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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2012-01-01

LEADING OFF
Top 10 Things I Learned (or relearned) in 2011

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Starr has a new record coming out in January, "Ringo 2012" and is planning on touring again. Portrait at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Ringo Starr is THE coolest Beatle.
(And he told me during an interview I shot for USA TODAY he's a budding digital photographer that likes to "chimp"!)

• You can NEVER have enough b roll.
(Myung keeps telling me and I guess I don't listen.)

• The SI cover story jinx is still alive and well.
(Just ask Reeves Nelson, recently dismissed from the UCLA basketball team).

• Always check the batteries of your wireless mics.
(As a matter of fact just change them before EVERY assignment!)

• Comedians are always the easiest to make a good portrait of.
(For instance: Wind up Jack Black and make sure the recycle time on your strobes can keep up.)

• Angelina Joile IS the most beautiful woman in the world.
(Well, of course after my wife and daughter – I want to be able to get into my house tonight.)

• EVERYTHING your mom told you when you were a kid yes, that same stuff ALL comes rolling out of your mouth when YOU become a parent.

• Always make sure the AF selector on the Nikon D3 is on "C" not "S".
(Where's the damn gaffer tape?)

• MPEG StreamClip will SAVE your ass (and prevent timeline hell) when mixing video formats.

• Can't someone get it right with professional beach volleyball in this country?
(The sun, sand, great-looking competitors and bikinis – How do they keep screw that up?)

• As I write this, I hear on the radio that Kobe Bryant has another injury (torn tendon in his shooting wrist) --- LA's most exciting hoop team right now is Blake Griffin's Clippers.

• Changed my mind on this one after hearing the "punishment" Ohio State got – USC did get screwed by the NCAA after all.
Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Jack Black and Angelina Joile.

• Big-time sports photography can be made at small-time sports events --- as witnessed on the final day of Sports Shooter Academy VIII.
(Rod Mar: "Make the big-time where you are.")

• The photographs made during the Sports Shooter Academy continually amazes me ...

• There IS more to San Luis Obispo than Santa Maria beef and McClintock's Steak House.
(Plus Bubblegum Alley is pretty gross.)

• Marvel Comics still kicks DC's butt.

• Who would have thought that a silent movie ("The Artist") would be the best film I saw during the year and deserves to win an armload of Oscars in February?

• They may be exhibitions, but I love MLB's All-Star Game not so much the NBA's.

The COOLEST people I met on assignment this year:
Abby Carter, Alice Cooper, Jose Julian, Claire Kahn, 4-time Olympian Kim Rhode, Olympian-to-be Trevor Barron and his coach Tim Seaman.

Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Photo by Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Tim Seaman (left) and Trevor Barron go on a training walk.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-09-01-911-vignettes-personal-stories_n.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2011-03-08-alicecooper08_CV_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/dvd/story/2011-10-16/better-life-immigration/50796352/1

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/story/2011-12-15/Las-Vegas-Bellagio-fountains-learn-new-dances/51989654/1

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2011-06-24-olympics-trevor-barron-race-walker_n.htm


Happy New Year!

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Thanks to Brian Bianco, Tom Dahlin, Brad Shirakawa, James Madelin, Octavian Cantilli, Peter Read Miller and Nic Coury for taking the time during the busy holiday season to contribute their stories for this last issue of 2011. As always, thanks to newsletter supporting companies Samy's Camera and Roberts Distributors.

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I have some heavy reading (850 pages!) on the nightstand this month: "11/22/63" --- Stephen King's time-travel novel where a high school English teacher goes into the past to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

Cool listening: Check out Galactic Funk, an exciting New Orleans party band that combines the driving rock intensity of the Black Keys with a splash of funk and a dash of horns added for good measure: http://www.galacticfunk.com/media/

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
As always, special thanks to: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen and Jason Burfield.

Thanks this month to contributors: Tom Dahlin, Octavian Cantilli, James Madelin, Brad Shirakawa, Nic Coury, Peter Read Miller David Honl and Brian Blanco.

The comments, opinions and other perceived nutty statements that the writers may have expressed, implied, imagined or made up are theirs and theirs alone. Sports Shooter, Inc. and SportsShooter.com published these articles in good faith with the purpose of education and inspiration. Permission in writing must be obtained from Sports Shooter, Inc. and the author of the article before being reprinted. I welcome any comments, corrections, suggestions and contributions. Please e-mail me at bert@sportsshooter.com.

The Sports Shooter Archives, as well as tons of cool resources and information, can be accessed at http://www.SportsShooter.com.

For information about the Sports Shooter Academy go to the workshops website at: http://sportsshooteracademy.com/ and the new Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sports-Shooter-Academy/218332281520720?sk=wall


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