Super Time in Atlanta

What a great time it was shooting Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium here on our own turf. It was just two years ago the AJC Photo crew went to Houston for SBLI to cover the Falcons loss to the Patriots. This time around, from my perch high above the field with a Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM – we came up with some really interesting images. For starters let’s look at the Sports Cover of the AJC below followed by the AJC Front Page next. Avoiding the scrum and the trench perspective, our view from above worked quite well. Let’s scroll through some images – shall we?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sports Page - Super Bowl - John Spink Copyright Photo
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Front Page - Super Bowl - John Spink Copyright Photo

The sports action proved to be just as interesting. Clean backgrounds with an unobstructed view

John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets a stiff arm from Los Angeles 
Rams running back C.J. Anderson (35) in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets a stiff arm from Los Angeles
Rams
running back C.J. Anderson (35) in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15)(left) can't get to this pass as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22)(right) knocks the ball away during the 3rd quarter .
New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15)(left) can’t get to this pass as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22)(right) knocks the ball away during the 3rd quarter .
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83)(left) can't hold onto a pass as New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty (30) knocks it out of his hands during 2nd quarter action.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83)(left) can’t hold onto a pass as New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty (30) knocks it out of his hands during 2nd quarter action.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets an interception in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets an interception in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21)(left) and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24)(right) break up a pass to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) near the end zone during 4th quarter action
New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21)(left) and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24)(right) break up a pass to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) near the end zone during 4th quarter action
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) makes a catch in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) makes a catch in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass in the second quarter.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass in the second quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16)(left) releases a pass as New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) closes in while Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) during 3rd quarter play.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16)(left) releases a pass as New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) closes in while Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) during 3rd quarter play.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams defensive end John Franklin-Myers (94) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks (95) pile on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (left) after he fumbles the ball while New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) dives on it (below) as Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) (right) moves in during 1st quarter action.
Los Angeles Rams defensive end John Franklin-Myers (94) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks (95) pile on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (left) after he fumbles the ball while New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) dives on it (below) as Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) (right) moves in during 1st quarter action.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) returns a punt in the first quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) returns a punt in the first quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs from the clutches of New England Patriots outside linebacker Elandon Roberts (52)(right) during 4th quarter play.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs from the clutches of New England Patriots outside linebacker Elandon Roberts (52)(right) during 4th quarter play.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) makes a catch over Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) in the second quarter.
New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) makes a catch over Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) in the second quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) scrambles for yardage in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) scrambles for yardage in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) (left) tried to negotiate New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) (right) during first quarter action.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) (left) tried to negotiate New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) (right) during first quarter action.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) (left) passes by Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90)(center) as New England Patriots center David Andrews (60)(right) looks on during 3rd quarter play.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) (left) passes by Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90)(center) as New England Patriots center David Andrews (60)(right) looks on during 3rd quarter play.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets a first down in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets a first down in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes for a fourth quarter TD to take the lead and the win.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes for a fourth quarter TD to take the lead and the win.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) moves to join in a early celebration with teammates, New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27)(center) and New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54)(right) as the clock winds down.
New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) moves to join in a early celebration with teammates, New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27)(center) and New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54)(right) as the clock winds down.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Brady and Edelman celebrate as seconds are left on the clock on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Brady and Edelman celebrate as seconds are left on the clock on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Brady celebrates victory on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Brady celebrates victory on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (left) tries to make his way to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) in a shower of confetti.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (left) tries to make his way to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) in a shower of confetti.

Atlanta Shined as it hosted the two best football teams in the NFL

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It was great to be able to shoot the events and the game, but seeing old friends and collegues made the experience that much more. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, John Filo was in town with CBS who presented the Big Game this year. John is now Vice President of CBS Photography. We met for lunch at Pasta Da Pulcinella in Midtown to catch up with each other. I was an AP stringer back in the day when John ran the AP Bureau in Kansas City. He was my mentor and teacher – and I still shoot sports with the Filo philosphy. So seeing John again really made my week.

John Filo (left) and yours truly (right) geting some more pointers from my mentor

The AJC Photo Crew

Left to Right – Hyosub Shin, Bita Honarvar, Alyssa Pointer, John Spink, Bob Andres, Curtis Compton and Ryon Horne together after Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes -Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Senior Visual Manager, Sandra Brown is not pictured here because she was busy putting together some of the most beautiful photo pages we’ve seen in a long time.

Weddings Are Pretty Much ……..Black & White

 

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Weddings are not always so black & white. When it comes to planning, budget, food, the guest list etc., what starts off as a simple celebration can quickly turn into a quagmire of unforeseen issues. For pictures on the other hand, black and white – is black and white, even when the entire take is shot in color.  Yes, there is some creative time involved in wedding post-production with adjustments – but some beautiful results occur there bringing some great results. Ron and Regina were married at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia. Built just after the turn of the millennia, this is a large church and has a traditional feel to it, without the poor lighting symptoms that plague other older churches. The reception was held at Founders Hall that kicked into high gear with some Louisiana, New Orleans style partying with handkerchiefs, parasols and temporary fleur-de-lis tattoos.

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There are a variety of choices when it comes to how you want your pictures to look. There are some investment additions when looking at black and white or tinted photos – but if your photography tastes are suited for these artistic expressions, they are well worth exploring. Just ask me about how we can make your images tailored to your needs.

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iPhone Photography

iPhone Photography

The best thing about iPhone Photography? No thirty-five pound camera bag and no cameras hanging all over you. Just grab your phone and make an image. Here are some pictures I recently made with my iPhone at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.

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Here’s three different looks at the same corridor in the Abbey Church.

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It’s easy being creative with iPhone photography. Here’s a little tilt and shift application you can apply with a photo software ap.

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Just plain beautiful light with a little contrast adjustment.

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Switch to black and white mode easily.

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With iPhone Photography you can add your own borders.

iPhone Photography

A blur here and a blur there for effect.

iPhone Photography

Look up and see there’s pictures to be made.

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Look around and see the colors and contrasts.

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Look up and get close.

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The sky is the limit …….

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Or is it?

iPhone Photography and Istagram

 

With Instagram you’ve got the basics to shoot and modify your iPhone images and share with friends and other photographers. Like Facebook, Instagram recently brought some concerns to users in regards to who actually owns the photos posted. This deserves to be monitored as this news develops and where it goes from here.

I’m a big fan of one Instagram user in particular, and he’s not a professional photographer. Richard Elliot, a reporter with Channel 2 Action News has a tremendous eye and a iPhone photo-ap arsenal that apparently rivals Adobe’s Lightroom and Nik software combined! You can see Richard’s work at grantparkphotog on Instagram. It’s ART!

You have limitations with iPhone photography. The files are not as big as DSLR and you certainly don’t have the lens selection or optical aperture choices. But if you don’t want to be weighed down like a pack mule, like most professional photographers on assignment, then you will love the convenience and freedom of having a camera in your pocket with some Lightroom capabilities at your fingertips.

The Monastery holds a Photography Retreat once a year that I am privileged to be part of. Father James Behrens, a monk at the Monastery is a prolific writer and a photographer. He along with Matthew Jeffres, a nature and food photographer who is on staff at the Monastery. And yours truly, will help to lead a great weekend retreat of coming in touch with God and photography in May of 2013. Come join us!

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