Hi gang: it’s 1:56 am, and I’m in my hotel room after shooting the Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears NFL Football game down in Miami tonight (big, big win for the Bears—they’re now 7-3, and I believe they’re 1/2 game up in their division—sweet!), and I’ve got to leave for the airport in….oh rats! 4 hours. :(
So, I’m hitting the sack right this minute. Although I’ll share some shots from the game next week, this was a record breaking shoot for me, because I broke my all time record of shots taken of the ground, my feet, other people’s feet, the turf, and stupid stuff like that when my 2nd camera body hits my leg as I’m running up and down the sidelines between plays, and it hits the shutter button (as seen above).
I’m proud to say, I have well over 100 shots like the ones you see above. Maybe even 200. A very proud moment indeed. ;-)
Besides the Bears game shots, I’ll share some images from a gig I shot last weekend—the Foster Grant 2010 Ironman World Championships triathalon. Lots of fun, and some truly amazing athletes.
That’s it from Miami. Hope everybody has a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. :)
Trying to get a foot up on the competition? Love to see your other shots.
Very “fluffy” post, Scott! You should put all of those odd shots in a huge collage and show it off at PSW in March! Everyone will look at it and say, “I have to try this! Scott Kelby is a genius and a true artist!”
Can’t wait to see your football shots. Can’t get enough of those. I am intrigued on the Ironman shoot and what you got out of that. My nephew did a couple of Ironmans way back when before he got married. THAT is a sport that demands a lot out of you!
@John – nice idea. Perhaps make it a Photo Mosaic. (http://www.artensoft.com/ArtensoftPhotoMosaicWizard/)
One time I’d gotten home after shooting a wedding and discovered that I’d taken 70 or so photos of the guest’s butts during the reception when I was running back and forth to set up my lighting gear. I felt like an idiot when I realized what had happened(and believe me, it took a while to get there, at first I thought I was losing my mind!) but if you’re doing it that must mean it’s what all the cool photogs are doing these days. ;)
Scott, I’ll be really interested in seeing your take on an Ironman event. I’ve shot the Kona World Championship Ironman race the last three years running. Any event scattered out over 140 miles of a course that’s often mostly closed can be a tough shoot.
Scott, what strap do you use for second body?
I use a Black Rapid R-Strap. :)
I love, I mean LOVE, my Black Rapid Strap.
I was just looking at the Rapid Straps. There are several the R7 seems to have the cross body strap as well. Is that the one you guys use and like or do you use the R4 or R5? Thanks.
Rapids on ALL my cameras! Glad I’m not only one who shoots from the thighs.
Black Rapid actually has a new strap called the rs-sport that has a built in chest strap. http://www.blackrapid.com/product/camera-strap/rs-sport/
Give all the above shots to Corey Barker for textures. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll see a tutorial on Planet Photoshop from one or more of these fine, fine photos! :)
Great shots…..of the ground!
i love triathlon…can’t wait to see those images.
“SCOTT KELBY REINVENTS FOOTBALL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE GROUND UP”
Scott, buy yourself a good 2′ x 6′ x 3″ length of yellow upholstery foam, wrap it ’round your mid-section, secure it with a roll of bailer twine… then say goodbye to accidental shutter firings!
Have a great weekend.
I usually end up with more “ref butt” shots than feet shots…
Thanks for sharing that. It means a lot to me knowing that I’m not the only one that shoots my feet.
Scott, I am looking forward to seeing how you put these shots (feet) through your 7 point system in CS5!
ps. I love your system, but I did add one “point” or step….trash it and save yourself time (seems to happen a lot with my shots)
Just tell everyone that they are your creative shots of the groud from the game. Your Scott Kelby, who’s going to question it?
Wow – Scott, you get more done on no sleep than anybody I’ve heard of. Enjoy it while it lasts. Also, good to know that even the Greats come home with shots of the ground/feet/butts.
The new, creative, abstract side of Scott Kelby! Coffee table book coming soon to your favorite bookseller.
Deb that is exactly what I was thinking! : )
Now that might be one area that I may have some better shots than you do. I have some awesome abstract night shots of high school stadium turf.
Could of been worse…. at least your lense cap was off :-)
you could use them as textures in photoshop :)
Been there done that too many times. Makes me feel better, however, when I learn that my favorite teacher does the same thing. Thanks for sharing!
This is sort of like when my phone’s camera is taking pictures of the inside of my pants pocket.
Its amazing what you can find in there.
Good thing you shoot jpeg, those ground shots will be easier to get through.
Looking forward to seeing the Ironman Championship photos. I’ve shot a couple triathlons and would love to see how you covered this event. I’m also a first year triathlete and think this is a great sport with some incredible athletes that deserves more coverage. Where else can you race along side a pro and then see them cheering age groupers on at the finish line hours later.
Scott, even photos taken by your legs are great! My legs certainly don’t take photos that good. You are a truly a professional photographer! :)
Scott, I hope you read this…just have some positive feed back about calling Kelby Training. I read your post on your airline experience and how you pride yourself on your customer service. Well I got a chance to put it to the test the other day. The rep that I talked to passed with flying colors!!!! It is so refreshing to get help when you need it and in a friendly manner. The customer service rep. made me feel listened to, understood and he even shared a little bit about a personal experience he had that was similiar to mine. WOW!!! Way to go! I really hope you read this! 100% A+++++
That just made my day!!!!
I’m going to pass your comment on to my entire team! Thanks for sharing your story. :)
I too have dealt with your customer service team and along with Julie I do believe that you enstill this type of customer service culture in your businesses.
Julie, If you ever get a chance to make a Photoshop World you will see customer service like no where before.
Scott, You & I had a conversation in the expo about an issue with booking next year’s PSW. True to you and your staff’s words, the issue was taken care of instantly. In short KELBY MEDIA ENTERPRISES “ROCKS”!!!
See you in September,
Oh good! I should have asked for the person’s name who helped me. At any rate I’m glad that you got my message. Have a great weekend!
Like I said before Kelby and LLBean, the best costomer service anywhere. 100% satisfaction, no questions asked!
Hey Scott, I glad I’m not the only one that takes pictures of feet, sidewalks, boat deck and etc!”-) I’ve even been know to take a movie of the same things! Look forward to your shot!
Have a great weekend!
The only thing better than watching the Bears blank the Dolphins (a little payback for ruining our perfect season in ’85), would be having the opportunity to photograph the game from the sidelines. Maybe I’ll go to the local high school field, shoot some photos of the ground, and pretend I was there. :-)
You have probably got a gold mine of abstracts in those ‘stupid Ground shots’ Look out Art World here comes Kelby.
What a great montage. I hope you shot it in RAW. It will look fantastic when it gets up on a billboard advertising all the things to see and do when in Miami.
Have done similar on occasion, but not as talented.
Nice pants, and those shoes…
I just love your pics, read all of your books. Your my idol. So glad if you visited my site and maybe left a comment :) Greetings from Norway
I’ve signed up for first Ironman at Lake Placid next year. Looking forward to seeing your shots of the Ironman and your perspective of the event.