Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Fever vs Connecticut

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The Fever have Won. The awards ceremony is over with, and it's now time for me to break this camera down and go home.I haven’t shot a Fever game since last year’s Final when the Fever won the WNBA Championship. I have a few Fever games to shoot this month and tonight was the first in that series.

I was one of the down camera this time and I teamed up with Kyle Donnelly. We were at the south end of the court, at what is now referred to as camera 4.
Shooting down cameras is a lot more physical then shooting a up camera.

Fever vs Connecticut game. Second half. My view from the floor.

With down cameras, you’re a lot closer to the action, with the real possibilities of being run over by a player. During the breaks and half time you spend all of your time running around the court following the entertainment.

But, the nice part about shooting a down camera is that you’re working with a partner, so you shoot only half the game.

During the other half you work as your partner’s utility. Which just means that you manage your camera’s cable, which also means you pretty much get to sit back and enjoy the game.

I like to shoot the first half, just to get my shooting over with. Luckily Kyle wanted to shoot the second half anyhow, so that worked out just fine. We didn’t have to flip a coin.

The Fever haven’t been doing very well.

They have a lot of players on injury reserves.

But their star player Tamika Catchings had 22 points and six steals.

It also helped that Connecticut’s star player, reigning league MVP Tina Charles, was ejected from the game because of two technical fouls.

The Fever went on to win 78 to 66.

February 2013

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There were a few interesting shoots this month.

I shot the State Wrestling Finals for the IHSAA at Bankers Life. Wrestling has never been a sport I like shooting. It’s boring. The matches are too short and if you blink at the wrong time, you’ll miss everything. But I have to admit that this time around, there were a couple of matches that proved to be rather interesting.

Bankers Life Control Room A. After the renovation and equipment upgrade, their is a lot more room here. We use to shoot all of the games out of A, now we mostly use Control Room BShot a couple of Pacers games and a Indiana Ice game this month.

I don’t think that I have ever shown what the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Control Room A looks like after the renovation and upgrade. We normally shoot out of B, but for the IHSAA Finals, they used A.

Amos & Abdul with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief, Rick HiteTV40 started a new show called Amos & Abdul.

Recorder columnist Amos Brown and political commentator Abdul-Hakim Shabazz are doing a Left vs Right, Point/Counterpoint type talk show. I shot the first 4 shows. One of their guest was Rick Hite, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief, who also did a turn on TV40’s Inside Indy which we shot the same day.

I have another Pacers game to shoot later this week and I’ll be shooting the State basketball playoffs for the next few weeks, but after that, things will start to get thin. There will still be Pacers and Ice but I’ll need to begin drumming up work for the summer.

Indiana Ice vs Muskegon Lumberjacks

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Shot my very first hockey game tonight.
I’ve never been a big fan of hockey, even though I did learn how to skate.

A faded image of the Zweibrucken Skate Monitors that I worked with. I've often wonder whatever happen to these old Air Force buddies of mine.I was station at Zweibrucken AFB in Germany, which was only one of two Air Force bases that had a Ice Skating Ring. The other base being, The Air Force Academy.

The Zweibrucken AFB Skating Ring was open to the public and all the local German kids and young adults came there in the evening, specially Saturday night. I use to go to that ring everyday after work. It became kind of a obsession for me, and I became quite good at skating.

I even became a Skate Monitor. (Everybody say, Ohoooo Ahhhhh!)
But I got a lot of dates as a Skate Monitor. It was a Chick Magnet.

Hockey practice just as the fieldhouse is opening.Anyhow, I always wanted to shoot a hockey game, but never had the opportunity until now. The Indiana Ice are a part of the United States Hockey Tier 1 League. The Ice even won the Clark Cup Championship in the 2008-09 season, though I don’t think that they are all that good now.

I figured that the game would be fast to shoot, and it was, but after a few minutes of panning, I got the hang of it. If you lose the puck, just follow where all the players are skating toward and there it will be. Three 20 minute periods with 15 minutes in-between each period.

The game was fun to shoot. It was something different!
The Ice lost in a overtime shootout.
I think that I have a couple more Ice games this month.

Pacers vs Hawks

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One of the Pacers brand new cameras.I finished up on the Delta Faucet shoot a lot earlier then I thought that I would. So I had time to drive home change my clothes and get some rest before I had to shoot the Pacer game.

All of the new equipment that the Pacers bought has be installed. Now all they have to do, is spend forever tweaking it.

The Pacers won an exhibition game against the Atlanta Hawks.