Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Diving Belle

Spending the early part of my career in Florida, I had the opportunity to do a variety of underwater photography work thanks to the abundance of water-related activities. It’s a unique look, for sure, and you get to show viewers a perspective they otherwise wouldn’t see, which is something every photojournalist strives to do.

I recently started a project covering Tufts’ only male diver, who is the defending NCAA Division III National Champion, as he goes through this season (photos to come!). Not content to shoot just his dives, I fired off a bunch of frames of the women’s divers, as well.

Competing with air bubbles, some divers’ tendencies to rise through their wake, while treading water with a camera in your hands — It’s a tricky thing, shooting underwater. I used an Ewa Marine Bag, which is mildly cumbersome on its best day, opting to stay mainly on the surface, a few inches under. But despite the challenges and frustrations, when you pull off something you’re happy with, it’s a good feeling.

Here’s a few shots of Ali Maykranz, a senior on the diving team, who was kind enough to rise around her air bubbles to make a few interesting pictures.

01/29/2013- Cambridge, Mass. -  Diver Ali Maykranz, A13, returns to the surface after diving during practice at MIT on Jan. 29, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/29/2013- Cambridge, Mass. -  Diver Ali Maykranz, A13, returns to the surface after diving during practice at MIT on Jan. 29, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Highs & Lows – Bulls 100, Celtics 99

I’ve got a special spot in my heart for shooting basketball. Going to a Big Ten school, I had plenty of opportunity to cover the best college basketball teams in the country on a regular basis. Granted, these teams were playing my mediocre Northwestern Wildcats, but I got to photograph them, nonetheless.

I’ve always appreciated the flow of a basketball game, especially close games, since every possession is a battle. That fight was apparent Friday night when I covered the Bulls as they visited the Celtics at the Garden. Neither team wanted to quit, and the result was an overtime win for the Bulls on a last-second jump shot. Of course, that meant a whole bunch of great celebration shots I had of the Celtics were rendered useless, but sometimes those are the breaks in this business.

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics guard Rajon Rondo looks to pass against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics guard Rajon Rondo looks to pass against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jared Sullinger tries to block the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger tries to block the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics guard Jason Terry pouts after getting called for a foul against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics guard Jason Terry pouts after getting called for a foul against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, and Celtics forward Jeff Green jockey for a rebound in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, and Celtics forward Jeff Green jockey for a rebound in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

1/18/13 -- BOSTON -- From left, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bulls forward Luol Deng and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich rest against the scorers table before resuming action against the Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

1/18/13 — BOSTON — From left, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bulls forward Luol Deng and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich rest against the scorers table before resuming action against the Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls center Joakim Noah throws down a dunk on the Celtics in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls center Joakim Noah throws down a dunk on the Celtics in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls guard Richard Hamilton squares up on Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls guard Richard Hamilton squares up on Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jared Sullinger fights for a rebound with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger fights for a rebound with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics center Jason Collins knocks the ball out of the hands of Bulls forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics center Jason Collins knocks the ball out of the hands of Bulls forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls center Joakim Noah and teammates rush to celebrate after Bulls guard Marco Belinelli sank the go-ahead jump shot in the final seconds of overtime to beat the Celtics, 100-99, at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls center Joakim Noah and teammates rush to celebrate after Bulls guard Marco Belinelli sank the go-ahead jump shot in the final seconds of overtime to beat the Celtics, 100-99, at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

Not gonna lie, being a sports photographer is a pretty good gig most of the time. Just ask Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who took his turn shooting from the floor.

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung takes a turn behind the television camera as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung takes a turn behind the television camera as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)