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p.1 #1 · UFC 159


Hi All,
I'm posting some photos from UFC 159. It was my first time shooting mixed martial arts and it was a great experience once I got used to shooting through the cage. Comments are always welcome.



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1 - Jon "Bones" Jones





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2 - Chael Sonnen right after ref stoppage





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3 - Michael Bisping ready for battle





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4 -Michael Bisping lands high leg kick





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5 - Michael Bisping connects on the chin of Alan Belcher



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May 30, 2013 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #2 · UFC 159


Pics 6-10



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6 - Roy Nelson KO of Cheick Kongo





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7 - Roy Nelson celebrates KO victory





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8 - Pat Healy takedown of Jim Miller





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9 - Johnny Bedford lands an overheard right on Bryan Caraway





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10 - Cody McKenzie completes a takedown of Leonard Garcia



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May 30, 2013 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #3 · UFC 159


Photos 11-15



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11 - Sara McMann vs Sheila Gaff





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12 - Steven Silver vs Kurt Holobaugh





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13 - Steven Silver vs Kurt Holobaugh





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14 - UFC Ring girl Brittany Palmer







15 - Rustam Khabilov vs Yancy Medeiros




May 30, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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p.1 #4 · UFC 159


You can see the fence in almost all the shots, It's subtle, but I noticed it. But not much you can do with that.


May 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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p.1 #5 · UFC 159


You are correct. I was shooting with a 70-200 most of the night and depending on the fighters positions in the octagon it was impossible not to get the fence in the frame. To be honest shooting MMA is like nothing I have shot before.


Jun 01, 2013 at 01:33 AM
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p.1 #6 · UFC 159


Great shots and thanks for sharing, I'm a big MMA fan and always wondered if any FM members were credentialed to shoot UFC events. Esther Lin usually has some of the best shots from each event.


Jun 01, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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p.1 #7 · UFC 159


I'm a huge MMA fan as well so getting to shoot a sport I love made the experience so much better. I was lucky enough to work cage side next to Josh Hedges, who IMO is one of the best MMA shooters on the planet. He took the time throughout the event to give me some tips and pointers on how to improve which was very helpful.


Jun 01, 2013 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #8 · UFC 159


So, are you shooting through the cage? If so, I am amazed that there is not some signs of the cage in the pictures. How do you do that?


Jul 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM
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p.1 #9 · UFC 159


Yes, I was shooting the through the cage with a 70-200 2.8 IS. They key is zooming far enough through the cage then making small movements left or right so that the camera doesn't lock focus back on the fence. I tried shooting with a 24-70 and 16-35 but both had the whole cage in the frame. It took a couple of rounds to get acclimated to it. But honestly I had a lot of out of focus images of the cage


Jul 14, 2013 at 02:11 AM
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p.1 #10 · UFC 159


Nice work.

Shots 2 and 9 would benefit from a tighter crop if you have enough pixels.

Really like #7.

Bryan



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p.1 #11 · UFC 159


i love MMA and this is the best one and i am a big fan of it.


Jul 14, 2013 at 06:17 PM
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p.1 #12 · UFC 159


@Bryan Crowe - Thank you for your input most of these were right out of the camera. I will crop those photos and repost

@pzoos - Thanks for the positive comments they are appreciated. I'll be at the UFC in Boston next month and will post some shots after that event



Jul 14, 2013 at 09:24 PM
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p.1 #13 · UFC 159


I didn't realize that the UFC was coming to Boston. It may warrant a trip in. Great shots, I wish I could stand next to you there!


Jul 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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p.1 #14 · UFC 159


Cool man. I don't think I could shoot a MMA event because I would probably be too excited watching the fight literally at ring side!


Jul 17, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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p.1 #15 · UFC 159


@boingyman I know what you mean! This was my first time shooting the UFC and I had to keep reminding myself I'm here to do a job and don't act like a fan. It almost got the better of me on the Friday before the fight when I was shooting the weigh ins and I turn around and Jon Jones and Joe Rogan are standing right beside. I bit my tongue and walked away. I wanted to ask for an autograph so bad but knew it wasn't the right time to do so.


Jul 17, 2013 at 09:42 PM
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p.1 #16 · UFC 159


Here are a couple of photos from the Weigh-Ins. I really like the Jon Jones shot.



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16 - Chris Weidman





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17 - Roy "Big Country" Nelson





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18 - Jon "Bones" Jones





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19 - Chael Sonnen and Joe Rogan




Jul 18, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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p.1 #17 · UFC 159


Chris.....nice job on these and I think you managed the cage well. That is quite an animated fellow in #18 for weigh ins...


Jul 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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p.1 #18 · UFC 159


Thanks Frank - Jon Jones (#18) was quite animated at the weigh in!


Jul 23, 2013 at 01:05 AM
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p.1 #19 · UFC 159


Great photos. Thanks for sharing.........


Jul 23, 2013 at 01:48 AM
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p.1 #20 · UFC 159


Great shots. I have been given permission to shoot a smaller event in Los Angeles this Friday. Did you use a flash? This event will be outdoors, at stub hub center( formerly Home Depot)


Aug 11, 2013 at 06:02 AM
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