Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Photo Ball at the Comets

I rarely post photos on this blog that are not mine but these are an exception. Gary Rohman is a fellow photographer that I sometimes work with and a friend. He is the team photographer for Sporting KC so many of the photos you see used in ads, posters and the website are Gary's. In addition to being a very good commercial photographer, he shoots the games and has captured some great shots.

Last year he started testing a PhotoBall for use from inside the goals. While there are already some cameras used in goals this is a little different. The design he came up with uses a full size DSLR and wide angle lens. Using the DSLR and lens allows him to get some great images that would not be possible with some of the smaller cameras.

He tested this at a Sporting KC practice and let Kei Kamara take shots on it and it survived. Recently he tested it at two Missouri Comets games and it survived direct hits in each game.

Gary agreed to let me share some images form those two games. Let me know what you think and if I should get some more shots to share.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Michael Thomas photos

A couple photos of Michael Thomas. Sporting KC acquired the right of first refusal to Thomas earlier today for a fourth round Supplemental Draft pick. Presumably he will be signed soon.

Last year Thomas trained with Sporting KC and even made an appearance in a reserve match as the often seen but rarely named "Trialist 1".

Comets Retro Game at Sprint Center photos

While the final score was not what the Comets were looking for, the game was still a success. Over 8,200 tickets sold and a bunch of fans got to see a traditional back and forth Comets-Wings rivalry game. Throw in a fun reunion game, retro jersey's auctioned off for charity and the presentation of the Turnpike Trophy to the Comets, it all added up to a fun evening.

 The Comets - Wings game full gallery

 The Reunion Game Full gallery

Comets during the National Anthem...

MLS 2012 Draft photos

The full gallery from the draft

Sporting KC's first round pick. @DDwyer14