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May 2, 2008 6:09 PM

Seahawks: Already?!

Posted by Rod Mar

Dang.

Time flies when you're having fun!

Doesn't it just seem like that one dude caught the ball on the top of his helmet and that one team beat the other team in the Super Bowl?

Heck, I feel like I just finished thawing out from hat playoff game in Green Bay.t

The NFL draft took place last weekend, and I am so sparing you the "big dudes holding up their jerseys with the coach and general manager" photo.

(If you really need to, just close your eyes and picture it....is it still has boring in your imagination as it was was when I shot it?)

The Seahawks broke out the helmets and pads for their first minicamp of the season.

I could picture my assignment now:

"What: Seahawks hold their first minicamp of the season without recently released running back Shaun Alexander. Please get photo of Shaun Alexander not being at minicamp."

Fortunately, my editors trust me a bit more than that.

I did go out and make photos of new running back Julius Jones and transmitted them right away for our home page.

Whereas we used to go to minicamps and spend the day shooting for news stories and file photos, now I spend the first part of most events shooting for the web, and then going back and shooting for the paper.

Minicamp practices are largely uneventful, much like any other practice, so I ran down the list of players I needed to shoot and then started practicing on my football shooting and tracking receivers.

Receiver Logan Payne made a nice catch in front of cornerback Josh Wilson:



(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens + EF 1.4x extender = 560mm, ISO 800, 1/640th sec., f4.0)



(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens + EF 1.4x extender = 560mm, ISO 800, 1/640th sec., f4.0)



(Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400mm/f2.8 lens + EF 1.4x extender = 560mm, ISO 800, 1/640th sec., f4.0)

It's one of those weekends in sports where lots of sports blend together. For example, there are NFL minicamps being held all over the league, Major League Baseball is in full swing, the NBA playoffs are moving along, and the Kentucky Derby is running for the roses.

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Posted by Steve

2:00 PM, May 05, 2008

. . . and the Stanley Cup.

Posted by Jeffrey Friedl

5:11 AM, May 08, 2008

|> and then started practicing on my football shooting and tracking receivers

Those wondering "Geez, how come I can't get shots like Rod?" would do well to note that one little reference to something that's likely a very big part of a shooter's success.

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