NBA Playoffs: Round 1 Game 2 - Warriors vs Spurs
Headed to Oracle early since it was a dual event day with Warriors vs Spurs AND A's v White Sox at the Coliseum/Oracle Arena complex and they share a parking lot. Coincidentally, I was supposed to go to the A's game with Colin and his friends but had to bail last minute to pick up the playoff game. That's the trouble with post-season uncertainty, and the trouble with being married to sports photographer :P
Game 1 had been a blow out and while Game 2 was a tight and intense game in the beginning, it ended up being a blow out too.
We'll see whether the Spurs return to the bay for a game 5, let alone a game 7.
Photo tip: Always bring extra gear. While USA Today Sports Images had a floor shooting position for Game 1, for Game 2 we had to share two spots between us, Getty and AP. After drawing from a hat, this meant I shot 2nd and 4th quarter from the floor and 1st and 3rd elevated. This wasn't too bad because it meant I could send from my laptop in the 1st without having to leave the court. But if I didn't have long glass (another photographer had only brought a 70-200mm) I couldn't have made images like I wanted (like my editors expect). While some events you can know and anticipate all the gear you need, if you have room in your bag and ability to carry it, why not bring extra gear? Better to have and not need, than need and not have! Oh and hey, if you are looking for a bag, check out ThinkTank Photo or MindShift Gear.
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