*(writing on last night's game): From what I can remember about this image, it was made early in the game last night and made the back page. What REALLY made it sweet was that the Sports Editor at my paper called me at 9:15AM this morning to say how much he liked the photograph. That call combined with the home team's coach greeting me during the Jay-Vee game as I was unpacking and hanging my remote strobes behind the benches, to say how much he appreciated all the work I've been doing in covering games; so that combined with the editor's call made it worth all the effort of lighting these gyms and shooting with 2, sometimes 3 cameras at these games.
Tonight is the night. It's going to be one of those games I've been secretly waiting for all season. Lights, clamps, radios, 3-cameras, etc., etc. Enough already. Tonight Minisink Valley HS with last year's player of the year, Cory Quimby, will host Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) with their slick backcourt, and run 'n gun offense. It's a rematch of last year's Section 9 Championship Playoff game. (this favorite from last year's Section 9 Class AA Championship game):
Sebastian Valdez, #41, left, and Cory Quimby, #44 right, of Minisink reach for rebound during their Section 9 Class AA Championship game against Newburgh Free Academy at SUNY Orange in Middletown, NY on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Minisink defeated Newburgh 60 - 57. Times Herald-Record/CHET GORDON
To view the full link to last year's set-up: click here.
I won't be mounting a remote camera behind the backboard glass for this game, particularly working alone, (save that extra work for the playoffs in the college venue next month.) but have already been thinking about how I'm going to run three cameras again at a big HS game. Possibly a low-angle floor remote will work out nicely, as there's plenty of room behind one of the baskets. A four-light setup is already mandatory in this gym and the 6:30PM scheduled tip-off will surely help me on the 9:30 - 10PM deadline for the sports pages.
Should be a good night. Check back for game photos tomorrow. -cg.