Eathquakes v Timbers

March 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa (25) kicks the ball against the Portland Timbers during the second half at Avaya Stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Last minute was called to cover the San Jose Earthquakes game against the Portland Timbers.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) defends Portland Timbers forward Lucas Melano (26) during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Since USA Today Sports Images has the contract with Major League Soccer to be the official photographer for the league, every game is important. I was originally scheduled to photograph the Sacramento Kings game but ended up being pulled off that game and picking up the Quakes game because USA Today had a new freelancer on it that wasn't as familiar with their transmit protocol and wanted to double up on the assignment after that photographer had some issues uploading from their first USATSI assignment the night before.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell (2) defends San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) during the second half at Avaya Stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For MLS games they want images posted before half time starts, the standard starting eleven and anything good action moments. So I took over being the first transmit. I was a little worried this meant I would have to leave the field since it had been raining all day, but thankfully the rain held off from kick off to final whistle... and no more!

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) slips on the pay under San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This made for some really fun splash shots. It reminded me of the silly (IMO) photoshop people add to sports photos to make them look intense. MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) kicks the ball against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As it turned out, the other photographer had some struggles and wasn't able to get any images up at half time. The photographer had some great images, and even a goal scored in their direction, while I was only able to get the cross field photo of Quincy Amarikwa's insane distance chip shot goal.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey (12) in unable to save the ball on an San Jose Earthquakes goal during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But since they were unable to upload until well after the game was over... the images didn't really run anywhere. This serves as a reminder that being a good photographer, is important, but in this industry, perhaps more critical than being a good photographer is being able to post images in a timely manner.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell (2) defends San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) during the second half at Avaya Stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This isn't a fault of the photographer, they were new to adding metadata and using photomechanic. Uploading on-site is something I've been doing for nearly a decade and it took time to learn. It takes a while to really get a grip on it.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose EarthquakesMar 13, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy (30) defends Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara (21) during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 


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