Friday, June 21, 2013

7th HEAVEN: Miami Heat Wins Back-to-Back Chanpionships

LeBron James holds the NBA MVP and the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophies after the Miami Heat defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7.

LeBron James score 37 points and Dwyane Wade scored 23 to win the NBA Chapionship in Game 7.

 Mike Miller reacts after LeBron James is fouled by the Spurs Danny Green while making a basket in Game 7.

LeBron James celebrates with a cigar at post game press conference.

Al Diaz and Cindy Seip will do anything to get ahead.


That’s three titles for a town and two crowns for its king.
With a season, a playoffs, an NBA Finals and a Game 7 that will echo for years to come, the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena to win its second NBA championship in a row and cap the most exciting two weeks in South Florida sports history.
LeBron James played stunning, brilliant basketball to earn the NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year and Dwyane Wade, who played throughout the playoffs despite knee problems, saved his best for the final game of a grueling postseason. James finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, going 12 of 23 from the field, 5 of 10 from three-point range and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line. Wade had 23 points, 10 rebounds and an assist and made 11 of his 21 attempts.
“This team is amazing, and the vision that I had when I decided to come here is all coming true,” James said. “Through adversity, through everything we’ve been through, we’ve been able to persevere and to win back-to-back championships. It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’m happy to be part of such a first-class organization.”

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

GREAT ESCAPE: Miami Heat Tie Series

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh blocks a desperate three-point attempt by Spurs 
guard Danny Green in the final second to seal the Game 6 overtime win for Miami.

The Miami Heat's LeBron James hollers for the game officials to make a foul call
on the San Antonio Spurs.
Opening Ceremonies for Game 6 of the NBA Finals

The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade bumps knees with Manu Ginobili in the first quarter.
Wade says he missed the start of the second half because his knee swelled up.


Welcome, South Florida, to the gates of sports heaven. Immortality is one win away. This is Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
With one basketball game, the 2012-13 Heat, in its 25th season as a franchise, has the chance to go down as a back-to-back NBA champion and one of the best teams in Miami sports history.
So much has happened already to set this team apart. It won a franchise record 66 games in a sparkling regular season that included a 27-game winning streak. LeBron James won his second consecutive MVP Award and fourth in five years. The Heat outslugged the Indiana Pacers with a Game 7 victory in the Eastern Conference finals and willed itself to this point by surviving elimination in Game 6 of the Finals.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Big 3 Helps Miami Heat Level Series With Spurs

This dunk by LeBron was captured on my remote camera 
set up on the pole under the basket.


For the longest time this postseason, the Heat’s blueprint of a Big 3 seemed like an outdated set of specs incapable of building momentum, let alone a championship.
On Thursday in Texas, Miami’s Pillars 3 reminded the NBA it’s still sturdy enough to prop up a team on the brink and shift an NBA Finals in the most crucial of times. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James combined to score 85 points Thursday in the Heat’s 109-93 victory against the Spurs at San Antonio’s AT&T Center to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2. Game 5 is on Sunday before the series shifts back to Miami for the final two games.
“It was a little bit of everything they provided for us,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade, Bosh and James. “We needed every bit of it tonight.”

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Miami Heat Fan Justin Bieber at Courtside

Apparently Justin Drew Bieber, a Canadian pop musician, actor, and singer-songwriter is a fan of the Miami Heat but not photographers. When I got up to photograph the teen idol during a time out in the basketball game, he covered his face.

It’s a bit odd to me. He is sitting at courtside in front of thousands watching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. 

Photographers from across the court can easily photograph him from their floor positions. Fans are frantically scrambling to shoot him with their smart phones and Heat TV plasters his face all over the jumbo screen hanging over mid court.

Now there are reports that Bieber's bodyguards are accused of roughing up a photographer who was taking photos of Bieber skateboarding at a North Miami recording studio.

Thursday night is Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the defending champion Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Watch for my galleries, tweets and more Bieber sightings from both cities during the next two weeks.

Seeing Simply with George Quiroga

Thursday, June 6th 2013 at 7:00pm
Before an image is recorded, the photographer must "see" the image in order to define it for the camera. There are many books, videos, classes, and talks available to teach you the mechanics of using your camera but not many describe how to visualize and compose the photograph.
This presentation is about "Seeing" the image. I'll focus more on the artistic side of seeing color, light, and composition and less on the mechanics of f-stops, shutter speeds, and camera brands. I will give you an insight into the way I visualize an image and how I approach capturing the moment.
The techniques I use can be applied by anyone regardless of camera or lenses. My goal is to teach you ways of "seeing" in order to create more visually appealing and unique images.
My hope is for each and every attendee to walk away inspired to look at their subjects in a new way.
South Florida Camera Club @ ArtServe
1350 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Monday, June 3, 2013

About A Photograph: Saul Loeb

If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet visit  About A Photograph. There you will see a new free video series Think Tank Photo just launched that features award-winning photographers telling the stories behind an image that had great global impact.  

The early feedback has been quite heartwarming.  The series is being co-produced by Think Tank co-founders and award-winning photojournalists Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice

A Photograph explores the meaning, impact, and stories behind photographs that changed how we see the world. One photograph, no tricks. Visual storytelling at its essence. Enjoy! About A Photograph : Saul Loeb from ThinkTank Photo on Vimeo.

Not So Fast... NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

It has not been a fun Sunday flying on an air-o-plane back to Miami for “Manic Monday”!

If the Miami Heat pull through in game 7 watch for more of my images from the Magic City and the great State of Texas during the NBA Finals.

Here are a few of my selects from the last couple of games as the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers battle it out in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. 

Click here for Miami Herald photo gallery of game action by
Charles Trainor Jr. and Al Diaz from game 6