Category: Essays/Projects

The GIF shenanigans continue at Mavs Media Day

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Hi all:

I was assigned to shoot the Dallas Mavericks media day this year and decided to keep playing around with animated GIF’s. It ended up being kind of a fun challenge, and gives our folks down in SportsDay some digital content to play with on social media and some other places.

For the technical geeks out there, I ended up using continuous lights to pull this off — specifically some Kino Flo LED lights that we have for video productions. They were kind of a pain to lug out to the American Airlines Center (and then down to the practice court). But, the ambient lighting in the practice area is AWFUL, so I knew I needed to do something on my own to make this work.

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As you can see the LED lights, while plenty bright, didn’t quite overpower the ambient in there, which created some weird color cast issues when I shot at higher shutter speeds to freeze action better. That’s one of the reasons I ended up switching the images to grayscale. Also, it knocked the file sizes down some. And also … all the cool kids are doing it.

Also, everything was short on a Canon 1D-X with a 24-70 (II) lens, usually somewhere about 250-640 shutter speed, 2.8 aperture at 640 ISO. People tell me I should post the technical details of how I make pictures, which is how that last sentence happened.

So anyway, hope you enjoy these, and thanks for your time.

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Wesley Matthews

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Deron Williams

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Dirk Nowitzki

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A.J. Hammons

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Andrew Bogut

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Justin Anderson

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Quincy Acy

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Harrison Barnes

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J.J. Barea

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Seth Curry

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Devin Harris

Fried Jell-O cooks in a frier during the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead of the State Fair of Texas, recognizes the best fried foods entered into consideration for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

Taking animated GIFs during the Big Tex Awards

The annual Big Tex Choice Awards —¬†where we find out who made the best State Fair fried foods ¬†— is always a fun gig. This year, I tried to do a little something fun myself, and decided to play around a little with some animated GIFs. Continue reading

PHOTOS — January 2016

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Here are some photos from January of this year. Actually a handful from December 31, because, you know, why not. Continue reading

Recent Work – Spring 2015

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Hi there:

Thought I’d take a moment and share some recent work for The News shot over the last few months. It’s been busy and interesting. Continue reading

2014 Year in Review

Trace Greer (right) carries his exhausted brother Judson Greer after the Melissa, Texas siblings crossed the finish line together in the half marathon during the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)
Trace Greer (right) carries his exhausted brother Judson Greer after the Melissa, Texas siblings crossed the finish line together in the half marathon during the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

Over the years I’ve sort of set the expectation that I’d do something goofy with my “favorite photos of the year” post. One time I drew them all in crayon; another I turned them in to animated gifs; a few times I posted my “worst published” images of the year. This year I’m taking a break from all that. Continue reading