Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

*My 2013 POY. (Pictures of the Year)

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Where does the time go? Even though my tenure as a staff photographer at the newspaper was abruptly cut short in November due to layoffs that eliminated our entire photo staff, it was still a very gratifying year for making images. Boarded a few airplanes for out of town personal assignments, utilized remote cameras, strobes, [...]


“March Madness… Hoops du Jour… Bring Your a-Game… Game-Face… I (Still) Love This Game…” March 1 – 3, 2013.

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Kingston head coach Ron Kelder (left) embraces starting guard Justin Robinson (#12) late in the fourth quarter of their Section 9 Boys Class AA Championship game against FDR at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Robinson had 13 points as Kingston defeated FDR 80 – 52.  © CHET GORDON/Times [...]


“Back in the Black…” (Army Black Knights Basketball) 22•Dec.•12

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Army guard Maxwell Lenox (#0) is fouled by Derrick Carter (#12, right) of Rosemont during the second half of their men’s basketball game in Christl Arena at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Army defeated Rosemont 90 – 48.  © CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record Began my sixth season [...]


High School State Championship Basketball. Glens Falls, NY March 2012

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“Hoop Dreams Shattered in a Game of Inches Played 200 Miles from Home…”  My thoughts on covering the New York State HS Basketball Championship Tournament last weekend, March 15 – 17, 2012. Finally getting around to recapping my weekend (albeit shortened) up in Glens Falls, NY for the state basketball championship tournament. We had two [...]


“Own the Night…” *(particularly for basketball) March 2012

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A long time ago when I was just starting out in the business, and while attending a professional level weekend workshop ~ a colleague told me one of his basic philosophies for shooting big time sports: “You’re basically just in a big room (stadium, arena, etc.) and still have to make pictures…” I never forgot [...]


“No Dance…” Newburgh, NY 1•March•12

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Jason McAllister (#42) of NFA falls to his knees after their 64 – 53 loss to Middletown in their Section 9 Class AA Semifinal game at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Middletown will face Kingston for the Class AA Championship on Saturday at SUNY New Paltz. For as [...]


“It’s Officially Here…” 1•March•12

Newburgh guard Antonio Harper (#2, right) and Mount Vernon's Quadere Lovell (#2, left) eye a rebound during their Class AA Regional Semi-Finals game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mount Vernon defeated NFA

I’m talking about the March Playoff Basketball post season, known as “March Madness.” (certainly not yesterday’s snowy & rainy weather.) Later today I will install four Dyna-Lite strobes in one of my favorite venues in the area; the Wellness Center gym up at  SUNY New Paltz. I then have the big Section IX Semi-Finals game [...]


Army – Navy Basketball (again). West Point, NY 11•Feb.•12

Navy's Carlton Smith (#20, left) misses a dunk over Army's Jordan Springer (#42, right) during the first half of their game in Christl Arena at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Springer had 4 points as A

I’ve been quietly waiting a year to get back into Christl Arena at the United States Military Academy in West Point to work another Army – Navy basketball rivalry. Since I didn’t have to opportunity to cover what would’ve been my fifth Army – Navy football game in FedEx Field last December in Washington, DC, [...]


"They’re just ‘Hammers & Nails’, man…" (Part 2) 24•Jan.•12

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Packing up the hardware for a junior college basketball game between two local rivals tonight: Here’s a few favorites from the night, which included working with four cameras (one as a remote installed in the bleachers & aimed down toward a basket), two Dyna-Lite Uni-Jr. strobes clamped high in the stands in either corner of [...]


"They’re just ‘Hammers & Nails’, man…" Jan. 2012

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My gear used to cover Boys HS Varsity swimming between Monroe-Woodbury & Kingston High Schools at Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley, NY on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. © www.chetgordon.com/blog Now that covering the indoor sports seasons are finally in full swing for me again, here’s a brief look at what I go through as [...]


"Another One in the Books…" 19•Jan.•12

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A favorite sports photograph of mine (above right) was published again, this time in sort of a how-to book presented by the editors at Popular Photography Magazine: “TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Essential Tips & Tricks For Shooting Amazing Photos” It’s actually a pretty decent looking soft cover book, easy to read, nice simple diagrams, and [...]


"No NBA…? No Problem." Basketball coverage has begun for the 2011 / 2012 season for me. Newburgh, NY 15•Nov.•11

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The game ball rolls to a stop at court side after the Mount Saint Mary College – SUNY New Paltz women’s basketball game in Newburgh, NY on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Mount Saint Mary College defeated SUNY New Paltz 62 – 47. CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record For those of you already missing your “Lebron and / [...]


In Praise of "Long Glass…" 22•Oct.•11

Washingtonville quarterback Chaynce Pelio (#15, left) is pressured by Warwick's J.J. Prell (#35) during their Section 9 Class AA Div II game against Washingtoville at Warwick High School in Warwick, NY on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Washingtonville defeat

I am working on a new post highlighting my use of long telephoto lenses (or what’s commonly labeled “super-telephotos” in the camera manufacturer’s jargon). For photographing sports and an occasional news assignment with “Joe-subject” at a distant podium, while we’re positioned on those annoying press risers – there’s no substitute for me, as my main [...]


"Back from the Dance…" Glens Falls, NY 18 – 19•March•11

Brendan Miller (#21) of Burke dunks in the fourth quarter of their NYSPHSAA Class B Championship game against Potsdam at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY on Saturday, March 19, 2011.Miller had 19 pts. and 9 rebounds as Burke defeated Potsda

Brendan Miller (#21) of Burke hangs on the rim after dunking in the fourth quarter of their NYSPHSAA Class B Championship game against Potsdam at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Miller had 19 pts. and 9 rebounds as Burke defeated Potsdam 62 – 52. CHET GORDON/Times [...]


"March Madness is (finally) Here…!" March 2011.

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More like “Maddening…” Newburgh players (L – R, in blue): Parish Canty (#15), Antonio Harper (#2) and Dominique Jacobs (#11) reach for a rebound with Mount Vernon defenders Givvion Jones (#22) and Jabarie Hinds (#55) during their Class AA Regional Semi-Finals game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Tuesday, March 8, [...]


"What a Week for Pictures…!" Feb. 22 – 26, 2011.

Amanda Horvers (#33) of Mount Saint Mary College reacts after the Knights defeated Farmingdale State 71 - 50 in their Skyline Conference Championship game at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Mount Saint Mary College

I haven’t uttered these words for quite a while it seems, but while closely examining last week’s work, it truly was “A Week for (Good) Pictures…” A couple of extra-early wakeup calls – I’m talking the 4:30AM kind on Thursday to get moving on the coverage for the slain Poughkeepsie police officer’s funeral across the [...]


Army – Navy Basketball (Doubleheader). West Point, NY 22•Jan.•11

A large American flag is unfurled behind the cadet color guard during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the Army – Navy men’s basketball game in Christl Arena at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Several members of the American hostages who were held captive [...]


"Back on the Block…" Basketball 2010.

I’ll start right here: “BBall.”, “Hoops.”, “The Pill.”, “The Rock.”, “Square Up.”, “Box – Out.”, “Swish.”, “Pop – Out.”, “Shake ‘N Bake.”, “Pick and Roll.”, “Gotcha.”, “Face.”, “And One.”, “Down Low.”, “Trap.”, “Press.”, “Coast to Coast.”, “In the Paint.”, and back “On the Block…” NFA guard Will Williams gathers his thoughts during varsity basketball practice [...]


*Homage to Kingston & NFA Basketball* – Final Take. April•2010

“…Baby, I’m from New York… Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York…” -Alicia Keys. NFA vs. Middletown. Kingston vs. Minisink. Mix in the possibility of a Newburgh – Mount Vernon rematch in the NY State Quarterfinals at West Point’s Chrystl Arena in mid-March. What a [...]


Popular Photography Magazine. March 2010, pg. 42.

In all the craziness of this year’s HS playoff basketball tournaments the past few weeks, I’ve just gotten around to writing about the above piece in Popular Photography magazine. A photo of mine with an accompanying story was published last month. (March 2010 – page 42.) Click HERE. It was actually a file photo from [...]


"Bringing Your ‘A’ Game…" *Musings from late March / early April 2010.

*More on differentaspects of my sports photography – (particularly at the championship level…) I’ve thought a lot lately about approaching the challenges of not only the daily grind, but stepping it up when necessary to make memorable or game telling sports images. Sports portraits also offer that opportunity to show the viewer an athlete’s personality [...]


"I Gotta Get a Bigger Luggage Cart…" Back from Glens Falls, NY 22•March•10

Packing up my gear at 12:30AM including the Apple 12″ PowerBook, (4) head DynaLite arena strobe kit, (4) digital cameras, lenses, remote mounting hardware, tools, heavy duty extension cords, and Pocket-Wizard kits after four NYSPHSAA Tournament games in the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Times Herald-Record/CHET GORDON Yea that’s it, a [...]


*"It’s Gotten Ugly Up Here…" 19 – 20•March•10

Jake Palmer (#33, left) of John A. Coleman Catholic walks off the court as Maple Grove players celebrate their NYSPHSAA Class D Finals Championship win at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Maple Grove defeated Coleman 43 – 38. Times Herald-Record/CHET GORDON Writing live from courtside along press row here at [...]


En route to Glens Falls, NY (Again) for NY State HS Basketball Tournament. 18•March•10

Newburgh players (L-R, standing): Marcus Henderson, Patrick Johnson, Michael McLeod, Will Bouton, Damon Cousar, and Davon McMillan (squatting) on Prospect Avenue in the City of Newburgh, NY on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Newburgh is the defending Class AA state champion and will face CBA of Albany in the state semifinal game on Saturday in Glens [...]