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Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Football Photos

I’ve been a little behind on keeping the blog updated during the past month, so this post is going to be a combined post of photos from the last two Packers home games.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

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Green Bay Packers vs Cleveland Browns NFL Football Photos

Despite injuries to key players, the Green Bay Packers seem to be able to fill in the voids and keep winning games.  This past weekend for instance, the Packers had players that hadn’t shown much promise in previous games step up to become play makers.  The first that comes to mind is Jarrett Boykin.  Hopefully others will keep improving and help the Packers keep winning games despite the injuries.

From a photographers stand point, shooting during rainy games is a pain in the you-know-what.  Its a balancing act of trying to keep your gear dry yet accessible enough for you to use efficiently.  Despite fumbling around with rain covered gear at times, I was able to come up with some shots I am proud of.  Here they are.  Thanks again for stopping by and looking.

Matt

 

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A member of the Cleveland Browns coaching staff runs the stairs inside Lambeau Field prior to the game.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin can’t pull in a pass while being covered by Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine.

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden gets a pass off right before being hit by Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is hit during a run by Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles with the ball against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushes against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin makes a catch while being covered by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

 

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Green Bay Packers  quarterback Aaron Rodgers breaks the tackle of Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard.

 

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Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron makes a catch while being covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde.

 

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Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

 

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Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels hits Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is injured after being hit by Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is taken off the field after being injured.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin stretches to get the ball over the goal line while getting hit by Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine (22) and cornerback Joe Haden (23).

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown while being covered by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

 

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Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton performs a Lambeau Leap after Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin celebrates after catching a long pass against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers raises his arms celebrating a Packers touchdown agains the Cleveland Browns.

Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions NFL Football Photos

This past Sunday the Packers defeated the Detroit Lions at home.  The game was pretty one sided with the Packers controlling the ball for the majority of the game.  Hopefully they can keep this home game winning streak alive.  It definitely makes for good photos.  Here are my favorites from the game.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb catches passes in warm-ups.

 

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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk .

 

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Andy Mulumba hits Detroit Lions wide receiver Micheal Spurlock.

 

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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones and defensive end Johnny Jolly celebrate a sack against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushes against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson lets a pass slip through his hands.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers picks up one of his teammates helmets.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley breaks the tackle of Detroit Lions free safety Louis Delmas.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley celebrates a first down against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushes against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones lets a pass slip through his hands while being covered by Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk hits Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson leaps to make a catch while being covered by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin.

 

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, inside linebacker A.J. Hawk, strong safety Morgan Burnett and nose tackle Ryan Pickett swarm Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush.

 

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Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew hurdles Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House.

 

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Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews hits Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb runs for a long gain against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley gets hit after making a catch by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones runs a catch into the end zone for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates with wide receiver James Jones after Jones scores a touchdown.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles with the ball against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson talks with teammates on the sidelines.

 

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Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton on the sidelines.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley watches the scoreboard on the sidelines.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones catches a pass while being covered by Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones and wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrate scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.

 

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Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn watches the scoreboard from the sidelines.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy talk during a time out.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford shake hands after the game.

Green Bay Packers vs Washington Redskins NFL Football Photos

I know these are long over due, but I’m finally getting around to posting some of my favorite shots from the Packers home opener against the Redskins.  Thanks for looking and enjoy.

Matt

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Lambeau Field prior to the start of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during warm ups prior to an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers.

 

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Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Kevin Greene talks with players on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks looks to pass against the Washington Redskins.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is hit after making a catch by Washington Redskins strong safety Bacarri Rambo.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb and wide receiver James Jones celebrate a touchdown against the Washington Redskins.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown while being covered Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson gets yelled  at by a Washington Redskins fan while celebrating a touchdown with a Lambeau Leap.

 

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon reaches to make a catch while being covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks breaks the tackle of Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ducks under the tackle of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

 

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Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed makes a catch for a touchdown while being covered by Green Bay Packers strong safety Jerron McMillian.

 

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon runs away from the pursuit of Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III gets his helmet knocked off while getting sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and defensive end B.J. Raji (90).

 

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Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews looks down at Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s helmet while Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan picks it up after it got knocked off .

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is taken down during a play by Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks dives over Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley.

 

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon breaks the tackle of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass the ball against the Washington Redskins.

 

 

Fujifilm X100s

 

I’m usually not one for writing equipment reviews, although I do enjoy reading them, but I did want to share my thoughts about the Fuji X100s.  If you are looking for specs or the down and dirty details about this camera you are going to need to look somewhere else.  There are plenty of other sites out there where you can find that information.  What I’m looking to do is answer the two questions about the camera I have been asked by my peers in the photo biz.  Why did you buy that camera and do you like it?

 

Let me give you a quick camera gear background of what I’m use to working with.  Since college I’ve been shooting with Canon DSLRs.  I have used everything from a 10D as my first digital camera to the 5D Mk III and 1D Mk IV as my current bodies. Ive pretty much had my hands on every pro level DSLR from Canon. I very much enjoy working with the Canons, rarely have they ever let me down.  They are solid, fast and for the most part can take a licking and keep on ticking.

 

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The thing I never had in my arsenal though was an everyday camera.  I consider the Canons work tools.  It always felt like a burden to use them for anything other than work.  A day at the beach, family birthday party, quick weekend trip to Chicago are all examples of times I would have loved to have a camera with me but never did because I didn’t want to lug around a DSLR with a 24-70 on the front all day long.  I’ve looked at many point-and-shoot style cameras over the years as a possibility to fill this void.  Needless to say they all fell short when it came to image quality and control.  I wanted DSLR quality images in a point and shoot sized body.  I also wanted to be able to control shutter speed and aperture with out having to go through a bunch of menus to do it.

 

Then Fuji announced the X100.  It looked like the answer to my camera conundrum.  The more I read about it the more I found out that the early cameras where plagued with slow and inaccurate auto focus issues.  I battled this in the early months of owning a Canon1D mark III until Canon fixed it.  I didn’t want to throw money at a camera I would hate using because it didn’t live up to my high expectations.  So the search continued.

 

Then earlier this year Fuji caught my attention again when they introduced the improved version of the X100, the X100s.  The camera got a new sensor and improved auto focus speed and accuracy.  After reading reviews by other pros who had gotten one and felt is was good enough to use on paid gigs, I wanted one.  I called my local camera dealer (Jeff at Badger Graphic Supply in Kaukauna WI) and he was able to get me one surprisingly way before the big stores even had them in stock.  Since I’ve taken it out of the box early this summer, I’ve been hooked.  It is hands down one of the best cameras I’ve owned and possibly the most fun to shoot with.  I’ve pretty much had it with me every day and felt it was reliable enough to take as my only camera on a big two-week family vacation to Florida (if I didn’t have the X100s I probably would have taken my 5D with a couple lenses).

 

The X100s image quality rivals that of DSLRs with APS-C size sensors and even at times that of the full frame cameras like my 5D Mk III.  It has a sharp 35mm full frame equivalent f/2 lens that is even sharp wide open.  Best of all it is small, light weight and you have real controls on the camera for shutter speed and aperture. Oh and the hybrid viewfinder kicks butt.  The camera is just a joy to work with.  And like many other pros who have one, I’ve recently started to use it on paid gigs.  Here are some of my favorite images I’ve shot with it so far.

 

 

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The X100s plays very well with strobes.  Both images above were shot using a 1/500 shutter speed to sync with the flash.  Faster than you would find on a DSLR.

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Thanks to it’s almost silent operation I was able to get this above shot of the King with out him knowing.

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The X100s renders colors beautifully.

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The X100s is a great travel camera, nice and small, you don’t feel like some creepy guy taking pictures with a monster camera and lens at the beach.

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The X100s is one of the best low light cameras I have ever worked with.

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Although it will never be considered a very good camera for sports, I was still able to capture some great action shots with the X100s.

 

Here is a quick list of my pros and cons with the camera.

 

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–        Image quality is outstanding, especially in low light and when it comes to

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–       Size, smaller and lighter but doesn’t feel like a toy.

–       Fast, sharp lens

–       Leaf Shutter (sync flash at pretty much any shutter speed!)

–       Exposure controls actually on the camera not hidden in a menu

–       Hybrid Viewfinder (I hate cameras with just electronic viewfinders or even worse no viewfinder at all)

–       Silent (in silent mode this thing makes almost no noise, great if you are a street photographer or wedding shooter)

 

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–       Battery life stinks. (have a couple more with you, you can buy extras cheap)

–       Battery meter all of a sudden goes from showing life to dead. (hopefully something a firmware update can fix)

–       Menu system is a little complicated at first

 

All in all I’m really happy with this camera.  As long as you know what it is and what it is capable of, you can make a judgment as far as if it’s a good camera to add to your arsenal.  I love mine.  I think if you are a pro who is looking for something compact that you can use along side your DSLRs, this is a good option.  If you are starting out in photography and are thinking of buying a DSLR, you may also want to consider buying a X100s. One things for certain, Fuji has caught my attention with their line up of X series cameras.  I think I hear an X-Pro 1 calling my name.

Green Bay Cellcom Marathon 2013

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to shoot the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon.  In the past couple years I shot and created a video from the race instead of shooting stills.  This year, as a change of pace, I went back to shooting stills.  The day couldn’t have been better for the race.  The light was good and the temps just about perfect.  One of my favorite things about shooting this race is the fact that you can pretty much point the camera in any direction and find a good picture.  That makes the waking up at 4:30 in the morning well worth it.  Here are my favorite shots.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

 

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