Reasons I am not keeping current with this photo blog

I haven’t been keeping up with this photo blog over the past several months. There are a number of reasons for my lack of interest in continuing to post photos and stories to this blog, not the least of which is the changes to how images are indexed and linked through the Google search engine.

In the past when someone searched for images via Google, clicking on the results would take the user directly to the page the image was presented on. Now when a user searches images on Google and clicks on the results, only the image is presented with small secondary links to visit the original page the images are presented on.

This change has made it so much easier for folks to search images, get results and never know where the images originated.

Just being able to search and find images without being linked back to the original creator can lead potential users of those images to infringe on the creator’s intellectual property rights.

Wow, those are some big words there.

If users search for pictures of kitty cats being cute, or some other random pictures on the Internet and they intend to use those images without the original creators permission, well that is a copyright violation.

Unfortunately, a large number of people just think all photos found the Internet are free for their use, and nothing could be further from the truth.

That is just one reason I haven’t been keeping up with this photo blog.

2013 Scottsdale Criterium — Cycle Racing

I love cycling, and I love photographing cycling so when the 2013 Scottsdale Criterium rolled around this year I jumped at the chance to head over there and try to capture a few action images.

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

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There is always a variety of different way to depict motion and the speed of the race, with this shot I used second curtain flash sync to create the motion blur effect.

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

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Sometimes shooting in the harsh bright sunlight can be very challenging and there can be a few different ways to deal with the harsh bright light.

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

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2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

Image © Doug James, no use without written permission

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

Image © Doug James, no use without written permission

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

Image © Doug James, no use without written permission

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

Image © Doug James, no use without written permission

2013 Criterium at DC Ranch

Image © Doug James, no use without written permission

NASCAR Hits Phoenix International Raceway

You know I love Motorsports photography, so when the NASCAR circus is in town, I’m all about making the nice photographs.

AUTO: MAR 01 NASCAR - Nationwide Series - Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas

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01 March 2013: Kyle Busch (54) during Friday’s practice session for the Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas Nationwide Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale Arizona.

AUTO: MAR 01 NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series - Subway Fresh Fit 500 Practice

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01 March 2013: Clint Bowyer (15) during Friday’s practice session for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale Arizona.

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01 March 2013: Jimmie Johnson (48) during Friday’s practice session for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale Arizona.

AUTO: MAR 01 NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series - Subway Fresh Fit 500 Practice

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01 March 2013: Joey Logano (22) during Friday’s practice session for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale Arizona.

AUTO: MAR 01 NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series - Subway Fresh Fit 500 Practice

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01 March 2013: Joey Logano (22) during Friday’s practice session for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale Arizona.

More NCAA College Basketball

I’m sorry but this is the closest thing I have to March Madness, so if you want something more you might as well head on over to Sports Illustrated dot-com or ESPN dot-com. If a few shots of the Arizona State University Sun Devils Basketball game against USC will help with your March Madness fix than this is the place to be.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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Thankfully I have a few images of the “older” Sparky uniform before the change over to the “new and improved” Sparky that no one seems to like.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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At least they didn’t change the cheerleaders outfits.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: Jordan Bachynski #13 of the Sun Devils dunks the ball during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: USC Trojans Byron Wesley #22 drives toward the basket during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the USC Trojans during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: Jahii Carson #1 of the Sun Devils during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: Jahii Carson #1 of the Sun Devils during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: Carrick Felix #0 of the Sun Devils dunks the ball during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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24 January 2013: USC Trojans Eric Wise #34 takes a shot while ASU Sun Devils Jordan Bachynski #13 defends during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Southern California Trojans at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans 98-93.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 24 USC at Arizona State

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One last farewell to the “good” Sparky.

2013 NCAA March Madness Basketball

It’s March and for many sports fans that means NCAA March Madness Basketball. Lots of people follow the annual college basketball brackets with fantasy sports leagues, office bracket pools, and television coverage all leading up to the final four!

Sadly, I don’t have any coverage from any of the tournaments, only a few shots from a game where the UCLA Bruins took on the Arizona State Sun Devils. I hope this satisfies your need for college basketball.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

26 January 2013: UCLA Bruins Shabazz Muhammad #15 dunks the ball during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the Bruins 78-60.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

26 January 2013: Sparky, the Arizona State Sun Devils mascot (foreground) and the UCLA Bruins stand for the National Anthem prior to the start of an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the Bruins 78-60.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

I know this game is from way, way back in late January, but it’s all I have, so you will have to make due. From the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, this was a great game.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

You just had to know I’d get a few shots of the Sun Devils Spirit Squad.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

26 January 2013: Arizona State Sun Devils Jordan Bachynski #13 dunks the ball during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the Bruins 78-60.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

It looked to be a full house as the second half started.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

You just gotta love the outside jumper in front of the opposing teams bench.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

26 January 2013: UCLA Bruins Kyle Anderson #5 (center) during an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the Bruins 78-60.

NCAA BASKETBALL: JAN 26 UCLA at Arizona State

26 January 2013: Arizona State Carrick Feliz #0 and Jonathan Gilling #31 celebrate after winning an NCAA Basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the UCLA Bruins at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe AZ. The Sun Devils beat the Bruins 78-60.

2012 Scottsdale Polo Championships – Horses and Horsepower

I have never attended an actual polo match before, except for the polo scenes in the movie “Pretty Woman” so when I heard about this event to be held on October 20, 2012 at the Scottsdale Polo Fields I made the necessary inquires for a media credential. What a great event, all kinds of interesting things to photograph, although covering the actual polo match proved to be difficult and would require very long glass with very shallow depth-of-field to help with very, very distracting backgrounds. I didn’t feel like lugging big heavy glass around with me on a warm day in October, so I took an f5.6 lens which didn’t cut the mustard as they say.

I was a bit disappointed with most of what I got, with the difficult lighting conditions and me not having a long enough and fast enough lens I tried to capture some reasonably good images. Have a look and feel free to let me know how you think I did.

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Covering a polo match is, as I said is all new to me, I sure had a good time and found the event very interesting. I look forward to the next event where I can apply what I learned at this event and try to capture more compelling images.

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PGA Golf — 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

I know golf is not hugely popular on my photo blog, but I thought maybe if I had some images of one of the most popular local players, Phil Mickelson and some brightly colored images I might get a few extra viewers. Here are a few shots from round 2 action, I hope you enjoy these.

GOLF: FEB 01 PGA - Waste Management Phoenix Open - Round 2

February 01, 2013: Phil Mickelson on the 9th green during round 2 action of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Stadium golf course in Scottsdale Arizona.

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