Project 365: March
March is one of my favorite times of the year with basketball galore, and the emergence of Spring. This March saw all of my favorite things, along with some pretty cool new experiences.
Basketball season wrapped up for me, and did so with a bang. I was fortunate enough to shoot the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament again this year and even though they beat my beloved UT Martin Skyhawks in the finals, it was incredible to watch Austin Peay become the national media darlings during their impressive and historic run. I also had the opportunity to again shoot USA Soccer, this time the World Cup champion US Women’s National Team.
Outside of sports I focused on more landscape images this month. I’m noticing that the Natchez Trace Bridge is showing up a lot in my daily shots. Yes, it is partly out of convenience since I drive over it daily, but also it provides some truly incredible views.
Favorite Shot this month: Working on a college basketball sideline has its dangers. In my years on the sidelines I’ve had numerous players dive into press row or photography area, but thankfully I’ve never been on the receiving end of a play like this one. This Murray State player was chasing a loose ball and ran out of room so he hurdled the television broadcast crew. Color commentator Chad Withrow lucked out as this player went spread eagle to clear him and press row… The sideline reporter next to him however caught his right foot directly in the face. I also like that as you look down press row, you can see everyone else collectively saying “Ohhhh.”
Something new this month: The opportunity to shoot a US National Team is always and honor, but aside from the USA Basketball teams of the early 90s there is no team more popular than the US Women’s National Team. As luck would have it, the world No. 1 American team was facing world No. 4 France and a better finish could not have been scripted. One of the team’s most popular players, Alex Morgan, nailed a game-winning goal in the 90th minute of the match and was kind enough to do so from my side of the field. I don’t shoot soccer often, so it was great to sharpen those skills again and even better to do so during an exciting match with two of the best teams in the world.
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