My two page photo spread in the Corsair on the Santa Monica College Corsairs winning back-to-back American Pacific Conference titles.
Santa Barbara City College offensive lineman Matthew Pullen on the sidelines during the game against Santa Monica College on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Santa Monica, Calif. SMC won 41-27 improving SMC’s record to 7-1 on the season.
Santa Monica College student Michelle Sorensen (right) works the switchboard inside the control room along side SMC instructor Gail Fetzer during SMC’s game against Santa Barbara City College on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Santa Monica, Calif. SMC students in the Television Production Media 46 class worked as production crew throughout the game as a class project in conjunction with Santa Monica City TV.
Citrus College paid a visit to Santa Monica College on Saturday, February 18, 2012, the last regular season day of the 2011-2012 basketball season. Citrus was victorious in both the games: Women’s (57-41) and Men’s (86-75). While the loss ended the season for the women’s team, the men’s team managed to earn a spot in the playoffs.
Always working on something new, this time I was switching between two cameras with different lenses: a 300mm lens and a 70-200mm lens. The 300mm was for action on the far side and the 70-200 for the near side. It’s not an easy thing to switch between the two. Timing is key and my timing was off, especially during fast breaks headed in my direction. There were moments I’d miss while changing cameras. Time for me to hit the gym to keep practicing!
Santa Monica College guard Kim Alvarez (4) dribbles the ball up court against the pressure by Citrus College guard Julia Tani (2) at Corsair Pavilion Gym on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Citrus won 57-41 ending the season for SMC.
Citrus College guard Gabriella Rodgers (34) is challenged by Santa Monica College forward Alexis Corejo (32) at Corsair Pavilion Gym on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Citrus won 57-41 ending the season for SMC.
Santa Monica College guard Jerome Hatchett (24) takes the moment in before being called during a celebration honoring the sophomores on the SMC Men’s Basketball team before their last home game of the season against Citrus College at Corsair Pavilion Gym on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Hatchett’s father passed away the two days before his last home game.
Santa Monica College guard Julian Wheeler (3) handles the ball against Citrus College guard Kerry Carter (3) at Corsair Pavilion Gym on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Wheeler scores a game high 29 points in a 86-75 losing effort.
The Santa Monica College bench looks on late in the 4th quarter trailing in the game against Citrus College at Corsair Pavilion Gym on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. Citrus won 86-75.
UPDATE 12/23: Alexadru Ceachir has decommitted from Utah and committed to hometown UCLA. For more of the story visit Los Angeles Sports Journal.
The Santa Monica College (Calif.) newspaper The Corsair and the The Salt Lake Tribune out of Salt Late City, UT is reporting sophomore offensive lineman Alexadru Ceachir has committed to the University of Utah Utes to play football next season. Ceachir played the past two seasons at left tackle for Santa Monica College (Junior College) and helped lead them to a league title this season.
Santa Monica College offensive lineman Alexandru Ceachir in action against East LA College on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Corsair Field in Santa Monica, Calif. Ceachir verbally committed to the University of Utah (Pac 12) to play division 1 football next season.
The season for the Santa Monica College Corsairs and the East Los Angeles College Huskies ended with pushing, shoving and a whole lot of shouting at one of another. At the conclusion of the rematch from week two of the season, players from both teams got into a heated scuffle during the handshake line after ELAC’s 42-28 win over SMC in the American Bowl Championship. Police and coaches struggled to keep the players separated but after about 5 minutes the police and coaches had the players contained. Santa Monica College Police Department locked down the locker room area on the SMC side until ELAC players, coaches and fans vacated the area.
Project Manager of [SMC] Athletics Joe Cascio, said “It was an unfortunate incident and a very unfortunate way to end what was otherwise a great season.” The league commissioner will review the incident and make a report in two weeks. The SMC Police reported no injuries occurred.
Correction from previous post: The officers involved in the article above are part of the Santa Monica College Police Department. They are not members of the Santa Monica Police Department.
Santa Monica College Police and team coaches separate Santa Monica College and East L.A. College players in an after-game clash at Corsair Field on Saturday, November 19, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. East L.A. won the game 42-28 over SMC in the American Bowl.
Santa Monica College Police officer Bottenfield holds his pepper spray out to keep Santa Monica College and East L.A. College players apart in an after-game clash.
Santa Monica College Police locks the doors to prevent Santa Monica College players from confronting East LA College players.
The West Los Angeles College Wildcats, undefeated in conference play, made the short drive to Corsair Field to take on the Santa Monica College Corsairs, also undefeated in conference play, for the American Pacific Conference championship. West LA jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after their second possession of the game. SMC answered back with a 18-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Frederick. West LA added two more touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the first half to take a 21-10 lead into halftime. SMC held West LA scoreless in the second half and put up 21 unanswered points for a 32-21 victory. The Corsairs (8-2, 6-0) on the season earned their first conference championship since 1991. The win also entitles them to a bowl game.
With the clock ticking down and the victory in hand, players on the Corsair sideline searched for the water jugs to pour on their coaches but they came up empty-handed. I think the coaches spoke with the training staff prior to the start of the game and asked them to pour out the water to prevent a Gatorade bath. Gatorade or not, SMC had no trouble celebrating their championship.
Santa Monica College players lift up head coach Gifford Lindheim after their 32-21 victory over West L.A. College for the Pacific Conference championship on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Corsair Field in Santa Monica, California. SMC has not won the conference title since 1991.
For more pictures from the game please visit my flickr page:
The Santa Monica College Corsairs made the necessary plays on the last two drives in the American Pacific Conference game against the Glendale College Vaqueros at Glendale College on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The Corsairs, with 1:52 left on the clock, drove 80 yards in 1:39 for a touchdown and a 47-41 lead, leaving only 13 seconds left on the clock for the Vaqueros. During the scoring drive, the Corsairs faced a fourth and one at their 45 yard line. Head coach Gifford Lindheim called back-to-back timeouts to buy extra time for making the decision. Lindheim huddled his team around the sideline and asked them what they wanted to do. The players, in a rare display of unanimity, decided to go for it on fourth and one. On the next play, quarterback Alfonso Medina ran a quarterback sneak to the right of center and picked up the first down. Five plays later, Medina hooked up with wide receiver Brandon Taylor for a 23-yard touchdown catch.
With the ball in the hands of Glendale quarterback Kevin Hunter on the Glendale 20 yard line, with the clock almost at zero, it was his turn to drive his team for a touchdown. Clinton Perry intercepted Hunter and sealed the deal for the Corsairs victory.
The victory improves the Corsair record to 5-0 in conference and 7-2 overall. SMC and rival West LA, both undefeated, will square off on the field for the conference championship next Saturday, November 12 at Corsair Field. Winner gets the ring.Kris Johnson (right) and Michael Perry of the Santa Monica College Corsairs celebrate after their 47-41 victory against the Glendale College Vaqueros on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Glendale, California. SMC’s victory moves their conference record to 5-0 and leads them to a key matchup next week against rival West LA for the conference title. Safeties coach Darnell Lacy (right) of the Santa Monica College Corsairs talks to Clinton Perry after Perry’s interception seals the victory for SMC over the Glendale College Vaqueros in a conference matchup on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Glendale, California. SMC won 47-41, improving SMC’s season record to 7-2. SMC faces West LA next week for the conference title. Joseph Wiggan of the Glendale College Vaqueros battles for running room against the defense of the Santa Monica College Corsairs in a conference matchup on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Glendale, California. Wiggan runs for 124 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns in his team’s 47-41 loss to SMC. Wide receiver Matt Volland (left) of the Glendale College Vaqueros rips the ball on the way down from the hands of Ricardo Wright of the Santa Monica College Corsairs for a 44-yard reception late in the fourth quarter in a conference matchup on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Glendale, California. Volland’s reception sets up a touchdown moments later and ties the game at 41-41.
For more photos of the game please visit my flickr page.
Step 1: The Idea. In October, I attended a conference sponsored by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, in Fullerton California. Throughout the weekend, professionals in the field offered six photography related workshops. My attendance = 90%. (In the past, I would have attended one.) The topics and presenters were appealing, but I’m also more focused and more committed to my craft than I’ve ever been. In three of the workshops, photographers presented audio slideshows. I was familiar with the technique having created one for myself 6 months earlier. I was inspired to tackle the challenge once again at a football game. My plan: record the sounds of the game and then layer the sounds over images I would take that day.
Step 2: The Action. Saturday, October 22, 2011 was the game of choice. Pierce College vs. Santa Monica College. In order to make the most of my time at the game, I planned out ahead of time what sounds I hoped to record on my iPhone. The iPhone works fairly well but it has some difficulties picking up sound from a distance without adding in all of the unwanted sounds in-between. I am looking forward to the days when I can use a higher quality audio recorder.
Step 3: The Assembly. It was definitely a challenge to put it all together. First, I used iMovie. Not a smart move. The program does not allow for exact edits. My second choice was Garage Band. An improvement from iMovie, but not a whole lot better. My lack of familiarity with the program did not help. My goal is to buy the $299 version of Final Cut from the Apple App Store. Donations are welcome! After the audio was cut I laid the photos over the audio in iMovie. Not the best choice, but the only choice I had.
Take a look at the finished result:
Santa Monica College defeats Pierce College 37-31 on Saturday, October 22, 2011. SMC’s defense stops Pierce from scoring on the last drive of the game.
To see more photos from the game please visit my flickr page.
Third times a charm at water polo! Santa Monica College played to a 11-7 victory over Rio Hondo College in women’s water polo at the Santa Monica Aquatics Center in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.
My best and favorite images of water polo came from the game. Recalling experiences from my pervious games helped with producing more powerful photos.
To see more photos from the game please visit my flickr page.
Sam Lambour of Santa Monica College shoots the ball on goal against Rio Hondo College.
Goalie Chelsea Wilson of Rio Hondo College prepares to make a save against Santa Monica College.
Sam Lambour of Santa Monica College in action against Rio Hondo College.
Goalie Chelsea Wilson of Rio Hondo College moves the ball during the match against Santa Monica College.