Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith

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Aztex fall 1-0 to Portland Timbers

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Austin goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo reacts after Portland's Stephen Keel scored a goal in the 85th minute during the Aztex v Timbers game in Austin on Monday.

Austin goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo reacts after Portland's Stephen Keel scored a goal in the 85th minute during the Aztex v Timbers game in Austin on Monday.

Today has been a pretty interesting day…I started it off with my truck breaking down right in front of my house right before I had a photo assignment.  With the help of my girlfriend who had the day off, I was off to shoot the final game of the Round Rock Express.  It was nice shooting in the daytime and the game was soon over.  I’ll post some shots from the game tomorrow.

After the baseball game, I almost immediately went to my next assignment, the last home game of the Austin Aztex soccer match against the Portland Timbers.  It was a great game with a lot of action.  Pretty awesome seeing the guys play so well.  It was almost heart breaking seeing them lose with just minutes left.  They held their own against the number one ranked USL-1 team…I guess I shouldn’t have said the ‘last’ home game, as the Aztex will be hosting an exhibition game against Club de Futbol Monterrey in early October.

  • Portland's Stephen Keel jumps into the arms of his teammate Mamadou Danso after scoring the go ahead goal in the 85th minute during their soccer match against the Austin Aztex on Monday.
  • Portland’s Stephen Keel jumps into the arms of his teammate Mamadou Danso after scoring the go ahead goal in the 85th minute during their soccer match against the Austin Aztex on Monday.
  • A few new ones…

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    Dell Diamond at sunset Round Rock Express

    It has been a hot minute since I last updated (literally one of the hottest summers in history), but here we go.  As I mentioned on a previous update, I shot the Round Rock Express‘ last home game against Nashville Sounds a couple nights ago.  Pretty fun shooting some baseball again.  They are ending their season this weekend/Monday, so you should get out there and watch some baseball while you still can.

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    The action was pretty good, including a small collision with the pitcher and the catcher of the Sounds…

    Reggie Abercrombie Round Rock Express

    Despite having a couple of bad at bats, Reggie Abercrombie came through with 2 RBIs and a couple of nice catches near center field.

    Round Rock Express

    I also grabbed a bunch of detail shots (kind of like the one above) and some panoramas from just about every angle I could find…

    A view from the stands at the Dell Diamond during a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock.

    A view from the stands at the Dell Diamond during a Round Rock Express baseball game in Round Rock.

    I also shot the second to last home game of the Austin Aztex.  Pretty fun night as usual, but the lights kill me over at Nelson Field.  Thankfully they are moving to House Park (on Lamar/15th)  next season…The lights aren’t any better, but it is a short walk from my house.

    Jamie Watson Austin Aztex soccer

    Joining the Aztex again was Jamie Watson, who played in Austin last season.  The kid was the top scorer in the USL-2 with 12 goals and 6 assists.  He didn’t score any of the goals in the 1-0 win over Miami, but he took a couple of shots at the goal when he was put in towards the end of the game.

     Eddie Johnson Austin Aztex

    Eddie Johnson scored the sole goal, which was enough for the win…The first win in 10 games, dating back to early July.  Always good to see our   take the win.  The last game of the season is on the 7th.  If you haven’t been, it is a lot of fun.  Any why wait until next year when you can do it now?

    I also shot my first ‘real’ high school football game on Friday, the Taco Shack Bowl.  I say ‘real’ as in Friday Night Lights.  It was a lot of fun being on the sidelines again and I can’t wait until the season gets into full swing…

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    Taco Shack Bowl House Park Austin Texas

    House Park Austin Tx

    Above is House Park on Lamar and 15th street, the new home of the Austin Aztex.  Check out that view!  You can see the Capitol Building from the stands too.  The stadium, which seats around 5,000 people, should be a better venue for the Aztex.  The sidelines aren’t big and there is no track running around the field, making it less dangerous for players and allowing the fans to sit almost on top of the action.  All they need to do is install some new lights and everyone (me) will be happy.

    In other news, VOLLEYBALL HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!!  I’m very excited about this.  Volleyball has got to be one of the hardest sports to shoot.  Granted anyone can shoot a serve and the players standing around, but only really talented photographers can make great images at a game.  Most venues are dimly lit, the action is really fast and the ball can go in any direction.  In any event, it is one of my favorite sports to shoot, even though I’ve only shot 3 or 4 games.  Hopefully this season will change those numbers a bit and yield a couple images for me to post.  Here are two from last season that I enjoyed…..

    Caldwell High School Volleyball

    Volleyball

    And that is it for the moment.

    Pedernales Park Johnson City TXHank at Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, TX

    Copa Aztex: Cruz Azul vs. Tigres

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    Cruz Azul vs. Tigres at Mike A Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas

    Finally getting around to updating again, and I have a few photos and some other bits to post about today.  I shot the Copa Aztex Cruz Azul vs. Tigres at Mike A Myers Stadium in Austin last night.  It was a blast, as there were a ton of people, good soccer and some decent shots to be had.  I’m not 100% accustomed to shooting soccer in decent lighting, so after the sun went down, it was a treat.  The stadium is also just north of downtown Austin, so me and another photographer made use of the great skyline to set the stage for a few photos.

    Cruz Azul vs. Tigres

    Above we have the Texas State Capitol making an appearance and below the Frost Bank Tower seems to loom over the players (just wish some better action would have taken place right there…).

    Cruz Azul vs Tigres Copa Aztex Austin Texas

    While the game was fun to watch and photograph, I didn’t really understand how it ended.  Official time ended with the score 1-1 and I thought they would go to penalty kicks to decide a winner, as one team had to take home the Copa Aztex trophy.  But instead they did a coin toss, which Cruz Azul won.  I was hoping to get some jubo/dejection shots from penalty kicks, but the Tigres had a plane to catch back to Mexico….I did manage to snap a photo after Cruz Azul tied the game 1-1…

    Copa Aztex Cruz Azul vs Tigres Austin Texas

    You should be able to view an entire gallery from the game over at TexasSports, so check them out if you want to see some game action shots…

    I’ve also had a huge number of photos run all over the place, including these following snips…

    ESPN.com - A friend alerted me that ESPN had picked up a number of my University of Texas photos from my stock site and had them online.

    ESPN.com - A friend alerted me that ESPN had picked up a number of my University of Texas photos from my stock site and had them online.

    NCAA.com - - They picked up a number of my photos of Boston College and Army from the Super Regional baseball tournament a few weeks ago...

    NCAA.com - - They picked up a number of my photos of Boston College and Army from the Super Regional baseball tournament a few weeks ago...

    I’ve also started to get back into the swing of shooting more film on my days off.  I picked up a Rolleicord TLR a few weeks ago and I am finally getting a roll of it developed as I type this.  I’ve been out with my Nikon F, Holga, Pentax Spotmatic, Diana and a number of other cameras shooting everything I can.  I had forgotten how expensive shooting film can be.  Now I just need a film scanner…On the same topic, I have also built a couple of a couple of pinhole cameras to play around with.  Through searching the internet, I found a couple of pretty cool techniques to make pinholes out of tin cans and matchboxes where you can use 35mm film…MatchBoxPinhole & AltoidPinHole.  Nothing new or groundbreaking, but something fun to do while I’m out exploring Austin.  I actually took a few shots of Mike A Myers Stadium last night with the matchbox camera.  Hopefully something will turn out.

    A friend of mine, Dusty (who takes some wild photos and has a traveling studio) just posted a video of some bike riding.  Although it looks like it was filmed by an 8 year old with a $20 pocket camera at some points, there is some great riding in there.

    photos by Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith http://www.meredith-photo.com

    Blog time

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    Where to start……..

    Well, I shot a few games of baseball this past week…..

    Michael Torres dives for a ground ball during the Longhorns 5-4 win over Texas A&M on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

    Michael Torres dives for a ground ball during the Longhorns 5-4 win over Texas A&M on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

    It was blazing hot, with temperatures in the mid 90’s….But with the new artificial turf, it seemed like it was well over 100 degrees anywhere near the field.  Lucky for myself and all the other photographers, there are plenty of places to shoot from off of the field.  Not only is it slightly cooler, but it cleans up your backgrounds nicely….So please be nice and courteous to the fans who have paid for seats and those needing a place to sit.

    Brandon Loy reaches back to pull in a pop fly in the infield.

    Brandon Loy reaches back to pull in a pop fly in the infield.

    In my ever expanding quest to bring my clients the best/different images, I’ve started employing multiple remote cameras at nearly every sporting event I cover.  I started using remotes about 2 years ago at high school baseball games and have used them at multiple events since, including basketball, soccer, and NFL/NCAA football and horse racing, to name a few.

    For example, here is an image I shot with my hand held camera from above:

    University of Texas second base baseball

    It has the typical second base action.  A runner sliding, the second baseman throwing and at least a face.  Very typical and kind of boring.     With a remote camera on a low position shooting second from a different perspective, it gives us a totally different image.  See the remote here (complete with yelling fans):

    Remote cameraFor this day game I used a Nikon D1H, a Nikkor 300mm, 2 magic arms, 3 safety cables, 1 Pocketwizard PlusII Tranciever, 3 superclamps and one Pocketwizard remote release.  Shooting at such a close angle, it gave me a  nice tight frame at second base, which allowed me to use this older camera so I could make use of all the megapixels it provides.  University of Texas second baseballAs you can see (if you scroll back up to the image from above), I can capture multiple angles on the same play.  Pretty neat stuff really.  But what if we added a third camera pointed at second base from the outfield?

    UT remote camera

    I mounted a Nikon D2H with a 400mm attached using the exact same setup above (2 magic arms, 3 superclamps etc) to the TV scaffolding pointed at second base.  I fudged this one up a bit, as I missed focus on second base by about 1 foot.  Nothing like back focused images.  So we’ll skip the examples from this one, but it is in the works.  Instead you can pixelpeep a picture of Augie from the dugout.

    Head Coach Augie Garrido, center, watches the Longhorns game against Texas A&M from the dugout on Sunday.

    Head Coach Augie Garrido, center, watches the Longhorns game against Texas A&M from the dugout on Sunday.

    You can see some more images from the games HERE.

    In the middle of the heat wave, I also took some time off and went to Barton Springs here in Austin.  If you’ve never been to the natural pool in the middle of downtown, I can’t understand why.  It may be the ‘scene’, but you can’t beat the cool, deep waters.

    Barton Springs Pool
    Of  course I couldn’t resist bringing in a camera, so I packed up a D1X with a 12-24mm in the backpack for the bike ride there.  This is a friend of mine properly using the diving board.  I’m terrible at diving, but I can do a pencil like no other.  Like Deep Eddy (see last post), Barton Springs is full of speedos and banana hammocks….

    Barton Springs Pool Austin Texas

    For some reason I felt like this photo needed an ‘antique’ feel so experimented a little bit using Photoshop CS3.  Classic hair, classic suit.  I just wish I could muster up the courage to wear one of these myself.

    Josh Hamilton fumbles a ball in center field in the bottom of the 9th inning, allowing Round Rock's Brian Bogusevic to move to third base.

    Josh Hamilton fumbles a ball in center field in the bottom of the 9th inning, allowing Round Rock's Brian Bogusevic to move to third base.

    After shooting UT, I traveled up to Round Rock to catch the Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton play a couple of rehab games with the Redhawks.  Hamilton looked awesome and is playing in the majors again.  He did make a big error in the outfield in the bottom of the 9th, allowing the winning run to advance to third base.  In the last inning, I positioned myself near the outfield to grab a photo of Hamilton as he was joking around with another player…I ended up getting a couple game telling shots…

    Brian Bogusevic (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

    Brian Bogusevic (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

    Before I went to see the Express, I shot the Austin Aztex vs Puerto Rico Islanders on Friday.  It was pretty nice, as the game started with a little bit of daylight.

    Austin Aztex

    I also set up two remotes behind the net, but didn’t come up with anything in the 1-1 tie game.  One of these days this season maybe….

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    Let me know if you saw me sitting on the sidelines, as they broadcasted the game on FSN.  Come out and see the Aztex play this Sunday.  The games are pretty fun and the fans sit very close to the action…

    I also shot some NCAA Div-1 golf and the UIL State Golf Tournament as well.  The NCAA Tournament was held at the University of Texas Golf Club in West Austin…Granted I haven’t been on a lot of courses, the UT club was hands over heels the best course I’ve been on in Austin…Just wish my shoot had gone a little better.  I broke a 12-24mm lens and a memory card, containing my first two hours of shooting, became corrupted.  Yikes.

    Cory Whitsett, of Houston Memorial, lets his club fly after teeing off into the trees on the 18th hole during the 2009 UIL State Golf Tournament in Austin, Texas

    Cory Whitsett, of Houston Memorial, lets his club fly after teeing off into the trees on the 18th hole during the 2009 UIL State Golf Tournament in Austin, Texas

    It was pretty fun being on the course again, as I usually only shoot golf a few times a year….Mostly during the UIL State Tournament and a couple other random times throughout the year.

    Ryan Eibner (center), of Conroe, putts on the 10th green as Houston Memorial's Greg Rochna looks on

    Ryan Eibner (center), of Conroe, putts on the 10th green as Houston Memorial's Greg Rochna looks on

    Before I broke the 12-24mm, another photographer asked me, “What are you going to do with that thing?”  In an effort to prove I could get something, I spent a few holes shooting with it.  I didn’t get anything great with it, but heck, no other photographer there got this shot.

    I also just got back from a trip to Missouri to see some family.  Amelia and I drove her car, packed to the gills with junk and 2 dogs, the 9 hours north.  We took a dip in the pool one day and wished we had brought coats the next.  Got to love the weather up there. The dogs enjoyed the big ‘ol yards up there though…

    Blue Heeler dog

    Hank enjoyed eating all the flowers and running around like a madman the entire trip.

    I’m off now…time to eat some dinnnnnner.

    photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

    Austin Aztex 1 – Columbus Crew 0

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    Another fine night for some Texas style soccer!  The Austin Aztex hosted the Crew at Nelson field and took the win 1-0 with a first half goal by Eddie Johnson.

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    I’m currently working up a lot of photos from yesterday, including more SXSW, University of Texas baseball and more Aztex soccer games, so feel free to check back later today for more…..

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    Patrick

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    March 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Austin Aztex vs. Houston Dynamo

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    I made the short drive from my house to Nelson Field in Austin, Texas to watch the Austin Aztex take on the Houston Dynamo tonight.
    From what I’ve read online and what people in the stands were telling me, Houston, the two-time MLS Cup Champion, would be a hard team to beat. Both teams put up some nice plays (including a few acrobatic saves from Miguel), but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
    A good game to watch…Even better was that I stayed for the entire match, something I usually don’t get to do! Over 4,000 people came out to support their teams, which is very cool.

    If light of all the requests I’ve gotten and the number of hits my blog is getting because of the AA, I’ll try to upload a few more photos than I normally would.
    If you are interested in using a photo, please contact me via email @ info@meredith-photo.com

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    March 8, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Austin Aztex

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    Austin's Miguel Gallardo warms up shortly before the start of the Aztex's exhibition match against New England on Saturday.

    Austin's Miguel Gallardo warms up shortly before the start of the Aztex's exhibition match against New England on Saturday.

    The Autin Aztex, a first division franchise of the United Soccer League, started off their 2009 season last night in Austin on the coldest, windiest night in recent memory. The temperatures were hovering in the 40’s, with a constant 20mph wind that gusted (according to the news) over 30mph the entire game. Despite the terrible weather, a ton of fans came out and the action was good.

    New England Revolution's Kevin Alston gets airborne trying to defend Austin Aztex's AJ. Godbolt during an exhibition soccer match at Nelson Field on Saturday in Austin.

    New England Revolution's Kevin Alston gets airborne trying to defend Austin Aztex's AJ. Godbolt during an exhibition soccer match at Nelson Field on Saturday in Austin.

    One thing that is very cool for soccer fans is that they sit right on top of the action. Their new home stadium is Nelson Field, located right next to Reagan High School off of 290 and Cameron. The only thing that separates the fans from the players is a small track…As a matter of fact, I saw many people with digital cameras and 70-300mm lenses and I bet they could get right in on the action once it got mid field (but the lights at the stadium is another story…)

    Austin Aztex's Eddie Johnson moves the ball down field.

    Austin Aztex's Eddie Johnson moves the ball down field.

    One of my favorite things about shooting these guys is how nice they are, especially the owner, Phil Rawlins. I had the pleasure of meeting him last season and tortured him into letting me take a portrait of him (how good it was is another story). I ran into Phil again after hitting a bump at the Will Call booth and he ironed out the problem as fast as I could walk through the gates.

    The Austin Aztex huddle just before the start of an exhibition match against New England Revolution on Saturday at Nelson Field in Austin.

    The Austin Aztex huddle just before the start of an exhibition match against New England Revolution on Saturday at Nelson Field in Austin.

    If you’re looking for some good, local soccer action, this is a good place to start.
    Photos by Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

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    March 2, 2009 at 12:17 am