Jack Haley’s Photojournalism and PocketWizard

Photojournalist Jack Haley of MPNnow.com and the Messenger Post Newspapers regularly incorporates PocketWizard radio technology into his daily assignments. Rarely knowing what subject matter and conditions he’s going to find before his arrival, his PocketWizard Plus® II radios are still an integral part of his gear, helping him capture everything from sports action frozen in place to impressive environmental portraits. He recently shared information with us on shoots he completed for “Spring Sports Stars.”

Jack Haley/Messenger Post Co-Player of the Year Tommy Wagner of Victor, New York. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

Co-Player of the Year Tommy Wagner of Victor, New York. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

This baseball player’s action portrait was shot at 1/320 with a Nikon D300s and two Nikon SB-80DX flashes. No diffusers were used.

Ben Cratsley of Honeoye is the Player of the Year in golf. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

Ben Cratsley of Honeoye is the Player of the Year in golf. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

The golfer action portrait above used just one flash and was taken with Haley’s Nikon D7000. He used a PocketWizard Plus II in hand to trigger both the shutter and flash.

Sam Harding of Canandaigua is the Player of the Year in track. This photo is a sequence shot at the same time from two different camera angles. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

Sam Harding of Canandaigua is the Player of the Year in track. This photo is a sequence shot at the same time from two different camera angles. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

The pole vaulter was shot at ISO 200 with both his Nikon D300s and D7000 set at f/6.3 at 1/640 of a second. The top row of photos came from the D300s with a Nikkor 70-200mm f2/8 lens which triggered the bottom row from my D7000 on a tripod with a Nikkor 18-105mm. No strobes were used in this sequence.

Christine Lyttle of Canandaigua is the Player of the Year in girls track. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

Christine Lyttle of Canandaigua is the Player of the Year in girls’ track. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

The environmental portrait of hurdler Christine Lyttle was shot at ISO 200 @ 1/160 shutter speed. Haley used two Nikon SB-80DX flashes equipped with LumiQuest SoftBox III and LumiQuest Snoot XTR. They were shot with his Nikon D300s and triggered from a PocketWizard Plus II. All portraits taken used this exact same set-up.

John Talbot of Marcus Whitman is the Player of the Year in tennis. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

John Talbot of Marcus Whitman is the Player of the Year in tennis. ©Jack Haley/Messenger Post Newspapers

The tennis player’s action portrait was shot at 1/320. “I stood on a ladder and attached my D7000 to a monopod. It was equipped with a Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens. I had one flash near the player to help even the lighting and with the camera extended above him with the monopod I triggered everything with a Plus II in my hand,” reports Haley.

Haley also shoots video for his papers, and footage accompanying these still photos can be found here. It’s Flash-based and we are unable to embed it in this post. You can see Jack Haley himself as he demonstrates his approach to sports photojournalism in this video.

“Some of the action shots you see on the video were lit by strobes, while others were not. It all depended on whether I wanted to have a fast shutter speed to stop the action or slow the shutter speed down to blur the action, like the above image of the baseball player,” Haley explains, regarding the video.

Although Haley’s Plus II radio triggers are still performing, the model has been replaced by the PocketWizard Plus III.

 

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