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Polar Vortex? That means SAVINGS!

by on Jan.07, 2014, under baseball, basketball, CCIW, d3sports, football, hockey, IIAC, Liberty League, MIAA, MIAC, MWC, NAC, NACC, NWC, OAC, SCIAC, Skyline, soccer, UMAC, volleyball, WIAC

Photo by Flickr user mikefranklinMost of the country spent last night below freezing – and in Minneapolis we may not have set a record for cold when we bottomed out at -23F this morning but we wanted to let you know that we survived the worst freeze we’ve had in a decade by giving you the opportunity to take 23% off your next order!

If all you’re looking for is a simple 4×6 from one of our athletic events in the last two years you can get free USPS shipping with the code! The best part: there is no limit to the number of times you, or anyone else, can use the code! Between today and January 15 enter “COLDSAVINGS” at check out and get 23% off all orders – Digital Downloads or Reprints.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about the process or if the game you are looking for is not on our Photo Shelter page – we will do our best to get them uploaded as quickly as possible.

And, as an added incentive, if we get 100 orders in the next eight days we will extend the offer through the end of January AND pick one lucky individual from the orders in January to get a $100 gift certificate off any order in the future.
And if we get 200 orders between now and January 31 everyone will receive a $5 coupon code they can use at any time in the future – or share with a friend.

Thanks to you we had an incredibly successful 2013 and we want to share that success with you.

From the entire family at d3photography.com I thank you for your patronage.

Sincerely,
Ryan Coleman
Publisher, d3photography.com
ryan.coleman@d3photography.com
Twitter: @d3photography

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Metrodome College Baseball – The End of an Era

by on Mar.05, 2013, under baseball, d3sports, Insights, MIAC, Rants, UMAC

Panoramic image by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com

The HHH Metrodome on the evening of March 2, 2013.

Right now it’s 7:30, it’s 25° outside and there’s more than seven inches of snow (and sitll coming down) on the ground outside the HHH Metrodome. Inside? 85 and sunny. And that’s just at field level – in the seats it can feel much, much warmer. Concordia University (Minn.) and Jamestown (N.D.) are just getting started with a pair of 7-inning games. Yes, the first pitch was 2am.

We have this fortunate thing here in Minnesota called the Metrodome. It gives schools and conferences the ability to play a full collegiate season without having to cram 40 games into a 60-day schedule (not impossible but very, very hectic). It used to mean games going on 24/7 inside the warm (continue reading…)

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NCAA Playoffs – Soccer and Football – and more!!

by on Dec.02, 2012, under basketball, CCIW, football, hockey, Liberty League, NCAA Tournament, soccer, UMAC

Some select photos from this weekend’s games:

Football
St. Thomas vs. Hobart: Photo Gallery Ryan Coleman and Scott Pierson, d3photography.com
Mount Union vs. Widener: Photo Gallery Dan Poel, OhioSI.com
Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Wesley: Photo Gallery Andrew Zavoina, d3photography.com

Soccer Shot by Eric Kelley, d3photography.com
Emory vs. Messiah – Women’s Championship: Photo Gallery
Ohio Northern vs. Messiah – Men’s Championship: Photo Gallery
Emory vs. Wheaton (Ill.) – Women’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery
Messiah vs. Misericordia – Women’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery
Messiah vs. Loras – Men’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery
Ohio Northern vs. Williams – Men’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery

Basketball Shot by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Knox vs. Lawrence – Men’s: Photo Gallery
Knox vs. Lawrence – Women’s: Photo Gallery

Ice Hockey Shot by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Marian vs. Northland – Men’s: Photo Gallery

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Playoffs?! Playoffs?! …

by on Nov.11, 2010, under basketball, football, Liberty League, MIAC, Rivalry Week, SCIAC, soccer, UMAC, WIAC

Concordia-Moorhead celebrates their victory over Carleton in PKs in the MIAC Women's Soccer Championship game. Photo by Katrina Styx, d3photography.com

Tonight marks the start of the NCAA Division III soccer playoffs. and the first game kicks off with a men’s match at 5 pm Eastern tonight between Transylvania and Lynchburg, and a women’s match at 8 pm ET (5pm Pacific) between Redlands and Chapman.

We’ll have our best soccer playoff coverage to date with six photographers confirmed for matches around the country:

  1. Joe Bergman is covering the SCIAC tournament, starting with the Redlands/Chapman tilt tonight and the winner at Cal Lutheran on Saturday
  2. Jeffrey Levy will be at the TCNJ regional
  3. Daryl Tessmann will be at the UW-Whitewater regional on Saturday
  4. Larry Radloff will be at the UW-Oshkosh regional
  5. Scott Pierson will be covering the Macalester regional victors on Saturday
  6. I will be at UW-Whitewater for the match between the Saturday victors.

We’ll also have some football covered this weekend with Matt Milless at the CORTACA game (Cortland State vs. Ithaca), Joe will be at the Occidental / Cal Lutheran game on Saturday, too, and I will be at the Monon Bell rivalry game between Wabash College and DePauw University – the 117th matchup between these two teams in the oldest football rivalry game in the Midwest.

Basketball, around the corner

Basketball season is right around the corner. November 15 is the earliest day the NCAA allows Division III teams to schedule a regular season game (they can play up to two scrimmages prior – often against teams from other divisions). This will make the number of sports we have coverage for in a news environment to twelve.

  1. Men’s Basketball
  2. Women’s Basketball
  3. Men’s Soccer*
  4. Women’s Soccer*
  5. Football*
  6. Div I Men’s Ice Hockey
  7. Div I Women’s Ice Hockey
  8. Div III Men’s Ice Hockey
  9. Div III Women’s Ice Hockey
  10. Wrestling
  11. Men’s Swimming & Diving
  12. Women’s Swimming & Diving

* denotes fall sports in playoffs

Wow, that’s a lot. And the baseball season starts in February. We will be working the Division III Men’s Frozen Four at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis for USCHO, the Division I Men’s Frozen Four at the XCel Energy Center in April for CollegeHockeyNews.com, the early rounds of the Div III men’s and women’s basketball playoffs for D3hoops.com, the Stagg Bowl for D3football.com and the men’s and women’s soccer championships for D3soccer.com in December. A busy few months ahead for us, including the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship and a few other conference meets that we’re going to try and finalize the next few months.

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Way to use your head!

by on Sep.27, 2010, under football, How it's done, IIAC, Insights, MIAC, soccer, sports, UMAC

Around the gridiron the phrase using your head is often associated with a direct helmet-to-helmet hit. Something that is neither a good thing to do or witness, and may send chills down the backs of the spectators, coaches, officials and sports medicine staff.

I was witness to a Monmouth (Ill.) player who took such a hard hit against St. John’s (Minn.) in the opening round of the 2005 playoffs that play was stopped for at least a half hour after being knocked unconscious and he had a seizure on the field. He was taken by stretcher to an ambulance off the side of the stadium where he was kept until after the game, when he had regained feeling in his toes, and spent a few days in a St. Cloud hospital.

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This past weekend I witnessed a potentially similar scenario play out as a Central Dutch linebacker made a delayed hit on the just out-of-bounds on Coe receiver Andrew Squires. While it appeared that Squires was not injured on the apparent helmet-on-helmet hit, the linebacker was spoken to by an official and Coe head coach Steve Stalker shared his dislike for the contact with the official. Nothing came of the play in the rulings on the field, however.

So that’s the harrowing side of the use of one’s head in a game. We’d like to highlight to fun, exciting and remarkable side of the subject: Having the wherewithal in the game to make an outstanding decision at a key moment that seals the victory or turns the tables, or is just simply remarkable.

Their head is in the game and the pivotal play comes to, well, “mind”.

A sequence set of Mellick's forced fumble-turned-touchback on Saturday.

Coe’s Dillon Mellick did just that a few minutes earlier in the game. Central’s Mike Furlong had caught a pass inside the Coe red zone and he had Mellick beat by a step. But he stepped up, forcing the ball out of Furlong’s hands which bounced out on the five yard line and bounced into the back of the endzone for a Cohawk touchback.

As Mellick told the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

“I got burned on it,” the senior from Waukon said. “But I could see he was holding the ball wide, so I just went for it all and got it.”

That heads-up decision, with the score 30-28 in Coe’s favor, helped seal the victory. They padded it later with a touchdown and timely interception with less than two minutes remaining. No. 9 Coe held on to defeat No. 7 Central 37-28.

There is more to it than just making a great play

St Scholastica's Greg Doornink (4) heads the ball over St Thomas' Mike Hutton (22) on Sept. 21.

St Scholastica's Greg Doornink (4) heads the ball over St Thomas' Mike Hutton (22) on Sept. 21.

In soccer, using your head has a different connotation: using your head to make a header. That’s where this blog came to on Thursday afternoon while covering the St. Thomas vs. St. Scholastica men’s soccer match. As Matt Milless wrote last week in “Did you get that?” finding that stop-action photo that makes you look at it in wonder and amazement, such as the header, is very difficult to capture consistently, if at all, for periods of time.

We, as photographers, may make it look easy, that we get those photos a lot if you look at our best works; but at d3photography.com we strive on the quality of the work we publish, not the quantity of the photos we take at an event. I don’t mean to generalize wire photographers here, but there are many who will fire off many thousands of photos in a quarter of football, half of soccer or basketball or a period of a hockey game just to have that “perfect” shot for the game. They may take 1,000-2,500 photos in a given window of a game and run one, two, 10 or 20 photos in a gallery online, a couple of pictures in the next publication – if space allows.

Our photographers work to include all the relevant photos from a game for news purposes, but also for the purposes of the fans to see, and have a memory of the game.

In the St. Thomas vs. St. Scholastica match from last week, out of the 193 photos published in our photo gallery I had 19 photos of attempted headers. Most of them were spot on (by the players) and the looks on their faces and the displacement of the air in the ball is apparent.

As you will see on the right, a “perfect header photo” (just like a perfect slapshot, baseball liner, basketball jumpshot) is right when the ball shows no displacement of air.

But who really wants to see a perfectly shaped ball, anyway?

Go inside to more photos from our photographers

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Week III, tres, three, 3

by on Sep.18, 2010, under conferences, football, IIAC, Liberty League, MWC, NAC, NWC, OAC, SCIAC, Skyline, soccer, sports, UMAC, volleyball, WIAC

Fall sunset over Wabasha, Minnesota. Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com

As we enter Week 3 Our photographers are turning in their beach towels for jackets. With the leaves starting to turn and the chill in the air it is clear that summer is coming to a close and the fall has arrived. The d3photography staff will be out and about this weekend stopping the action of the best in Division III athletics. Check back often for the latest galleries as they will be updated throughout the weekend.

We have a few games in so far but will be posting the photos from our shooters tomorrow afternoon. Check back then.

Football:
Otterbein vs. Ohio Northern [gallery]
St. John’s vs. Concordia-Moorhead [gallery]
Wisconsin Lutheran vs Minnesota-Morris [gallery]

Women’s Soccer:
St. Catherine’s vs. St. Thomas [gallery]
Macalester vs. Concordia-Moorhead [gallery]
Hamline vs. St. Olaf [gallery]
Bethel vs. Saint Mary’s (Minn.) [gallery]

Volleyball:
Carleton vs. Waldorf [gallery]
Grinnell (Iowa) vs. Waldorf [gallery]
Macalester vs. Carleton [gallery]

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Week 2’s photos

by on Sep.13, 2010, under conferences, football, IIAC, Liberty League, MIAC, MWC, NAC, NWC, OAC, SCIAC, soccer, sports, UMAC, volleyball, WIAC

Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com

I’m a little late on this post, but I have a bunch of photos from our photographers from week two of the 2010-2011 sports season.

Football
No. 1 Wisc.-Whitewater vs. Dakota State [gallery]
Wisc.-Oshkosh vs. No. 2 Mount Union [gallery]
No. 24 Cal Lutheran vs. No. 4 Linfield [gallery]
Ithaca vs. Union [gallery]
Gustavus Adolphus vs. Wartburg [gallery]
Occidental vs. Puget Sound [gallery]
Augsburg vs. Martin Luther [gallery]
Hamline vs. Pacific Lutheran [gallery]
Pomona-Pitzer vs. Whitworth [Coming Soon]

Men’s Soccer
Augsburg vs. Clarke [gallery]
Macalester vs. Nebraska Wesleyan [gallery]

Volleyball – Augsburg Invitational
St. Thomas vs. Wisc.-Eau Claire [gallery]
St. Thomas vs. Northwestern (Minn.) [gallery]
St. Benedict vs. Wisc.-Eau Claire [gallery]
Macalester vs. Central [gallery]
Augsburg vs. Edgewood [gallery]
Wisc.-Eau Claire vs. Edgewood [gallery]

Photos below courtesy of: David Rich, Daryl Tessmann, Larry Radloff, Dan Harris and Ryan Coleman

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And we’re off!

by on Sep.02, 2010, under football, IIAC, Liberty League, MIAC, MWC, NAC, OAC, Skyline, soccer, sports, UMAC, volleyball, WIAC

Jay Priest collected 47 yards on three receptions for No. 11 Ohio Northern in the kickoff game of the 2010 Div III football season. Photo by David Rich, d3photography.com

Our first event is in the books: Ohio Northern defeated Wisc.-River Falls 35-21 to kickoff the 2010 NCAA Division III football season. David Rich was there, submitted a few photos with more to come later on tonight. Check back here over the weekend for select photos from each of the games we are covering.

Events on the schedule:

Football

No. 1 Wisc.-Whitewater hosts Adrian (Mich.) [gallery]
St. Norbert hosts No. 5 St. Thomas (Minn.) [gallery]
No. 7 Central hosts Wisc.-Oshkosh [gallery]
No. 8 Wittenberg vs. Olivet [gallery]
No. 9 St. John’s (Minn.) hosts Northwestern (Minn.)
No. 11 Ohio Northern hosts Wisc.-River Falls [gallery]
Wartburg hosts No. 17 Monmouth (Ill.) [gallery]
Augsburg hosts Concordia (Wisc.) [gallery]
Crown hosts Carleton [gallery]

Soccer

Mens – Macalester hosts Northwestern (Minn.) [gallery]
Mens – Hamline hosts Wartburg [gallery]
Mens – Macalester hosts Loras [gallery]
Womens – Macalester hosts Loras [gallery]

Volleyball

Union hosts Sage [gallery]
Skidmore vs. Sage [gallery]

A reminder: We have digital downloads for sale – email that photo without the watermarks, take it to your own lab and print it for less and do it in less time. And we are offering 50% off all shipping (that’s right, all shipping) in the month of September. But on October 1st it will be full rate again.

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