Kelley L Cox: Blog http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog en-us All content (C) Kelley L Cox kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:05:00 GMT Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:05:00 GMT http://www.kelleylcox.com/img/s/v-5/u147196319-o262367266-50.jpg Kelley L Cox: Blog http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog 115 120 Matt & Kyle - San Francisco City Hall Wedding http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/9/matt-kyle---san-francisco-city-hall-wedding OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I've covered two San Francisco City Hall weddings (and a non-wedding photo shoot for Daily Kabob) but this one was an extra special treat.

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When my cousin and his fiance, Kyle first became engaged, I offered "I'd love to cover your ceremony, I don't want to cover the reception." Ceremonies are so visual and emotional, receptions really just need a handful of photos that sum up any speeches or dance parties and I wanted to be participating in the dance party (and hanging out with other family and friends) not working.

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As they planned it, City Hall would be a small gathering with just their friend Stephanie and my parents as witnesses, and then Saturday would be the big dance party at a generous friend's property in Truckee.

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My experience so far with city hall judges, they are AWESOME! They have all been super friendly and sincere, not making you feel like they do this is every 15 minutes and you're just another duo on the docket.

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Though Matt was feeling bashful, we reluctantly did convince him to take a few photos afterward.

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When we went outside (pro tip: if you ever shoot a city hall wedding, don't get so caught up inside city hall that you forget to take advantage of the plaza) and they were being goofy in the trees my mom playfully commented "they look like little fairies"... before realizing that coming from anyone else, that would be extremely offensive to a gay couple. Matt and Kyle laughed it off, knowing my mom, knowing how supportive she has been of their relationship.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) love san francisco city hall wedding http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/9/matt-kyle---san-francisco-city-hall-wedding Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:15:00 GMT
The Latest Game I've Ever Photographed http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/9/the-latest-game-ive-ever-photographed MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Security on the field during a rain delay between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This Monday I photographed the Giants v Dodgers game which after a rain delay, didn't restart the first inning until 10:50pm!!

I was doubling up and rushing to get from Cal Men's Rowing Headshots over the Bridge to be at AT&T Park by 6pm. This is later than usual for me as I tend to enjoy taking my time and eating in the press box. Thanks to the SID, MC who made sure things ran smoothly and I was out the door by 5pm, traffic wasn't terrible and I arrived in plenty of time for press box meal. Little did I know, how much time I would really have.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Lightning strikes behind AT&T park before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports First the game was delayed from 7pm to 7:55pm due to lightning. I tried to photograph some of it but it of course didn't work out nearly as great as Ezra Shaw's version

Finally the game started. Chris Stratton got one batter out. 

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton (34) pitches the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

By the time Corey Seager came up to the plate it was just DUMPING. (Pro tip: I slowed the shutter down to 1/250th to show the rain as streaks instead of dots you'd get at faster speeds 1/800, though shooting at effectively 600mm gotta be reallllllly steady or turn on IS image stabilization)

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) at bat in the rain against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton (34) on the mound in the rain during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports So game was postponed AGAIN. This time we had no idea whether it would be another rain delay or or just cancelled entirely. I tried to go up top again to make photos... got pretty much nothing.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; The stadium during a rain delay between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I hung out with the grounds crew underground in the hallway between the dugout and Giants locker room. MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; against the San Francisco Giants grounds crew with rollers prepare to roll water off the tarp during the rain delay against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

(While taking this foot photo, Brandon Crawford walked by, I quickly brought my leg back down, embarrassed to have a player recognize me as "the girl who takes pictures of her feet")

And we waited and waited... while the powers that be discussed options.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) meet with umpires during the rain delay at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Finally they called it would restart at 10:50pm.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants grounds crew pull the tarp off the field after the rain delay against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

At that point AP photographer Marcio Sanchez had to leave and be replaced by Tony Avelar because Marcio had to cover the apple event the following morning. And one of the Giants team photographers, Suzanna Mitchell, left, the other team photographer Andy Kuno, was there and she's a nursing mom. Perks of being staff I suppose! Ultimately, it was a fast game, I would have lost my sanity if it went extra innings! Leaving the stadium just after 2am. 

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco GiantsSep 12, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; The half moon during the fifth inning between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) action baseball dodgers giants mlb sports usa today sports images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/9/the-latest-game-ive-ever-photographed Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:30:00 GMT
MindShift Gear PhotoCross Back in Stock http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/8/mindshift-gear-photocross-back-in-stock

Back in June I told you about the new MindShift Gear PhotoCross bags and they went flying off the shelves. Well guess what, they're back in stock!

Can order yours here as well as any other MindShift product.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) mindshift gear promo http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/8/mindshift-gear-photocross-back-in-stock Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:45:00 GMT
Think Tank Photo: Spectral Shoulder Bags http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/8/think-tank-photo-spectral-shoulder-bags

My friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced a new line of shoulder bags for DSLR and mirrorless systems.  The new Spectral shoulder bags feature a Fidlock clasp that enables one-handed access to gear and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. Constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price.  And don’t forget that when you use my URL you will receive free gear and free shipping with your order of all Think Tank gear, including the Spectrals.

 

Full Press Release

Think Tank Photo’s New Spectral Shoulder Bags Feature One-Handed Gear Access and Increased Protection from Theft and the Elements

Santa Rosa, Calif. – With Think Tank Photo’s new Spectral shoulder bags, photographers can remain inconspicuous while shooting, knowing their valuable cameras and lenses are safer from theft and the elements. A magnetic Fidlock clasp enables quiet, one-handed access to gear — and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. Constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price. The Spectral 8 fits one standard size DSLR body with a wide or short zoom, a 24–70mm f/2.8 detached, plus one to two small extra lens, and an eight-inch tablet. Or, it fits a Mirrorless kit with three to four lenses, including the 50–140mm. The Spectral 10 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, one to three extra lenses, and a 10” tablet. The Spectral 15 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, two to four extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet, and a 15” laptop.

 

“For pro and serious amateur photographers who want to upgrade their camera bodies and lenses, selecting an appropriate shoulder bag is not a light decision. While they may be taking their first forays into professional-level glass, they also are monitoring their funds,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “We designed the Spectral series with them in mind. It integrates our history of innovation and dedication to sourcing the highest quality materials, while being sensitive to a photographer’s budget.”

KEY ADDITIONAL FEATURES
 15” Laptop compartment (Spectral 15 only)
 Tablet pocket (Spectral 8: 8”, Spectral 10 & 15: 10”)
 Phone pocket sized for today’s large phones
 Tripod attachment points and straps
 Highest quality materials (metal hardware, YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon)
and the highest quality construction
 Luggage handle pass-through
 Comfortably padded non-slip shoulder strap for all day comfort
 Customizable divider layout with dividers for stacking short lenses
 Internal pockets to hold batteries, card wallets and other accessories
 Water bottle pocket
 Seam-sealed rain cover included
MATERIALS
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance. The bag also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, double PU coated P600D, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, UltraMesh pockets, antique plated metal hardware, Fidlock® mangetic buckle, 350G 3D air mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread Interior: PE board reinforced removable closed cell foam dividers, 200D liner, PU backed nylex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Spectral 8
 Internal Dimensions: 10.2” W x 7.5” H x 4.9” D (26 x 19 x 12.5 cm)
 Exterior Dimensions: 11” W x 8.3” H x 6.1” D (28 x 21.2 x 15.5 cm)
 Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (21 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
 Weight: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Spectral 10
 Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 9.1” H x 4.9” D (33 x 23 x 12.5 cm)
 Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 10” H x 6.1” D (35 x 25.5 x 15.5 cm)
 Tablet Compartment: 10.4” W x 7.6” H x 0.6” D (26.5 x 19.2 x 1.5 cm)
 Weight: 2.2 lbs (1.1 kg)
Spectral 15
 Internal Dimensions: 15.3” W x 9.8” H x 5.1” D (39 x 25 x 13 cm)
 Exterior Dimensions: 16.1” W x 12.6” H x 6.3” D (41 x 32 x 16 cm)
 Tablet Compartment: 12.6” W x 7.6” H x 0.8” D (32 x 19.2 x 2 cm)
 Laptop Compartment: 14.1” W x 9.6” H x 1” D (36 x 24.5 x 2.5 cm)
 Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg)

 

ABOUT THINK TANK PHOTO
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) promo thinktankphoto http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/8/think-tank-photo-spectral-shoulder-bags Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:45:00 GMT
Matt & Jessica Wedding at Green Valley Country Club http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/7/matt-jessica-wedding-at-green-valley-country-club OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After taking Matt & Jessica's engagement announcement photos earlier this year, I was looking forward to their wedding knowing it would be a fun mix of two families and two cultures coming together.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What a beautiful and special ceremony it was and since they went the traditional route of not seeing each other, I was glad we have some time (and a golf cart) to take some photos of just the two of them after the ceremony.

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As the pair came in for the reception, Jessica was proudly holding her flowers and the Colombian flag, with Matt holding the other end.

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Then the party started and lasted until their glow stick send off!

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) green valley country club love wedding http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/7/matt-jessica-wedding-at-green-valley-country-club Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:30:00 GMT
6 Months with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/7/6-months-with-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Well, it's been a full 6 months since I started (nearly exclusively) using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts for those of you considering make the jump. In short: Do it!

I'm flagging topics in this post in case you want to jump to what interests you. Each of these probably could have been their own blog post, and may be someday if anyone wants me to go over certain topics more thoroughly.

Why I Switched (and has it validated those reasons)

Weight (Yes) - Waterproof (Yes) - Wallet (Yes) - Wifi (sorta)

Set Up I Have

2 OM-D E-M1 Mark II Bodies - 7-14mm f/2.8 - 12-40mm f/2.8 - 25mm f/1.2 - 40-150mm f/2.8 - 300mm f/4

What I've Covered

Football - Basketball - Soccer - Ice Hockey - Baseball - Golf - Tennis - Water Polo - 

Thailand - Wedding - Event - My Own Engagement Photos - My Own Headshot

What Has Surprised Me (in a good way)

Supercontrol Panel - The Rotating LCD screen - Customization - Lens quality - 

What's Left to Be Desired (firmware and hardware)

ISO - Manual/Autofocus Lens Switching - Wifi Connection Limitations aka come back EyeFi!! - 

Tips

Get fast SD cards - Facial Recognition - C-AF v C-AF+Tracking - 

Set Up I'd Recommend

OM-D E-M1 Mark II - 12-40mm f/2.8 - 40-150mm f/2.8 - ThinkTank Roller Derby

Things I'm Looking Forward To

LED Lighting - 

Things I'm Still On the Lookout For - Suggestions Please?

Faster SD wifi cards - Better Olympus App - Better Website

 

 

Why I Switched (and has it validated those reasons)

Weight (Yes) - Whether I'm running up and down a sideline all day or letting cameras hang from me for hours during an all day wedding, my gear is no longer weighing me down. I'm not taking off my cameras at the end of the day and needing to lay flat on the couch/ground a few minutes to try and straighten out. I know SO many photographers who have back problems, many who have had surgeries that don't necessarily help. It's not about being strong and being able to lift these cameras, it's about the dead weight that hangs from your shoulders when the cameras aren't actively in use.

Waterproof  (Yes)- Kyle Terada once said, if he won the lottery, he would never put rain gear on his cameras again. Or you could spend less on your cameras and just not need rain gear. *Note Most of the PRO lenses are weathsealed but not ALL of the Olympus line is weather sealed.

Wallet (Yes)- The price of canon (combined with the way the sports industry is going) made me know it would take YEARS to get the return on investment for a new 200-400mm or even just upgrading to the newer 300mm. Olympus is MUCH more reasonably priced. Not for the hobbyists who view camera gear as a fun expense, but for the professionals who view camera gear as a business expense that needs to be justified by the work you create with it.

Wifi (Sorta)- It's in camera and you don't need a transmitter, camranger, or WiFi enabled card, but it isn't yet as good as it could be.

 

Set Up I Have

2 OM-D E-M1 Mark II Bodies - 7-14mm f/2.8 - 12-40mm f/2.8 - 25mm f/1.2 - 40-150mm f/2.8 - 300mm f/4

 

What I've Covered

Football - Basketball - Soccer - Ice Hockey - Baseball - Golf - Tennis - Water Polo - 

Thailand - Wedding - Event - My Own Engagement Photos - My Own Headshot

 

What Has Surprised Me (in a good way)

Supercontrol Panel - I was very concerned about being able to re-program a button so that I could easily switch ISO along with my thumb spin as aperture and pointer finger spin as shutter. While I figured out a fast and easy way to program this, I find myself more often than not, still using the super control panel. Also quickly using it to adjust white balance, my focus point, and just everything the super control panel offers

The Rotating LCD screen - This is a game changer. I like it for a photographic purpose, being able to see what you are getting without bringing the camera to your eye, be it quickly switching to your wide as the play comes at you, holding it above a huddle, or keeping your camera angle low without having to be laying stomach down on the ground along with it. I like it for a practical purpose which is being able to flip it closed while it's in my bag or bouncing along my hip on a hike without worrying about damaging the screen. And I like it for a silly purpose which is how great it is for taking timed selfies!

Customization - Everything can be customized. Whatever the button reads, it not what the button has to be. I forget how many of the settings I have customized until I go grab an older body EM-1 that I never customized and realize aperture and shutter dials are reversed.

Lens quality - A camera body is only as good as the available lenses. No matter how great the sensor is, if the lens isn't fast it won't focus in time and if the lens isn't sharp, that beautiful sensor will make it even more obvious. I have been incredibly impressed with the lens quality.

 

What's Left to Be Desired (firmware and hardware)

ISO: The ISO is not as capable. Fact. It's plenty for what I'm doing 99% of the time. But if you only shoot high school football/basketball games in the "light" that even the best ISO can't make look pretty, you might have a slightly higher keep rate with a full frame sensor. 

Manual/Autofocus Lens Switching: It's rare that I need to switch from auto focus to manual focus in a split second. If that were the case, the sliding of the barrel for M/AF would be a dream. Instead I'm often accidentally flipping on manual focus while pulling the camera out of my bag, and then being confused why auto focus isn't working and in a split second I do need to switch BACK to auto focus. But I do prefer canon on this one and having a small swtich you could tape over as opposed to a whole barrel being the M/AF

Review/Adjust while Writing: It takes a while to fill the buffer, but even if you haven't maxed out the buffer, if you are shooting 18 fps as I often am, it will be a significant number of seconds before you can "chimp" your photos. During this time 

Wifi Connection Limitations - The camera connects every time (which I couldn't say for Eye-Fi) but it also is unable to shoot while the wifi is on and there is a delay between it turning on and off. I would suggest importing regularly so you don't have a giant batch at the end and take FULL advantage of the share tag.

 

Tips

Get fast SD cards: This makes a difference. Use that SD II slot. The jump from 95mb/s to 250mb/s is dramatic. 

Abandon Facial/Eye Recognition: There is almost only one time when facial/eye recognition works, and that is a still portrait. At events I've covered when people are mingling in a group, facial recognition will hop to the most apparent face, not necessarily the face you want to focus on.

C-AF v C-AF+Tracking: C-AF + Tracking sounds awesome, and when it works, it's incredible. It works great when I can focus on the batter's face, hold that point, move left/right to get in frame where bat will be swinging and as they swing, it remains dialed on their face. But it can have it's drawbacks, more often at closer ranges. If you are trying to use C-AF + Tracking during basketball, high chance it will hop (center point is not fixed with C-AF + Tracking) to another player and try to lock focus on them while the guy you're trying to follow goes completely out of focus.

Watch Out for Rolling Shutter: I didn't know what rolling shutter was when I was first looking at Olympus gear. I learned quickly, it's what makes walls angle while you pan someone running and it's what makes bats bend before they strike the ball. The best work around, increase your shutter and don't pan. When I'm tracking a guy running around the bases I'll try to grab him at a certain point, let him move through my frame and then catch up with him again instead of panning his entire run.

 

Set Up I'd Recommend

OM-D E-M1 Mark II with at least 12-40mm f/2.8,  40-150mm f/2.8 ... add something wider if you can/need, longer if you can/need. ThinkTank and MindShift bags to carry.

 

Things I'm Looking Forward To

LED Lighting - Just picked up two sets of LED lights. Looking forward to putting them to use!

 

Things I'm Still On the Lookout For - Suggestions Please!

SD wifi cards - With EyeFi shutting down Keenai has bought an app that is effectively useless. I have some Toshiba W-04 FlashAir cards (hopefully) arriving soon via ebay. Previous FlashAir cards are not compatible with Olympus. I'm hoping the new FlashAir solves all my problems since it's licensed and branded as the new and improved EyeFi.

Better SD cards in general - SD cards are so flimsy and I have broken many just pulling them in and out of card readers.

Better Olympus app - The app is an embarrassment for Olympus. It works great to import photos and even add a custom watermark, but as a editing or posting software it's useless. My biggest pet peeve being that if you post to twitter through the app, it tries to add #OLYMPUS to the tweet. That's annoying in itself, but even more annoying because the Olympus twitter account promotes #GetOlympus so their branding is inconsistent.

A Mobile Organization app- I'm sending live but there's no way to add caption or rename the filename. I've tried photogene but it is not compatible with future iPhones and left much to be desired.

Other secrets. What other tips do you have for me for better photos or better life! Let me know!!

 

 

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) olympus olympus review tips & tricks http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/7/6-months-with-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:30:00 GMT
MindShift Gear: New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/6/mindshift-gear-new-photocross-adventure-photography-bags

MindShift Gear has introduced a new item to their line. Though I haven't personally tested this bag, it looks pretty awesome!

 

 

Full Press Release from MindShift Gear

MindShift Gear’s New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer
Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements.

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets. The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops. “The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design: protection and comfort. An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND BENEFITS


 Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
 Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
 Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
 Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
 Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
 Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
 Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
 T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
 Top and side carry handles
 Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
 Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions
MATERIALS
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric
underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK® weather resistant
zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing,
3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x
polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded
nylon thread.


SPECIFICATIONS


PhotoCross 10
 Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
 External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
 Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
 Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
 Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
 Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
 Volume: 7.5 liters


PhotoCross 13
 Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
 External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
 Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
 Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
 Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
 Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
 Volume: 11 liters

 

ABOUT MINDSHIFT GEAR
MindShift Gear (www.mindshiftgear.com) is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) mindshift gear promo http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/6/mindshift-gear-new-photocross-adventure-photography-bags Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:45:00 GMT
ThinkTankPhoto and SKB Partnership http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/6/thinktankphoto

My friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases.  There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them.  Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem.  The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don’t forget that with my special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Promo ThinkTankPhoto http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/6/thinktankphoto Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:30:17 GMT
NBA Final Warriors v Cavaliers Games 1 and 2 http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/6/nba-final-warriors-v-cavaliers NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Welp, here we are again with a Warriors v Cavaliers NBA Finals

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For the (lost count) time, Pat Monahan of Train performed the National Anthem. Only reminding me of his time singing for the Super Bowl kickoff show.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Pat Monahan performs the national anthem before the NBA Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And of course, Carlos Santana for game 2.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports In a very spoiled way, covering an NBA Finals now seems like a regular occurrence for the Bay Area, it seems same ol' same ol' that we might take for granted.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans Jude Ezra Williams, 2 and sister Charlize Williams, 9 months, before game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But this time the buzz isn't just about Curry v LeBron James

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But Warriors now have Kevin Durant, who has a bit of height compared to Curry NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter of the NBA Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs 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 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And Draymond has managed to not get himself suspended.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And Steve Kerr is back as of game 2!

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr questions the referee after a call against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But on Cavs side, Kevin Love seems to be concussion free and focused.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though Tristan Thompson is getting some flack for his relationship with Khloe Kardashian

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; XXXXX during the second half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I'm excited to be covering every Warriors home game for this series for USA Today Sports Images with Kyle Terada, Cary Edmondson and Jerry Lai editing. It's great because I can focus on shooting and not have to be distracted by transmitting photos, but also means sometimes these images don't get transmitted, but when Kyle has floor position and is getting photos like this, it's understandable 

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter of game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But since there's a chance we won't even get a game 5, and because I'm hoping that if there is a game 5 it's for the championship and a post can be dedicated to that. But I'm really hoping there's no game 7 because I'm supposed to go to Boston. I want to be watching Tall Ships not Tall Players :P

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 1, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 I'd say I feel confident about the Warriors winning it all within 6... but I thought that last year too and we all know how that ended!

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJune 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and the Cavaliers celebrate the championship victory against the Golden State Warriors following game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Action Basketball NBA Sports USA Today Sports Images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/6/nba-final-warriors-v-cavaliers Sun, 04 Jun 2017 22:45:00 GMT
Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper Basebrawl Fight http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/hunter-strickland-and-bryce-harper-basebrawl-fight MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in a fight after Harper was hit by the pitch of Strickland during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Many people consider baseball boring. Others know that every game you go to is a little bit of history and has potential to be a big game. You might get a no-hitter, you might see an epic play at the play, leaping over the wall catch, or in this case, an all out brawl!

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Teammates try to escort San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) off the field and out of the fight against the Washington Nationals which cleared the bench during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In what was otherwise a relatively uneventful baseball game, in the top of the eighth, Hunter Strickland went in to face off against Bryce Harper, or rather hit a ball off Harper's hit. I'm not going to add my commentary about whether it was related to their meeting three years ago or whether either was right or wrong for the extent of the altercation. I'm just here to document the fight...and the hair, so much hair!

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; A fight ensues between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals after Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) was hit by pitch during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I was pleased to see this SB Nation article by Grant Brisbee of the 5 best photos from the brawl which listed photographer credit (thanks to Peter Symonds for pointing it out to me) and the article being a small love letter to the still photo.

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence (8) and relief pitcher George Kontos (70) try to get relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) off the field after a fight against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

On another note. My instagram post received over 300 likes which is pretty big for me and I suppose in a way flattering (is that the right word?), but I was more validated to receive texts and emails and in person comments from other photographers, well before I had even posted on social media. In my struggle with how to use social media it's always a good reminder that social media can be a nice echo to your work, but it doesn't replace getting your work published and noticed on other platforms.

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in a fight after Harper was hit by the pitch of Strickland during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

On a secondary note, another photographer who will not be named, was unfortunately using the restroom when this happened. While you can't help when nature calls and and bragging about my bladder seems both unfair and totally bizarre, but pro tip, always go to the bathroom pregame!

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) punches Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) after Harper was hit by the pitch of Strickland during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This is also another reason to try and learn the sport you are photographing. While I didn't think that the incident from 3 years ago would come up and it wasn't in the game notes, I did cover it and was able to find in my archive.

MLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsOct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates after hitting a solo home run as he rounds the bases past San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (left) during the seventh inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsOct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsOct 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But true baseball fans/analysts immediately recalled this previous interaction.. and could probably tell you any stat you dream of related to Harper or Strickland. Though that was three years ago the A's mascot is the elephant, it appears it's Strickland who never forgets as he had to be carried off the field by teammates.

MLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMLB: Washington Nationals at San Francisco GiantsMay 29, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Teammates try to escort San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland (60) off the field after a fight against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Action Baseball MLB Sports USA Today Sports Images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/hunter-strickland-and-bryce-harper-basebrawl-fight Mon, 29 May 2017 22:00:00 GMT
ThinkTankPhoto: New Camera Bags Announced http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/thinktankphoto

My friends at Think Tank Photo have just released a new rolling backpack as part of its classic StreetWalker series, as well as upgraded all three of the backpacks in that series.  Now with the StreetWalker V2.0 series, you get new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones.  The new rolling backpack’s harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back in comfort.

In addition, they’ve upgraded their popular TurnStyle sling bags.  Ideal grab-and-go bag for a casual day of shooting with a DSLR or Mirrorless system and lenses, wear a body-conforming TurnStyle bag as either a sling bag or beltpack to move and shoot freely. The new Turnstyles feature a tuck-away stabilizer strap and are available in two new colors: Charcoal and Blue Indigo.  Don’t forget that because of KLC fotos relationship with Think Tank when you click on these links you will receive free gear and free shipping!

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Affiliate Promo ThinkTankPhoto http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/thinktankphoto Thu, 25 May 2017 21:45:00 GMT
Washing Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Out of My Camera Bag http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/washing-frozen-strawberry-lemonade-out-of-my-camera-bag Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

So those that follow my feet, might have noticed my rant filled post about a kid pouring frozen strawberry lemonade into my camera bag at the A's game. It got on pretty much everything that was in my bag.

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

It wasn't that the spilling was particularly bad, but as the parents pretended to not notice as I moved my bag out of the puddle with some sincere, not-for-attention gasps as I realized it was in all compartments (I had my bag unzipped so I could pull out card reader and laptop easily), I felt even more upset by their lack of responsibility or teaching responsibility.

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

I feel bad for parents, kids can be terrors and you might spend the first few years of their lives apologizing for their misbehavior. I didn't need any overly emphatic apology but some empathy that my bag was now covered in one of the stickiest substances around or some sign that they were in the process of teaching their kid appropriate behavior would have been encouraging.

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

I'm not into public shaming because it doesn't seem like a sincere way to get people's behavior to change, so I didn't want to take a photo of the scene let alone the family as some suggestion, but as you see these photos are from the following day. That is not shiny from wetness but rather from stickiness.  Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Thankfully my venting post led to Simon Pollack from Think Tank Photo offering suggestion of putting it in a basin with warm water and mild detergent (I used Dr. Bronner's). I knew their custom service was great but I didn't know it was so good that I could get unsolicited support from a post ;) Though he lives in Australia, I'm not sure anyone in the US uses the term "basin", I just went ahead and put it in the sink. ;)

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

I was pretty impressed with the weather sealing of the bag considering as I filled the laptop holding compartment, nothing leaked out until the bag actually overflowed.

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

A swish, swish, swish, and then some sun bathing.

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Before being joined by the inserts and my Modular PPR, soaked separately.

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

My bag is back to new, and probably better for it considering I had never washed it before and there were a fair number of fig bar crumbs and stadium turf rubber pellets floating around the bottom. Maybe that kid was just trying to give me a not so subtle hint to wash my bag and the parent's "Sorry I'm not sorry" attitude was appropriate! :P

Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos Washing My Camera BagWashing My Camera BagMay 20, 2017; Washing the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise after a child spilled frozen strawberry lemonade into ti. Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Had the bag not have been recoverable, it would have been a great excuse to update to one of the newer generations of this bag. But it's held up so well, I can't really justify a new one. But if you are looking for a new camera bag... you know where to go.

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Musings ThinkTankPhoto http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/washing-frozen-strawberry-lemonade-out-of-my-camera-bag Mon, 22 May 2017 01:45:00 GMT
Covering NCAA First Round Tennis with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/covering-ncaa-first-round-tennis-with-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

My theme of doing a post each time I cover a new sport with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, I'm realizing wow, I get to cover a lot of different sports! I'm so thankful to live in the Bay Area where I get to shoot baseball, basketball, soccer, water polo all at pretty elite levels. Let's add in NCAA tennis.

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

Thanks to Cal hosting the first round, I was able to pick up an assignment from the Northwestern Wildcats to cover them in their match versus Utah State.

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

Having covered this tournament at Cal before for men and women (and all my years of covering Cal before then) I am very familiar with Hellman Tennis Center. Last year, the officials started a rule that there could only be two photographer/videographers on a court at a time. This became problematic when myself and the Kansas photographer were covering a match and their team videographer wanted to cover as well. While one extra body hovering by the officials chair between the bags and coaches and teammates who have finished their match didn't seem like an issue to me, the official sent away the videographer! This totally changed my strategy of how I would cover to make sure I never ended up being the "odd man out".

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

This year NCAA added a rule, to the day-of surprise of the staff that NO photographers were allowed on the court. Now normally I would either be gently arguing my case of why there should be an exception or just be upset, but today I took it in stride. While I was able to be down there for warm ups and national anthem, Cal recently added a wonderful bleacher section above the north side of the court.

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

While some areas were blocked off for student athletes, I basically had free roam, I could move between serves not just between sets and I got to sip on my hot tea from my keen kanteen, be under a sun shade instead of getting sunburned on a scorching court and just take a moment to enjoy the moment!

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

My favorite thing is shooting backlit where the sun is hitting the back of the subject but also the background behind them isn't bright. Not a blown out silhouette but anything where the background can get a deep blue without subject losing light. At Hellman I basically got that manufacture for me with the deep blue background.

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

It also worked out well that the Northwestern player won the point needed to advance to the next round while playing on the south side of the #3 court. Though there are bleachers surrounding the #1 court, it wouldn't have been a great angle for the #3 court, and this shot from the back wouldn't have been quite as visual.

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

Tennis with the OM-D E-M1 Mark was predictably great. 

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

The key reminder for me. Having covered tennis before, I would have just brought my 70-200, or rather my 40-150 (80-300 equivalent) because shooting from the court the 300mm would have been too tight. But because the Olympus gear is so light and compact, I'm often bringing my whole set up. So when told I couldn't shoot from the court, popping on my 300mm (600mm equivalent) was the perfect lens for getting great action.

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

Though I still opted for my 40-150 for the final play knowing that I could zoom in on the action/reaction but would want to zoom out in the case of players storming the court in celebration. I made the right choice :)

Northwestern Men's TennisNorthwestern Men's TennisMay 12, 2017; Berkeley, CA, USA; Northwestern Tennis NCAA Regional at the I.W. Hellman Tennis Center. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for Northwestern Athletics

 

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Action KLC fotos Sports Tennis http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/5/covering-ncaa-first-round-tennis-with-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Sat, 13 May 2017 01:45:00 GMT
My First and Last Game of the 2016-2017 NHL Season http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/4/my-first-and-last-game-of-the-2016-2017-nhl-season NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Anton Slepyshev (42) is surrounded by teammates as San Jose Sharks right wing Joel Ward (42) skates by after Slepyyshev's goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

When an image doesn't just tell the story of the winners, but also the losers, and the donuts! In what would be my first and final and Sharks final game of the season, I headed down to San Jose to cover the Sharks versus the Edmonton Oilers for game six of the first round of playoffs.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Stadium view before game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Last year covering the Sharks three times in one week and dealing with the horrendous Bay Area traffic commuting from East Bay to South Bay, having to arrive hours early to be first to put my name one the shooting position list in order to get an ice level hole for at least one period, only to have the team photographer unapologetically decide he wanted to shoot there in addition to the other hole his photographer had just a minute or two before the period started, thus leaving me with no ice level position and navigating under the bleachers, up three flights and through fans to one of the elevated positions trying to not miss any action. So I told my editor, no more! Please assign it to someone else who lives closer or at least has more patience. NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks fans throw a bucket of popcorn on Edmonton Oilers players as they celebrate a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the final moments of the third period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

He kindly responded and I didn't see a hockey game for the rest of the season until game six of the Western Conference Finals when he couldn't find anyone else to cover and asked if I wouldn't mind. I hadn't expressed myself clearly enough, because regular season back-to-back-to-back was torture but playoffs, I am always down for playoffs! I was able to cover Sharks clinching their Stanley Cup appearance, but thanks to my request to not shoot Sharks, they had (thinking they were being nice) not put me on the list to cover Stanley Cup finals. So in my resume of NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowl, I can't included Stanley Cup, doh! NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) before the third period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks mascot before game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This year I made sure it was known to count me in for playoffs, and a game here or there in regular season, but unfortunately game six was my first and last NHL season. Sharks fell to the Oilers in an exciting 3-1 final. NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) extends for the puck ahead of Edmonton Oilers center Drake Caggiula (36) during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Also, in my absence, there's been a handful of photographers to cover for USATSI, but the very clever and very friendly John Hefti, mentioned that he had worked with the team to request a guaranteed ice level position for the 1st and 2nd periods (generally save the 3rd for up top in case it's a tie-breaker you don't want to get burned on a shooting position that can't see one of the goals) listed on the sign up sheet and they kindly obliged! Good reminder that sometimes, we get so caught up following a protocol that doesn't serve us when sometimes all you have to do is ask! Thankfully Sharks were able to accommodate me as well.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Mark Letestu (55) knocks over San Jose Sharks right wing Jannik Hansen (36) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I still showed up early to try and snag an ethernet port. They have rules that you can't transmit over their wifi, but gave the room with multiple ethernet ports to TV and the photographers were left with a room with exactly two. Maybe that will have to be on my next request!

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) ahead of San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin (7) during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Though it's probably my last time covering Joe Pavelski. NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) between plays against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And possibly Patrick Marleau, at least in a Sharks uniform.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Since this was my only game of the season, I'm not focusing on how I covered it with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, but in the spirit of previous posts, since it was technically my first hockey game with the camera, can add that I was again very pleased! It handled color balance very well (you CANNOT shoot hockey on auto white balance let alone auto exposure, that bright blue-tinted ice will throw you off every time!) and the 40-150 with an extender was perfect. AP photographer Tony Avelar who didn't know I had switched to Olympus looked at me curiously "what happened to your 300?" and then was fairly impressed when I said "this effectively is my 300... but with an extender so 420" It was better than the 300 fixed because I could zoom out for a team celebration photo. NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; The Edmonton Oilers celebrate after the win against the San Jose Sharks in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But then also zoom in when popcorn was being thrown onto the celebrating Oilers by Sharks fans. Yikes! NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksNHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at San Jose SharksApr 22, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates with goalie Cam Talbot (33) after the win against the San Jose Sharks in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though for some reason while PhotoMechanic reads it as 210mm (it's true focal length) zenfolio exif reads it as as 35mm equivalent of 421 instead of 420... anyone know why this is?

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Action Hockey NHL OM-D E-M1 Mark II Olympus Sports Sports Photography USA Today Sports Images http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/4/my-first-and-last-game-of-the-2016-2017-nhl-season Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:59:00 GMT
ThinkTankPhoto: Signature Series http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/ttp-signature-series

The newly released Signature Series from Think Tank Photo is a modernized version of the classic shoulder bag. Hand sewn, advanced fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine leather detailing and metal hardware add character and stand up to the rigors of daily use. In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use.  The Signature 10 fits a 10” tablet; the Signature 13 fits a 13” laptop. With my special relationship with Think Tank, by clicking on this URL you will be able to add free gear and receive free shipping on your orders of the Signature bags and all of their other gear. See the full press release from Think Tank Photo below.


Think Tank Photo’s New “Signature” Camera Bag Series Features Advanced Fabrics

For A Modernized Classic Shoulder Bag

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The Signature Series from Think Tank is a modernized version of the

classic shoulder bag. Whether one is a young urban professional or corporate photographer,

the Signature shoulder bag is as fashionable as it is functional. Hand sewn, advanced

fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine

leather detailing and metal hardware add character and stand up to the rigors of daily use.

“The new Signature Series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet

is durable,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “In addition,

the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away

when not in use. It is a next generation design for today’s discerning photographer.”

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sealed rain cover is included for downpour conditions

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 1 standard size DSLR with 3–4 prime lenses and accessories

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 1 standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached plus 2–3 additional lenses

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 Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg)

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Signature 13

 Internal Dimensions: 13.3” W x 9.1” H x 5.1” D (34 x 23 x 13 cm)

 Exterior Dimensions: 14.6” W x 10.4” H x 6.3” D (37 x 26.5 x 16 cm)

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 Weight: 3.1 lbs. (1.4 kg)

ABOUT THINK TANK PHOTO

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and

professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing

inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Promo ThinkTankPhoto http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/ttp-signature-series Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:05:03 GMT
M + J Engagement http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/m-j-engagement Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

After covering his sister's wedding last year, I was so pleased to be called back to cover Matt and Jessica's wedding this year, which will be one day shy of a year from his sister's wedding! But first, engagement photos!

Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Just as his sister and her husband had wanted to focus on his guitar playing because music played a big part in their relationship, Matt and Jessica wanted to poke fun on their relationship starting when he, self-described "gringo" spoke little Spanish and she, a visiting au pair, pretended to not speak English. So they came up with him holding a "Spanish for Dummies" book as a playful addition to their engagement photos. Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

As the story goes, he tried to talk to her at bar, she pretended to not understand English so that he wouldn't talk to (read: bother) her. But as the bar was closing he asked her to allow him to show her his salsa moves (read: he had none) and when she obliged (with an eye roll) he gave her a twirl, went down on a knee and kissed her hand (he may have had some liquid courage). As silly as she thought he was, it was endearing enough that she gave him her phone number and as they say, the rest is history.

Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

He has since enrolled in Spanish classes and salsa classes to try and woo her and she seemed quite pleased with his progress.

Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Oh the things we do to get the person we love!

Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

I'm so looking forward to covering their wedding!

Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

And at this rate, I'm also looking forward to covering the remaining two brothers weddings maybe in 2018 and 2019 and the next Mrs. Banks! ;)

Matt and JessicaMatt and JessicaMarch 12, 2017; Matthew Banks and Jessica Posada engagement. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Engagement Love http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/m-j-engagement Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:00:00 GMT
Covering Golf with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/covering-golf-with-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

You've been waiting for the #1 problem I have with the E-M1 Mark II? Here it is, it's the PERFECT camera system for golf. Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

And Mark Twain (though there's evidence he never actually wrote or said this) best described how I feel about golf: "Golf is a good walk spoiled" Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

I generally hate photographing golf. But I make my twice annual exception in covering Cal State East Bay Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout at Hiddenbrooke. Once for the men's tournament and once for the women's. (I guess I also make the exception for the Special Olympics High Tech Challenge, but that's more fundraiser team photos than it is golf.)

Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos What I love about the Pioneer Shootout is that it lacks the "uppity-ness" of most golf tournaments and courses. While I don't see anyone wearing jeans, and I don't wear jeans, there is no hard-line "we won't let you in" extreme dress code. And there are actually people of color participating from players, to supporters to coaches. And dare I say people are having fun?! Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Anyway, back to the photography side of the sport. Electronic silent shutter means I can shoot in the back swing!

Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

I have always made camera upgrades only when the camera can help me get a photo that I COULD NOT get before. For my jump to 1-DX it was the ISO capabilities. Switching to mirrorless (among other perks) is silent shutter which means when I'm on TV sets I can shoot during filming instead of needing to wait for the moments of downtime as they show clips, and shooting in the backswing of golf. Thought that's really not the biggest concern since the backswing doesn't really make a nice photo. But it means I can shoot freely while they are lining up their put, or doing some practice swings, without a distractingly loud shutter.

Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Golf is such a silly process (to me, someone who has never actually played anything but mini golf and gone to the driving range) because if you think batters take a long time to warm up in baseball, you haven't photographed a golf tournament. Approaching the hole in the golf cart, reading what the distance is, asking what "it's hitting" and using all these little tools to check what the distance really is, deciding what club, watching the other players and then changing your club, all before you even get started lining yourself up and taking practice swings.

Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

And if I go a blink too soon before the club actually hits the ball, I won't get any evil eyes because only I will know! Though full warning, there is a risk of some wonky rolling shutter type of effects where the club might look like it curls before strike. In this case the client thought it was cool, so I kept it in the set.

Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

I suffer through golf (I know I'm being harsh, it's not really that bad) trying to take pretty pictures of manicured water-consuming landscapes

Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

And enjoying when nature fights back, against all odds

Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Some of the players enjoyed the landscaping a little more than they might have hoped ;)

Women's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutWomen's Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutMarch 7, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer shootout women's golf at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

But my favorite for sure was this egret, IN the tee box, not seeming to be too concerned that golfers were about to tee off. What's up guys?

Golf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutGolf: Tim Tierney Pioneer ShootoutFebruary 24, 2017; Vallejo, CA, USA; Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout men's golf tournament at Hiddenbrooke Country Club. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Action Cal State East Bay GetOlympus Golf KLC fotos NCAA http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/covering-golf-with-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:00:00 GMT
Covering Soccer with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/2/covering-soccer-with-the-olympus-om-d-em-1-mark-ii SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

I was asked to cover the SF Deltas scrimmage match against the San Jose Earthquakes prior to SF Deltas inaugural season. This meant that my coverage was focused on getting great stock images of the Deltas as well as showing them, a North American Soccer League team playing against an MLS opponent.

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

Though they didn't treat it as just a scrimmage. Chris Wondolowski, Wondo, got fired up!

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

After loving the 300mm for baseball, I was excited to use it for long field photos. Soccer is a sport where you really need long glass because generally you can't switch your seating position during the game, some don't even let you anywhere except behind the goal line, so you are stuck shooting across the field. You don't want to be too tight because you don't want to crop off heads or feet, so there is still a need for the 40-150mm (80-300mm 35mm equivalent) as they get closer, but you want the 300mm (600mm 35mm equivalent) for a majority of the game. Sharp from behind one goal, all the way across to the opposite goal.

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

I found that I again loved the C-AF+Tracking when using the 300mm, it was easy to lock on the subject and have it not jump around the background or jump onto another player entering the scene. You can see the SF Deltas players face is just a littttttle bit sharper than the Earthquakes player because the focal point was able to follow him through this play.

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

But for the 40-150mm, I still found I preferred regular C-AF without tracking. With tracking on, I found it would lock on the wrong subject because that focal range was busier at multiple focal distances when wider so it was hard to lock on the right subject. C-AF with a single center point seems to serve me better. Keep in mind, I was focusing on SF Deltas players, so I was able to lock on here without having it hop to Shea Salinas.

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

While I had the two E-M1 Mark II bodies on the 40-150mm and the 300mm, I found it was still worthwhile to have a wide angle (specifically the 7-14mm f/2.8 in this case) so that I could hop over and get some of the fans without having to worry about changing out lenses.

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

I tried to avoid changing lenses at a game. Some photographers will only put their lenses and bodies together inside to avoid dust spots on their sensors. I'm not that extreme because I don't like carrying/storing multiple cameras with lenses attached (horror stories about them bouncing around and breaking off) but I don't want to change lenses in a panic. With my old gear, sometimes during baseball games where there is downtime, I would switch my long glass off my 1D-X in favor of the 70-200mm when there was a runner at third and I was hoping for a play at the plate. I so strongly favored 1D-X over the 1D Mark IV that it was worth it. But even better now that I can have two E-M1 Mark II bodies for my main action bodies, and then the slower to focus E-M5 Mark II for wide angle fun.

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

Exciting to have another pro soccer team in the bay area, while this was just a scrimmage their regular season games will be held at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco which they retrofitted with the old bleachers from Candlestick, how cool!

SF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesSF Deltas v San Jose EarthquakesFebruary 15, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; SF Deltas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at the San Jose Earthquakes practice field. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos for SF Deltas

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) Action KLC fotos MLS NASL SF Deltas San Jose Soccer http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/2/covering-soccer-with-the-olympus-om-d-em-1-mark-ii Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:15:00 GMT
Covering Baseball with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/covering-baseball-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

I first tested out the OM-D EM-1 Mark II at football because I know that really nothing compares to football in terms of needing to cover a whole field, needing fast focus, having isolated action and crowded action. I also tested it at a basketball game to test out it's low light indoor action performance. Those scenarios were enough to convince me that this system could be my only system for sports. Since buying my own, I've had football games and basketball games galore, not to mention countless events and portrait sessions. But now that the season is changing, I'm finally getting to test it out at some other sports! Like America's past time, baseball!

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Football can be fun and big and bold, basketball can be fast and flashy, but baseball can really be beautiful. 

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

To be honest, it took me some time to fall in love with baseball. I never played as a kid and the games, since I didn't understand them, seemed boring. Just as football fans think soccer is boring. But then you start to see intricacies, mental element, sliding plays, sense of camaraderie in the dugout, and suddenly you realize why so many people love baseball!

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

I wasn't sure how shooting baseball with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II would be different. I knew I would love shooting in the daylight but I didn't realize how much I would enjoy C-AF+Tracking. For the most part, I prefer C-AF and find it more accurate, but C-AF+Tracking is perfect for baseball. Normally, I would focus on the batters face and lock focus. Using continuous focus, it might hop to the bat. That would be great if their face was in the same plan as the bat's focus point or for a ball-on-bat or broken bat photo, but often in a hit, you want to prioritize the players face being in focus. But, then if you focus on the batter's face as they are at bat, you still risk losing focus because believe it or not, their face isn't stationary as they swing! With C-AF+Tracking, I could lock in on the the batter's face and it would continually adjust to keep the face as the focus point.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos Though it can't do anything about ugly background and I'm not sure if the electronic shutter is what is making the bat look bendy in this photo.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos Being someone who always felt that apart from the outfield, baseball was better suited for a 300mm (35mm equivalent) than a 400mm, I was surprised how much I loved the 300mm (600mm 35mm equivalent) and it didn't feel too tight. And meant I could get fun photos like this where you see the reflect in coaches glasses without it being a wide angle and risk also seeing ME in the reflection.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos And some nice outfield plays.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

Everything you see in this blog post was with the 300mm F4...Though it did mean I cut off some heads. I had brought my wide and a 70-200 which you can see in the full set.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos I also took advantage of the articulating screen. As I was covering the pitcher, I wasn't liking where the yellow outfield fence line was intercepting the pitcher's torso, so instead of trying to stand or hunch all game, I found I could shoot with the camera angled a little lower and using the screen instead of the EVF to frame the shot. You can see the difference below. Fence line included for reference but you can see it could have been easily cropped out for a much cleaner image.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

What makes a photographer ok vs good, is being intentional. If you like the line because it adds an element, sure, great, if you don't like the line because you want the image to be as "clean" as possible, sure, great. But whatever it is, be INTENTIONAL about what's in your frame.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos Worth noting, I'm not sure if it's because I was shooting every pitch and every at-bat, but while I can get through a basketball game on one battery, I don't think I could have made it through a whole baseball game on one and was very glad for the grip to hop to the 2nd battery which was plenty. But if you don't have a grip, I would definitely recommend having a spare battery ready. Especially because the torture that baseball can sometimes deliver: extra innings! Thankfully we avoided them this game.

CSUEB MBBCSUEB MBBFebruary 10, 2017; Hayward, CA, USA; CSUEB Mens Basketball. Photo Credit: Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos

 

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/3/covering-baseball-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:15:00 GMT
MindShift Gear http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/1/mindshift-gear

I'm excited to share a new, well sort of new, affiliate that I have a code for: MindShift Gear!

What is MindShift Gear? Well ya know ThinkTankPhoto that I love? This is an outdoor offshoot from them. Meaning all the great quality and customer service you're used to but more for the back trails than downtown.

I first used their gear on our trip to Cuba. The rotation 180 (Read the blog post about it here). Though it was more so intended for mirrorless, since I was only packing a 5D, a wide, a pancake, and a point and shoot, it held everything perfectly. And had the ever convenient pocket for water. And the top half to store my journal, sunscreen, cables, miscellany and ability to toss my sweater in there when it became warmer.

And now that I'm mostly mirrorless, it's even better!!

I am looking forward to getting into some of their larger packs.

Use the link to access the site (or any link that I posted above) and if you find something you like, I get a little kick-back and appreciate it so much!

http://www.mindshiftgear.com?rfsn=481478.3cb63

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kelley@kelleylcox.com (Kelley L Cox) MindShiftGear Promo http://www.kelleylcox.com/blog/2017/1/mindshift-gear Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:00:00 GMT