It is every photojournalist’s fantasy is to become invisible like a fly on the wall when capturing images from News, Sports, Entertainment and Feature events. The Sony a9 with it’s silent, 20 frames a second capture and groundbreaking Autofocus sensor make this a reality.
On Golf course greens and press conferences to feature stories where the sound of a DSLR’s Mirror and Shutter mechanisms can distract or break up an intimate moment. The a9 is making a silent statement and finding its way into the hands of the Worlds top photojournalists and sports photographers.
I hope you enjoy these galleries containing some of my favorite images from covering sports and news events with a Sony Alpha a9.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) motto “As Real As It Gets” is one of the most accurate descriptions of a sporting event there is. A fast growing sport mixed martial arts (MMA) under the UFC started in 1993 from its home base in Las Vegas, Nevada promoting mixed martial arts fighting around the world to a fast growing audience.
The UFC has grown into a tightly controlled and organized fighting championship where both men and women compete and are required to know various fighting disciplines to compete at the highest levels. An Elite UFC athlete may be trained in many forms of martial arts, including karate, jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, grappling, wrestling, sumo and other combat sports. The photography here was from the UFC’s July 2017 events in Las Vegas.
The US Open
For the first time in the U.S. Open Golf Championship was held in Wisconsin and welcomed the world’s top golfers to play in the 117th Open Championship. The United States Golf Association (USGA) has tested past notable champions including Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Wisconsin’s own Andy North and Tiger Woods.
This year Brooks Koepka added his name to this exclusive list of champions with a four stroke finish over the field with a final round of 67 to win one of the most prestigious titles in Golf. Erin Hills became the sixth public access course to host the US Open championship attracting more than 200,000 fans.
The Rookie School
The Reno Air Racing Association has run a Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) for over ten years from the Reno-Stead Airport north of Nevada known as The Rookie School. This unique event attracts pilots from all over the world to learn, practice and qualify for National Championship Air Races in Biplane, Formula One, Jet Class, Sport and T-6 Classes of aircraft.
The four-day event with Seasoned Veterans and Rookies to air racing is essentially the Top Gun school of air racing with instruction from some of the greatest race pilots of all time. Lead by Air Boss Greg “Shifty” Peairs a former Top Gun pilot and instructor pilots learn to fly the pylons at 50 feet above the desert floor at extreme speeds. During the school, new and experienced pilots will complete Ground School, Reno Pylon Race Simulation Flying and a check ride by the FAA Certified Race Class Check Pilot.
The ultimate goal of the Reno Air Racing Association for the Pylon Racing School is to assemble the most experienced, skilled, trained and race-certified pilots to compete at the National Championship Air Races which happen every September in Reno.
The Falkland Stampede
Is one of Canada’s oldest Rodeo started in 1919, just after the war, and has grown over the years to a three-day rodeo professional event. Originally founded to celebrate the end of World War I, the residents of Falkland, British Columbia, and surrounding area planned a large picnic. And on March 24, 1919, in a field in the northwest corner of this small village, they gathered.
Falkland’s little rodeo turned professional on 1969, and as the years passed, the attendance of the Stampede grew, and the following year it was decided to expand the Stampede into two days. Today the three-day Falkland Stampede ranks among the top twelve Stampede in Canada. Thousands of people from all over the world have come to Falkland to take in this jam-packed; family fun filled Stampede where Professional Cowboys participate for prizes worth over $50,000.
Back in 1919, no one could have ever dreamed this gathering would become the Falkland Stampede and a piece of British Columbia history that today still has a small town feel.
America’s Greatest Race
The Kentucky Derby known as America’s Greatest Race held at Churchill Downs has conducted thoroughbred racing continuously since 1875. The twenty horse race is rich traditions such as sipping mint juleps, donning beautiful hats and is often referred to as “The Run for the Roses.” Also known as the most exciting two minutes in sports it has been running uninterrupted, even when coinciding with profound historical events like The Great Depression and World Wars I & II.
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