Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween !

Happy Halloween! This sunset was Saturday evening out in Eastern Kansas between Emporia and Ottawa.

Monday, October 18, 2010

More Football !!

This weekend was the game of the season so far for the McPherson Bulldogs. Undefeated, they met the other remaining undefeated team in their conference the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes at McPherson Stadium.

The game was a barn-burner! The final score was Mac 56 - KWU 42. The day was another bright and warm one. The weather added to the heat of the game. The wide open action and the bright light made for great action photos.

The McPherson defense brings down KWU QB #16 Doug Webster. Corralling Webster are Bulldogs #20 Sr. DB Ginikachi Ibe, #55 Sr. DL Scott Jones, and #21 Jr. LB J.L. Gomez.

McPherson Bulldog Fr. DE #89 Tyler Richards bears down on KWU QB #16 Doug Webster. Richards completed the sack of Webster on the play.

Senior Bulldog RB Aaron Lafitte breaks open against the KWU Coyote defense. Lafitte had 22 carries for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He added five receptions for a total offensive output of 188 yards.

McPherson senior QB Shane Mascarenas looks downfield vs. the KWU Coyotes. Mascarenas was the offensive star of the game: 24 for 43 passing for 498 yards and four touchdowns. Shane added a rushing touchdown.

The lighting conditions were almost identical to last week: Nikon D90, 70-200mm f/2.8, TC14-II. PP with ACR and CS5

Sunday, October 10, 2010

McPherson College Football

I volunteer as a sports photographer for McPherson College. McPherson is a NAIA-affiliated school with an enrollment of about 600 students located in McPherson, Kansas. Their athletics teams are known as the Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs. This weekend was Homecoming Weekend. The weather was beautiful for the participants and for photography. The following photos are from the football game. The Bulldogs were taking on the Univ. of St. Mary Spires from Leavenworth, KS in KCAC conference play. Coming into the game the Bulldogs were 4-0 and ranked #7 in the country. The Spires were 0-4.

Junior DB Thomas Stauts avoids the USM tackler and celebrates a 31-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Bulldog-Spires contest.

Junior WR Andy Skinner pulls in a pass reception versus the Spires despite the efforts of the USM defender

Junior DB Ronnie Miller puts a solid hit on USM receiver Fred Edison

The final score of the game was 73 - 24 McPherson. Fifteen different members of the team had carries or receptions on offense. On defense 34 members of the team participated in tackles against the Spires.

It was a good weekend for the Cross Country squads as well. Hosting their home meet, the Lakeside Shootout, the men's event was won by McPherson runner Javier Ceja and the Men's squad placed first just ahead of Fort Hays State. On the Women's side the Lady Bulldogs placed third, with freshmen runners Kelsi Beam and Payton Hartman finishing 6th and 8th respectively.

The football images were taken with a Nikon D90, 70-200mm f/2.8, TC14 II. Post-processing was done in ACR 6 and Photoshop CS5.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

At the Car Show

'Tis the season for city festivals. Our local edition is well attended when the weather cooperates. And so far this fall we have had cooperative weather for at least one day of the weekend for the past few weekends.

One of the activities is a car show. We went up to enjoy the warm sunshine and look at the workmanship and history involved with the vehicles.

The following are just a few images demonstrating the colors and forms that you can find.

Images taken with Nikon D90/50mm f/1.4. Post-processing in ACR and CS5