Tag: Andrew Weber Sports Photographer

For the past 49 Super Bowls they have been using roman numerals. The 2016 Super Bowl in San Francisco would be a little different this year. They switched from using roman numeral L to using 50, which is a much better fit for branding. Another funky thing about this years Super Bowl is that everyone was saying it was in San Francisco, which actually isn’t true. The game is actually being played in Santa Clara, CA about an hour south of downtown San Francisco.

I was in San Francisco photographing a few different assignments for a my commercial¬†clients. I didn’t photograph the game this year and I am perfectly ok with that. I worked on creating some features around the city to be used on social media and photographed a few different events.

Here are my favorite images from the weekend. Sometimes wandering around the city trying to create something unique and dynamic is just as rewarding as photographing the game winning touchdown.

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A couple weeks ago I got a phone call from Sports Illustrated photo editor Chris Chambers to see if I was available to head down to Columbus to shoot the Minnesota vs Ohio State game focusing strongly on Ezekiel Elliott. Focusing specifically on one player is extremely fun and also challenging at the same time. Lucky I have spent a lot of time down in Columbus this season so I know a lot of Ezekiel’s pregame rituals which always helps.

Pro tip: Always do your homework about a player, watch clips of his running style online and look at other pictures of him you or other photographers have taken to learn about his facial expressions and his on field emotions.

Thanks to Chris Chambers again for the opportunity to produce images for Sports Illustrated. Here are my favorite images from the shoot.

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NASCAR: Pure Michigan 400

After getting home at 3am from the Jets vs Bengals game I arrived at Michigan International Speedway at 10am to get ready to shoot the Pure Michigan 400. Michigan is quickly becoming one of my least favorite ¬†tracks, the garages are awful, the racing is single file for most of the race and it’s in the middle of nowhere in Michigan.

In the above photo Jeff Gordon was giving a stuffed cheetah because he recorded the fastest time at Michigan International Speedway beating Kevin Harvick’s record in June.

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NFL: Preseason-New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

This past weekend was a long one for me, NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway Friday, Saturday morning drive to Cincinnati for the Jets at Bengals game then drive back to Michigan for the NASCAR Race on Sunday afternoon.

The store line for the New York Jets is Geno Smith vs Michael Vick for the starting quarterback position. Also everyone wanted to see how Andy Dalton handled his self after signing six year $116 million dollar contract. Personally I think I could live off that for the rest of my life! :)

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NFL: AFC Wildcard Playoff-San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

 

After the amazing comeback by the Indianapolis Colts against the Kansas City Chiefs, I made the short 99 mile drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati. The whole week they were predicting crazy amounts of snow, which I was hoping was actually going to happen this time as I haven’t shot a game in the snow all year. Surprise!!! NO SNOW! Instead we got heavy rain for the second half of the game. Enough about the annoying weather on with the photos.

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Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) dunks the football after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) dunks the football after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.

For the fourth year in a row, I would have to work on Thanksgiving Day covering the Green Bay Packers vs the Detroit Lions. Detroit is 0-9 over the past nine years on Thanksgiving and this was their year! With Aaron Rodgers being hurt the Lions were able to pull out a 40-10 victory.

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