you root for in the Big Game? 

No question! I'm a Cal Alum, Go Bears!

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This is still VERY MUCH true, if not actually more so. Go Bears!

2. How did you begin your love for sports photography? Did you play sports growing up? 

It's just me and my rather uncoordinated sister (sorry, Stacey) so I was always the one throwing around the football with my dad and watching sports with him. Though I tried nearly every recreational sport offered, the closest I've ever been to a competitive athlete, was as the co-captain of my high school badminton team. At my first orientation for Berkeley, I saw a girl waving the Cal flag and decided my goal was to wave the flag before I graduated. I joined Rally Comm, proudly waved the flag to "Big C" at few football games and would bring my Canon Rebel with me and take photos. I was having a lot of fun with it, so when I saw a photo on calbears.com with the byline GoldenBearSports.com, and learned GBS was the official photographer of Cal Athletics, I emailed the owner, John Todd, to ask if he had, or wanted to create, an internship. With guidance from John and other GBS photographer Michael Pimentel, I designed my own internship, basically photographing every Cal sport I could attend with a practice-makes-perfect mentality. Each year I took on more responsibilities, slowly upgraded my gear, and by the time I graduated, with the support of my family and encouragement from photographers I had met over the years, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue as a career. 

I still love calling out my sister. Even though I don't work with John and Michael anymore (John now focuses International Sports Images on US Soccer, San Jose Earthquakes and Stanford Athletics and Michael is mostly out of the photography business running his Heart Cruises travel agency not to mention raising a basketball team of children) I'm so grateful for everything I learned from them. The support of my family and photographers continues to be instrumental in believing in myself and that photography can be a hobby, but it can also be a fulfilling job.

3. How did you get into college sports and especially Cal Athletics? 

Though I am incredibly fortunate to also photograph professional sports, I find myself drawn to college sports. College athletics have so much soul. The coaches know they are developing elite level athletes, but they are also aware they working with young people and playing a huge role in their development as people. The players have such a strong sense of unity both within their team and across the entire athletic program. The fans don't just show up to games but actually help support the program beyond ticket sales. Working closely with an athletics program and being a team photographer as opposed to news photographer, allows you to really tell the story of the program, not just great action of individual games. To be able to photograph my alma mater is the biggest treat of all!

This has not changed and is only reinforced now that I'm working more closely with the teams and supporters.

4. What's your favorite Cal sport to shoot and why?

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Rugby. My first game, I was simply blown away. From a photographer's perspective, there's such a variety of plays. Players are lifting each other up, playing the ball with their hands and their feet, tackling full speed, diving for the try. It's thrilling to watch. The level of play is so intense, every game guarantees the opportunity to get a portfolio worthy shot. The rugby setting, especially when they played at Witter Rugby Field, provides great feature photos, which speak to the history of the game and the legacy of Cal Rugby. A rugby alumni reception was my first ever solo assignment for GBS and their staff is consistently helpful and appreciative of my work so I will always have a special place in my heart/camera for rugby.

This still holds true, and KLC fotos is proud to be the official photographer of USA Rugby. I also just photographed Cal Rugby's alumni reception this year, full circle!

5. Which Cal sport has the best coaches & players to work w/?

Cal Women's Basketball. Joanne Boyle built up an incredible program and I'm excited to see Lindsay Gottlieb take it to the next level. Coach Gottlieb granted me incredible access from day one of her hire to work on projects outside of my work with GBS, to build my own brand and style withCollegiatePhotos.com. The entire staff and the girls have been supportive and enthusiastic about trying new media and methods of covering college athletics. I've been able to shoot video at practice, not for studying in the film room, but to create a piece about player development. I've been able to follow Coach Gottlieb through a walk-through of the High Performance Center under construction to get a sneak peak at how the facility will serve the campus. I also lent the girls my camera for the weekend to photograph each other to offer a truly inside look at the culture of Cal Women's Basketball. It's great to work so closely with a team and be able to meet their needs while still being offered a lot of creative freedom.

I'm so pleased to say this is still true. Lindsay's commitment to her players, her staff, her fans, her family, and a general uplifting of everyone around her is real deal. I am eternally grateful for her support. At the time of this article I was struggling with the idea that I would need to stop shooting for Golden Bear Sports in order to truly build my career. Covering her arrival as head coach (and also Cal State East Bay) gave me the confidence to build Collegiate Photos. Collegiate Photos morphed into what KLC fotos is today. Driving around with Lindsay on those first days getting to know her, hearing her vulnerability, seeing what elements of her "game" (life and coaching) she was confident in and letting those be a guiding force while she established herself more wholly, inspired me find my footing and build my business in an way that didn't match the norm, but was so authentic to who I am and how I want to run a business. (Also big ups to Cal WBB longtime photographer Mollie McClure who originally connected me to Lindsay because she was unavailable to take the assignment)

6. What's the funniest moment in your Cal photoshoot experience?

Last year, we scheduled men's crew head shots to be taken outside Evans Diamond, as they had been historically. I arrived at 8:30 and as I was setting up, a police officer came and informed me they were going to need to evacuate the area by 9:30. He didn't want to give specifics, but was not convinced that it would be ok for me to photograph the men's crew team along the pavement above the field from 9-10.  Thankfully Tim, the men's crew SID had reserved the club room at Haas Pavilion and contacted the players so they would know to head there instead. From the club room, in the middle of head shots, we see a helicopter land on the Evans Diamond field and out walks Bill Gates who was apparently speaking at Zellerbach that morning. I laughed to myself and thought, only at Berkeley!

I was just talking about this the other day!

7. Any close encounters or too close encounters with athletes on the sidelines (e.g. have you ever been run over?) 

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So far I've been pretty lucky. I'd like to think I'm quick on my feet as well pretty good at curling up with my gear in the fetal position. The worst encounter was probably the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl last January at AT&T Park between UNR and BC. They had signboards up along the sideline to sit between, which meant as the BC player was coming at me, I couldn't dodge left or right to get out of the way and he tumbled right into my leg. I had a bruise for months! It comes with the territory and both me and my gear survived so all is well. I'm looking forward to how Cal redesigns the field for this season at AT&T and hoping it doesn't include those signboards.

I still hate signboards at football games

8.  Do you have a favorite photo you have taken working for Cal Athletics?

Ooooh, that's a tough one. A lot of my favorite shots aren't necessarily the high action ones you see on the ads but the personal ones that have meaning to me. This shot of Alexis Gray-Lawson and Patrick Christopher comes to mind. The shoot was for the Cal Sports Quarterly with the idea to match that week's Sports Illustrated cover of having the top men and women's player sort of battling against each other. As I was setting up the lights, they were just relaxing, kind of goofing around, and just posed themselves like this. I really like the idea of a portrait not coming out of specific instructions that remove the subject's personality but allowing them to be themselves in front of my lens. This shot also spoke to me on why I like photographing college athletics; they were happy to be there, supporting each other, and living up to their role as representatives of the university. It wasn't used anywhere, but it's one of my personal favorites.

This is still how I model my portrait work

9.  Do you have any basic tips for those of us who use point-and-shoots to capture photos at Cal sports events?

Unless you're beyond psychic at anticipating plays, your biggest hurdle will be working with the shutter delay. That second between when you push the button, and the picture is actually taken can be frustrating. You can try to pre-focus on the action as you follow the play and time it just right, but if you're frustrated and struggling with the action, look for feature photos. The moments away from the ball or after the big action are sometimes the most visual. If you don't have an assigned seat at a game, move around to try and get a nice angle in relation to the sun with limited distractions in the background. Keep in mind photos should be fun and don't let taking pictures take you away from actually enjoying the game!

Who has a point and shoot anymore? iPhone is incredible and the delay is way less significant!

10.  How about some intermediate tips for those of us who use SLRs to shoot photos at Cal sports events?

For those fortunate enough to have an SLR camera, take advantage of some of the more manual settings. Never let a sports image be less than 1/500th of a second and try to get your aperture as big as possible (smallest number, i.e. f/2.8) to get that shallow depth of field and adjust ISO depending on the amount of available light. My M.O. for day games is shooting aperture priority at f/2.8 and set the ISO to the lowest possible without sacrificing shutter speed. For night/indoor games, depending on how powerful the lights at the stadium/complex/field are, I stick with shutter priority at 1/640th and increase the ISO. If I'm underexposed even at 1/640th, f/2.8 and ISO 2500. I'll brighten it in photoshop before slowing the shutter. It's easier to brighten a dark photo than it is to sharpen a blurry photo. Experiment with what works best for you and have fun with it.

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ISO capabilities have improved so much I'm almost never below 1/1000 for sports these days.

11.  Any expert tips for those of us who might be looking to shoot photos for publication or widespread dissemination?

Create some kind of online portfolio to send out and ask around. Look into wire agencies and newspapers who might be looking for photographers. Or even if they aren't necessarily looking, they might be willing to sponsor your credential to a game, and that's the first step. You can always check out sportsshooter.com which is a useful guide to learning more about the sports photography, the gear, the skills, and the industry. And feel free to contact me, I'm always excited to help budding photographers in whatever way I can! =)

This is still true (though Sports Shooter is more focused on SportsShooter Academy ) and I'm even more committed to helping budding photographers, though I'm now back to using traditional smiley faces :)

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As a look back, it's weird to have a google result that isn't about who I am now, but it's fun to still feel connected to the young lady in that last photo and think about how much has changed since then. Career-wise, I had started working for USA Today Sports Images (which was then still US Presswire) which lead me to covering a Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals. Building KLC fotos from needing a second shooter at a wedding and feeling like it was inappropriate to have their work be on KelleyLCox.com, to having over 100 contributing photographers and KLC fotos now being the official photographer for Cal Athletics. Life-wise, moving back to Berkeley, getting married, and finally being in a place where I am comfortable turning down assignments that don't fit my long-terms goals or payment expectations and giving myself time to enjoy life!

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) throwback thursday http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/3/googling-your-former-self Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT
This is Bay Area Jewry at Beth El January 8-March 31 http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/1/this-is-bay-area-jewry-at-beth-el-january-8-march-31 Seidlitz-SmithSeidlitz-SmithDecember 7, 2017; Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, California, USA; Lehrhaus Judaica - This is Bay Area Jewry: Seidlitz-Smith;

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos

I've been working with Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges on a project I am thrilled to be a part of: This is Bay Area Jewry which you can see now through March 31st at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley. Renee Passy-ZaleRenee Passy-ZaleNovember 29, 2017; Berkeley, California, USA; Lehrhaus Judaica - This is Bay Area Jewry: {persons}; Renee Passy-Zale

Photo credit: Kelley L Cox- KLC fotos
While the idea for the project started back in 2011 in a workshop titled "What Color are Jews?" and a handful of families were profiled, I was brought on board last year to help add profiles and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and photograph these families and individuals and see how diverse the bay area Jewish community is both in it's history and it's present. My photos have been accompanied by written profiles and stories by Robert Nagler Miller.

My photos have already been exhibited at Peninsula Temple Sholom, and Osher Marin JCC, but now, excitingly enough, the exhibit has now made it's way to my backyard, Beth El in Berkeley!

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) berkelley community http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2018/1/this-is-bay-area-jewry-at-beth-el-january-8-march-31 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:45:00 GMT
Think Tank Releases Pro-Sized Tripod Rolling Case http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/12/think-tank-releases-pro-sized-tripod-rolling-case

My friends at Think Tank Photo have just released the Video Tripod Manager 44.  This well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case holds cinema-sized tripods, stands, sliders, and/or modifiers up to 40” in height. The rolling case features robust handles on four sides, so it’s easy to load into a vehicle. It is an ideal travel solution as its rectangular shape stacks easily, saving space. This roller’s crush-resistant ABS twinwall reinforcement provides impact protection. Shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions.  And, don’t forget, whenever you use this special URL when ordering anything from Think Tank over $50 in value, you can add free gear to your order.

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Airport Advantage Plus in Kansas http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/12/airport-advantage-plus-in-kansas

Thanks to my affiliation with Think Tank Photo, I get notifications about new products to share with you guys. Sometimes it's a product I already have, a product I don't need based on my work flow but share with you in case it's suits you, knowing that everything they produce it well thought out and high quality. Last week you may remember when I posted about the Airport Advantage Plus, well I couldn't help but get one myself!

To be honest, it was this photo that piqued my interest. The shoes!!

This past weekend, I had the special treat of visiting Colin's mom's hometown of Beloit, Kansas (about 30 miles south of Nebraska) to spend some time exploring and experience the Isle of Lights. Amazingly, ALL of his mom's five siblings, their children, and their children's children and her mother (Colin's grandmother) were able to come together. Colin's aunt and uncle who were gracious enough to turn their property into central gathering place asked if I would take a family photo, knowing it will likely be some time before EVERYONE will be together again, and I of course said yes!

Generally when I travel for pleasure, I try to limit my photo equipment. One camera body and a lens, maybe two. Having no idea what the situation would be for this family photo (and the pressure of being the newest member of the family, wanting to do a good job), I wanted to bring a wide (if we were going to be squeezing in somewhere and I couldn't back up), a zoom (general flexibility), and my fixed 25mm f/1.2 (because it's the best) along with a flash (ya never know if 8pm is the only time they'll be able to gather everyone) and a tripod (because I wanted to be in the photo too!).

This isn't enough gear to justify bringing my Roller Derby bag (or figuring where to store all my other lenses in the meantime) and I couldn't get away with my other method of packing my camera in a belt pouch system and rolling a lens in t-shirt, enter the solution: Airport Advantage Plus!

No surprise to report this was the best bag I could have bought for this trip, and others in the future.

Key reasons:

I love the streamline sleek design of it. Not as bulky as your typical roller.

The packing pouch that came with it is awesome. You can pack all your clothes in your bedroom in your fancy packing pod, and just place inside the camera bag. This and the Cable Management (which I also packed for my laptop accessories) are two things that many non-camera bag companies make, but Think Tank Photo simply does it right.

It fit in the overhead bin the domestic flight from SFO to KC.

The velcro pouch is great for stashing my laptop, toiletries, (along with a book, a journal and some snacks, always snacks) that I can easily pull out for security. Apart from a small purse that fits my wallet and cell phone, this was my only bag for the trip.

The inserts of course. If my gear set looks different each time I use it, I can adjust accordingly.

Drawbacks:

I'm so used to 4 wheel rolling, I did miss that at times, but it's not worth the extra space you lose to have four completely exterior wheels.

I also missed the strap that I normally hook my keys onto in my Roller Derby.

I love bringing a thermos/water bottle with me, pretty much everywhere. I generally toss a water bottle on carabiner and hook it around the tripod holder, but when you actually bring a tripod, that means water bottle has to be hand held or you have to bring another bag. 99% of the time I MacGiver a tripod, so I will probably do that in the future, but I wouldn't mind a backpack style pouch or perhaps a drawstring on the pocket for the tripod so I could have other squeezed my water bottle in there.

Consensus: I will definitely use this bag for all future trips whether I'm packing one camera or a full set of gear. Once you've used a ThinkTank Photo roller, you really can't use any other bag, for camera equipment or otherwise. The quality of materials and construction, these aren't good camera bags, but good bags that also happen to do a great job at safely transporting cameras. I look forward to it loosening up with more use so I can really start cramming more things in there ;)

Consensus on the photos: I'm bummed because I meant to pack the body with my fisheye body cap on it, and I didn't. Would have come in handy downtown. Ultimately I ended up only using the 25mm, the other lenses were effectively safety blankets.

I could have taken more photos, I could have taken less photos, I could have taken different photos, but I wanted to make sure my focus was being present with family. Ya know, riding around on dirt bikes.

Photo credit: Lindsay Arnold

Consensus on the trip: I feel so fortunate to have married and been welcomed into a great big family. Grateful for the exposure to a community of people who daily lives and realities are quite a bit different than mine in the bay area and being reminded of how much we have in common. I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore, but I look forward to going back!

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Think Tank: New roller released! http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/11/think-tank-new-roller-released

My friends at Think Tank Photo have just released an expanded version of one of their most popular rolling camera bags.  By complying with carry-on size requirements, with the new Airport Advantage Plus roller you can keep your most valuable gear safe and near you when you fly. Plus, the roller’s ultra-lightweight design at 6.9 lbs. (3.1 kg) helps meet weight restrictions, yet features the same level of protection for which Think Tank is known.  Its dedicated laptop pocket fits up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve, a 10” tablet, or an Eagle Creek Medium Clothing Folder for overnight trips.  By using my special link, you will receive free gear and free shipping not only when you order this new roller, but any Think Tank gear.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) promo think tank photo http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/11/think-tank-new-roller-released Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:00:00 GMT