Our 12 Favorite Sports Action Photos of 2012

It’s already 2013, but we are continuing on of “12 of 2012″ theme today with our 12 favorite sports action images of 2012. I shoot a lot of sports. Sports action is probably my favorite thing to shoot. I mean, getting paid to go to sporting events? What is not to love about that?! That said, I usually shoot between 1500-2500 image per game. Take 30 soccer matches, 8-10 football games and 20-30 NBA games in a year and that’s a lot of photos. It’s tough to narrow it down to my 12 favorites but here they are. These may or may not be my “best” photos, but they are my favorites for one reason or another.

We’ll start off with my very favorite sports image of the season. And it’s not even from the field. The Timbers Army is the best. I love them for the atmosphere they create at the games and for the photo opportunities they create. For this image, I wanted to show the intensity of the crowd during a match with the Vancouver Whitecaps. I used a monopod fully extended over my head fired with a remote trigger while stading in the front row. Love this photo.

Sticking with the Timbers theme, this image is of Timber Joey after cutting a log slab after a goal against FC Dallas. I loved the lens flare from the sun and smoke and there is just a lot of energy in this image.

In rains in Portland. A lot. I spend a lot of time shooting photos in the pouring down rain. The opening night of the MLS season in 2012 was one of those nights. Timbers rookie Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored a goal and this was his reaction.

Luis Scola from the Rockets and Raymond Felton from the Blazers collide during a game in February.

More from the Timbers Army. Green smoke after scoring a goal is a good thing! To see more of my favorite Timbers photos, check out my appearance on the Timbers in 30 TV show.

I only shot the Seahawks once this year, but they are a fun team to watch. I was very impressed with Rookie Bobby Wagner who seemed to be all over the place during the win over the Patriots.

On October 6th I was crazy enough to shoot both Oregon and Oregon St. games on the same day. There was great light at the Beavers game and after leaving with about a minute left to beat traffic I arrived at Autzen Stadium just as the teams were coming out for warm-ups before beating the Huskies. Long day, but fun.

This reaction by David Horst after scoring against Seattle was as genuine as you can get. I love the reaction photos even more than the action images most of the time and Horst did not disappoint in this match.

I like to try to shoot from unconventional angles sometimes and it paid off while shooting from the stands with a 300mm lens at the Rose Garden during a game with Denver in December.

Last but not least, I covered the Stanford vs. Oregon game in November for Stanford. The Ducks were undefeated and ranked #1 in the country and just needed this one little win to clinch a trip to the Pac-12 title game and eventual National Championship showdown. The Cardinal however had a different plan and they beat the Ducks on a last minute field goal. I followed the players into the locker room after the game. The scene in there was hot, smelly and crowded, but they were very happy, climbing on lockers, yelling screaming. It was a cool scene. My cameras kept fogging up, but I knew this was a unique photo from an important moment in Cardinal Football history.

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