Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Above, Dansville's Nikki DeBell ducks to get out of the way of a pitch during Monday's LCAA Division I contest between the visiting Lady Mustangs of Dansville and the home standing Bath Lady Rams. Neither team generated much for offense, but Dansville squeaked in one more run than the Lady Rams in coming away with a 2-1 victory. Bath had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as Courtney Coots hit a one out triple to left field. Unfortunately, the home team couldn't bring her in. The game marked the beginning of a six game in a row stretch for the Lady Rams. You can see the full gallery from the game by clicking on the picture above.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lights, Camera, No Action

All dressed up and no game to play. Due to a scheduling snafu, the Batavia Blue Devils made the long trip to Bath only to find out that no officials were scheduled for the game and thusly had to hop back on the bus to take the 1 hour 45 minute trip back to Batavia. As I normally do, I took several pictures during warm-ups. This is typically a good time to get isolation shots of players. You can see the gallery of pregame pictures by clicking on the picture above. In this pic, Batavia's Brandon Williams gets some pregame shots in.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

GRALL Victory

On Tuesday, the Haverling Varsity Lacrosse defeated visiting Livonia for their first GRALL victory in several years. The Rams scored the games first goal and never trailed. The game was played at the regular JV field due to poor conditions at the team's regular varsity field. Couple that with a late start time of 5:30PM and heavy overcast skies and the lighting was pretty poor. I gave the game a shot however and put a gallery of pictures up which you can see by clicking on the picture above. In the picture, Haverling's Zach Reed prepares to fire off a shot in the first half.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Come Back

Since I'm too poor to travel anywhere for Spring Break, I decided to check out an afternoon varsity softball game with Corning East hosting Waverly. It was a great day to watch a game and to take some photos. Waverly held a one run advantage (5-4) going into the last at plate appearance for the Corning. Providing the heroics was East's Stephanie Hatch who drove in the winning run as the lady Trojans completed the come back to win 6-5. In the picture (which was run in the Corning Leader along with another one that I took from the game), East's Stephanie Hatch gets a hug from teammate, Amy Hinman at the end of the game. Congratulations to both teams on providing an exciting game to watch. You can see the full gallery of pictures by clicking on the picture above.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Road Trip

John Jay High School out of Section I made the 4 hour+ trip to Corning to take on the Trojans of Corning East on Saturday, April 11. Corning jumped out scoring quickly, but only saw a 6-4 lead at the half. East turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and shut out John Jay while tacking on another 5 goals to finish out the game with a 11-4 victory. In the picture above, John Jay's Will Stewart trys to shake loose of East's Mike Scouten. You can view the entire gallery of pictures by clicking HERE.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pitching Dominance

Congratulations to Corning West pitcher, Sydney McGannon, as she pitched a no-hitter verses Ithaca on April 8th. Not only was West high's pitching dominate, but the hitting too as West rolled to 24-0 shutout. There is a complete gallery of pictures from the game which you can view by clicking on the picture to the right.

Monday, April 6, 2009

What to do on a Rainy Day

So, what does a photographer do that concentrates on sports do when the events are canceled due to weather? Well, one option is to put a lens on backwards and do play with some macro shots. Your first thought should be what do you mean by putting the lens on backward? Well, there are a few different ways to accomplish macro (closeup) pictures. One way is to use an actual macro (or Micro if you use Nikon) lens. These lens are designed to be able to focus within a few inches of an object. Another way is to use a long telephoto lens and try to shoot a smaller object from farther away, but being able to make it appear large in the viewfinder. For the two shots that I included here I used the third option which is create a poor man's macro lens. By purchasing a $10 part (called a reversing ring) I was able to screw my 50/1.8 lens onto my camera backwards. I don't know the physics behind why this works, but if you are bored sometime I'm sure a Google search could find that info for ya!

The picture above (you can click on it for a larger version) was taken of an Indiana quarter. The original picture is large enough to print a 12x16" print almost! Very cool.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Thanks for visiting the Action-Pics Photo blog. I'll be trying to put up new posts as often as I can mainly focused on photographry of local sporting events. Once in awhile I may post some pictures taken from just walking or driving around. 

Check back often to see what's new. I'd love to say that I'll update daily, but as I get busy that might not happen. Let me know what you think of the blog. 

Hard Hits

If you've never had the opportunity to watch lacrosse, but you like the fast pace nature and physical contact of hockey, then you owe it to yourself to check out a game. While I still haven't figure out all of the rules of lacrosse yet, I have seem to figure out that it is ok to basically just knock a guy down (like in the picture) and it is legal (most of the time) to take your stick and hit your opponent with it. Pretty cool ah? The other neat thing about lacrosse as a spring sport is they play in any weather. Snow or rain or mud or sun, it doesn't matter. The game will go on!

The picture is from a recent game that pitted Corning West vs. Bath-Haverling in varsity action. Corning came out victorious by a final score of 17-4. More picture from this game can seen by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Eye on the Ball

Today was the first home action for the Haverling JV lacrosse team. It was an impressive showing against a fairly new program in Batavia. The Rams jumped out scoring early and often. The sun was very low and with no clouds the shadows created made for some very tricky photography. I won't say every picture is a 'winner', but there is a gallery of the pictures here.