I (Jeff) announced my retirement. It’s been a fun filled 16 seasons, but it’s rapidly coming to an end. My wife and I have bought a lot in Hattiesburg, MS (I attended graduate school down there) and have got a builder all lined up. While I will be here this Fall, I fully expect the house to be done right after the first of the year (2022) and my free time will be tired up driving down (820 miles/trip) to inspect the progress.
I will continue to shoot the spring season, but on a very limited basis, and will cease shooting on 6/1.
We expect to keep this website active until 7/1/21 and really don’t have a plan on what to do after that. So fair warning here. If you have images you want you should get them ordered soon, before they go away.
We’re migrating to new gallery software. NEW GALLERY We really like this software. It allows all kinds of flexibility for special events. We’ve easily create 2 more special even galleries. One for the MIAA TOURNAMENT and another one for the GKCBCA All Star games and we’ll be posting those games shortly.
This is opens source software that went into hibernation 5 years ago. Now it’s got new supporters and we’re certainly in that mix. We host our own websites so it make that dramatically easier. Now I need to customize a theme for just us. That will happen this summer when I have the time.
We’ll leave the former galleries online and delete the oldest year as it makes sense until it goes away. OLD GALLERIES
I’ve got to get this off my chest. Yes, I am a gearhead, or gearhog as my wife would attest. While you don’t need a top of the line camera to take great pictures, it does help make my life easier.
That said, I went out and bought a new Canon 1Dx mkIII. What does it do better? Autofocus, autofocus, autofocus! So far I’ve shot 5 basketball games, one JV, two Varsity (high school) and 2 varsity college games. Autofocus with the previous 1Dxs was good, but Canon has built a new sensor, shutter and autofocus system for this camera.
So far I’ve been able to capture action sequences of 30+ images with the players driving to the basket and they are all in focus! I haven’t had to worry about the buffer in the camera, the internal processor and fast CFexpress cards eliminated that as a concern. And the shutter while faster (16 vs. 14 fps) is much quieter than the previous shutters. It’s almost a stealth shutter before I turn stealth mode on!
With a new sensor comes better color rendition and at least 1 stop of better ISO performance. These 5 basketball games were shot at ISO 20,000 at 1/2,000sec f/4.0 with Canons 70-200 lens. I don’t think I’ll worry about a dark gym again!
Here’s a sample image.
I have one complaint and it has nothing to do with Canon or the camera. Software is lagging behind this release. My software of choice is Capture One, and as of this writing they haven’t updated the current version to hand the new camera image format (now CR3). Hopefully this will be resolved soon. I hate using Photoshop to edit my images
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Let’s help the ladies start off their season right and fill the stadium. The two time National Women’s Soccer League Champions, 2014 & 2015, start their season Sunday, April 16th, 5:00pm at Swope Soccer Village, 6310 Lewis Rd, Kansas City, MO 64132. Even better show up early for the tailgate at 4:00pm!
Don’t forget to stay after the game and get their autographs!
The doctors have Jeff on a cancer suppression medication (Hydrea). His biggest issues are extreme tiredness and confusion. At best he’ll be able to get out one night a week to shoot. So while the medication is working, he’ll be on it another 90 days, at least. He wants to do more, but just doesn’t have the energy to do it. Thanks for the well wishes and understanding.
The doctors have decided, in their infinite wisdom, to start me on a round of chemotherapy to get my blood chemistry under control While I’m coming to terms with taking the meds, I’m finding they are killing my energy/stamina. I will be on them for the entire month of August, and while I’ll try to cover everyone, there will be days where the mind is willing but the body is weak. I’m not planning on a disappearing anytime soon, but I will be scarce for a while.