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What was your dream event?
David Dermer, Photographer
Cortland | Oh | 44410 | Posted: 6:31 PM on 05.13.10
->> When you first started taking photos what was your dream event in which to take photos at?

Not an event with the biggest payday, but the event that excited you, and just got you happy to go to work that day.

I am just curious to see what other photographers get the most excitement out of when covering events.
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Kevin Johnston, Photographer
Oden | MI | USA | Posted: 6:44 PM on 05.13.10
->> First Tigers game.
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Louis Lopez, Photographer
Fontana | CA | USA | Posted: 7:17 PM on 05.13.10
->> Covering the Rose Bowl game. As a kid growing up watching the game on TV it seemed so far away, like no way possible. I grew up in a small town in Alaska.
I have covered quite a few Rose Bowl Games now over the years and regularly cover UCLA Football.
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Nick Morris, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 05.13.10
->> St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres Division Series at Petco Park in San Diego. It was my first ever major league event.
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Jeff Barrie, Photographer
Indianapolis | IN | USA | Posted: 9:26 PM on 05.13.10
->> Believe it or not the Indy 500 was always a goal of mine but, I think I got more excited about shooting the Indiana vs Kentucky All-Star basketball games, boys and girls.

The game that I look back on and remember what a special/lucky moment it was would have to be the Marion County high school baseball championship game of 05. I had been shooting the Indy cars practice all day and went to Victory Field (Triple A stadium) downtown to shoot this high school game that started at 6pm. At the top of the 12th inning with the score 0-0 down to my last card with maybe 40 images left and last battery in the camera I was getting nervous and very selective on what I shot. Bottom of the 12th, man on second and a kid hits one into right field. Runner is rounding third and I am all over him. I get him crossing the plate as his team mates all are coming out of the dugout, jumping up and down in the background. Parents in the stands behind their dugout, jumping up and down. About 8 or 9 frames after he crosses the plate, my final battery died but, I had the shot of the night and that was all that counted.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
| | | Posted: 9:29 PM on 05.13.10
->> White House press pool
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 9:40 PM on 05.13.10
->> Kentucky Derby, hands down.
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Brian Dowling, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 9:42 PM on 05.13.10
->> NY Fashion Week
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Robby Gallagher, Photographer, Student/Intern
Brookings | SD | USA | Posted: 10:23 PM on 05.13.10
->> Well it would be shooting my first NFL game. Preferably the Cowboys.
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Steven Bisig, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 10:38 PM on 05.13.10
->> Seahawks game at home.

And last year I was lucky enough to be on the field when they beat the Lions in Seattle.

Steven b~
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Isaac Ginsberg, Student/Intern, Photographer
Seattle | WA | U.S.A | Posted: 10:41 PM on 05.13.10
->> White house staff photog, OR the olympics.
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Scott Foley, Photographer
Destin | FL | USA | Posted: 10:54 PM on 05.13.10
->> Easy..Game 1 of the 2004 World Series at Fenway (before that was Game 3 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS)...I am sure Rich P. does not remember the "military photographer" but I certainly do remember the opportunity he gave me. Best part, born/raised in Massachusetts...life long Red Sox fan!
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Northwest Missouri | MO | USA | Posted: 11:46 PM on 05.13.10
->> Olympics. The 84 games were a huge influence.

In reality, photographing five straight NCAA Div II National Championship football games was a dream come true when my university won it on the fifth try. I did dream we won it but that was two years premature.
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Nick Morris, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 12:29 AM on 05.14.10
->> Next on the dream list is the Yankees.
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Dominic Hanna, Photographer, Student/Intern
Bear | DE | United States | Posted: 12:31 AM on 05.14.10
->> Off the top of my head, the Stanley Cup Finals, especially the trophy presentation.
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Ric Tapia, Photographer, Photo Editor
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 1:46 AM on 05.14.10
->> My first dream event was an NHL game, with the Colorado Avalanche. Now I shoot NHL game regularly, its great to look back and see how far you have come.
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 2:03 AM on 05.14.10
->> When starting out it was first games covering my favorite teams from growing up (Sabres, Mets, Bills). Sabres/Mets turned into good experiences, the Bills were hell (stomach flu hit half way there and sick for 20+ days)...now my favorite event each year is a high school national showcase game I'm official photographer for, always a great/busy time.
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Todd Spoth, Photographer, Student/Intern
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 4:03 AM on 05.14.10
->> almost dying while shooting one of the most deadly stretches of white water in the country...gore canyon on the upper Colorado river. apparently you had to have had experience rafting. lol.

read about it here:
http://toddspothblog.com/2007/08/25/class-v/

-Todd
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 4:57 AM on 05.14.10
->> Originally it was shooting some major sports event. Olympics are definitely up there.

Now it's shooting Moto Grand Prix for bigger publications.

There's been a few dream portraits too: Clint Eastwood, Wayne Shorter, Yo La Tengo.

I dunno, nothing too dream-y, rather I love and dream of working on stories I really think are important or just plain cool.

~ n
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Nell Redmond, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 6:51 AM on 05.14.10
->> Shooting University of North Carolina basketball. Covered it in the 1980's when I worked at Chapel Hill Newspaper, and loved every game, including road games in Durham and Raleigh. Still miss it and am jealous of my colleages when I see them on the baselines.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington/Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 8:57 AM on 05.14.10
->> Not sure it was a dream assignment, but exciting, fun, and different - shooting red ruffed lemurs from inside the cage.
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Joe Cavaretta, Photographer
Ft Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 9:07 AM on 05.14.10
->> whatever it is they ask me to do today! cuz it means I still have a job. and having a job like this was always a dream come true.
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Margaret Bowles, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 10:01 AM on 05.14.10
->> Shooting stills tethered live for the NFL Network for Thursday Night Football. My dream was to get national exposure, and I was lucky enough to get that opportunity.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 10:37 AM on 05.14.10
->> Making enough money year in and year out to call this my career. Dreams really do come true :)
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Martin McNeil, Photographer
East Kilbride | Lanarkshire | United Kingdom | Posted: 10:41 AM on 05.14.10
->> Being assigned to shoot UFC 100 for ESPN back in July last year... I even wrote a piece about it for this site.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Nashville | TN | U.S. | Posted: 10:50 AM on 05.14.10
->> At the time, it was shooting a Titans vs Colts game at LP field, which was OK I guess. But looking back, my favorite was covering a soldier returning home to his family from a tour in Iraq. Everyone else had taken the awkward welcome home hug shots and had left. I got to hang around with the family and eat lunch with them for about two hours, eventually ending up sitting across from the soldier as he shared with his family on his couch some of the things that he had brought back from Iraq. It just felt like I was part of the family as I disappeared from their notice for a short while and has been something that I've always appreciated from them -- that they let me in on part of their life. The cole slaw was awesome, the tea was sweet, but the shot I got of the soldier in uniform, arm in a sling, smile on his face as his younger brothers leaned in for closer looks on their family couch, parents standing over them with that proud and relieved look in their eyes. Man, I'll take that shot over a diving catch any day.
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Rhonda Weiderhaft, Photographer
Santa Ana | Ca | USA | Posted: 10:53 AM on 05.14.10
->> My Dream Job - Is Williamsport, PA - Little League World Series. I'm so involved in our local Little League and this year our back to back 11yr. old State champions are now 12 and have a chance at it. I'd love to be there to capture it!
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
currently Orange | Ca | USA | Posted: 11:10 AM on 05.14.10
->> any future paid assignment
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 12:19 PM on 05.14.10
->> 1) Shooting, and shaking hands with, Nelson Mandela

2) Ditto Shari Lewis and Lambchop.

3) Shooting Spinal Tap (on stage and in a back stage group shot) at GBGB's in NYC just after the release of the original movie and album.

4) Shooting the cast of Star Trek - Next Generation...

With Gene Roddenberry...
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Tami Chappell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 1:26 PM on 05.14.10
->> Covering my first World Series and covering a space shuttle launch.
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Matt Kartozian, Photographer
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 1:33 PM on 05.14.10
->> My dream gig is Formula 1 Monaco closely followed by any European F1 race. I should get F1 down this summer but I dont know if I will get get to do Monaco. As a race guy Monaco is a bigger deal to me than the Superbowl, the Olympics or any other single event.

Other major highlights for me that I have done
NHL Game 7 (Wings at Coyotes)
NFL
Stanford football
Moto GP
WRC Finland
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Robert Scheer, Photographer
Indianapolis | IN | USA | Posted: 4:03 PM on 05.14.10
->> When I started, I really wanted to cover an Olympics. I got my chance in '04. It lived up to the hype, loved it, my #1 by a longshot; hope to do another one someday.

Distant second: Photographing and meeting the Dalai Lama in '99. I actually covered him again today, but no meet/greet this time.
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Drew Hierwarter, Photographer
Kingsport | TN | USA | Posted: 4:58 PM on 05.14.10
->> My first ever NASCAR Cup race, November 1983 at Riverside Raceway in California. After that I think it was the year I was the "official" photographer for the NASCAR Southwest Tour Series.
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 9:23 AM on 05.15.10
->> During my first internship in at the Bridgeport Post (Now the Connecticut Post) I got to cover an NBA Finals game down in New York City. I was really nervous driving into the city for the first time, but it was a blast. It was NY vs Detroit...back when Rodman didn't really have any tattoos to speak of.

The following year I interned at AP in New York and got to shoot the US Open during my last few days. Got to shoot McEnroe and guys like that...very cool.
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Jared Wickerham, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pittsburgh | PA | U.S.A. | Posted: 1:01 PM on 05.15.10
->> During my internship with Getty in NYC I was able to cover the US Open of tennis AND the World Series in a 3 month span.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:50 PM on 05.15.10
->> SI Swimsuit Edition. Yes, I'm still dreaming...
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Frank Angileri, Photographer
Downers Grove | IL | USA | Posted: 8:03 PM on 05.15.10
->> Chicago Cubs hosting Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
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Don Kelly, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 9:17 PM on 05.15.10
->> Dale Earnhardt Sr's victory at Talladega where he came from 18th place to first in a span of four laps. The place went nuts and then afterwards, Dale took a group photo with the photographer's in victory lane.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:34 PM on 05.15.10
->> tomorrow's assignment.
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 11:05 PM on 05.15.10
->> Anything that involves a rubber chicken.
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Chet Gordon, Photographer
Newburgh | NY | US | Posted: 12:29 AM on 05.16.10
->> Back in the Fall of 2001, I was on my first trip to Kenya, working for a medical non-profit and when the mission was over I ended up with the Maasai for a day. I remember being in the center of a "scrum" of dancing Maasai warriors, down on my knees photographing them on chrome. It was as if I was in the "Twilight Zone" making images... Then in 2005, I rode the Trans-Siberian Railway across the Russian Federation; 11 days on trains with a Russian photographer colleague. Nothing in my career comes close to those two experiences.

~cg.
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 1:28 AM on 05.16.10
->> My first game at Three Rivers stadium in Pittsburgh. There wasn't any sense of scale walking down the tunnel - the same ones the players and staff used - until the last turn and then up a slight incline and on to the field. Configured for baseball that would have been into the end of the dugouts, for football under the north goal. I had the feeling that there were spirits about..
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 7:28 PM on 05.16.10
->> Several days before the rollout of the Space Shuttle Columbia, I was the first photographer to shoot it after the construction structures were pulled back. I had free access and no competition.

--Mark
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Aaron Poole, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 11:26 PM on 05.16.10
->> My first Olympic Games at only 22. Hands Down!

-AP
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Derick Hingle, Photographer
Hammond | LA | USA | Posted: 1:24 AM on 05.17.10
->> Shooting the Saints in the Super Bowl, it was thought they would never make it, I only dreamed I'd be there, but to photograph my childhood team win their first Super Bowl was a very special day.
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Chris Large, Photographer
Okotoks | AB | Canada | Posted: 1:28 AM on 05.17.10
->> Every movie I do....., usually a great cast, the studios leave me alone to do what I do, they don't mess with my day rate, freedom to explore the creative boundaries of the show, and I really enjoy my work......great catering....what more could you ask for.

C
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T.J. Hamilton, Photographer
Grand Rapids | MI | USA | Posted: 11:06 PM on 05.17.10
->> When I was an intern back in 1985, I got to ride in the open cockpit of one of the red baron pizza bi-planes while they were doing a visit to the local airport. While going through a barrel roll, I thought it doesn't get any better than this. I think people could see my smile from the ground.
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Jon Wright, Photographer
Wayzata | MN | USA | Posted: 7:27 AM on 05.18.10
->> Probably my most exciting photo op was when I covered the President (Bush W) arriving in Air Force One. For sports I guess it would be shooting The Preakness from the finish line at the rail.
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David Manning, Photographer
Athens | GA | | Posted: 9:15 AM on 05.18.10
->> Damm Mark... thats awesome. I finally got my remote in the swamp to work right.

I'm living my dream. I love what i do.
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Steve Ueckert, Photographer
Houston | TX | | Posted: 10:22 PM on 05.18.10
->> The Memorial Day ceremony in 1975 at the Dallas Veterans' National Cemetery, my first assignment for the DMN, which was a dream come true.
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