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16Jul

photos from caps development camp

(photo by Brian Murphy)

The Washington Capitals hosted more than 40 rookies and undrafted free agents during the 2012 Prospect Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from July 9-14.

The week-long event, which was free and open to the public, gave the team’s coaches and front office a first-hand look at players hoping to one day fulfill their dream of playing in the NHL.

In addition to seeing highly-touted players such as first round draft picks Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson for the first time, it also provided an opportunity for less-heralded players such as T.J. Syner and Gregory Miller to make an impact as well.

In fact, both of those players scored during the final scrimmage of development camp — with Miller’s tally coming in the final minute of play and Syner netting the overtime winner for the Red Team in a 4-3 victory over the White Team.

While none of these players will likely make the Capitals this season, the camp still featured a standing-room only crowd throughout the week. Even if this is the leanest time of the year for the world of sports, that’s a testament to the local fanbase.

For those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture during the final day of this event.

02Jul

tiger woods wins at congressional

(photo by Brian Murphy)

Regardless of what some may think of how Tiger Woods carries himself away from the golf course, there’s little doubt that the world of golf is much more interesting when he’s competitive.

This weekend, Woods outlasted his competitors to win the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club for the second time in the six year history of the event. Just as importantly, the win was his third of the year and the 74th win of his career, which moved him past Jack Nicklaus into second place all time on the PGA Tour — eight short of Sam Snead’s record.

Woods, who also won the AT&T National in 2009, outlasted Bo Van Pelt on the final nine holes of the tournament for the victory.

“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” Woods said. “That was, what? Six months ago? Here we are.”

While Woods is still a polarizing figure elsewhere, he’s seemingly always had a huge following locally — especially since he played such a key role in bringing the PGA Tour to the area. As the unofficial host of this tournament, Woods always has the biggest crowds following him.

And for the fourth time in the six-year history of the AT&T National, I was fortunate enough to cover the event. While cameras are not permitted on Congressional Country Club once the tournament officially begins, I was able to shoot photos during the Pro-Am last Wednesday.

For those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture of Tiger Woods during this year’s festivities.

04Jan

2011 redskins season in photos

(photos by Brian Murphy)

For better or for worse, another year of disappointing football has come and gone in our nation’s capital. And while the 2011 season wasn’t exactly what fans of the Washington Redskins hoped for, it wasn’t all bad.

Head coach Mike Shanahan continues to retool and reshape his roster — dumping overpaid and underwhelming players in hopes of building a younger and hungrier roster.

The Redskins are no longer the oldest team in football. Nor are they the automatic punchline when an aging veteran hopes to collect one last payday before heading off into the sunset. These are obviously positives that a beleaguered fanbase can take pride in.

On a personal level, the 2011 campaign represented the first time in my seven years covering the team that I was able to cover all 16 regular season games.

In fact, the only time the Redskins took the field without me on the sidelines the entire year was when they traveled to Indianapolis for a meaningless exhibition game during the preseason.

Otherwise, I was there for the highest of the highs (also known as Week 1) and the lowest of the lows (a.k.a. – The John Beck Experiment).

Additionally, this was also the year I made a conscientious effort to push myself as a photographer. I figured it was well past time to take the training wheels off and see if I could keep up with the big boys on my own.

Once the season finally ended, I wanted to go back through my photos from 19 weeks of football to see what I was able to come up with.

With that in mind, here are the most compelling photos I was able to capture during the 2011 season. Please take a moment to look through them and let me know which ones, if any, stand out to you.

And finally, I’d like to sincerely thank all of you for your amazing support throughout the years. It really does make all of the long hours and travel worth it.

Hail.

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16Dec

covering the 2011 army-navy game

(photo by Brian Murphy)

Please forgive me for the lack of posts on the website this week. I’ve been a little under the weather,* so everything else has had to be put on hold.

*On a side note though, if you’re interested in losing five pounds in 24 hours, I’d highly recommend food poisoning. It’s really, really effective.

In the interim though, I thought I’d share a link to my photos from the 2011 Army-Navy game. I know most of you have no real affiliation with the U.S. Army or Navy, but trust me when I tell you it’s one of the coolest events I’ve ever had the privilege to cover.

For starters, every single person in attendance actually cares about the game — unlike pro games where at least a third of the people in attendance couldn’t care less about the outcome.

There are also videos shown throughout the game where the Army takes playful jabs at the Navy and vice versa, which is a thousand times better than watching corporate sponsorships videos.

Finally, there’s the fact that as soon as these young athletes graduate from college, they become brothers in arms. They don’t leave college early to go to the pros. They don’t get arrested for attempting to buy large quantities of narcotics so they can make a few extra bucks during the bye week. They become service members who will likely be deployed to somewhere halfway around the world before the next Army-Navy game rolls around.

And for that, I respect the hell out of them. So for those interested, here’s a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture at the 2011 Army-Navy game.

29Nov

best of redskins-seahawks photos

(photo by Brian Murphy)

While most fans of the Washington Redskins settle for a view of their favorite team’s games from a recliner or the cheap seats, I’m fortunate enough to be on the sidelines each and every Sunday.

Even now, in my seventh season, I still get chills as I walk out onto the sidelines before a Redskins game. By the time the national anthem is finished, I’m so fired up I feel like I could take the field myself (which is a terrible idea).

During the course of a standard three-hour football game, I take roughly 1,500 photos. Out of those, I hope to walk away with 10-15 compelling images that best represent that particular contest.

I’m looking for action shots. I’m aiming for reaction shots. I’m trying to get portraits of the players on the sidelines.

Basically, I’m trying to tell a story with my photos. And if I’m lucky, I end up with a shot or two like the one at the top of this post — the one of Redskins running back Roy Helu getting absolutely drilled by Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

Capturing a photo like that — at the exact moment of impact  — with the rain coming down and everything is what photographers dream of. Trust me, I could shoot another seven years worth of games and not get anything close to that.

A lot of luck and a little bit of skill go a long way when it comes to sports photography. At any rate, I just wanted to share with fellow ‘Skins fans a few of my favorite shots from the Redskins 23-17 win over the Seahawks. Click here for the full gallery.

09Sep

it’s about time: redskins photo archive

(photo by Brian Murphy)

The fact is, this is now my seventh season as a credentialed photographer. Each and every Sunday, I travel to wherever the Washington Redskins are in hopes of getting as close to the action as possible.*

*Without getting steamrolled in the process.

In years past, I would take a couple hundred of my photos, shrink them down to a reasonable size, post them online and forget about them.

But the truth is, even I wasn’t ever going to go through 300 photos of a heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.* And they were my photos.

*That being said, this photo from that heartbreaking game is awesome.

During the NFL lockout I finally got motivated enough to begin reviewing every single photo I’ve ever taken on an NFL sideline in search of my best shots from each and every game.

This time around I’m not posting hundreds upon hundreds of unedited photos. Instead, each week I’ll only post the cream of the crop — my five to 10 best shots from that particular game.

As you might imagine, this is a painstakingly slow process — starting with roughly 1,200 taken each game and selecting the top 10. Well, it’s taken a long, long time, but I’ve finally posted everything from the 2010 season and I’ll continue to work my way backwards through the rest of my photo archives.

And the new and improved galleries were worth the trouble. Redskins fans can not only check out a set for each game, but also search for photos by a player’s name.

For example, if you’re looking for photos of Brian Orakpo (like the one of him licking his lips as he’s about to drill an unsuspecting quarterback at the top of this page), he’s only a click away. If you’d rather see a photo of Albert Haynesworth trying to decapitate a man, he’s easy to find as well.

If you want to re-live the good old days of Carlos Rogers dropping easy interceptions, Santana Moss flying through the air or Chris Cooley goofing off, I’ve got you covered.

You can even see Mike Shanahan having what appears to be an aneurysm, Brandon Banks electrifying the crowd in the return game or London Fletcher propelling himself in the air to make a goal-line stand against Dallas. It’s all there.

So consider this my gift to you, Redskins fans. If nothing else, it’s a small way I can share my experiences covering the burgundy and gold with the rest of the class. And best of all, it’ll ensure that ‘Skins fans never forget the Joey Galloway era.

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