Week 2 photos – Sacramento Bee
Had a ton of fun during week two. Began the week on Monday covering the Sacramento Republic FC match against the Orange County Blues FC, two teams that apparently don’t get along too well with each other. There was an altercation that broke out that resulted in three yellow cards. Republic FC ended up winning the game 2-1.
On Wednesday I headed on over to the Gold River Racquet Club to make photos of two-time NCAA champion tennis player and Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs compete in the Gold River Challenger tournament. Gibbs has competed in the U.S. Open, French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and has even competed against Serena Williams. The photos I took were originally supposed to accommodate a profile piece written on her, but changed to a story on the paths athletes take during their journey to become professional. Instead of going straight to the professional leagues, Gibbs opted to take the collegiate route and then turn pro.
On Thursday, I planned to drive to San Francisco alongside Bee photographer Jose Villegas to cover the Bay Bridge series game between the Giants and Oakland A’s. However, a sudden change of plans had me go to San Francisco to shoot the game alone. Jose had some things to take care of, and informed me the night before the game that I’d be making a solo trip to the Bay Area the next morning. Despite the change of plans, I think logistics ran pretty smooth. I got to meet and shoot alongside sports photography living legend and Sports Illustrated shooter Brad Mangin. After the game and transmitting photos from the dugout, I met Brad, AP photographer Eric Risberg, and sports photographer Jean Fruth for dinner at MoMos right across the street from AT&T Park. Don’t go there unless you have a lot of money to spend… Overall, not bad for my first time in San Francisco and for shooting my first MLB game. The only thing I wish I would have done more is experiment from different angles at the park.