Prequel to the Sequel

A week full of pole vaulting

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 03/02/2011

Over the weekend I stopped by the Big Ten Conference indoor track championships that were held in the Armory to grab some photos for the paper. I’m naturally attracted towards the pole vault competition because I vaulted for two years in high school. I also knew that we had a freshman, Matt Bane, on our team that is really good, and was probably going to place high in the event, which is content the paper was looking for. Bane ended up taking first in the vault and set a new personal record.

While watching others jump, I became aware of the super clean graphical background, something rare in the Armory, behind the crossbar and wanted to grab a frame using it to my advantage. I also decided to include the entire cross bar and use the standards as “bookends” for my photo. I’ve also got this thing going on where I’m composing and cropping my shots for a a 2:1 ratio format.Hopefully I don’t exhaust it too soon.

Illinois’ Matt Bane clears the bar in the pole vault competition during the Big Ten Indoor track championship held at the Armory on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.


After his stellar performance, Matt ended up being awarded Illini of the Week from the Daily Illini, and I was asked if I could go out and make a portrait or him for the paper. I agreed to shoot him, but quickly realized I had no idea on how to make a pole vault portrait interesting, I had a case of writer’s block. When I arrived I was told I wasn’t allowed to have him take a couple jumps because he wasn’t dressed to do any physical activities, nor was I allowed to shoot his feet, because he was wearing sandals. Knowing I had a very limited amount of time with him, and had certain restrictions, I just had him hold his pole right in front of him. There are probably a ton of different things I could have had him do, but my brain fart prohibited me from it. I am fairly happy with my lighting on it, and I think it produced the most three dimensional looking photo I have ever churned out. My only gripe about the photo is the weird shadow on the right side created by one of my rim lights.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

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

Passion Pit Concert

Posted in Bands, Editorial by brmeyer3 on 10/25/2010

Last weekend I was called by my photo editor asking If I was available to shoot Passion Pit who were playing on campus at Assembly Hall. I accepted because shooting a concert is way more fun then shooting someone standing at a podium or in front of their computer. I met up with Josh (you can find his photos on his blog), who was shooting for Assembly Hall that night, and we both noticed that the crowd was extremely small. The concert was also pretty boring. Indie bands don’t move around on stage very much and don’t really interact with the crowd as much, which is the polar opposite of the hardcore/metal shows I attend and shoot. The music wasn’t my taste, but it is still nice to shoot a performance during the week.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

What a great football game

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 09/20/2010

This saturday was a great day for a football game. It wasn’t super hot out, and there was a bit of an overcast sky so I didnt get baked by the sun. The game mostly consisted of running plays, which kind of got boring during the game and didn’t result in a lot of awesome catches. Day games are a whole lot better then afternoon or night games. My images look better and I get done and still have a lot of time after to hang out with friends.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

First Home Football Game of the Year

Posted in Uncategorized by brmeyer3 on 09/13/2010

Last night was the first home Illini football game of the school year/season against Southern Illinois University. Most people thought that it was very possible for SIU to take the victory, but that wasnt the case at all, with a final score of Illinois winning 35-3. It was a night game which kind of sucked having to shoot at High ISO’s and having it eat up most of my day. I felt like I shot the first half better then the second half (maybe its because i was using my 1.4x tcon?) I still caught a lot of peak action moments though. Im also really happy with the fact that I wasn’t shooting lame photos of our quarterback throwing every pass, and focused more on capturing the action that was on the receiving end of that pass. Im looking forward to next weeks day game against Northern Illinois University.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Beam Work

Posted in Editorial by brmeyer3 on 09/09/2010

Last week I was assigned to shoot this new type of exercise class at the fitness center. The whole idea was to improve balance by working out on a narrow beam. Needless to say it was a little awkward taking photos of 30+ women working out, but I cam back with some shots that I Liked.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Quad Day

Posted in Editorial by brmeyer3 on 08/27/2010

Last sunday was Quad Day on campus, which is when every club is out and freshman sign up for every one that interests them. I forgot how much I dislike this event, as everyone is walking way to slow and is confused on where to go, its super crowded, and its always sunny and hot. I also feel weird about shooting a specific club, almost like im giving them free advertising and it shows a biased side of me, so i shot the event as a whole and didn’t really focus on a group. I only shot for about 45 minutes before getting aggravated at the congested mass of freshman.  Here are the 4 photos that I turned in, all of them ended up being printed in the next day’s issue.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

First Sports Assignments with the 7D

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 08/25/2010

As soon as I got back to school I wanted to shoot some sports to test out the 7D I got a couple weeks ago ( I bought it because the 5D2 wasn’t keeping up with the action). Not only was I extremely rusty shooting sports from my lack of  photography over the summer, the autofocus is a lot more complex then the 5d2, and took some learning to get used to. I shot volleyball first and didnt do as well as I hoped, then shot soccer a few days later and came out with more keepers. I’ve learned that the 7D is way better at following fast action things and shooting at twice as many frames per second helps out a lot. But the 5d2 smokes it at high ISO’s and has a much better image quality.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

I need reach and fps!

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 05/18/2010

I made it out to the baseball game today for the paper because I needed something to do besides sit on my couch all day. After shooting softball all semester, the baseball field feels way bigger and everything is farther away. I had to do a lot of cropping in on my photos, and my camera’s autofocus and fps werent keeping up with the action. Im going to need to invest in a faster body this summer for sports. A 1D mark III is crossing my mind now after this game.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini