Prequel to the Sequel

Mega Sports post / update

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 02/19/2011

So it turns out, the last semester of college is really hard, full of homework, and time consuming, which results in a lack of blog posting. Below are a collection of sports photos I have shot since winter break. I’m going to try a lot harder for the rest of the semester to keep this blog updated a lot better and post photos right after
they run in the paper.

(Left) Illinois’ Myers Leonard (12) dunks the ball after completing and alley-oop during the game against UIC held at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 18 2010. (Right) Illinois’ Brandon Paul (3) blocks Michigan State’s Korie Lucious’ (34) during the game against Michigan State at the Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (0) dunks the ball during the game against Ohio State at the Assembly Hall on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

Illinois’ Mike Davis (24) attempts to block Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas (1) during the game at the Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

Illinois’ Mike Davis (24) dunks the ball during the basketball game against Purdue at the Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.

Illinois’ Jereme Richmond (22) questions of referee’s foul call during the basketball game against Purdue at the Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.

Illinois head coach Bruce Weber stands out on the court calling plays to his team during the basketball game against Purdue at the Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.

Illinois’ Corey Liuget (93) celebrates after tackling an opponent during the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 29 2010. The Illini defeated the Bears 38-14 making it their first bowl win since 1999.

Illinois’ Jonathan Brown (45) prepares to tackle and opponent during the Texas Bowl against Bailor University at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 29 2010.

Illinois’ Austin Bostock (22) celebrates with teammates on the bench after assisting a goal during the hockey game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

Illinois’ Scott Barrera (73), left, Mike Ursitti (32), Chris Peter (21), and Joe Sullivan (24) talk amongst each other while sitting in the penalty box for different instances of fighting during the hockey game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

Illinois’ Amber Stack passes an opponent from Eastern Illinois University in the 1 mile race during the Illinois Intercollegiate track meet held at the Armory in Champaign on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.

Illinois’ Jimmy Kennedy wrestles Ohio State’s Randy Languis during the wrestling meet held at Huff Hall  on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

Illinois’ Jimmy Kennedy wrestles Ohio State’s Randy Languis during the wrestling meet held at Huff Hall  on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Basketball: Illinois vs. North Carolina

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 12/09/2010

After a hectic 2 weeks of trying to finish up all of my final projects for the end of the semester, I now have time to catch up on this blog. Last week I was fortunate enough to shoot Illinois playing North Carolina. The game was really hyped up, and probably had the most media in the media room I have ever seen at Assembly Hall. The crowd was also the loudest I have ever heard and the energy was intense. The game itself wasn’t anything terrific, I was expecting the Illini to beat the Tar Heals. It was a game for Illini fans, rather than an important game in NCAA basketball. I’m still trying to figure out my autofocus settings on the 7D for basketball. I can make it work really well for football, but I feel like it’s not working as well as I want it to for basketball.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Women’s Basketball

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 02/23/2010

Sunday night was the last Women’s bball game to be held in assembly hall before the Big 10 tournament. The team has been far from stellar this season, and they were to face the much better Purdue team. I was expecting a total blow out and only wanted to stay for the first half of the game. It turns out the Illini defeated the Boilermakers for a last hurrah of the season. I was told to get photos of 2 of the seniors, Jenna Smith (13) and Lacey Simpson (22) because it was their last game, and they are very talented athletes despite the team’s record. They both showed a lot of emotion the entire game, and I ended up getting my shot of them two hugging at the end of the game, which is what my photo editor, Ned, told me to get.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Madhouse on Madison

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 01/08/2010

Last weekend I had another opportunity to shoot at the United Center again for the Illinois basketball game against Gonzaga. I really wanted to shoot at the UC again because photographers are allowed to shoot from the sidelines, and not just below the basket, which is where photog’s are allowed in Champaign.

I arrived to the United Center several hours before tipoff in hopes to set up a remote camera. But low and behold I left my extra memory cards at home, so I was stuck with only 1 camera. So for an hour I wandered around to an empty stadium and all of the vendors setting up their stands. It was cool looking at all of the Michael Jordan photos and memorabilia, and it still gave me goosebumps thinking about being on the same court he played on, even though I had been there before.

In the press room all of the usual news companies have assigned spots. I found the Daily Herald’s, which was empty. I also met a woman who worked for the Sun Times and was an Illinois Alumni and worked at the Daily Illini. I sat next to her the entire time and joked about Bruce Weber and his fits.

The rest of the photos are ones that I really liked, but I didnt submit to the Daily Illini for their gallery, which can be viewed here. The basketball game was great. It had a ton of great moments and a lot of emotion from the coaches, players, and crowd. The Illini managed to tie the game with seconds left to force it into overtime. But sadly they lost to Gonzaga after not being able to score on their buzzer-beater shot.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

First Basketball game of the season…. finally

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 11/16/2009

Friday night I shot the first actual basketball game of the season that wasnt exhibition. I got to the game 3 hours early in hopes to set up a remote camera behind one of the backboards, but one of the Sports Information Directors said no. Not because i couldnt, but because she didnt want to actually do her job and find me someone to get a ladder. I hate SIDS. So instead i put the remote camera in front of me and shot really wide along with my long lens. The Illini crushed SIUE, a lot of good shots our side. Also we have 2 new freshman on the team who are really good, one even broke a record for most points for a starting freshman. Also, this was my first game shooting full frame, and it was amazing. my 70-200mm lens was the perfect length. I cant wait to shoot more games this year, I have high hopes that we are really good. Check out more photos from the game at the Audio Slideshow from the DI here.

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*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Ultimate Basketball Challenge

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 04/16/2009

Tonight i shot the Ultimate Basketball Challenge, which consisted of the real basketball teams and wheelchair basketball teams all playing chairs. It wasn’t nearly as fasted passed as wheelchair games or normal games. But you can tell all the players and fans were having a blast. It was really fun to shoot and wasn’t stressful at all. And the 70-200 on full frame is the perfect focal length for basketball, i cant wait to use the 5dII at games next year. The deuce also shined with its iso 6400 in huff hall, which has terrible lighting, and it makes the 20d feel cheap and bad. I don’t think this camera will ever disappoint me.

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*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini