February 18, 2016

Work From the End of 2015

It's pretty safe to say I'm just a tad bit behind on blog posts. I'll be putting up my "Best of 2015" within a few days for sure.

I had an action-packed October starting with the end of the regular season for baseball, shooting boxing for the first time, a handful of high school football, and ending with covering both inside and outside Wrigley Field during the Cubs' postseason games. Even though the Cubs lost the NLCS against the Mets, it was a lot of fun being there and being part of the Getty crew for the Chicago-end of the series, I definitely learned some things from the rest of the guys.

I was really happy with how my post-game celebration shots turned out. I spent a few minutes lining myself up with the NLCS logo on the grass on the first base side in hopes that there would be celebration at the pitcher's mound and that the Mets fans, above their dugout, would be going crazy. The fans weren't as excited as I hoped, not many had their hands up as I wanted, but the framing worked out great. When the Mets were back in the clubhouse celebrating, Elsa was covering that and I didn't see anyone else from our crew outside near the Mets' dugout, so I made sure I stayed put until it was clear everything was done with. I already sent out the immediate reaction with a runner, so there was no rush. While we all waited for the team to come back out, I decided to go upstairs to the upper deck and center myself with the exit stairs of the dugout. I had a very specific shot in mind, but unfortunately the moment I wanted didn't line up or happen exactly how I hoped it would, it was close though!


Loyola's Dara Laja (1) rushes for a touchdown against Stevenson during their second round Class 8A playoff game in Wilmette, Ill. on November 7, 2015. (Jon Durr for North Shore Weekend)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against Fernando Rodney #57 of the Chicago Cubs during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. This made Daniel Murphy the new record holder for most consecutive home runs in the postseason with six. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
October 29, 2015:  War Envoy, trained by Aidan P. O'Brien and owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Joseph Allen LLC, exercises in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky on October 29, 2015. (Jon Durr/Eclipse Sportswire)

Niles North's Chris Geans (5) celebrates a touchdown against Maine West with River Kung (13) in Skokie, Ill. on October 2, 2015. (Photo by Jon Durr)

Fans celebrate outside of Wrigley Field after the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Divisional Series on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr)

Deerfield's Jordan Baum (24) receives the ball from Ben Bizarre (5) as Highland Park's Daniel Bronska (13) covers, to resume play late in the fourth quarter after a Deerfield timeout in Deerfield, Ill. on December 18, 2015. Highland Park was able to gain possession before time elapsed but was unable to score, Deerfield won 41-38. (Jon Durr for North Shore Weekend)

Niles North Matt Naranjo (left) celebrates with coach Filip Cejovic after winning the IHSA boys soccer sectional title in Skoke, Ill. on October 24, 2015. (Photo by Jon Durr)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Koki Kameda (R) throws a right at at Kohei Kono during their WBA-Super Flyweight Attraction fight at UIC Pavilion on October 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Kohei Kono won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs is unable to make a catch against the New York Mets during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Loyola's Thomas Smart (86) makes a catch for a first down against Palatine in the fourth quarter of their IHSA Class 8A semi-final football game in Palatine, Ill. on November 21, 2015. Loyola won the game 24-22 and went on to remain undefeated and win the Class 8A Championship. (Jon Durr for North Shore Weekend)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Jeurys Familia #27 and Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Manager Terry Collins #10 of the New York Mets celebrates on field after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets steals second in the first inning against Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 17: Stephen Buckley #8 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by Josey Jewell #43 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (L) and Ben Niemann #44 (R) during the first quarter at Ryan Field on October 17, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 04:  Tyler Collins #18 of the Detroit Tigers is unable to field a triple by Trayce Thompson #28 of the Chicago White Sox (not pictured) during the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on October 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Niles North's Kaleb Canonigo (1) reaches for a rebound after a shot by Niles West's Octavius Parker II (10) during the fourth quarter in Skokie, Ill. on December 5, 2015. (Photo by Jon Durr)

October 2, 2015

Recent Work Through 10/1/15

I really want to make the title to this post, "CUBS CUBS CUBS!" but there's some Bears in here too. As a native of the north suburbs of Chicago, I was raised a Cubs fan. When I started getting into baseball, it was the era of Sammy Sosa and Kerry Wood. Once Sosa had his corked bat incident and when the Cubs' couldn't make it through the playoffs, I lost hope and interest in the team.

I've been doing some soul searching and I've come to the conclusion that I only truly care about the Cubs and the Blackhawks as a fan. That makes every Cubs game I get to shoot a treat, and even better when things of historical significance happen. After 21 Cubs games this season, I got to end it on a high note, with lots of big celebrations and lots of funs pictures.

The one moment this entire season that will probably stick with me the most is the celebration after Jake Arrieta's 20th win of the season. I ended up in the middle of the mob of players around Arrieta. Chris Sweda of the Chicago Tribune and I were in the middle of the chaos and kept getting jostled around from all the movement. I never knew getting beer up my nose and being soaked in beer while being pushed against other people could be fun. Chris and I both agreed that what just happened was just awesome.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate with Jake Arrieta #49 on his 20th win of the season after their game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-0.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate with Jake Arrieta #49 on his 20th win of the season after their game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 4-0.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Chris Denorfia #15 of the Chicago Cubs is dunked by Anthony Rizzo #44 (L) and Dexter Fowler #24 (R) after hitting a walkoff homerun against the Kansas City Royals at Wrigley Field on September 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 1-0 in eleven innings.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) pours sunflower seeds onto Kris Bryant #17 after he hit a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fifth inning to tie the Cubs all-time rookie home run record at Wrigley Field on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs (L) and Javier Baez #9 (R) celebrate their win over the St. Louis Cardinals after the game ending out by Russell at Wrigley Field on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 5-4. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs tosses the ball to Javier Baez #9 (not pictured) for the final out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 5-4. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Players gather in the middle of the field after their game at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Arizona Cardinals won 48-23.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Kyle Fuller #23 of the Chicago Bears runs onto the field during team introductions before the start of their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals smiles as he acknowledges fans during the game against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Arizona Cardinals won 48-23.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Deone Bucannon #20 of the Arizona Cardinals forces a fumble on Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Jimmy Clausen #8 of the Chicago Bears dives as he recovers a fumble to prevent a safety during the fourth quarter in the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Arizona Cardinals won 48-23. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears walks off the field after giving up an interception for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter at Soldier Field on September 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

September 13, 2015

Recent Work Through 9-7-15

Time for some football! With baseball winding down, it is clearly time for football. This high school season I'm doing a lot of work for someone that doesn't require any captions or pictures that night, it's nice and refreshing to not have to stress over tight deadlines.

I was fortunate to shoot Notre Dame's season home opener last week. One thing I cannot stress enough is to invest in good hearing protection. I have some hearing loss in my right ear that was made worse by some improper protection at NASCAR about exactly a year ago. I recently bought custom fit plugs that work great, and were extremely useful at Notre Dame, especially when I was standing in front of speakers for the band.

The first picture here I was incredibly lucky to get. I was sitting in the stands and I had to "snipe" through a row of seats and hope no one in the White Sox dugout stood up, he was blocked from my view until he was about 10 feet away from the tarp. It got picked up by USA Today's For The Win and I was really excited to see that it was my second time making the edit of Getty Sport's Global Pictures of the Week.


CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 24:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the Boston Red Sox leaps onto the tarp to make a catch for an out against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 05: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tackles Jerrod Heard #13 of the Texas Longhorns for a loss of yards during the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 05: Sheldon Day (91) of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Isaac Rochell (90) celebrate after making a tackle for a loss of yards against the Texas Longhorns during the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31:  Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field on August 31, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

A Loyola player (bottom) tackles and upends a Maine South player during their Freshman A game in Wilmette, Ill. on Saturday June 5, 2015.
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 05: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates after making a tackle against the Texas Longhorns during the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

A Lane Tech player (R) makes a hit on a Niles West player, dislodging a catch during their varsity game in Skokie, Ill. on September 4, 2015.
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 29: Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers (bottom), Sam Barrington #58 (middle) and Sam Shields #37 (top) during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Loyola player #81 celebrates a long rush for a touchdown against Maine South during their Freshman A game in Wilmette, Ill. on Saturday September 5, 2015.

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 29: Ryan White #31 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Philadelphia Eagles won 39-26. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

August 24, 2015

Recent Work Through 8-23-15

After the Cal Ripken World Series, I went straight back to work in Chicago with some more baseball and the Bears' pre-season opener. I was a last minute sub for the Bears game which left me with a very packed two days. The White Sox game went to thirteen innings and ended around 11:50pm and I had to be at Wrigley Field for a 1:05 Cubs game and then at Soldier Field for a 7:00pm kickoff for the Bears. I got into the workroom at Soldier field 90 minutes before kickoff, I wish I had a little more time to settle down before the Bears game since it was only my second time shooting an NFL game. I've been having some trouble not "feeling it" at football games, I haven't figured out how I like shooting them, but I'm sure I'll get there.


CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12:  The Chicago White Sox celebrate after Avisail Garcia #26 hit a walkoff one run RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at U.S. Cellular Field on August 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox won 3-2 in thirteen innings.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Ka'Deem Carey (25) leaps over Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Vigil (49) during the second half in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports 
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12:  Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox high fives Alexei Ramirez #10 as he scores the game winning run off of a one run RBI double by Avisail Garcia #26 (not pictured) at U.S. Cellular Field on August 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox won 3-2 in thirteen innings.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 15: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs breaks his bat as he flies out during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A young fan celebrates a Chicago Bears touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second half in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09:  Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after beating the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 2-0.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09:  Nori Aoki #23 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after being hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) at Wrigley Field on August 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho (49) reacts after tackling Miami Dolphins quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson (not pictured) during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins (bottom) and strong safety Reshad Jones (L) tackle Chicago Bears running back Jacquizz Rodgers (35) during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 19:  World War II veteran and National Spokesman for the 78th Fighter Squadron Jerry Yellin shakes hands with Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field on August 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 15: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs (R) and David Ross #3 walk to the dugout before the game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 19: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after grounding out to end the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field on August 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears mascot Staley holds a t-shirt launcher as members of the Illinois State Police look on during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 06:  Jason Hammel #39 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Wrigley Field on August 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Neville Hewitt (46) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy (11) during the second half in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers steals second base as Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs covers during the third inning at Wrigley Field on August 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 23:  A fan (black shirt, R) is hit by a foul ball during the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)