Yesterday we covered a sport that we never have before, ultimate frisbee. We showed up to the Indoor Sports Center in Rockford, Illinois, to find the soccer fields full of flying discs. No one explained the rules to us or what to capture but we just jumped into it.
The event was the Elite-Select Challenge of the Triple Crown Tour, governed by the USA Ultimate organization. The parking lots was full of cars with license plates from all over the United States. Once we made our way to the field, cameras in hand, we were thrown into a different world. KB Digital has covered countless soccer, football and basketball games, along with many others, but never ultimate frisbee. We soon realized how the game is played (or so we think) and that helped us better position ourselves to get better shots.
The field has two end zones, and the teams start off at opposing sides of the field. The disc is throw across the field and the receiving team then goes on the offense attack to get the frisbee into the opponents end zone. Simple but fun. While some people may not expect this sport to be extreme…. some of the dives we saw on that field caught us off guard. The players out there were diving to catch that disc and falling flat on their stomachs like it’s life or death. Kudos to ultimate players!
Last night was one for the record books. KB Digital was front and center at the Snoop Dogg concert in Rockford, Illinois, which also featured Warren G and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
It’s amazing being able to photograph big stars but it’s even better when that star is someone you grew up listening to. Snoop Dogg put on quite the show and the crowd just loved jamming out to the older hits. Ever tried taking pictures while telling your body not to dance? Yeah, it was one of those moments.
The beginning started off great, just a couple of us photographers in the media section between the barricades and the stage, but then it went down hill. Random people tried coming up front, some being ‘all-access’ pass holders, some just trying their luck and of course security wasn’t having any of it. Needless to say, they ruined it for everyone, even us authorized media personnel. That didn’t discourage us as we continued scouting the stadium for different angles, and we were not disappointed.
The hip-hop artists performed at the Rivets Stadium, technically located in Loves Park, but the Rivets are associated with Rockford. We were not able to obtain the exact attendance count but it seemed like quite the crowd. While Rockford may not have been a feature destination on Snoop’s tour list, it sure felt like it.
Last night we were cloud-gazing and sensed something epic was going to happen. We quickly set up our drone and went straight up from our parking lot.
Not even two minutes later, the sunset light hit the clouds just perfect as to create a beautiful gradient in the skies above. The end result was spectacular as a the dark blue clouds from the east faded into the bright yellow clouds on the west, right as the sun was setting. The image was taken from Loves Park, and looks southwest over Rockford towards Byron, IL. In fact, if you look close enough, you will see the two cooling towers from the Exelon Nuclear Plant just outside of Byron. That’s an impressive 25 miles straight-shot view.
While we are not totally pleased with out foreground in this image, we believe the skies above compensate enough to make this still a great photo.
In times, such as the ones we are living in today, it is important to realize what America really is. While we do not mean for this post to be about politics, we understand many will see it that way regardless of what is said.
Going through our archives this morning, we ran across a picture that we took over a year ago. The photo shows students of all different backgrounds singing the national anthem with the American flag in the foreground. This was an event at an elementary school in Rockford, IL, where students honored military personnel and veterans. What a coincidence that we came across this photo just days after two mass shootings took place in our nation. What does this photo have to do with mass shootings? Well, it is obvious that the El Paso shooting was targeting the Latino community, maybe even more specifically Mexicans. The shooter believed that America stands for white supremacy… connecting the dots yet? This photo is what the real America looks like, people of all races coming together to make this a better nation.
As a photography service, we work with clients of many different backgrounds for private projects. We also photograph many public events where we see the so called “melting pot” that really exists here… and we love it. Think about America without all the cultural foods that these different people bring, no it doesn’t sound fun at all. Listening to the same genre of music, it all sounds alike…. boring! We won’t even get into the history of America, that is a whole different topic that could take us forever to write out.
We just hope that this picture opens your eyes! We hope you see the beauty and true meaning of what it is to be an American! United states for the united people.
We are beyond excited and pleased to announce that our photo has been selected as the winner of Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Best of Rockford Region photo contest! First of all, we want to thank everyone who has voted for the photo and the RACVB board for the recognition.
We love living and working in the Rockford area and as our posts/photos show, we are always out and about and active in the community. This award means a lot to us as photography is a very passionate subject. Just like a melody to a musician, so is the photo to the photographer.
As far as what it took to get the shot, well that’s another story. First, we had to scout a few locations we thought would make a great photo. Then the real work began. Multiple trips were made to downtown Rockford to capture just the perfect lighting and mood. We tried being there at the crack of dawn and watched the sun set over the skyline. After we had a couple dozen photos we thought were pretty decent, then we had to narrow it down to 3 photos, and that’s always the hardest part.
We would also like to congratulate all the other awesome contestants and can’t wait what other awesome images the Rockford community keeps producing!