Sunday, September 18, 2011

TMI vs Cole Football

I hadn't shot TMI since a pre-season scrimmage vs Sabinal, so I wasn't sure what to expect Friday night. TMI is a small school but they really raised the bar this year with major improvements to their athletic facilities and almost an entirely new athletic staff, from the Athletic Director on down.   Cole is a small high school based on Ft Sam Houston, so I was hoping for a close game and at least for the first quarter or so it was, but ended up a bit lop-sided at the end.

That said, TMI is playing with a very small team this year against teams chosen last year.  While this lets the Juniors and Seniors get a lot of playing time on both sides of the line, even 16 and 17 year olds have to get tired after a while. ;-)

But you know, the great thing about sports photography is it doesn't usually matter who wins, loses or by how much, when I'm focused on the action you get intensity and emotion from both winners and losers. Take a look at the TMI vs Cole gallery and you'd be hard pressed to prove this isn't 5A football.

You can find all my galleries at, or, if that's easier to remember.  Both teams get a bit of regional coverage as a small gallery is posted on SA, a high-traffic website for San Antonio area high school sports.

An hopefully this is the last time I shoot a Friday night game, edit and finally post the gallery at 3am...and then have to make a 7am flight the next morning.  But based on the the website views of the game over the weekend, I think the fans thought it was worth my effort. ;-)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Think Tank Photo Sale Gets Better!

I have a ton of Think Tank gear and love it, particularly the waist belt bags, i.e., Modular and Skins.  I use both of the kits below, not only for sports assignments, but for travel also.

Think Tank has just enhanced their sale on the Modular and Skin bags today. In addition to 20% off your free bag option now includes some of their premium small bags includingLARGE Lens Drop In, RU Thirsty, Whip it Out, Skin 50, Skin 75 Pop Down, Skin Double Wide, Skin Strobe, or a Skin Chimp Cage.  

The waist belt kits are easy on your back and provides fast access to your gear, so pick a set up now while the offer is out there.

Click this direct link for the Modular Component Systems  and your 20%  discount or use the link on the right to see all their products.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Boerne Football Update

Another busy week, as I'm trying to shoot Thursday and Friday night games, make for some long nights and Saturday's editing 800 images.  This week we had Boerne High School taking on Pearsall on Thursday, with Boerne-Champion hosting 5A school San Antonio Brandeis.  As if that wasn't enough, I attended the University of the Incarnate Word game Saturday against East Central Oklahoma and got a few images from the stands.  Rough game for UIW, but at least they have been playing national ranked teams since their program went active vs some other new local teams that are just warming up for two years. ;-)

When selling digital images, I tend to spend more time in tweaking the images before they are posted, since the customer gets them immediately.  Prints I have the luxury of reviewing and improving before the order is released....but all that said, I just like to see photos presented in their best 'light'.  All my latest work may be found at Ralph Mawyer or

Here's a shot with a bit of tweaking to bring out the non-rain bearing clouds....

I thought this was pretty nice from the Boerne vs Pearsall game on Thursday...