Blog-Views From the Sidelines

Photo professional living and working in NYC

Into the knockout rounds - FRA v KOR

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We're into the knockout rounds, so every match counts that much more, and ironically the large tallies of 4+ goals we saw in the group stages matter less.  France came out of the gate strong Saturday against Korea in Montreal's Olympic Stadium scoring twice in the first eight minutes.  They didn't seem to officially let up any, but when you're already up by two goals the pressure isn't the same as when you're tied or even down.  France was able to make some subs to give more players a chance on the field, and let others rest before their big match this coming Friday against fellow European powerhouse Germany.  I was really happy to retrieve my remote camera behind the goal to find the gem shown here first, which was France's third goal scored by #18 Marie Laure Delie in the 48th minute.  The other two goals happened on the other half of the field, so I was very happy to really nail this one.   

Meanwhile, further west, the United States was able to pull out a win over Colombia putting them into the quarterfinals where they'll face China this coming Friday in Ottawa. 

Germany Still Looking Fierce: GER v SWE

Germany looked fierce yesterday toppling fellow European opponents Sweden 4-1 at in the Round of 16 at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.  I can't help but think about how unsettled the United States looked in their tie with Sweden in the group stages and what that could mean further down the line should the US and German teams play.  The United States has a way of pulling out underdog wins, but the Germans are looking cool and composed, winning with skill rather than a hope and heart.   

Between my four cameras I was able to get a variety of different shots.  I had a remote with a wide-angle firing behind the goal, with another remote clamped to the light-board close to the left corner flag, then my two bodies as I set near where the 18-yard box hits the endline.  Hope you like!

Women's World Cup - Costa Rica v Korea

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I've never seen a team celebrate harder for a tie.  Costa Rica knew they needed to walk away with at least a point against Korea this past Sunday at Montreal's Olympic Stadium to have any chance of moving on to the knockout rounds.  A goal late in second half sent the Costa Rican team and fans alight as both erupted into a fervor fit more for the finals.  In the end the Ticas would fall short of the knockout rounds, but not without leaving everything they had on the field. 

First World Cup Match of my Career

For the first World Cup match of my shooting career, Norway made it easy by defeating Thailand 4-0 at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.  Here are a few shots from the first match of the day, and a very happy group of Norwegians. 

My Favorite Shot From This Weekend - Germany v Ivory Coast

I liked this image from the Germany game enough that I saved it for its own post.  The sun was dropping in the late afternoon sky and most of the game was happening on the other side of the field.  I was grabbing a few pictures of German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, waiting for her to look over her right shoulder so the light would hit her face when the Ivory Coast finally broke free.  One of the wingers sent a ball into the box and forward Binta Diakite went up for the header.  Goalkeeper Angerer went up for it and had the ball in her hands but couldn't keep it on the way down.  Arms and legs went everywhere as neither player was able to retain possession.  A German defender was able to clear the ball, but not before I got this shot.  Hoping for some more good stuff this weekend though the indoor Olympic Stadium in Montreal won't have the advantage of natural sunlight.     

Germany looks to dominate. Period.

Just about everything that could go wrong did the week before heading off to Canada for Women's World Cup 2015, but in the end I was extremely delighted to get my credentials and make it down to the field for my first World Cup.  Both matches in Ottawa were won in convincing fashion with Norway defeating Thailand 4-0, and Germany taking the Ivory Coast with a whopping 10-0.  This weekend I'm excited to be in Montreal for Brazil v Spain and Korea v Costa Rica.  Here are some matches from the Germany, Ivory Coast goal fest.  Enjoy!

USA World Cup Sendoff

Last year I was happy to shoot the US Men's National Team two weeks before they shipped off to World Cup 2014 Brazil, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to shoot the US Women's National Team this past Saturday one week before their first match in World Cup 2015 Canada. 

Though the match could have seen a little more excitement, ending in a 0-0 tie to another WC 2015 team Korea, a lot of different players got playing time on the pitch, and probably more importantly, no one got hurt.  Red Bull Arena was packed to the gills with a sell-out crowd.  Many of us photographers were whispering to each other that we didn't really get too many shots, but with the new white uniforms, the day actually turned into a decent portrait session. 

I always feel like it's an honor and a pleasure shooting any of the US Teams; this weekend didn't feel any different, and though I probably won't get to shoot them in the actual World Cup I'll be cheering them on wherever I'll be!