Catch Up!!

It’s probably not a good thing when you start a blog after midnight with a 6:30 AM wakeup call.  But what a crazy fall!  Concerts, soccer, football, drive, shoot, caption, edit, post…..

Jambase was having Slightly Stoopid’s drummer RyMo do a blog for their tour, I was asked to shoot them at The Uptown Ampitheatre in Charlotte.  Had great access which made for a good shoot.

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From there, it was time to begin the soccer season with Winthrop at Charlotte.  Charlotte now ranked 13th in the NCAA tournament has had a great recent run, although Winthrop made it to the second round last year.

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Next stop was Bank of America Stadium for NFL exhibition football, the Panthers against the Steelers.  Few starters, but good experience for someone with limited experience shooting this sport!

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Variety is key…the Georgia Theatre, great venue for Moon Taxi, Black Taxi and the Barlettas.  Although Moon Taxi was the headliner, to me, Black Taxi absolutely rocked the place!  Black Taxi below:

Black Taxi



Black Taxi


Moon Taxi

Moon Taxi



Moon Taxi

The Barlettas

The Barlettas

Back to Charlotte and the Fillmore for one of my new favorite bands, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.  It was Grace sitting in with Furthur at All Good that gave me my first Rolling Stone picture!

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One week later, a complete switch and the Panthers against the Giants.  Picked this game because of how competitive I was sure the Giants would be…oops!  Tough sun that day, but that’s life.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1)


Cam Newton simply has an

amazing presence when heCarolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20)

comes on the field!





College football next, so different from the pro game.  More electric, fans crazy and at UGA almost no place to shoot from, particularly in the end zone.  North Texas is not a great team, but UGA did their best to give them a chance.

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Chris Conley (31), North Texas Mean Green defensive back James Jones (13)

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Chris Conley (31)





Rain, rain, go away…but that’s life.





Back to soccer, Winthrop had a lot of away games before coming home to play Brevard in Rock Hill.

Achille Obougou (7)


Adam Brundle (12), Ryan Vandenberg (6)

Magnus Thorsson (8), Augusto Isern (18)











From Rock Hill to Clemson, SC to see the Tigers of Clemson play Furman at home.  Clemson has had a tough few years but clearly coming back with a much better team/program!

Furman fans


Michael Gandier (18), Andrew Tarbell (22)










Michael Gandier (18), Andrew Tarbell (22)

Header for a goal!










Now back to pro football.  My great predictions continue.  At the beginning of the season I selected the Giants and the Falcons as two of the pro teams I would shoot based on prior records and the high likelihood that the game would be very competitive….oops again.  The big rivalry between the Panthers and the Falcons is not much this year.

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28), Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (55)


Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35)



Carolina Panthers cheerleaders.

The tough schedule continued as I went back to UGA for another game.  Really a fun place to shoot, great environment, great media room, great fans and great homecoming game against App State.

Georgia fans


Georgia alumni

DAWGNATION….and long time cheerleaders!

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Reggie Davis (81) catches a pass over Appalachian State Mountaineers defensive back Dante Blackmon (24)


Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11)











Thursday night game at Clemson playing Georgia Tech.  Very cold, Clemson media room is a joke, but again, the college environment is amazing.

Clemson Tigers enter the stadium.

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (1) catches a 3rd quarter touchdown pass over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cornerback Louis Young (8)

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (1) makes a catch over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Jemea Thomas (14)











Regular soccer season coming to an end.  Winthrop needs a win to make the Big South Tournament.  They beat UNC Asheville but lose in the first round of the tournament.  Oh well, next year.

Zak Davis (23), Patrick Barnes (11)

Achille Obougou (7), Cole Schwietering (20)









Most recent effort was on Monday.  MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS……HELL YEA!!  Brady, Newton, Smith, Talib, who could ask for anything more.

New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31), Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89), side judge Greg Meyer (78)


Aqib Talib and Steve Smith talking to each

other about where they will go out to for

dinner after the game, haha.  I was afraid

for the official!Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89), New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31)



I knew Steve Smith would be a

target.  He was and came up with

a 42 yard reception in the first



Controversial ending to the game.  Flag picked up, but it’s over, no use talking about it further.

But this hit was amazing.  Ted Ginn couldn’t have gone down harder if he had run into a brick wall!

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So finally a pause.  Caught up with the blog.  Been a great fall so far.  USC vs Clemson in Columbia on November 30th, Clowney’s last home game.  Women’s soccer final four in Cary after that and who knows what else.  I work is play and play is play then you have a great life!!

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All Good Music Festival 2013

Just returned from Ohio and the All Good Music Festival.  What a great job Tim Walther, Dave Weissman and others do.  The music was great, the artists incredible.

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Here, Grace Potter comes down from the stage onto one of the speakers….surprise!!!

Bob Weir came out during Grace Potter and the Nocturnals set to perform Friend of the Devil.

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I think that they enjoyed performing with each other!!

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Itamar Gat, photographer extraordinaire from Eyes of the World Photography said it would be incredible if Grace returned the favor and came out during Furthur’s set.  Surpise, surprise when he came racing into the media tent for his long lens because she had just come out on the stage to perform Lovelight.  The race was on to get from the media tent with the long glass and make it through the crowd to the soundboard!


















Again, Grace and Bobby seem to get along very well

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I had never heard Grace Potter and the Nocturnals before and was very pleasantly surprised…they rocked!

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals


Editing is a long process particularly with a deadline and cumulative fatigue from 1000+ miles on the road and 12+ hour days.  More to come this week, but for now, I bid you goodnight!




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Summertime, summertime….

Usually, I schedule shoots well in advance and spend a lot of time planning what I will do.  Down at my lake house in rural South Carolina, a guy who does some work for me turned out to be a former professional bull rider who retired two years ago.  Brandon Duncan told me that Saturday evening his son and a 17 yo friend, both who want to be professional bull riders would be practicing in the pen in his back yard.  So, off I went.

Here, Brandon and his son Cole pose before riding:


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Later, Cole watches from the fence:

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Cole and Cody (the 17 yo) rode their bulls.  It’s always interesting trying to shoot something that you have never done before, particularly with the sun going down:


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A funny thing happened.  Brandon, who had not ridden in two years saw the pictures.  His resolve to stay off of a bull was waning.  Before I knew it, he had his boots and was climbing aboard, Cody was in awe.  “You see, that’s how you do it!  He rides perfect.”

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Hopefully, I will have more opportunity to do this in the future, definitely fun.

So now, on to one of my favorite events, The All Good Music Festival.  Great list of artists.  Dave and Tim the PR guy and Promoter are great to work with.  SEE YOU THERE!  Either in person or through what you see on these pages:


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Wanee, Soccer and Bicycle Racing

On April 13th I began a period of shooting so many events that there was no time to even think about editing until it was all over.  It all began on Saturday morning with the Manchester Cup.  Rich Posipanko and Winthrop University put on this showcase tournament every spring.


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This shot was from the first game between Winthrop and Furman.



Five games between 10:45 and about 3 PM, great quality of play even though many teams have a tough time fielding players in the spring.  The weather also cooperated with a bright, sunny day.  I also had the opportunity to see Clemson’s new uniforms.  What a great color in bright sunlight!

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After finishing five games I rushed home to get downtown for the Presbyterian Criterium.  I had never been to a bicycle race before so this was a first.  Also tired after the soccer games so I just brought my Canon 1DX and my 70-200, 2.8.  Of course, I now know that a 24-70, 2.8 would have been great, but who new, this was for fun.  I don’t wish this on the riders, but a wreck would have been fun to shoot.  The women were first:

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And then the men

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To be honest, after you have seen a few laps, not that interesting….oh well.  But happy with the pics for just playing!

Three days later, it was get in the car after work on Tuesday and start the drive to Live Oak, Florida for the Wanee Music Festival.  Headliners were The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic.  Arrived on Wednesday after a 500 plus mile drive and learned that the hotel, the “festival hotel” was 30 miles away from the festival….brilliant!  But the music was great!

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Devon Allman and the Royal Southern Brotherhood played Thursday night and out came his dad Greg Allman, very cool.  Later it was the Greyboy Allstars, Robert Walters below:

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Although Thursday was a long day, the first big one was Friday.  Rain was supposed to come on Saturday, but oops, there it was on Friday with the opening of the larger Peach Stage.  Widespread Panic was great, to me, better than the Allman Brothers:

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Widespread Panic








The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band







Saturday evening was going to be the same as Friday, but interestingly the rain never came, sunny skies but chilly.  I had never seen Michael Franti and Spearhead.  I have shot soccer games that did not have this much action!  His involvement with the crowd, the movement, absolutely amazing show, to me the highlight of Wanee!

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Michael Franti & Spearhead


Michael Franti & Spearhead











So 520 miles back to Charlotte, all pics posted and editing done.  Time for a little R & R before the next one, a few more favorites below:

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk



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Voice of the Wetlands Allstars









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Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival

Returned from Bear Creek on Monday and by Thursday was in the OR having back surgery….oh well.  In spite of back pain it was a great festival with great results.  I set up remote cameras on two different stages.  This shot of Umphrey’s McGee with a Canon 5D Mark III, 14 mm lens, 1/160, f4, ISO 6400.



















Or this shot with a Canon 5D Mark III an 8-15 fisheye set at f 4.5, 1/160, ISO 6400.
















The overall festival was great!  Great vibe, great location, great music.  Many good pictures.  Would have been better without the back problems, but next time.

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American Idol?!?!?!

Well, after shooting multiple festivals, etc I end up shooting last years winner of American Idol, Phillip Phillips!  Seems like a nice guy, but most importantly, and in spite of the screaming young girls, he is actually really good!









Ooops, that wasn’t Phillip, well could have been, we would never know, Phillip below!



I can breath again!!!

The last ten days have been crazy.  Started with the rush to Jomeokee on Friday evening.  Brand new festival, what a great time!

Jimmy Herring, not only an unbelievable guitar players, but a try gentleman.









Steven Marley, great show, great sound!









Other performers included Del McCoury, 73 years young, Yonder both nights and of course Lettuce, jazzfunk at it’s best!

Pictures processed, sent to jambase.  Then Ahrnes, Georgia for Galactic.  First effort with remotes at a concert.  Worked OK and a lot learned.


Now back to soccer, Winthrop Tuesday night!  Head still spinning.















Charlotte men’s soccer wins again!

The Charlotte 49erss did it again at Transamerica Field on Wednesday night!  A 3-2 victory in a hard fought game against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.  Charlotte played well but the Gamecocks goal keeper Alex Long kept coming up big.  Including an amazing kick save with his right foot.



As they have done in the past, the 49ers won in overtime.  Seems like a recurring theme.  However, from my perspective, where they do the best is with work rate.  I have yet to see a team either this or last season that has put in a bigger effort.  That will help them go far!


Now, tonight, Jomeokee!

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Busy, busy, busy

The last few weeks have been crazy!  Drive by Truckers at the Georgia Theatre.  Never heard them before that night, a great band.  So crowded, it was hard to shoot.  Learned something about the theatre.  If it is sold out ++ get to the front of the stage early.  Thankfully Tom Lewis and David Barbe gave me access to stage right where I got this shot.










Charlotte vs Coastal Carolina, two top 20 teams.  Tough contest with a red card to Coastal Carolina in the first half.  No score after regulation with Charlotte winning 1-0 in overtime.  Coastal Carolina now ranked number 5 in the nation.













And the Darkstar Jubilee at Buckeye Lake in Ohio.  Donna Jean Godchaux, Dark Star Orchestra, etc.  Marred by rain, but the DSO show on Saturday night was like being back in the day!  Donna Jean and Lisa Mackey together on the stage.  Jeff Mattson has mastered the Jerry role.






Tomorrow night it’s back to Transamerica Field for the Charlotte 49ers vs the USC Gamecocks.  The following night, Pilot Mountain and Jomeokee!  That will be a shoot for Jambase.  The following week, the Georgia Theatre and Galactic…..excited!!!







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Winthrop vs UNC Greensboro

Its always fun to shoot a tight soccer game.  Even better when overcast sky gives you great light.  That was the case last night at Eagles Field in Rock Hill.  Coach Posipanko has his Eagles well prepared for the upcoming season.  In addition to a high level of skill, the work rate and challenges for 50-50 balls are great.  A fun team to watch with a bright future for the season.


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