About Game Time Images
In 1979 I started photographing weddings for a bridal
studio to earn money for college. When
I graduated I continued to photograph weddings into the late 80ís.
Weddings were great but when I wanted to have fun I would go find a
sporting event to do some action photography.
In 1984, I began studying karate with the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs.
In 1985 I became the clubís photographer.
Now, the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs are no ordinary
karate club, today there are over 9,000 members in 75+ locations in Chicago and
the surrounding suburbs. This created
not only a great opportunity for action photography but also a creative
opportunity. Every year the
karate program hosts an awards banquet and one of the highlights each year are
the multimedia modules which take the images I have created over the year and
choreograph them to music. Itís
amazing to see the response your images get when they are projected on a 20 foot
screen in front of 1000 people. In
the old days these were 3 projector slide modules and a tape player.
In 2000, I produced the shows digitally by scanning negatives and
starting in 2001 I went all digital. Each
year people would ask to purchase copies of particular images but the logistics
of order and fulfillment in a slide based system would take more time than I
could afford. Of the 4000+ images
taken annually only 200-300 would make it into the multimedia modules and those
images were only displayed for a few seconds.
The move to digital allowed me to be able to effectively offer all
of the the
images for sale via the internet. This
was the birth of Game Time Images.
Game Time Images is an action photography company. Today, I focus primarily on youth and adult sport karate photography. We are also covering baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball, hockey, swimming and cheerleading. In addition, Iím doing photography of air shows, flight demonstrations of Birds of Prey from a local nature center and some nature photography.
If you have an sporting event coming up and would like to have it professionally photographed please contact us and we can discuss the details. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org please include information about your event as well as a contact person.
About the Equipment
I am a huge fan of Canon and have been since 1976 when I fell in love with my AE-1. The AE-1 is long gone as is my A-1 and F-1. Today I use a EOS-1n for film based photography and an EOS 20D, EOS 10D and D30 for digital. I can honestly say that I rarely touch the EOS-1n since I started working in digital. For lenses I only use Canon lenses primarily the 70-200mm f2.8L and 28-135mm f5.6 IS. For action, the 70-200mm is my favorite because with the digital cameras the sensor size is smaller than a 35mm negative frame so the lens is effectively a 112-320mm f2.8 which is ideal. For lighting, I use a Canon Speedlite 550EX with a Sto-Fen Omni Bounce diffuser. For portrait lighting I like the portable strobes from White Lightning, I use the Ultra600 series.
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