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12.17.14 – Remote camera on stage

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Camera on a tripod on the stage behind the backboard. Manually pre-focused and tirggered via Pocketwizard from the balcony on the opposite side of the court.

Remote: Nikon D800 with a 28-70mm (at 28mm), @ f4, 1/400

Dec 12 2014 || Vallejo, CA: 5th Grade Holy Spirit Knights vs St. Vincent held at St. Vincent Gym.

11.26.14 – Beyond the buzzer effect

Seems like everyone is interested in these kinds of edits…

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I’m a fan of these kinds of edits… but, I am not a fan nor do I condone the blatant thievery of hard working photographer’s works. These “artists” will download a high resolution image of a popular athlete, edit the image, then place their own watermarks before posting the edited image online. Although, I enjoyed learning how to do these sort of edits… these will be the only ones I will create in protest.

All images above were taken and edited by me. I received permission from Dito Milian of Got Blue Milk Motorsports Photography to use and edit the image of me on my motorcycle.

 

08.09.14 – Knockouts Figure and Bikini Team

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A few days ago, I had the opportunity to go back to my roots and shoot portraits. My passion for photography started in portraiture work many years ago… in fact, my very first real job was as a photographer at a portrait studio. So, when a good friend from High School asked me to shoot her and her Knockouts Figure and Bikini teammates, I didn’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity.

I had some time to think of ideas and worked closely with the clients leading up to the shoot. They gave me some examples of images they were interested in and I also put together some ideas that I had in mind. I was prepared and confident… well… I thought “I” was prepared and confident.

I meet 4 of the 5 ladies for the first time on the day of the shoot. In the 2 hours working with them, I realized that the preparedness and confidence that I felt in myself to deliver the images the clients wanted were no where near the level of preparation and confidence these ladies had in themselves and in each other as they prepared to compete in a natural bodybuilding and fitness competition to be held today.

I’ve always felt that “knowing” your subject is a key element to a good portrait… I’ve learned something in these last few days after the shoot… The subject “knowing” themselves can also create some great images.

Congratulations ladies, be proud of your accomplishments and know that when you step on that stage this evening, that you all have and will continue to inspire others.

 

 

07.28.14 – “Walkoff”

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© 2014 John Encinas || With the bases loaded, Darryl Dilworth Jr. of the 10u Solano Nationals hits a base clearing double for a walk off victory to secure the 10u Open Championship by defeating NorCal Baseball 9-0 on July 27, 2014 at Mitz Alverson Field in Santa Clara, CA. || Darryl Dilworth Jr. was eventually awarded with Tournament MVP honors.

05.23.14 – Thunder Over Solano

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I’ve never shot an airshow before but, have been to many as a kid. Due to federal budget cuts, the Air Force Thunderbirds were grounded last year so, when I saw advertisements that the Air Expo held at nearby Travis Air Force Base was coming, I made sure that I was there.

May 03 2014 || Fairfield, CA: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during Thunder Over Solano 2014 held at Travis Air Force Base © 2014 John Encinas, all rights reserved

Monochromatic Baseball

An homage to my roots in photography, monochrome or black and white photography is where it all started for me. Back when I shot film it was the only media I used. I fell in love with monochromatic images because they conveyed emotion that color couldn’t replicate. I’ve always felt that the graininess and imperfections of monochromatic images gave it character.

The following images were shot digitally then converted using 3rd party software that replicates different film emulsions. I then added some touches that I would have done had I printed these on an enlarger.

10u Solano Nationals vs NorCal Devil Dawgs

10u Solano Nationals vs NorCal Devil Dawgs

10u Solano Nationals vs Sonoma Valley Stack

10u Solano Nationals vs Sonoma Valley Stack

10u Solano Nationals vs Sonoma Valley Stack

10u Solano Nationals vs Sonoma Valley Stack

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Vacaville Bulldogs

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Vacaville Bulldogs

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Vacaville Bulldogs

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Vacaville Bulldogs

10u Solano Nationals vs Sonoma Valley Stack

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Vacaville Bulldogs

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Vacaville Bulldogs

10u Solano Nationals… Champions again

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

The recently turned 10u (10 years old and under) Solano Nationals Baseball Club had an outstanding tournament by going undefeated over the weekend. The team put up a total of 50 runs and only giving up 7 runs on their way towards their first Championship as a 10u Team.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze

Quentin had productive at-bats throughout the tournament.
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze

Aiden looks towards first base after sidestepping the runner and stepping on second base for the force out.
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Despite the catcher’s diving attempt, Hayden’s great secondary allowed him to score on a passed ball.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze

Jordan positions his body to block a pitch that’s in the dirt.
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Jason stretches for the force out at first base.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze

Isaac scores one of 50 runs that the Solano Nationals scored during the tournament
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Jack keeps his eyes on the target as he delivers a pitch into the strike zone.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Jalen sprints to third base after defensive error at first base.
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

After getting hit in the arm with the ball, Landon brushes off the pain to make the throw at first for the out.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Nick gets airborne as he slides into second base with a successful stolen base.
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze

Dylan delivers heat into the strike zone.
Aug 24 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Solano Nationals vs Laguna Blaze held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

RJ admires their Championship hardware along with Solano Nationals teammates Dylan and Aiden.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Solano Nationals Baseball… its a Family Thing.
Aug 25 2013 || Sacramento, CA: 10u Championship Game: Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held at Glenbrook Park || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals in the AWS World Series

The 9u Solano Nationals leave the 9 and under bracket with a bang by participating in the All World Sports World Series in Carson City, Nevada. Three days of tournament baseball with the average game time temperature of over 100 degrees.

9u Solano Nationals vs NorCal Titans

Jul 19 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs NorCal Titans held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs NorCal Titans

Jul 19 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs NorCal Titans held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

Jul 19 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Bret’s Muckdogs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

Jul 19 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Bret’s Muckdogs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

Jul 19 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Bret’s Muckdogs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Chico Aces held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs

Jul 20 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Reno Mustangs held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved.

9u Solano Nationals vs Nor Cal Titans

Jul 21 2013 || Carson City, NV: 9u Solano Nationals vs Nor Cal Titans held during the All World Sports World Series | © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

Playing with a Remote Camera

I’ve been wanting to play with remote cameras for some time now and just never really tried it for one reason or another. The last couple of baseball tournaments I decided to give it a try and here’s a series of my favorite images.

Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

Nationals vs Bret's Muckdogs

The main reason I wanted to use a remote camera was in order to be in more than one place at one time. I could stay behind the plate all game but, that would take me away from all the other action. The last couple tournaments I’ve setup the remote camera behind the plate, on the third base  side, and on the first base side where plenty of the action happens. There are plenty of tutorials online to show anyone interested in setting up a remote camera so I will only go over a few things that I’ve done.

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Here’s where my remote camera was mounted behind home plate to take a similar image as above. As you can imagine, it’s quite possible that a foul tip can fly directly towards the lens damaging it. To minimize this, all my lenses have front filters to protect the lens and the lens hood can also help prevent damage. So what do you need to setup a remote camera yourself?

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 – DSLR Camera that can shoot multiple frames and a lens of your choice (depending on the situation).

2 – Support for the camera: A tripod is a good choice but, I have been using a Manfrotto Magic Arm with a Super Clamp that allows me to virtually place the camera in many positions and in many angles.

3 – Camera Trigger: You’ll need a device that will trigger the camera to shoot. There are many devices that can accomplish this via Infrared Red or Wireless Radio. I use Pocket Wizards to trigger my remote cameras. I can manually trigger the camera with another Pocket Wizard or attach another Pocket Wizard to the hot shoe of another camera to trigger the remote camera. I’ll have an example of that below.

4 – Pre-Release Cable: This device connects between the camera and the Pocket Wizard. It’s main purpose is to keep the camera “awake”.

9u Solano Nationals vs Backyard Baseball

9u Solano Nationals vs Backyard Baseball

The setup above is on the first base side of the field pointed towards first base. I got a couple nice images from this spot since there are many plays at first where a runner will dive back to prevent getting picked off by the pitcher.

9u Solano Nationals vs Ceres Blaze Red

Part of the setup is to pre-focus on your intended subject. I was lucky to have a willing model to help me this time around. It helps to know the game of baseball so you can anticipate where the action will be.

9u Solano Nationals vs Ceres Blaze Red

I usually manually trigger the remote camera and sometimes I’ll get lucky like the shot above where the camera was triggered as the ball hit that bat.

9u Solano Nationals vs East Bay Slammers

9u Solano Nationals vs East Bay Slammers

The above 2 images were taken roughly at the same time. I was on the third base side of the field with a long telephoto lens and the remote camera was on the first base side. Attaching another Pocket Wizard to the camera I was shooting with allows me to trigger the remote camera when I trigger the camera in my hands.

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