Farewell and Following Seas
My road to Eagle Totem took a little different path than Carter’s. If you had told me thirty years ago I would be doing a photography blog, I probably would have first asked what a blog was and then I would have told you that you were crazy. If you told me twenty years ago that I would be taking pictures at Eastern Michigan games, again I would have told you that you were crazy. I was probably the typical Eastern Michigan alumni in that regard.
For me, it started with a little place called Michigan Exposures. Or actually, it started before then when I got back into photography in a pretty serious way. Then I decided to start a photography blog. It is tough to come up with new content all the time, so I started to take pictures when I went to sporting events. I thought my pictures were okay but they could never compete with pictures taken from the field. Then I got an e-mail from Carter asking me if I would be interesting in doing photography for his blog. First I had to look at it and I saw that it was pretty decent. So I agreed to do it.
My first game was in 2011 when Eastern Michigan played Howard University. I had never shot from the field prior to that game. I really had no idea what to expect as I was used to shooting from the stands. The first thing I learned was that it was a lot different shooting from the field. Especially if you are down in the endzones because the action is coming at you rather that playing out in front of you. It’s hard to anticipate the plays because there are usually many bodies between you and the developing play. For the most part, I think it worked out.
My bright spot in all of this was when I had the opportunity to shoot from the field at Michigan Stadium. My Eastern Michigan fandom started when I was a student there. My Michigan fandom was a lot longer. It was cool to be on the same field as Bo. Since it was the second time I was shooting from the field, I had much to learn. I didn’t care though because I was wrapped up in the moment.
Then I started to do basketball. Prior to shooting for here, I never really followed basketball much. Sure, I went to a few Eastern games. I watched the Bad Boys when I was growing up but for the most part, I never followed it. So not only did I have learn how to shoot basketball but I had to learn how to follow the game. So for my first few games, I got a ton of shots of the guard as he advanced the ball or passed it but not too many shots of other things going on in the game.
Again, as I learned the game, I think I got better. And I was able to get some of the action shots that you are now used to.
About a month prior to the end of the season, I asked Carter if we were going to be doing this next year. He said that he was going to tell me he was going to pack it up. I can’t say that I blame him. It’s tough to closely follow a team and even tougher when you are not in the area. It’s even tougher when that team is barely on the radar (except when bad things happen). I still want to do sports photography and Carter offered up the option of continuing the blog but without a dedicated writer, it would be tough for me. One thing about photography is that I’m paying more attention to getting pictures than I am of the game itself. Even the little blurbs that went along with my pictures was tough. The other option was to go to Hustle Belt which is what I am doing.
So I want to take this last paragraph to thank Carter. He gave me an opportunity to pursue an avenue that I thought I would never pursue. In the long run, I think that avenue has helped me develop my other photography. It certainly has helped me develop my own blog. I also want to thank Jeremy because I think he helped keep this place going after Carter moved. We probably would have packed it in sooner. I also want to thank the members of the Eagle Totem community because they showed that there are some people that care about Eastern Michigan sports. And since I am in a thanking mood, I also want to thank the Football and Basketball teams of Eastern Michigan for giving us something to watch and cheer.