Christian J. Stewart Photography: Blog http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Christian J. Stewart Photography cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:12:00 GMT Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:12:00 GMT http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u758245113-o568534336-50.jpg Christian J. Stewart Photography: Blog http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog 120 86 CJS Photography Official Photographer for 2017 WBSC U18 World Cup of Baseball http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/cjs-photography-official-photographer-for-2017-wbsc-u18-world-cup-of-baseball MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 30, 2017

Christian J. Stewart Photography Selected as Official Photographer, 2017 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup

Victoria, BC - Mr. Christian J. Stewart is pleased to announce that Christian J. Stewart Photography of Victoria, British Columbia, in conjunction with James Mirabelli Photography of Thunder Bay, Ontario, have been selected as the official photographers for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U18 Baseball World Cup that will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario from September 1-10, 2017.

2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 30, 2016, Victoria, BC - Members of the Victoria HarbourCats celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Kelowna Falcons 9-1 at Royal Athletic Park Thursday, clinching first place in the first half of the 2016 West Coast League season and thus securing their first playoff appearance in team history.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This photo highlights a couple of firsts, including my first ever locker room celebration and the HarbourCats first ever playoff appearance, coming in a season that saw them eventually reach 40 wins - the best in the league and a WCL record. The boys certainly did a good job of celebrating the first half title here and gave me a great "Joy of Victory" photo.
The tournament serves as the World Championships for the Junior age category (16-18 year olds) and will feature a record nine of the Top 10 ranked countries in the 12-nation tournament including the Canadian National Junior Team (#10), the United States (#2 and three-time defending U18 champions), Cuba (#5), Mexico (#6), Nicaragua (#15), Japan (#1), Korea (#3), Chinese Taipei (#4), Italy (#12), Netherlands (#9), South Africa (#29) and Australia (#8).

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 9, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria Eagles pitcher Brody Stark delivers a pitch during a BC Premier Baseball League game against the the Parksville Royals Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Royals would emerge with a 3-2 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This pitcher has such an exaggerated "backswing" to his wind up and I wanted to try and capture it as best as possible without his face being blocked out. Perfect lighting and the perfect angle from behind the plate, led to a perfect shot of his unusual delivery.
The tournament includes 50 games over the 10-day period, played at Thunder Bay's Port Arthur Stadium and Baseball Central and will showcase some of the top baseball prospects that the world has to offer, including, under a new agreement between WBSC and Major League Baseball (MLB),  a number of players recently drafted and signed by Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.

2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 30, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria third baseman Brad Pluschkell (left) puts the tag on the Kelowna Falcon’s Michael Cianco (right) just before Cianco reaches the bag on this play in the third inning during a West Coast League game at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The HarbourCats would emerge with a 9-1 win to clinch a playoff position for the first time in team history.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I will often be asked by players and sometimes umpires "Did you get that play? Was he out or safe?" In this case, I loved that what was a "bang-bang" play to the naked eye, is clearly an out, by inches, when frozen in time. The soft, warm evening light, also made this a great baseball capture.
"I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to work with the WBSC," said Mr. Stewart, "and to be working with Mr. Mirabelli to provide the high quality baseball imagery that the tournament requires.  Both Mr. Mirabelli and I are very well known baseball photographers in our respective areas of the country and we now look forward to sharing our images on the world stage."

2015 Arizona Fall League2015 Arizona Fall LeagueNovember 19, 2015, Scottsdale, AZ - New York Mets prospect Jeff McNeil (10) of the Salt River Rafters heads toward first base after making contact during an Arizona Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions Thursday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This one is simply about light. Those of you who follow me know I love shooting baseball and this year I had a chance to go down to Arizona and shoot the Arizona Fall League. During this game, home plate is in beautiful late afternoon sun, while the stands are in dark shadow. This sets up a nice contrast to get shots like this of the batters. In this case, the batter's form, the dirt from the impact of the ball that has bounced up and is reflecting the light, plus the flare off the top of his helmet, all against the dark background, add up to make for a nice shot.
This is the 28th WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup and the event is expected to draw over 50,000 spectators in total to the games in Thunder Bay, with fans in close to 100 countries tuning in via live-stream broadcasts.

Details on the tournament may be found at http://www.thunderbay2017.com

2016 Cactus League Spring Training2016 Cactus League Spring TrainingMarch 19, 2016, Peoria, Arizona - The Seattle Mariners host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a Cactus League spring training game at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona. The Diamondbacks would come away with a 4-2 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Editoria use allowed with credit to Christian J. Stewart and Independent Sports News. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca About Christian J. Stewart Photgraphy

Mr. Stewart has been involved in the sports photography field since the late 1970's and early 1980's and has now evolved into one of the top sports (notably baseball) photographers in the Pacific Northwest.  He has covered baseball extensively in Victoria and is the Official Photographer for the Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club (West Coast League) and Victoria Eagles (BC Premier Baseball League), as well as a Senior Contributing Editor and Photographer for Independent Sports News (ISN) a national web-based sports media outlet.  He has also covered games at the Major League Baseball level and prior to the U18s, will serve as the Official Photographer for the 2017 Baseball Canada Senior Men's Nationals that will be held in Victoria in August.  Visit http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com for more details.

2016 Cactus League Spring Training2016 Cactus League Spring TrainingMarch 21, 2016, Glendale, Arizona - Los Angeles Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig heads to first after stroking a base hit in a Cactus League spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. The Mariners would come away with a 6-3 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Baseball is often a game of athleticism, power, finesse, grace and some ballet all mixed together and I felt that this swing pose illustrated that concept perfectly.
About James Mirabelli Photography

A life-long resident of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Mr. Mirabelli has been photographing sports in the area since the early 1980’s.  He has worked extensively in the sports media field and has been published nationally and internationally by wire services such Reuters, AFP and Canadian Press, as well as being a regular contributor locally to the Chronicle Journal and TB Source.  Mr. Mirabelli is the official photographer for the Thunder Bay Border Cats Baseball Club (Northwoods League), the Thunder Bay Chill Soccer Club, the Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey Club, and the Thunder Bay Minor Football Association. Visit http://www.jamesmirabelli.com for more details.

2010 Victoria Seals Baseball Club - Golden Baseball League2010 Victoria Seals Baseball Club - Golden Baseball LeagueVictoria BC, May 29, 2010 - Victoria Seals third baseman Brian Rios (5) trots home to his waiting teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to give the Seals a victory over the Orange County Flyers in GBL action at Royal Athletic Park. About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for the sports of baseball and softball that was established in 2013 by the historic merger of the International Softball Federation (ISF) and International Baseball Federation (IBAF), the former respective world governing bodies for baseball and softball. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the WBSC was granted recognition as the sole competent global authority for both the sports of baseball and softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session on September 8, 2013. The WBSC has 208 National Federation Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania. Visit http://www.wbsc.org for more details.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mr. Christian J. Stewart

Phone: 250-744-7277

E-Mail: cjsphoto@shaw.ca

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The Sports Year in Review: My Top 25 Sports Photos of 2016 http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/the-sports-year-in-review-my-top-25-sports-photos-of-2016 Another fantastic year of sports photography is in the books and for me, it was pretty good.

I had a number of firsts in the sports shooting realm, including the highlight of the year as an accredited photographer for Cactus League Spring Training in Arizona where I covered four Seattle Mariners games, went to the camps of the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Mariners, caught a couple of college games and covered the BCPBL Langley Blaze as they were down for some pre-season training work as well.

Another first was covering my first ever professional golfing event at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Senior PGA Tour event in Victoria, where I got to watch and photograph a number of golfers that I have have admired over the years.  Also a first was a Monster Truck and Freestyle motocross spectacular that was held in Victoria.

Also on the baseball front, I continued my work as the official photographer for the Victoria HarbourCats of the WCL, the Victoria Eagles of the BCPBL and the Greater Victoria Baseball Association and managed to work in some games for the BCPBL Victoria Mariners as well.

I continued my work as a freelancer with Independent Sports News / Island Sports News where I had the opportunity to shoot a range of hockey events, notably the Victoria Royals of the WHL, the VIJHL Junior B All-Star game, a Vancouver Canucks old-timers game, the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL and where I provided comprehensive coverage of the Lower Vancouver Island High School Basketball League and various high school tournaments, as well as coverage of the UVic Vikes men's and women's basketball programs.

It is always an interesting task to whittle down the thousands of photos I take in a season to a select 25, but one I feel is worthwhile, not only for me as a learning tool - a way of critiquing my own work and selecting those images that stand out - but hopefully for you, my faithful readers and viewers, who ready my articles on ISN and enjoy the photographs that I decide to run along with those news items.

So without further ado, in no particular order, here are my top 25 sports images of 2016, along with the reasons why I selected the photo. Hover over the image to read the caption and see my reasons for selection, or alternatively click on a photo to go to a larger version of it in the gallery on my website (where you can also purchase images if so inclined!).   

Please enjoy and share and if so inclined, leave comments for me as to which which was your favourite!  

2016 Monster X Truck Destruction Tour2016 Monster X Truck Destruction TourJanuary 9, 2016, Victoria, BC - Motocross rider Jeff Banks thrills the crowd with one of his freestyle motocross tricks at the Monster Tour at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria on Saturday.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Shooting Monster trucks was a first for me, as was motocross, and while our position in the arena was not the greatest for any cool shots of the trucks, it was great for the freestyle motocross. This trick, his pose and his eyes visible through his goggles, plus the nice soft background with the hint of the crowd present really made this shot pop for me.

2016 Cactus League Spring Training2016 Cactus League Spring TrainingMarch 21, 2016, Glendale, Arizona - Los Angeles Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig heads to first after stroking a base hit in a Cactus League spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. The Mariners would come away with a 6-3 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Baseball is often a game of athleticism, power, finesse, grace and some ballet all mixed together and I felt that this swing pose illustrated that concept perfectly.
PGA Tour Champions 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain ChampionshipPGA Tour Champions 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain ChampionshipSeptember 20-25, 2016 - Veteran PGA Tour Champion golfer Colin Montgomerie keeps his eye on the ball as he chips out of a bunker beside the 18th green during final round action of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia. Montgomerie would win the tournament following a three hole playoff against Scott McCarron.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: It is kind of a cliched shot in the golf photography world, but I loved how his eyes, with a fantastic glint of light in them, followed the ball out of the bunker. Add to that the fact that this shot was a crucial shot that allowed Montgomerie to save par on the hole and thus force the playoff and it easily becomes one of my favourites of the year.

2016 UVic Alumni High School Invitational Basketball Tournament2016 UVic Alumni High School Invitational Basketball TournamentDecember 29, 2016, Victoria, BC - Ballard Beaver’s point guard Fresh Ausar (2) would score 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter Thursday, helping lead the Beavers to a 91-77 win over the Walnut Grove Gators in semi-final action at the UVic Alumni Invitational Basketball Tournament in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: The pose, the face, the dreadlocks, all nicely backlit by the Vikes Nation sign, just made this a nice basketball composition for me.
2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 30, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria third baseman Brad Pluschkell (left) puts the tag on the Kelowna Falcon’s Michael Cianco (right) just before Cianco reaches the bag on this play in the third inning during a West Coast League game at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The HarbourCats would emerge with a 9-1 win to clinch a playoff position for the first time in team history.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I will often be asked by players and sometimes umpires "Did you get that play? Was he out or safe?" In this case, I loved that what was a "bang-bang" play to the naked eye, is clearly an out, by inches, when frozen in time. The soft, warm evening light, also made this a great baseball capture.
2015-2016 Victoria Royals Hockey Club2015-2016 Victoria Royals Hockey ClubApril 19, 2016, Victoria, BC - Members of the Victoria Royals and their fans, react in disbelief, as the Kelowna Rockets scored with just 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation time to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime in Game 7 of their second round WHL playoff series at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday night in Victoria. The Rockets would then win 3-2 in in overtime to put an end to the Royals season.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This is one of those "Agony of Defeat" photos. Even though this was not defeat yet, the fact that Kelowna scored, unbelievably, with only 0.2 seconds on the clock was stunning. This is shown by the reaction of the players, but more importantly by the reactions of many of the fans in the stands behind the net, some of whom have hands over their heads, some who look just plain gobsmacked and some who seem to find it all somewhat amusing.
2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 30, 2016, Victoria, BC - Members of the Victoria HarbourCats celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Kelowna Falcons 9-1 at Royal Athletic Park Thursday, clinching first place in the first half of the 2016 West Coast League season and thus securing their first playoff appearance in team history.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This photo highlights a couple of firsts, including my first ever locker room celebration and the HarbourCats first ever playoff appearance, coming in a season that saw them eventually reach 40 wins - the best in the league and a WCL record. The boys certainly did a good job of celebrating the first half title here and gave me a great "Joy of Victory" photo.
2016 Boulders Climbing Gym2016 Boulders Climbing GymApril 9, 2016, Central Saanich, BC - April 9, 2016: Czech climber Libor Hroza heads up the wall during the 2016 Climbing Escalade Canada Speed Climbing Championships at the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich Saturday. Hroza would win the event with a best time of 6.08 seconds.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: In speed climbing, athletes sprint UP a 15 metre wall in 7 seconds or less and truly meet the definition of "Spiderman." It is a tough sport to photograph close up, as you only have a split second to get them as they take off from the floor and all the shots start to look the same, so I decided to step back, pull out the long lens and try and get a shot that illustrated the Spiderman concept. I think this shot of Hroza did that and I liked the pose I captured him in and the composition of his body within the three holds that he is navigating.
2016 Victoria Mariners Baseball Club2016 Victoria Mariners Baseball ClubJune 2, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria Mariners pitcher Liam Kruse goes horizontal and uses a little extra tongue action to make a throw to first base after fielding a short ground ball in a BC Premier League baseball game against the Victoria Eagles at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The Mariners would come away with a 3-0 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Catching athletes in strange or unusual positions always makes for an interesting photo and this certainly meets that bill. It was also a fine play (he made the out) and involved a great effort and the facial expression also adds a bit of humour to the shot.
2016 Lower Vancouver Island High School Basketball2016 Lower Vancouver Island High School BasketballDecember 2, 2016, Victoria, BC - Lambrick Park Lions guard Austin Somers soars to the hoop while surrounded by a quartet of Mark Isfeld defenders in a Vancouver Island High School Basketball pre-season game at Mt. Doug High in Victoria. Mark Isfeld would surprise the Lions with a 65-52 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: There is something here about the symmetry and consistency of 4 of the 5 players visible all having their hands and fingers extended, plus the fact that the 4 Isfeld defenders nicely frame Somers, who himself has been captured in a great leap to the net. I could live without the big heating duct in the background, but I think the strength of the photo overcomes that aspect.
2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 16, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria HarbourCats right fielder AJ Alcantara makes a great leaping catch of a flyball during a West Coast League baseball game against the Gresham GreyWolves Thursday afternoon at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The HarbourCats would come away with a 3-2 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I think if you look back to all my Top 25 selections over the years, there is almost always a diving baseball catch included in the bunch. I like capturing these because outfielders rarely get any "lens love" given their distance away from where I normally shoot. In this case, I happened to be on the first base side of the field and close to where AJ made the catch and was lucky enough to find him, grab the focus and get the shot.
2016 Mt. Doug Rams Football2016 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 9, 2016, Victoria, BC - Mt. Douglas Rams running back Olti Shala (4) seems to be telling Barsby Bulldog defender Dominic Bertrand (90) how many touchdowns the Rams scored on Friday during this play late in the Rams' 35-18 pre-season win at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This shot is all about capturing a classic football pose (the stiff arm) and in this case, the fully open hand and five fingers seemed an apt and comical way to illustrate how many times the Rams scored in the game. The facial expression (eyes) of the Rams player is also great and the lighting is simply fantastic.
2016 Victoria Mariners Baseball Club2016 Victoria Mariners Baseball ClubApril 24, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria Mariners second baseman Dylan Price makes a great leaping grab of an errant throw during the Mariners 7-2 win over the Whalley Chiefs in BC Premier Baseball League action Sunday at Henderson Park in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: In addition to this simply being a great leaping catch, this is a case of being rewarded for knowing the game and being ready for the shot. The Chiefs had a speedy runner on first and I knew given the situation of the game that he would likely be stealing, and as such was ready to frame up and focus the second baseman who would cover the bag. As he went to cover, the throw from the catcher sailed wide and Price had to react to it. I kept him in frame and was rewarded with this shot. A little bit of tongue effort and the dirt coming off the toes of the cleats also adds to the shot.
2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain ChampionshipSeptember 21, 2016, Victoria, BC - A group of golfers prepare to hit their approach shot to the first green of the Westin Bear Mountain Mountain Course during pro-am play at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain PGA Tour Championship held in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: When you cover a golf tournament, many shots, especially those of swings, start to look the same. As such, I tried to get a little creative over the tournament and create some more artistic shots that still clearly "spoke" golf, but that were not just players hitting shots. I thought this shot was one good example of that concept.
2016 Greater Victoria Baseball Association2016 Greater Victoria Baseball AssociationJune 19, 2016, Victoria, BC - Carnarvon Rockies batter Chase Kittleson watches the ball after a big hit during the Rockies 2016 GVBA Mosquito Championship game against the Peninsula Royals at Lambrick Park in Victoria. Carnarvon would cruise to an 13-4 victory.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: At the 9 and 10 year old age group in minor baseball, when a kid makes solid contact on a pitch (rare) they almost always have a look of shock on their face for a brief moment before heading to first base. I have been trying to capture that look for a number of years now and I think on this shot, I finally succeeded! Technically, I also like the lighting and the soft focus of the fans in the background that really make the batter standout.
2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2016 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 9, 2016, Victoria, BC - Bend Elks second baseman Jack Strunk (2) and Victoria HarbourCats baserunner Dakota Dean both appeal their case to umpire Phil Borgeois (left), who would call Dean out after he slipped off the bag at second on this steal attempt during the HarbourCats 3-1 win over the Elks in West Coast League baseball action Saturday at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This photo illustrates the importance of shooting "through the play." That is, continuing to shoot past the peak action. In this case, Dean over-slid the bag, tried to get back on and hoped that the ump would not see it. Unfortunately for Dean, he did, as did the second baseman and I simply liked the expressions here on both players faces and the ump pointing as well and beginning to make his out call.
PGA Tour Champions 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain ChampionshipPGA Tour Champions 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain ChampionshipSeptember 22, 2016 - Golf legend Colin Montgomerie enjoys a quiet moment to take in the vista from the top of the 15th tee of the Mountain Course during the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am on Thursday at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Shooting the PGA Tour Champions event was a highlight of the year for me and a chance to watch, up close, some golfers that I grew up admiring. I had a chance to follow Montgomerie around for a few holes and when we got to the top of the 15th on the Mountain Course, Montgomerie was quite taken with the expansive view of Victoria and beyond. He took a brief moment to quietly enjoy this view and I snapped this image. I think it is an illustration that good images do not always come directly from the "field of play" or the game action. Often things that happen away from the main action can make compelling and powerful photos and I felt this image illustrated that nicely.
2016 Cactus League Spring Training2016 Cactus League Spring TrainingMarch 19, 2016, Peoria, Arizona - Seattle Mariner's designated hitter Nelson Cruz mulls what could have been after making an out Saturday during the Mariners Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Peoria, Arizona. Cruz was 0-4 on the night and the Mariners would drop a 4-2 decision to the D'Backs.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I thought this was one of the strongest "sportraits" I captured all year. The distinctive features of Cruz, the glint of light of his black curls and face, his stare of into the field, all against the beautifully blurry background bokeh effect of the fans.
2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain ChampionshipSeptember 24, 2016, Victoria, BC - Spectator Danny Martin peers over a tee box sign to watch the second round action Saturday at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship at the Westin Bear Mountian Resort's Mountain Course in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Another example of looking away from the play for interesting photos and of looking for a golf related photo that was not simply of a golf swing. In this somewhat comical shot - Danny was one of the few spectators tall enough to see over this sign - you know right away that it is a golf tournament thanks to the sign and that Danny is a spectator at it. Some may say the Yankees hat detracts from the photo, but I felt it was a nice touch!
2016 Cactus League Spring Training2016 Cactus League Spring TrainingMarch 20, 2016, Peoria, Arizona - A young fan lets Seattle Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor know that his dad has the pen needed to autograph a souvenir baseball during an on-field Kids Day promotion prior to a Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona. The Indians would come away with a 3-1 win in the game.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This was simply a funny situation that I managed to capture. Kids came on to the field at each position and this little guy simply forgot to bring the Sharpie needed to get his ball signed and matter-of-factly pointed to his dad by the dugout and told Taylor he had it. The Sharpie was eventually delivered and all ended well!
2015-2016 University of Victoria Vikes Basketball2015-2016 University of Victoria Vikes BasketballJanuary 29, 2016, Victoria, BC - UVic Vikes forward Mack Roth (6) goes up for a shot during the Vikes 79-51 loss to UBC in CIS Canada West basketball action Friday at the CARSA Performance Gym at The University of Victoria. The Vikes were wearing special jerseys in honour of Shoot for the Cure night.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I simply liked this as a good basketball action shot. The player is intent and focused on the hoop with his hands in a good shooting position and the blue background makes him stand out nicely.
2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 24, 2016, Victoria, BC - Coquitlam Reds catcher Kyle Maunahan (left) looks for the call at the plate after tagging out Victoria Eagles baserunner Aden Richardson on the final play of the game to preserve the Reds 7-6 win over the Eagles in BC Junior Premier Baseball League action Sunday at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: A close play at the plate with a potential tying run on the last play of the game. Baseball drama at its best! Another example of shooting through the action to get, in this case, the questioning look of the catcher, the start of the incredulous look of the baserunner reacting to the out call by the ump (it was a close and controversial play) and the reaction of the Reds fan in the background who is beginning his celebration.
2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 9, 2016, Victoria, BC - Victoria Eagles pitcher Brody Stark delivers a pitch during a BC Premier Baseball League game against the the Parksville Royals Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Royals would emerge with a 3-2 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This pitcher has such an exaggerated "backswing" to his wind up and I wanted to try and capture it as best as possible without his face being blocked out. Perfect lighting and the perfect angle from behind the plate, led to a perfect shot of his unusual delivery.
2016 Mt. Doug Rams Football2016 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug Rams receiver Dante Carbone (5) lays out in an attempt to catch a pass over Vancouver College defender Owen Ker (2) during a BC High School Football Junior Varsity game at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would emerge with a hard fought 25-25 tie.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Simply a great effort at a catch. Did he get it? Did it fall incomplete? I like the fact that unless you see the next two or three frames, you don't know the answer to that question. I like to think that he hauled it in. The timing was perfect, both players have their eyes on the ball and while I am not keen on the background here, it is still one of my nicest football pass captures of the year.
2016 Cactus League Spring Training2016 Cactus League Spring TrainingMarch 18, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona - Members of the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League teams hold a brief meeting prior to their work out during 2016 Cactus League Spring Training at the Maryvale Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I like to think that this photo summarizes what spring training is all about...a number of MLB prospects, under a clear blue Arizona sky, patiently getting some instruction and advice before performing a series of drills that will decide their fate. Another shot that is not action per se, but nicely establishes the setting and event of the day.

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Eagles Snap Skid, Hand Whalley First Loss of Season http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/eagles-snap-skid-hand-whalley-first-loss-of-season Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

Victoria, BC (ISN) - The Victoria Eagles snapped an early-season, seven game losing streak with a 10-8 win over the Whalley Chiefs Saturday afternoon at Lambrick Park in Victoria and in the process, handed the previously unbeaten Chiefs (7-0) their first loss of the 2016 BC Premier Baseball League season.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca Victoria game two starter Kobe Morris would get the win Saturday, going 4.2 innings and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Eagles win came in the second game of their double-header with the Chiefs and gave them some measure of retribution for an 8-1 loss earlier in the day.

It has been a season of tough knocks so far for the Eagles in 2016, as following an opening day split with the Parksville Royals on April 9th, the Eagles hit the road for six straight games, losing a pair each to the Abbotsford Cardinals, the Langley Blaze and the Coquitlam Reds before coming back to the friendly confines of Lambrick Park on Saturday.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca Eagles catcher Jayden Wakeham had a pair of hits, including a 2-RBI double in the first inning, to help the Eagles to a 10-8 win over Whalley on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

If there is good news to come out of their eight losses thus far, it has been that four of them have been by just a single run, including two nail-biters to the Blaze and six have come when last year's BCPBL offensive player of the year, Tyler Duncan has been out of the line-up while attending with the Canadian National Junior team and playing at other showcase tournaments.

What that has meant for the Eagles is that their young guns are getting the chance to see a ton of innings so far this spring, which will only benefit the team down the road when Duncan is back.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca
Eagles pitcher Kobe Morris would help himself out at the plate Saturday with a 3-RBI afternoon in the 10-8 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

It was also a big benefit to the team on Saturday, as it was a number of those young guns who sparked the Eagles offence in the first inning of game two, notably when Premier rookies Jayden Wakeham and Luke Seginowich had key back-to-back, two-out, RBI doubles, followed up by an RBI single from rookie Colton O'Brien in what would be a five-run first for the Eagles.

Wakeham would finish the day with a pair of hits, a pair of RBIs and a run scored , while Seginowich would also finish with a pair of hits, RBI and two runs scored to pace the offence.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca 2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca 2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca
It was a busy day at second base for both teams during the Eagles 10-8 win over Whalley on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Another big contribution from a Premier rookie was an RBI single from Parker Swinton in the bottom of the sixth inning that plated what turned out to be the game winning run for the Eagles.

The story was no less different on the mound in game two Saturday.  After Eagles veteran Kobe Morris pitched the Eagles into the fifth inning with a 7-2 lead, he faltered with two-outs and the Eagles went to Junior call-up Mike Musselwhite.

Musselwhite would take his knocks, surrendering a walk, double, balk and a single that saw the Chiefs score three runs and cut the lead to 7-5, but he would get a big strikeout to end the inning and keep the Eagles in the lead.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca
Eagles relieves Mike Muselwhite (top) and Noah Doorschot (bottom) were clutch when they needed to be, getting big plays to deny Whalley rallies late in Saturday's game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Eagles would score a pair in the bottom of the inning to bump the lead to 9-5 and then hand the ball to another Junior call-up Noah Doorschot, who like Musselwhite, would have some difficulty and thanks to some errors behind him, give up a pair of runs to the Chiefs in the sixth to cut the gap to 9-7.

The Eagles would score another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and the Chiefs would threaten again in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with nobody out on a walk and pair of singles surrendered by Doorschot.  The rookie would then make his best pitch of the game to induce a huge 6-4-3 run-scoring double play and then use the momentum from that to strike out the final batter of the game and preserve the Eagles 10-8 win.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca
The Eagles Andy Weir rounds second en route to scoring a late insurance run against Whalley (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

"We just have not had the bounces going our way so far this year," said Eagles assistant coach Jay Longpre, "so it was nice to see the kids get some breaks here and hang on for the win. "

The win moves the Eagles record to 2-8 on the season and hopefully gives them some spark moving forward.  It does not get any easier though for them, as they now travel Sunday to the North Shore to face the Twins, the 2015 BCPBL Champions who have also started the season undefeated with a 6-0 record.  They return to Lambrick on Saturday the 30th to host the North Delta Blue Jays.

2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2016 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 23, 2016, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Whalley Chiefs in a BCPBL league game Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would emerge with a 10-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2016. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-744-7277; E-Mail cjsphoto@shaw.ca
Eagles catcher Jayden Wakeham (right) congratulates pitcher Noah Doorschott (left) after closing out the win against Whalley (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Whalley falls to 7-1 on the season and they will stay in Victoria to have a big early season match-up with the also undefeated Victoria Mariners, who have surprised many by starting the season at 6-0, including 8-3 and 8-1 wins Saturday over Abbotsford.  Game times for those are at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at Henderson Park.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/eagles-snap-skid-hand-whalley-first-loss-of-season Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:41:29 GMT
My Top 25 Sports Photos of 2015 http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/my-top-25-sports-photos-of-2015 Every year in January, I conduct a bit of a self-introspective exercise by going through all my sports photos from the previous year and selecting what I feel are my top 25 images of the year. It is a very educational activity and one that I learn from moving forward.

Some of these photos tell a good story, some have humour behind them and many are just good action shots, including my football image below.

So without further ado, here they are, in no particular order, my top 25 for 2015. CLICK HERE to go to the gallery overview, or click on the image below to go to the first image in the gallery and browse from there.  Be sure to scroll down below each image to see why I chose the photo for this collection.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug Junior Varsity quarterback Isaiah Cardilicchia (12) gives a solid stiff arm to Lord Tweedsmuir defender Yosef Drysdale (17) during a BC High School Footbal Junior Varsity exhibition game Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Quite simply I felt this was my best football photo of the year. A nice solid stiff arm, the emotion on the ball carriers face, the snapped back head and face of the defender and the ball carriers hand on the mask of the defender all combined to make this a very nice action shot.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart Victoria Eagles Victoria HarbourCats baseball basketball best football hockey images photographs photography rugby sports top 25 http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/my-top-25-sports-photos-of-2015 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:00:23 GMT
Mariners Take Downey Memorial With Drubbing of White Rock http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/mariners-take-downey-memorial-with-drubbing-of-white-rock Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The Victoria Mariners capped off a successful weekend Sunday afternoon, as they drubbed the White Rock Tritons 8-0 to capture the championship game of the second annual Zack Downey Memorial Baseball Tournament at Layritz Park.

1D4_98611D4_9861September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com The Mariners rolled through the tournament with a 4-1 record, winning games against Parksville (9-1), the Victoria Eagles (9-6), White Rock (9-3) and Nanaimo (8-3) before dropping a meaningless game to the Coquitlam Reds (10-2) in the last round robin game Sunday.

1DX_06331DX_0633September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
The M's Tyler Schindel chugs around second en route to a first inning triple in the final against White Rock on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

That put the M's up against the Tritons, who captured second place in the round robin by virtue of their wins over Coquitlam (3-2), Parksville (7-2), and the Victoria Eagles (5-2).

1DX_06471DX_0647September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
Jason Willow strokes an RBI base hit in the first inning against White Rock Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the final, which started on time at 3:00 pm Sunday despite some earlier weather delays, it was really no contest, as the M's, drawing inspiration as they have done for the past few years from their former teammate Downey, jumped all over White Rock starter Matt Leeder for three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a triple from Tyler Schindel, and solid RBI hits from Jason Willow, Caleb Piechnik and Chris Niketas.

1DX_06951DX_0695September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
The Mariners Duncan Brens-Knight got the start Sunday and pitched 4 innings of scoreless baseball against White Rock (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

They would add four more runs in the second thanks to RBIs hits from Tyler Schindler and Jason Willow, a bases loaded walk to Niketas and an RBI single from Harrison Hurford.  One more run in the third made it 8-0 and put things out of reach for the Tritons.

1DX_07481DX_0748September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
The Tritons did have some bright spots defensively Sunday as here, second baseman Jansen Crossley turns a double play on a sliding Tyler Schindel (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On the mound, starter Duncan Brens-Knight was solid, going nearly five full innings before being relieved by Mike Varley who came in to close out the mercy-rule shortened win.

1DX_06691DX_0669September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
The Mariner's Nick Seginowich had a pair of solid hits in the final Sunday against White Rock (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Downey Memorial Tournament has been established by the Mariners to honor the memory of former player Zack Downey who passed away from cancer in May of 2014.  Prior to the game, his mother Tania, father Wayne and sister Brooklyn were presented with a plaque that the Mariners will be installing at their home field - Henderson Park - that will serve as a permanent memorial to the inspirational young man that was taken way too early from this world.

1D4_98521D4_9852September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
The Mariner's Mike Varley (right) presented Brooklyn Downey with a plaque that will be installed at Henderson Park to honour former Mariner Zack Downey who passed away from cancer in May of 2014 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The plaque nicely sums up what sports, competition, self-motivation and more importantly, what Zack was all about. It reads:

1D4_98541D4_9854September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
The Downey family, Brooklyn (left), Wayne (centre) and Tania (right) with the plaque that will be installed at Henderson Park to honour their son and brother Zach (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

"Sports are my life…I live, eat, breathe and dream of the action. The wild adventure of each new game is like walking on the edge of the horizon, knowing whatever is at the end, I will have given to the game everything I have.   In loving memory of Zachary Downey #6 May 1, 1996 - May 25, 2014."

1D4_98471D4_9847September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Mariners host the White Rock Tritons in the final of the 2015 Zack Downey Memorial Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) BCPBL Christian Downey ISN J. Layritz Mariners Park Rock Stewart Tritons Victoria White Zack baseball sports http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/mariners-take-downey-memorial-with-drubbing-of-white-rock Mon, 21 Sep 2015 02:42:56 GMT
Rams Continue to Build for Season With Exhibition Win Over Lord Tweedsmuir http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/rams-continue-to-build-for-season-with-exhibition-win-over-lord-tweedsmuir Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 19, 2015, Victoria BC (ISN) - The Mount Douglas Rams used their no-huddle, quick-strike offence to perfect effect on Saturday, building a 38-9 halftime lead, en route to a 45-15 drubbing of the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football AAA Varsity exhibition action at Mount Douglas High School in Victoria.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Mt. Doug running back Declann Michielin had a big game Saturday, running for three touchdowns and scoring a pair of two-point conversions (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For Lord Tweedsmuir, they started well, scoring on the very first play from scrimmage on a nice pass from quarterback Jonathan Chwaklinski to a wide open Joel Klaassen, but then would not see the endzone again until the very final play of the game, when running back Drey Blair punched one in from the five-yard line. 

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com See you later!  Mt. Doug kick returner Gavin Cobb leaves everyone in his wake, en route to an 80-yard touchdown scamper on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In between those two scores it was all Rams, most notably running back Declann Michielin, who punched runs into the end zone from six, three and eight yards out to score the Rams first three majors of the day.  Add to that a safety on a sack by Manny Lopez and a pair of two point converts and the Rams quickly overcame the early deficit to build a 24-6 lead early into the second quarter.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Moments after escaping a near safety on this play from a tackle by the Rams Michael Olson (70), Lord Tweedsmuir quarterback Jonathan Chwaklinski (2) would be sacked for a safety by Manny Lopez (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

That lead was sparked in part by the Rams impressive hurry-up offence which they unveiled on their second possession of the game, when after an interception on their own 20, they seemed to get the ball into the Panthers end zone a mere minute or two later.  It was an impressive drive, one that the Lord Tweedsmuir defenders had no clue how to defend and one from which they would never recover.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com The Rams Gavin Cobb (11), also contributed as a receiver Saturday, finishing with 59 yards on 4 receptions (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Following Michielin's third touchdown run of the day, the Rams would strike again, when the Panthers made the mistake of punting to the Rams Gavin Cobb, who took the ball at his own 20-yard line and in explosive fashion, cut and deked his way downfield for an 80-yard touchdown return.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Lord Tweedsmuir's Drey Blair (1) would score a late touchdown on this play for the Panthers, beating the tackle of the Rams Spencer Meldrum (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

A three-yard Manny Lopez scamper made the score 38-6 before the Panthers finally got back on the board with an 18-yard field goal to end the half at 38-9.

In the third quarter, the Rams took the ball first and in a complete turn-around of their hurry-up offense in the first half, showed everyone that they can play the control game as well, using up the entire quarter with just one drive that culminated in a five-yard touchdown run from Richard Innes-McDonald that put the Rams up 45-9.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler (right) looks for an opening behind the block of Declann Michielin (22) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

A running time fourth quarter left very little room for much else, save the closing touchdown from the Panthers, rounding out the score at 45-15.

Michielin finished Saturday's game with eight carries for for 58 yards and his three scores, plus a pair of two-point conversions. Quarterback Gideone Kremler had another strong outing completing 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards. Adding to his spectacular punt return and touchdown, Cobb was the leading receiver with 4 receptions for 59 yards.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Lord Tweedsmuir back Colton Zayshley (45) gets ready to take a hit from the Rams Oliver MacKenzie (4) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

On the defensive side of the ball, Michielin led the team with 5 tackles, followed by Justice Kremler with 4 and Trystin Waters with 3. Lopez recorded a safety, Josh Lucas had a fumble recovery and Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty had a huge interception in the 1st half that eventually resulted in the Rams second score.

"I thought this was our strongest first half effort thus far this season against a quality opponent in Lord Tweedsmuir," said Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend.   "Our line play on both sides of the ball was excellent.  We will need to maintain our physical game against our Island rival and always very tough John Barsby next Friday."

Junior Varsity Rams Defeat Tweedsmuir

The Junior Varsity Rams also went on to victory on Saturday, scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns to top Lord Tweedsmuir 22-6.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Mt. Doug Junior Varsity quarterback Isaiah Cardilicchia (12) gives a solid stiff arm to Tweedsmuir defender Yosef Drysdale (17) during the JV win Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Panthers scored first and missed the convert, with the Rams responding with a score and convert of their own to hold a 7-6 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the Rams Isaiah Cardilicchia set up his own 5-yard touchdown run, with a heroic 40-yard or so run on the previous play, just failing to reach the end zone.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com JV Rams quarterback Gideone Kremler (1) escapes the grasp of Lord Tweedsmuir's Trey Jones (87) on this running play Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Rams would control the game after that, scoring another late touchdown by Logan Sekyer and adding a two-point conversion to round out the scoring at 22-6.

2015 Mt. Doug Rams Football2015 Mt. Doug Rams FootballSeptember 19, 2015, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams play host to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in BC High School Football exhibition action Saturday at Mt. Doug Field in Victoria. The JV Rams would win 22-6 while the Varsity Rams would win 45-15. All images Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2015. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com Mt. Doug running back Logan Sekyer charges ahead for some hard earned yards against Lord Tweedsmuir on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Rams now travel to Nanaimo next Friday Sep. 25 for a match with the John Barsby Bulldogs.  The JV game kicks off at 4:00 pm while the varsity game goes under the lights at 7:00.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) BC Doug High ISN Independent Lord Mt. News Panthers Rams School Sports Tweedsmuir football http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/rams-continue-to-build-for-season-with-exhibition-win-over-lord-tweedsmuir Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:59:23 GMT
The Abstract Earth http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/the-abstract-earth Long before I ever picked up a camera to shoot a baseball game, or looked through the pages of Sports Illustrated, I was a subscriber to National Geographic and a wonderful magazine called Arizona Highways (both thanks to my Auntie Fran who gifted both to me). 

Hot Spring, Yellowstone National ParkHot Spring, Yellowstone National Park Copper Tailings, Clarkdale, ArizonaCopper Tailings, Clarkdale, Arizona

Through those magazines and through an appreciation of iconic nature and landscape photographers like Ansel Adams (USA) and Freeman Patterson (Canada), as well as university degrees in physical geography and geology, I have gained an appreciation and understanding of the diverse physical features found in the world, an appreciation that is reflected in many of my images.

Hot Spring, Yellowstone National ParkHot Spring, Yellowstone National ParkNOTE: Due to the panoramic crop on this photo, please note the finished dimensions noted in the price list are approximate. Please contact me for details on the sizing and format of this photo if you are interested in it.

I truly believe that the difference between a "nice" photo and a truly great photo, is first, seeing what everybody sees, but then having the ability to see what others do not. With this in mind, I try to look for the "detail" in a scene, or else concentrate on other aspects such as dramatic color, texture, composition or lighting. The right combination of these factors, result, I hope, in images that provide unique and unusual perspectives on otherwise ordinary subjects.

Sand Ripples, Sauble Beach, OntarioSand Ripples, Sauble Beach, Ontario Sunrise, Grand CanyonSunrise, Grand Canyon

This is the focus of this collection of images, "The Abstract Earth"...picking out the abstract from the ordinary, focusing on geologic or geographic detail, looking for juxtapositions of shapes, features or elements (earth, water, sky), emphasizing textures or colours.

The Great Salt Lake, UtahThe Great Salt Lake, UtahNOTE: Due to the panoramic crop on this photo, please note the finished dimensions noted in the price list are approximate. Please contact me for details on the sizing and format of this photo if you are interested in it.

The earth around us is much more than the scenes we see from highway rest stops, canyon overlooks, or park trails.

Look closely and you will be amazed!

Sizes and prices shown for each image in the gallery are my standard formats and pricing. Prints larger than 13 x 19" are available, as are canvas wraps and other options. Please contact me directly for details on these if interested (cstewart@cjscons.com)

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) abstract arizona color colour desert earth geography geology landscape light nature ocean patterns photography photos rock sand sky texture water yellowstone http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/the-abstract-earth Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:49:24 GMT
Shooting Baseball is A Lot Like Fishing http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/shooting-baseball-is-a-lot-like-fishing Over the course of this spring and summer, by quick count, I have photographed about 80 different baseball games.

Everything from house league Mosquito (9-10 year olds) right on up through high school, our summer collegiate team - the Victoria HarbourCats - and just last week, at the MLB level, covering the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays series in Seattle.

2014 Greater Victoria Baseball Association2014 Greater Victoria Baseball AssociationJune 18, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Carnarvon Red Devils host the Gordon Head Thunder in the 2014 Greater Victoria Baseball Association Mosquito Championship game Wednesday night at Allenby Park in Victoria. The Thunder would pull out an exciting 5-4 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com 2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 11, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would thump the Jays 11-1. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
It has been a busy summer covering everything from Mosquito (left) to MLB baseball (right)

I am apparently a rare breed here in Victoria, in that I actually REALLY, REALLY enjoy shooting baseball.  Some of our local press photog's don't like baseball assignments mainly because they have a limited time to shoot a game and always want the "big play" images - double plays at second, plays at the plate - plays that do not always happen early in a game, if at all, or at least by their deadline.

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 24, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Bend Elks in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The Elks would emerge with a 13-7 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats
Plays at the plate can be relatively infrequent at most baseball games, but when they happen you need to be ready for them.

I tell them that shooting baseball is a lot like fishing....you sit quietly and patiently for long periods of time, waiting for that big nibble, or the fish to take your line, and when it does, you have to be ready to reel it in (i.e. snap away and capture the big play) before it is gone.  Sometimes those nibbles come early and rapidly, sometimes they don't come at all.

2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 12, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would defeat the Jays 6-3. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com When plays at bases happen in baseball, be ready for them so you can land a nice "catch"

Fortunately, I like fishing, and with the work I do with Independent Sports News (being a web media outlet), we rarely have to worry about hard print deadlines  and can stay for the full length of most games, allowing for more time to catch that big fish, and capture a key image or series of images from a particular game.

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 10, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Cowlitz Black Bears in their 2014 West Coast League home opener at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The HarbourCats would give the crowd their money's worth, eking out a 6-5 win in 11 innings. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
Sometimes the best image of the game happens on the very last play, like this example of a celebration after a walk-off base hit won the game.

And just like an expert fisherman who knows where and when to get the big fish, anticipating and understanding when that big play is going to happen in a baseball game is key. 

While sometimes it can be obvious, I find that because I have played and coached the game, and am a connoisseur  of baseball's finer points, there are times when I can anticipate what is going to happen and set myself up for a better angle and photo.

For example, knowing a bunt situation and turning to photograph the player bunting, or knowing a certain batter's tendencies and focusing on a fielder that he has a high percentage of hitting the ball to.

2014 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2014 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 1, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the Victoria Mariners in BCPBL pre-season baseball action at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The teams wold play to a 3-3 tie through 11 innings of play before park curfew ended the game. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE OR COPYING without the express written consent of the photographer or payment. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com 2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 27, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Corvallis Knights in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The HarbourCats would win a slugfest by a score of 19-10. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats
Knowing when a player might be called upon to bunt can often lead to nice photos of the play if executed.

This latter example worked out well for me in the image of the diving third baseman shown below.  Three previous batters, including the guy at the plate this time, had all earlier scorched line drives down the line.  So this time around, I focused on the third baseman and sure enough, the same batter hit another down the line and I captured the resulting image.

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubAugust 8 , 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Kitsap BlueJackets in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The BlueJackets would win 13-12. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats
With a little knowledge of a batter's tendencies and a pre-focus on an infielder, you can capture shots like this.

Or stealing signs from coaches or infielders and being in position (with my lens) to capture a pick-off attempt or a player stealing a base.

Plays at second are also big on a baseball photographer's hit list, especially when a shortstop or second baseman attempts to turn a double play in the face of a sliding runner.  Ideally you want to capture this from the first base side, with the defensive player leaping over the sliding runner and at the same time releasing the ball toward first.  Of course, given how infrequently double plays happen (well at least at the level of games I have been covering) and when they do, the fact that sometimes you are on the third base side, capturing such an iconic image can be difficult.

2011 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2011 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 9, 2011, Victoria, BC - Victoria Eagle second baseman Brett Blashko calmly attempts to turn a double play as Nanaimo Pirate Justin Clarkson tries to break it up during BC Premier League action Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Pirates would spoil the Eagles 2011 home opener with 7-4 and 8-1 wins.

Why I Chose This Photo - It's simply just a good baseball photo. I like the pose and calmness of the second baseman and the expression and effort of the player trying to break up the play (which I would not have got if I shot this from the first base side).

Quite often you can be on the third base side when a double play attempt at second base happens but with a little luck and the right timing, you can get acceptable results.

Fortunately for me, the "perfect storm" occurred in the very last game I shot (so far) this season, in a MLB Blue Jays and Mariners game, and I got TWO such images in the same game, the second of which, is probably the best such photo of this type of play that I have ever captured!

2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 13, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would defeat the Jays 2-0 on the strength of a 2 run first inning home run from Kendrys Morales. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 13, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would defeat the Jays 2-0 on the strength of a 2 run first inning home run from Kendrys Morales. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
Two of the best double play images I shot all season, came in the very last game - my 80th - that I shot last week in Seattle, showing how rare the "perfect" double-play photo (the bottom image here) can be.

Ironically as well, in both of the above photos, the players are the same players, just switched on offense and defense!

In lieu of the big plays, one often has to resort to other ways to capture images that make the game interesting for the readers and viewers of the images.  One way I like to do this is by using close-up shots of, for example, pitchers as they deliver the ball to the plate.  With the right lighting and background, these can be very powerful images, especially if that pitcher ends up throwing a good game.

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 26, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Corvallis Knights in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The Knights would emerge with a 8-5 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats
With the right lighting and background, close-up shots of pitchers like this can be quite dramatic.

Another good sight line I like is from behind the plate. Either a close up that really captures the exertion on a pitcher's face, or in the case of the first photo below, the stress on his arm, or in the case of the second photo below, shooting a bit wider to give the viewer more context for the game and situation.

2013 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2013 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubJuly 4, 2013 Victoria, BC - Victoria Mariner pitcher Colton Wood delivers a pitch in his game against the Victoria Eagles in BC Premier League action Thursday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The teams would battle to a 3-3 tie through 10 innings when the game had to be suspended due to a local 10:00 pm curfew.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: It is a simple photo of a pitcher throwing a pitch, taken from behind home plate, but the way the light was shining on his arm, shows incredible detail of the strain on his muscles and tendons in the elbow and biceps area (almost mirroring the creases and folds in his jersey) and makes one appreciate why pitchers are subject to pitch limits, especially at younger ages.

2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 13, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would defeat the Jays 2-0 on the strength of a 2 run first inning home run from Kendrys Morales. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com
Shooting pitchers from behind the plate in a close-up mode can really emphasize their effort and exertion (top) while shooting a bit wider (below) can add more context to the situation.

Capturing shots of batters is always another dilemma for baseball photographers.  Many like to capture the batter at the time of impact, when the ball hits the bat. These are called BOB (bat on ball) shots and many photographers seem overly elated to get them, but for me, I don't like them because in most instances you don't see the face of the batter.

My preference is to capture the batter as he comes out of his swing and his eyes begin to follow the ball as he follows through on his swing and begins to move toward first base.  Most times, such shots are best from the third base side, photographing right handed batters who pull the ball, but lefties from this side will also work well. Cropping closely in post (like the Jose Bautista shot below) is another way to add variety to the shot.

2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 11, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would thump the Jays 11-1. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 26, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Corvallis Knights in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The Knights would emerge with a 8-5 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats

Outfielders are another challenge for baseball photographers and often get ignored, unless you are using a fairly long telephoto lens and are specifically shooting them.  Fortunately, there are times when turning to shoot an outfielder works out OK, especially if you are using a newer camera with sufficient megapixels on the sensor to allow close cropping of the image in post-processing.  The images below are such examples and can be nice catches if you get them!

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 18, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Klamath Falls Gems in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The HarbourCats would emerge with a 14-8 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats

2014 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2014 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubApril 26, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria Eagles host the North Delta Blue Jays in their 2014 home opener Saturday at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The Eagles would win by scores of 2-1 and 7-2. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com

Finally, sometimes the biggest fish can be caught off the field of play.  Look for shots of fans or other promotions happening during the game that can make compelling, interesting or just plain weird photos.  Depending on the game and the level of action, these may be the best images of the evening, so try not to ignore them!

2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 26, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Corvallis Knights in West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. The Knights would emerge with a 8-5 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats
2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 11, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Cowlitz Black Bears in West Coast League action Wednesday night at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The Bears would cruise to an 11-4 victory. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats
2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2014 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJune 17, 2014 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Bellingham Bells in West Coast League action at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The Bells would emerge with a 7-2 win. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart / ISN and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. These and other images available for purchase at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/harbourcats 2014 Seattle Mariners2014 Seattle MarinersAugust 11, 2014, Seattle, WA - The Seattle Mariners Host the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB action at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners would thump the Jays 11-1. All Photos Copyright Christian J. Stewart and Christian J. Stewart Photography 2014. NO UNPAID USE without the express written consent of the photographer. Telephone: 250-472-1699; E-Mail cstewart@cjscons.com

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart ISN MLB Seattle Mariners Toronto Blue Jays Victoria HarbourCats WCL baseball methods photography tricks west coast league http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/shooting-baseball-is-a-lot-like-fishing Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:10:55 GMT
My Favourite Sports Images of 2013 http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/my-favourite-sports-images-of-2013 Every year at this time I force myself to go back through the myriad of sports imagery that I shot during the year and select my Top 25 Sports Images of the year. I find this to be an educational exercise as it forces me to really focus (pardon the pun) on the aspects of the photo that I liked, or to pull out images that I felt were from a unique event, or captured a unique moment in time.  I was fortunate enough this year to cover a number of high profile events, including World Championships in curling and sport climbing, National Championships in climbing and university field hockey and Provincial championships in baseball and football. I also shot a range of other local sports and activities.  My Top 25 Images and the reasons I chose each image can be found in my FULL GALLERY HERE.  Thumbnails of each image are also provided below. Click on the thumbnail to go directly to the image and descriptions in my gallery.

2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championships2013 Ford World Men's Curling ChampionshipsApril 2, 2013, Victoria, BC - Teams compete in Draw 11 of the 2013 Ford Men's World Curling Championships at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, BC, Canada.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: They say that soccer fans are some of the most passionate in the sports world, but I dare say they are strongly challenged by crazy Canadian curling fans. These folks with their crazy costumes and their passion for what is generally a pretty passive sport, made for one of my favourite fan shots of the year!
  2013 CIS Women's Field Hockey Championships2013 CIS Women's Field Hockey ChampionshipsOctober 31, 2013, Victoria, BC - The University of Victoria Vikes (blue) compete against the University of Guelph Gryphons (yellow) in the 2013 CIS Women's Field Hockey Championships at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: In addition to being a nice action shot of a sport that I don't get to shoot too often, to me there is a bit of a soft, dream-like quality to the image that comes from the way the turf blends into the dark background, the night lighting on the field and a faint bit of what I think is vapour hanging in the air from the player's breaths on a cool evening.
  2013 World Youth Climbing Championships2013 World Youth Climbing ChampionshipsAugut 18, 2013, Central Saanich, BC - The USA's John Brosler celebrates his Bronze Medal win in the Junior Speed Climbing Competition at the 2013 World Youth Climbing Championships at The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, British Columbia.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Far too often in the world of sports, those that don't finish first are disappointed or consider themselves losers. This young man just won the BRONZE medal in his age division and his reaction was one of the most joyous of anyone at the entire competition, including those that won gold and silver. I was fortunate enough to capture it and it is one of my favourite "cheer" photos of the year.
  2012-2013 Victoria Royals Hockey Club2012-2013 Victoria Royals Hockey ClubFebruary 27, 2013, Victoria, BC - Victoria Royals forward Logan Nelson looks to the heavens after scoring against the Lethbridge Hurricanes in WHL action Wednesday night in Victoria. The Hurricanes would emerge with a 5-4 victory.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Another example of one of my favourite celebration photos of the year. Nelson is known for great celebrations after his goals and this one, with the arena spotlight gleaming off his visor, gave this one a bit of a religious feel to it...the "Light of God" shining down on him...that kind of thing.

2013 Mt. Doug Rams Football2013 Mt. Doug Rams FootballOctober 16, 2013, Victoria, BC - The Mount Doug Rams Junior Varsity squad play host to the John Barsby Bulldogs in BC High School Football Junior Varsity action Friday at Mount Doug High School in Victoria. The Rams would cruise to a 42-0 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This photo is all about symmetry in motion. I caught the ball carrier in a great running position, with great light on his eyes and face, but also the fact that all his team-mates are generally running and leaning in the same direction, with one-foot on ground and one foot up, give this image a great look.
  2013 BC Senior Men's Baseball Provincials2013 BC Senior Men's Baseball ProvincialsAugust 4, 2013 Victoria, BC - Teams compete at the 2013 BC Baseball Senior Men's Provincial Championships at Lambrick Park in Victoria, BC.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Provincial Championships, key moment in game, clutch, diving catch in right field for the third out of an inning...fielder totally horizontal and suspended in mid-air with ball in glove...need I say more?
  2013 BC High School Football Provincial Championships - Subway Bowl2013 BC High School Football Provincial Championships - Subway BowlNovember 30, 2013, Vancouver, BC - The Ballenas Whalers battle the GW Graham Grizzlies in the 2013 BC High School Football AA Junior Varsity Championship at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. The Grizzlies would emerge with a 23-20 victory over the Whalers.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Perhaps the best "Gatorade Shower" celebration photo ever, well at least in my portfolio. Not only did the coach totally embrace getting doused and allow for a direct hit to happen, with the water cascading over and around him, but the reaction of his players and coaches, particularly #50 to the right, were fantastic and it becomes a favourite of the year as a result.
  2013 Victoria Eagles Baseball Club2013 Victoria Eagles Baseball ClubJuly 4, 2013 Victoria, BC - Victoria Mariner pitcher Colton Wood delivers a pitch in his game against the Victoria Eagles in BC Premier League action Thursday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria. The teams would battle to a 3-3 tie through 10 innings when the game had to be suspended due to a local 10:00 pm curfew.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: It is a simple photo of a pitcher throwing a pitch, taken from behind home plate, but the way the light was shining on his arm, shows incredible detail of the strain on his muscles and tendons in the elbow and biceps area (almost mirroring the creases and folds in his jersey) and makes one appreciate why pitchers are subject to pitch limits, especially at younger ages.

2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championships2013 Ford World Men's Curling ChampionshipsApril 7, 2013, Victoria, BC - Team Denmark skip Rasmus Stjerne urges his sweepers on during the Bronze Medal match against Team Scotland at the 2013 Ford Men's World Curling Championships at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, BC, Canada.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This was my first time to ever shoot curling and to do so at a World Championship was pretty neat. The game itself does not feature a lot of dramatic or fast paced action, but the passion and energy that the skips of each team put out when urging their team to sweep (or not sweep) a stone they have thrown can make for some dramatic photos. This was one such photo and shows the intensity that can be found in a seemingly passive sport.
  2013-2014 Saanich Braves Junior B Hockey Club2013-2014 Saanich Braves Junior B Hockey ClubNovember 1, 2013, Victoria, BC - Saanich Braves forward Scott Henderson evades the check of Comox Valley Glacier King Liam Shaw during their Vancouver Island Junior B Hockey action game Friday at Pearkes Arena in Saanich. The Glacier Kings would score three third period goals en route to a 5-2 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This is one of my favourite hockey action photos of the year. It is a simple photo, but I like the action, the effort of the defender, the stride of the player with the puck and how this scene lends itself to a "wide-angle" crop of sorts...I think too that I like the fact that Saanich, the team I shoot regularly for, recently went to Chicago Blackhawk style jerseys (my favourite team) and that my rink ad board is in the background!
  2013 CIS Women's Field Hockey Championships2013 CIS Women's Field Hockey ChampionshipsNovember 3, 2013, Victoria, BC - University of British Columbia player Hannah Haughn winds up for a shot during the gold medal game against the University of Victoria at the 2013 CIS Women's Field Hockey Championships at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: In addition to being a great action shot, this image has a few other elements that I liked, the focus of the player on the ball, with her tongue sticking out, the anticipation on the faces of the two players in the background and the subtle arc of water droplets coming off the player's stick.
  2013 BC Senior Men's Baseball Provincials2013 BC Senior Men's Baseball ProvincialsAugust 4, 2013 Victoria, BC - Kamloops' second baseman Pat Brown would pounce on this ground ball and make the play to first during a game against the Langley Blaze Sunday evening at the 2013 BC Baseball Senior Men's Provincial Championships at Lambrick Park in Victoria, BC.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I like the anticipation and the unknown in this shot....did he get the ball? Did he miss it? (He got it)....but I also think there is a bit of a comical nature to his pose...kind of like Super Mario, or a video game character bouncing from level to level, or a cat pouncing on a mouse. His stride and the focus and determination on his face also add to the effect.

2013 World Youth Climbing Championships2013 World Youth Climbing ChampionshipsAugust 19, 2013, Central Saanich, BC - Founder of Climbers Against Cancer John Ellison (left-centre, light blue t-shirt) and his suporters show off their CAC T-Shirts at the 2013 World Youth Climbing Championships.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This was my public service announcement photo of the year. John Ellison (left-centre, light blue t-shirt) is a sport climber and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. To raise funds for cancer research he founded Climbers Against Cancer. At the 2013 World Youth Championships, CAC was selling t-shirts and all those who purchased a t-shirt came up on stage for a group photo. CAC sold over $3000 worth of t-shirts that weekend and Ellison presented a donation of $15,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation at the event. I climbed up into a lift to take the photo, perhaps one of my most emotional, and colourful of the year.
  2013 GVBA Mosquito Championship2013 GVBA Mosquito ChampionshipJune 21, 2013 Victoria, BC - Triangle Bullet baserunner Jack Hardy slides safely into second base, while Carnarvon shortstop Chris Horwood awaits the throw during action in the GVBA Mosquito Championship on Friday evening at Juan de Fuca Park in Victoria. The Bullets would score in each of their at bats to come away with a 12-8 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: This photo is mainly about the great early evening light and the way it highlights the short-stop's face as he awaits the throw, as well as how it highlights the individual particles of dirt kicked up by the slide. The great technical form of the player awaiting the throw and the dark, simple background also help the play and the frozen ball stand out, adding to the photo.
  2013-2014 Victoria Royals Hockey Club2013-2014 Victoria Royals Hockey ClubNovember 22, 2013, Victoria, BC - Victoria Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka makes an outstanding toe save on a shot by the Kamloops Blazer's Aspen Sterzer during their WHL game at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. The Royals would score 4 third period goals en route to a 6-1 victory.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Probably the best goalie "save" photo I captured all year. I was positioned along the side glass of the arena just about even with the face-off dot. This gave me a great vantage point for the shot. The pass came to Sterzer very quickly and I followed the action quickly in the hopes I was able to catch the great save. I initially thought I had missed the shot, but was pleased to see I did not. Polivka's body position, fully extended with the stick in the air, and the puck just visible in front of his toe, show that he made a great save, one I was fortunate enough to capture.
  LIWSA SoccerLIWSA SoccerJanuary 5, 2013, Victoria, BC - The Lower Women's Soccer Association holds their annual Premier Division All-Star game Saturday at Westhills Stadium. Team White would need penalty kicks to break a 1-1 draw and emerge with the win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: When soccer players go up to head a ball, they make some of the funniest faces in the world of sport. This image is strictly here for its comedic factor. The look on her face, the pony tail and ball suspended in mid-air, against a simple blue background, I felt made for an amusing photo.

2013 IFSC World Youth Climbing Championships2013 IFSC World Youth Climbing ChampionshipsAugust 15, 2013, Central Saanich, BC - A member of Team Mexico cheers on his team and proudly displays his flag at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 IFSC World Youth Climbing Championships at the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Quite simply, this photo shows the unbridled enthusiasm that participating in a world class sporting event can bring out. Team Mexico had one of the smaller teams at the competition (that featured close to 40 different countries) but their cheering contingent at the opening ceremonies was by far the loudest and proudest of them all. I felt that this photo captured this perfectly.
  2013-2014 Victoria Royals Hockey Club2013-2014 Victoria Royals Hockey ClubOctober 6, 2013, Victoria, BC - The Victoria Royals Luke Harrison (facing camera) and Tri-City's Justin Gutierrez duke it out during the Royals WHL game against Tri-City Americans at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. The Royals would score two third period goals to win 2-1.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I liked the "helmet-popping" nature of the photo with them suspended in mid-air, the look on Harrison's face, plus his hair flying about and the look of the linesman as he waited for an opportunity to break things up.
  2013 BC Senior Men's Baseball Provincials2013 BC Senior Men's Baseball ProvincialsAugust 5, 2013 Victoria, BC - Members of the Langley Blaze celebrate their win at the 2013 BC Baseball Senior Men's Provincial Championships at Lambrick Park in Victoria, BC.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: One of my most favourite moments in any sport is when a team celebrates after winning a championship. Up to this point last summer, I had covered a few championship baseball games but had not yet captured a celebration shot worth showing, mainly because the teams did not celebrate all that vigorously upon winning. These guys did and they gave me the shot I was looking for!
  2013 IFSC World Youth Climbing Championships2013 IFSC World Youth Climbing ChampionshipsAugust 18, 2013, Central Saanich, BC - German climber Sebastian Halenke shows the wear and tear on his hands after just two days of competition at the 2013 World Youth Climbing Chamionships at the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Having only been introduced to the sport of climbing in March of 2013, I never truly appreciated the rigours of the sport and the challenges the climbers face until seeing the hand of Halenke, clearly missing some skin from his thumb and fingertips that was left up on the wall after his second climb in the competition. Despite the discomfort, Halenke went on to capture the Silver medal in his age division. The photo I hope, provides some insight into one of the many physical challenges the athletes face in competition, and one that would not be immediately obvious to the casual observer of the sport.

2013 BC High School Football Provincial Championships - Subway Bowl2013 BC High School Football Provincial Championships - Subway BowlNovember 30, 2013, Vancouver, BC - GW Graham defensive back Tristan Davis (left) would get away with this facemask against the Ballenas Whaler's Brody Seselja during the 2013 British Columbia High School Football Provincial AA Junior Varsity Championship on Saturday at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC. GW Graham would emerge with a 23-20 victory over the Whalers.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: When you are shooting with a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second and at a rate of 8-10 frames per second, sometimes you catch things that the officials in a game, the fans and other players do not. I like this photo for that reason...only myself and the two players in question know that a flagrant foul was committed...and there was nothing that any of us could, or wanted to do about it!
  2013 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club2013 Victoria HarbourCats Baseball ClubJuly 29, 2013 Victoria, BC - The Victoria HarbourCats host the Corvallis Knights in West Coast League action Monday night at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. The Knights would emerge with a 6-5 win to sweep the three game series between the two teams.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Perhaps only my fellow baseball fanatics will understand why I like this photo...In addition to it being a nicely lit portrait of these players and coaches, I think it is a great representation of all the little "behind the scenes things" that make the game, plus a great representation of all that is minor-pro, or in this case, summer collegiate baseball...players and coaches needing to sit on buckets and folding chairs because the dugouts are too small, bats and gear strewn about, line-up cards and other info posted in the dugout, a player-coach (far left) giving signals, another coach (second from left) charting pitches, another (third from left) with a pitch counter in his hand and the head coach (centre, in helmet) with a stopwatch to time pitch deliveries.
  2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championships2013 Ford World Men's Curling ChampionshipsApril 5, 2013, Victoria, BC - Team Scotland Skip David Murdoch jumps and waves franticly to his sweepers as they take on Team Sweden in the 1-2 Page Playoff at the 2013 Ford Men's World Curling Championships at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, BC, Canada. Team Sweden would advance to the Gold Medal game with a 6-5 win.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: Another example of the crazy emotions that come from players during the seemingly quiet sport of curling. Murdoch jumped about a foot off the ice surface and was screaming like a madman so there was a bit of a comic element here too.
  2013 SMHA Atom Remembrance Day Tournament2013 SMHA Atom Remembrance Day TournamentNovember 10, 2013, Saanich, BC - A young Saanich Brave Atom hockey player celebrates a goal during a game against the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies at the SMHA Atom Remembrance Day Hockey Tournament at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.

WHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: I like it when players celebrate hockey goals and I like it even better when young players do so. I remember the first time I ever played minor hockey and the thrill that came from even touching the puck, let alone scoring! This young player had a great reaction to his goal and a great smile that I was fortunate enough to capture.

Gate 6, Yankee Stadium, Harlem, New York CityGate 6, Yankee Stadium, Harlem, New York CityWHY I CHOSE THIS PHOTO: A bit of a personal selection here as this was my first visit ever to New York City and the hallowed institution that is Yankee Stadium (even though it is the "new" stadium). I was looking for a way to capture the iconic look and architecture of the stadium's exterior and Gate 6, as one of the main entry gates in to the stadium, is iconic as it gets. I did not want any people in the shot, so I took out the wide angle lens, pointed my lens skyward and was happy with the result. I hope you are too.

 

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart ISN Island Sports News baseball best photos of 2013 climbing curling field hockey football hockey photos sports victoria http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/my-favourite-sports-images-of-2013 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:17:40 GMT
The Places In Between http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/the-places-in-between Commonly when I travel, I have a final destination in mind, like Arizona, or New York City, or in the case of my travels last summer, Yellowstone National Park, where I captured some amazing imagery (see galleries here).  Of course in getting to those destinations, especially when driving, there are many pit stops along the way - the "places in between" my home and my final destination and back - that offer great opportunities for photography.

On that trip last summer, one of the first such places was the central Washington town of Leavenworth, a picturesque, tourist trap of a town that is a replica of an Alpine village, complete with ornate chalets and Oom Pah Pah bands in traditional garb.  The architecture is very distinct and that is what caught my eye while there, focusing on doors and windows and other things that made up the town's unique character. A couple of highlights are below (full gallery here)

Window Detail, Leavenworth, WashingtonWindow Detail, Leavenworth, Washington

Window Detail, Leavenworth, WashingtonWindow Detail, Leavenworth, Washington

Up next on our journey east was a stop in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, a well-known summer resort town on the shores of the lake by the same name.  We only spent a single night there, but a walk around their main marina and resort hotel provided a few neat shots.

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Continuing east through Idaho, one traverses through a number of old silver mining towns, many of which still maintain their historic character and some of which, if you really stray off the beaten path, are old ghost towns.  While we did not get to one of these, we did stop in Wallace, Idaho, the principal town of the Coeur d'Alene silver-mining district, which produced more silver than any other mining district in the United States.  In 1979, several blocks of downtown Wallace were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, and as such, the town has a great mix of historical buildings, as well as many that satisfied my lust for the texture, colour and character that old, decrepit buildings provide (see gallery here).

Building Detail, Wallace, IdahoBuilding Detail, Wallace, Idaho

Building Detail, Wallace, IdahoBuilding Detail, Wallace, Idaho

Following our visit to Yellowstone, we opted to head south toward Salt Lake City and to visit the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Flats (see further below), but on the way, we bumped into the town of St. Anthony, Idaho which is known for a seemingly random field of dunes that fringe the western side of the town.  I can never resist the opportunity for some creative dune photos, so off we went to check them out. Did not have a lot of time to really explore, but grabbed some cool images nonetheless (HERE).

Sand Dunes, St. Anthony, Idaho

Sand Dunes, St. Anthony, Idaho

After St. Anthony, we hit the bizarre landscape of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island and the Bonneville Salt Flats.  After Yellowstone, I wasn't sure I could come across anything that would rival its unique geology, but the Great Salt Lake area sure comes close.  Dreamlike and eerie are two good adjectives that apply.  We had hoped to drive on the Salt Flats at the Bonneville Speedway, but recent rains made for a very wet surface and we decided not to chance things.  A few samples are below and you can see the full gallery HERE.

Freemont Island, Great Salt Lake, Utah

Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island, Utah

The Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Last but not least on our return home was the City of Roses, Portland Oregon.  A very walkable and photogenic city, with a neat mix of both new and old architecture and that west coast, granola eating, tree-hugging, environmentally friendly vibe, not to mention blocks full of wonderful food trucks. We walked the city for a couple of days and also headed out to their world famous rose gardens for some great image making opportunities.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Coeur D'Alene Idaho Leavenworth Montana Oregon Portland St. Anthony Dunes Wallace Washington Yellowstone photos travel http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/the-places-in-between Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:00:46 GMT
The 9/11 Memorial: New York City - A Moving Experience http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/the-9/11-memorial-new-york-city---a-moving-experience Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

They are just random names engraved into a plaque...Harry A. Raines, Taimour Firaz Khan, Sophia B. Addo, Richard John Kelly Jr., Edward James Day, John Daniel Marshall...and 2,971 more. 

The 9/11 Memorial in New York CityBuildings are reflected in the waters of the South Pool at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

To the many tourists passing them by, especially I thought, by the small group of older Asian women laughing and giggling about some joke in a language I did not understand, the names probably mean nothing.

But they should.

The 9/11 Memorial in New York CityA single white rose marks the name of one of the 2,983 victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Every person in North America, check that, every person who lives in a country free from strife, free from terrorism and with the freedom that we as Canadians and our friends to the south, Americans, have forever taken for granted, should always and forever remember the names on these plaques, the names of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

One World Trade Centre, 2013 - The Freedom Tower

Standing at the 9/11 Memorial was for me incredibly moving. Like many, I recall watching the horror of that day unfold on TV and of course in fascinating documentary after documentary after that, but it wasn't until I stood at Ground Zero, looking up at the empty sky where the two towers stood and then into the deep and somewhat dark abyss of the pools of cascading water (designed that way on purpose I suspect) that were their foundations, and also up at the new One World Trade Centre - the Freedom Tower - that I could fully grasp and comprehend what the citizens of New York went through that day and what incredible horror and impending doom those in the buildings who survived the initial impacts and the first responders who went to rescue them, must have felt.  It brought tears to my eyes. It brought tears to my wife's eyes. It is bringing tears to my eyes again as I write this.

The 9/11 Memorial in New York CityA woman and her young daughter stand in quiet contemplation of the North Pool at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

The literature for the 9/11 Memorial states that it is a place for "remembrance and  quiet reflection", yet in addition to the laughing Asian ladies, I was astonished at how many people were not respecting, or were oblivious to this, at how many people seemed to be there just because it was another one of the many tourist sites in New York to knock off their list, or on their bus tour...to have their photos taken with the Memorial and the new tower as a backdrop, smiling and laughing all the while.  I just didn't get that.

Fortunately, I think those people were in the minority, and when I saw an elderly lady doing a rubbing of a name, a NYPD fireman in his dress blues standing with friends and family in front of one of the panels honoring his fallen comrades and a mother with her young daughter (who would not have even been born when the attacks happened) standing silently, almost as if in prayer, at one corner of the north pool, my faith in those who came to see the memorial AND properly honour the fallen, was restored.

The 9/11 Memorial in New York CityA woman makes a rubbing of a victim's name at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

Many years ago - 1991 - in travelling past New York city, I had the opportunity to take a black and white picture that many of you have seen here on my site and that some of you may have on your walls at home.  It is a shot of the New York skyline from Liberty Park in New Jersey, with a sculpture of a U.S. soldier (Korean War era) rescuing a prisoner of war.  While I took this photo in 1991, the image of the soldier, rescuing a fellow human being from a tragic situation, with the Twin Towers in the background, suddenly had much more meaning to it in 2012, than it did when it was a simple snapshot back in 1991, especially after the U.S., in response to the attacks, began the war with Iraq.  

Twin Towers and Liberation Monument, Liberty State Park, New JerseyTwin Towers and Liberation Monument, Liberty State Park, New Jersey

While I do not want to get into any political argument here as to whether that decision was right or wrong, or the pros and cons of how it was executed, standing at Ground Zero today, I can certainly understand WHY the war that continues today was initiated.  I can only imagine the fury on that day of New Yorkers, those in Washington D.C., and Americans across the country and their demand for swift and ultimate justice and punishment on those responsible. 

New York City Skyline, 1991

New York City Skyline, September 2013

I know that the justice has not been swift, and that the war on terror, sadly, will need to wage on, despite the death of Bin Laden and many of his Al Queda partners in crime.  But if everyone, everywhere, remembers 9/11 and the people who made the ultimate sacrifice - those whose names are randomly engraved on a series of simple plaques -  and if the history books and educational curriculum across the world can properly teach and document what happened and why and the consequences, then perhaps everyone here in North America and around the world can begin to treat people of other races, nationalities, and religious beliefs like we should all be treated, as fellow human beings on this tiny planet.  If that can happen, then perhaps there is some hope that future generations in all countries can live without the threat of terrorism or war and at peace with one another.

New York City Skyline, 2013

An Aside
I am very honoured that my 1991 Twin Towers photograph mentioned above, as well as two others taken on that same day, have been included in the 9/11 Memorial Artists Registry.  You can see them here: https://www.911memorial.org/registry/cstewart.  

I am also now very honoured to have visited the Memorial in person to pay my respects and to capture some new images that I hope will also have meaning to those that view them.

The actual 9/11 Memorial Museum is slated to open in 2014 and given how I felt today, I am pretty sure that I will find a way to get back to New York City sometime in the near future to visit it when it is open.

May we never forget.

 

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) 9/11 Memorial New York City http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/the-9/11-memorial-new-york-city---a-moving-experience Mon, 16 Sep 2013 02:29:08 GMT
Having Fun With the Staff of Duncan Orthodontics http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/having-fun-with-the-staff-of-duncan-orthodontics The fine folks at Duncan Orthodontics have been an excellent client and I have provided photography of their offices as well as their staff back in 2010 and 2011.  Last month they approached me about updating their photography for 2013 and they had a specific request for a "fun" shoot, with staff all bringing mementos that represented their out-of-office hobbies and the like.  They also had a request that it all be shot on a white background.  So off the the camera store I went to get a seamless white background and last week we spent a fun morning at their offices creating some fun images.  A few examples are presented below. Click on an image or head to the full gallery to see more!

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) fun isolated orthodontics people portraits white http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/having-fun-with-the-staff-of-duncan-orthodontics Sat, 09 Mar 2013 01:00:16 GMT
Architectural Portfolio Continues to Expand http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/architectural-portfolio-continues-to-expand I am very pleased to have added a number of new architectural clients to my portfolio over the past year or so.  In addition to the work I continue to do for Rayn Properties, I have added Harbour City Kitchens, Hauge Construction, HES Developments and IKAN Installations to my list of clients.  Some examples are presented below for each. Please click on the images to go to the full gallery of images for that project.

Hauge Construction - Glen Lake Residence
A stunning million dollar plus residence on Glen Lake featuring a large, main level aquarium and a media and entertainment room in the basement to die for.

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HES Developments - Harbour City Kitchens
A beautiful arts and crafts style home in Oak Bay with intricate details and finishing work.

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IKAN Installations
A sleek modern galley style kitchen in a new build in Cordova Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbour City Kitchens
A large modern kitchen in View Royal (left) and an amazing new build near Henderson Park (right)

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart Victoria architecture photography http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/architectural-portfolio-continues-to-expand Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:50:27 GMT
Hockey, Hockey, Hockey... http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/hockey-hockey-hockey It has been an exciting hockey season this year and I have kept busy shooting a number of teams and events this season.  This includes my regular duties as the Official Photographer for the Saanich Braves Junior B Hockey Club, as well as the odd excursion to shoot the Victoria Royals of the WHL.  I was also fortunate to shoot the 2013 VIJHL All-Star Classic and the Team Russia vs Team WHL in the Subway Series game played here in Victoria.  Click on the links above to head to the full galleries.

2012-2013 Victoria Royals Hockey Club

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart ISN Island Sports News braves hockey photography royals saanich sports victoria vijhl http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/hockey-hockey-hockey Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:00:00 GMT
Top 25 Sports Photos of 2012 http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/top-25-sports-photos-of-2012 Well in case you missed it, back in January I posted my Top 25 Sports Photos of 2012 HERE.  I find that in doing this over the last three years it provides not only a nice overview of the various sports I've covered over the year, but allows me a chance to provide some insight as to why I feel a particular photo was worthy of selection.  A few examples are presented below. Please be sure to visit the full gallery to see them all.

2012 Mt. Doug Rams Football

2012 Mt. Doug Rams Football Victoria Highlanders Soccer

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart ISN Island Sports News Victoria baseball photography sports http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/top-25-sports-photos-of-2012 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:15:00 GMT
Sports Shooter http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/sports-shooter I am happy to announce that I am now a member of the popular Sports Shooter community, which features the work of sports photojournalists, photographers, etc. from all over the world.  You can see my page HERE.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart ISN Island Sports News Sports Shooter photography http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/sports-shooter Sun, 05 Aug 2012 06:23:41 GMT
Risk vs Reward - The Benefits of Exclusive Access http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/risk-vs-reward---the-benefits-of-exclusive-access I just completed a weekend of shooting the British Columbia U18A Women's Provincial Softball Championships, where, as the official tournament photographer, I had exclusive access on the field while shooting.  I call this a "risk-reward" situation in the heading above, because as you may know, there is not a lot of room between the foul lines and the fences on the infield of a softball diamond and often times I was shooting from just near 1st or 3rd base, or in other cases, along the fence halfway up the baselines, between the on-deck circles and the coaches box.

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Of course the risk in these positions is that the girls at this age can hit and throw hard and the danger of being hit by a foul ball or an overthrow is very real and as such, I had to be aware of that on every pitch.  I also wanted to be as inconspicuous as possible so as to not interfere with the game or the focus and concentration of players and coaches.

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The reward however is getting to capture images that you know nobody else has, even parents with cameras and gear that rivaled my 1D Mk IV and EF70-200 f 2.8L that I used for all of my shots.  I did not have to worry about trying to shoot through chain link fences, or over or around players in the dugouts, or being confined to one location, as I could move from side to side freely.

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As to the risk part, I managed to avoid being hit by any foul balls or any overthrows.  I suppose a large part of that was some good luck, but I think in that situation, you also pay closer attention to the tendencies of hitters, or how a play is developing and your "spidey-senses" kick in to make you aware that danger is approaching or is possible and you shoot accordingly and get ready to move a little bit quicker.

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And the reward? Well I've placed a few of my favourite images here in this post and I hope you will agree that being this close to the action certainly pays off in a big way.  Please visit the full tournament gallery (HERE) to see more.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) British Columbia Christian J. Stewart Devils ISN Island Sports News Provincials U18 Victoria photographs photography softball sports http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/risk-vs-reward---the-benefits-of-exclusive-access Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:46:05 GMT
Baseball Championship Season is Here! http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/baseball-championship-season-is-here Our spring baseball season has come to its end, and with that come the City wide division championship games. As I have for the past few years, I have been photographing the finals for Greater Victoria Baseball.  Four of the five divisions are complete and after shooting in a torrential downpour Saturday to shoot the 14 year olds Saturday, I had much nicer weather Monday to shoot the 9-10 year olds.  Always a fun group to shoot and challenging at times to get decent action shots.  Here are a few samples below. Click on any of them to go to my GVBA Championships Gallery.

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart GVBA Greater Victoria Baseball ISN Island Sports News Victoria baseball photography sports http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/baseball-championship-season-is-here Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:09:42 GMT
My First Soccer Game - Victoria Highlanders http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/my-first-soccer-game---victoria-highlanders I had the opportunity to shoot my first ever soccer game this past Wednesday night as the local USL Women's League team - the Victoria Highlanders was playing. It took a bit to get the flow of the game and where to point lens and such, but I managed to get some decent shots.  You can see the images that were used for the Island Sports News article on the game HERE.  Click on the image below to go to my Gallery here of all the images.  All shot with the 1DMk IV and EF300 f2.8L. ISO varied as light decreased from ~800 to 3200. Shutter speed was kept high and aperture around 3.2-4.0. For some shots I may have had the 1.4 extender on the 300. 

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Athletic Christian J. Stewart Co-Op Highlanders ISN Island Sports News J. League Park Peninsula Royal Stewart Victoria W photography photos soccer sports sportsChristian women's http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/my-first-soccer-game---victoria-highlanders Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:54:00 GMT
The Story Behind the Photo: #6 - Grain Elevator Roof Vents, Churchill, Manitoba http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/the-story-behind-the-photo-6---grain-elevator-roof-vents-churchill-manitoba Note:  I previously published installment #6 as a Note on Facebook but wanted to re-publish it here to "migrate" the series to my Blog. If you would like to read the previous five installments, please visit my Facebook Notes Page Here.  And if you see any images on my site that you might want to have as Installment #7, please let me know!

This image was recently downloaded from my iStock portfolio and I thought it would be a good candidate for the next installment in my "Story Behind the Photo" series. See the previous 5 installments in the Notes section of my page.

This was a good example of an interesting and unique image that happens though a happy coincidence of luck and circumstance.

Grain Elevator Roof, Churchill, Manitoba
Way back in university, our class took a summer field trip to study climatology and other geographical goodies (including polar bears) in Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson's Bay.

One part of the trip was a tour of the local grain elevator....a key industry in the town, as it supplied grain transported from the Canadian Praires to many foreign ships.  On the tour, our guide who was trailing behind us, told us to keep going up to the top of the stairs.

Well, taking him literally, I led the way to the VERY top of the stairs, opened the door and found suddenly that we were actually on the ROOF of the structure - the edges of which you can see in the photo (note there are no protective rails!). 

The scene you see in this image, is the scene I was greeted with from the doorway....dust blowing around, the clouds were pretty cool looking and the shadows of the vents and the vents themselves...it all just looked so neat, I had to take a photo.

Shortly after pressing the shutter, our now freaked out guide was yelling at us to get back inside and down to the level we were supposed to be at. I had perhaps 15 seconds of time, if that, on the roof to see and take the image and I know that I was the only one in our group to capture this moment and get what I think is a very intersting shot!

I hope you think so too!

Tech Details:  Shot on Kodachrome Slide Film (probably 64 ISO)(you youngsters can Google "slide film" to know what I am talking about!) on a Canon AE-1.  Scanned to digital.  Available royalty free on my iStock site and as prints on my main web site (click on image above to go there).

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cjsphoto@shaw.ca (Christian J. Stewart Photography) Christian J. Stewart Churchill Grain Elevator Manitoba abstract photography roof http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/the-story-behind-the-photo-6---grain-elevator-roof-vents-churchill-manitoba Fri, 15 Jun 2012 04:59:22 GMT