Well, here it is, the last couple hours of St. Patricks Day, and I finally have found some time to update the blog. It has been a busy time between shooting and taking care of my mom after her heart surgery. At 82 years old, and having major surgery like two valves replaced, she just has not recovered as quickly as we hoped. She is getting better, but just slow. About a month ago she took a fall, not bad, but something that caused complications and ended up sending her to the hospital in an ambulance. But she is improving, although, we are visiting the hospital about once a week and she can not be left alone for too long because she can not move around the house without someone here. So, my shooting has taken a back seat. I finished up high school basketball, missing a bunch of the girls games, but I made it to all but one boys varsity game. Thanks to a great member of Fred Miranda, I also have added a Canon 1D Mark II to my arsenal and it is most welcome. I was able to shoot the starts of the 2007 Iditarod, but unfortunatly had to give up my plans shooting along the trail since mom needed a caregiver. Now I sit here watching March Madness wishing I was sitting courtside shooting away. I get to cover a UAA gymnastics meet this Sunday against Ball State, and at the end of March I will be shooting 4 days of the US Ski Team Alpine Championships at Girdwood and Alyeska Resort. I also have some Alaska Aces games coming up and I am also counting down the days until the Alaska Wild start playing indoor football. My biggest job will take up most of the summer though. I have once again been signed to do the action photos for Knik Little League which, honestly, is a blast to do.
As you all know by now, Canon has announced the Mark III version of the 1D... I encourage you to take a look at the Canon USA website for more info. It will be a great camera for any sports photographer. In my opinion, PMA was a letdown, except for the Mark III. Well, Sigma did announce a 200-500 2.8 zoom lens, which tops 35lbs and while cool, is not going to impact our business too much. I was really hoping Canon would release some new lenses like a 200 1.8 IS and a 100 - 400 f4 IS and a couple other things....but guess we will have to wait a little longer.
One of my next projects will be a total website redesign, which I hope to launch in time for football season (high school this fall).
Anyway, I will do my best to keep things coming here...expect more reviews and tips and tricks.....