Our third round of the Pacers Fan Photographer of the Game provided us with our most submissions to the contest yet! We thank you for taking your busy holiday time to send us some of your beautiful shots.
Frank McGrath, the official staff photographer of the Indiana Pacers sat down with us early in the week to take a look at the wide variety of photos that we received. We again loved the pictures that were submitted. They gave us countless smiles and we looked at each picture over and over to really evaluate the subject matter and what the photographer was trying to convey with their shot. As we always say, we know it takes a lot of guts to put your pictures out there for judgment, but we enjoyed looking at each and every photo – so thank you.
We want to offer huge congratulations to Tom Jacobson of Carmel, along with one very close runner-up, Kristeen Hudson; as well as a few comments from Frank.
By Tom Jacobson
Comments from Frank: This picture stood out to me immediately as the clear winner of this round of photos. The timing was so incredibly spot-on and the color clarity was so good that I could not stop thinking about it. While sometimes timing can just be dumb luck, this great timing was due to photographer preparation. The photographer clearly saw the ball fly through the air; he saw this opportunity coming and he was ready for it! He had the camera ready to go and focused at the point of impact, and he completely capitalized on the moment. The movement and the faces of these players add such emotion to the shot as well. I also love how you can see the utter height difference of these two players. The vertical leap of the player in the green jersey is a story in itself, and this picture captures it perfectly. As I have said before, outdoor light is always nice to shoot in, but you have no control over it. In this instance, the photographer used what lighting he had to his advantage, but the color correction and editing were done very well. I have shot soccer and I know how hard it is to get this kind of timing AND get the story that you see when you look at this picture. All in all, I honestly have to say this is one of the better soccer pictures that I have seen. This is a dynamite photo Tom!
First Runner Up: Slam Dunk
By Kristeen Hudson
Comments from Frank: This was another picture that I really loved, and if it hadn’t been for Tom’s soccer picture, this would have been my winner. While I usually like to see my subject’s face, it is clear that wasn’t an option for this photographer. It is still a really great picture with very impressive timing on the shot. I talked about in my last blog about the different levels of difficulty in shooting a dunk, and the same can be said for this break away situation. In a breakaway situation, you can have to think ahead to the next shot and be focused down the court and prepared for whatever can happen. It can be a great shot or you can miss it completely if you blink. You can also see that the gym lighting was fairly dark and not ideal for shooting. This photographer showed very nice editing techniques with the brightening of the players and the court. The other great features of this photo were the detail that you can see in the player’s faces as they watch the shooter take his shot and the vertical leap of the shooter that is conveyed by the timing of this photo is extremely impressive. All in all, another really wonderful action photo! There isn’t much room for improvement here – and as I said, this would have been my winner if not for our Soccer picture.
Overall comments: Once again, a very heart-felt thanks to those of you that took the time to share your images with us. We love looking at all of the submissions and we appreciate you giving us the chance to evaluate them, because that is how we all become better photographers. Keep sending in your shots so that you can be the Pacers Fan Photographer of the Game! Our next submission period to be the Fan Photographer of the Game for the Boston Celtics starts January 14th!
There were also many wonderful images that were not mentioned here and we encourage you to view the entries on Facebook! We would also like to keep all of the images and enter them in the next submission period so that we might consider them for the next Pacers Fan Photographer of the Game! (You may submit additional images for the next round even if your picture from round one is being kept. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to submit additional pictures.)