June 13th, 2013 by Bob Chavez
Capturing Peterborough's Jordan MacIntosh holding the Mann Cup in 2012 was a special moment for photographer Larry Palumbo, who has become so obsessed with the game he's thinking about moving closer to the border so he can be closer to the games. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
ILIndoor is in its sixth season of doing its best to cover the best of indoor lacrosse. From the National Lacrosse League to Major Series and Western Lacrosse, we write, shoot and record the news we think is important to keep fans up to date. Yet for as much as we write about games, there’s an element that’s just as important, and that’s the photographs that accompany each story. To that end, ILIndoor continues its weekly photo showcase. We’ve asked photographers who contribute to the site to submit a few of their favorites from over the years, whether it be NLL or Canadian summer lacrosse. What follows are the photos we received, and this week features the work of Larry Palumbo.
If you like the work you see from Palumbo and want to see more, check out his website at CoyoteMagicActionShots.com. Larry posts every shot he takes to the site and if you’re interested in having him shoot your next lacrosse event — in Canada or the U.S. — you can contact him through the link on the site.
This team USA photo of Kyle Hartzell, Chris Schiller and Jarrett Park is from a game against Iroquois in round robin play during the 2011 WILC in Prague. In the photo, the American defenders are discussing how to defend the man-down situation they will have to deal with. It was a quick moment that a good photographer looks for during a game to capture team interactions. I wanted to include a photo from Prague of Team USA because it is one of the highlights of my career, just an incredible honor to travel with the National Team to a place like Prague and capture the team trying to win gold. Although we walked away with Bronze, the boys played their hearts out and held their heads high in accepting third place. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
From the 2012 Champion's Cup, game MVP Cody Jamieson hoists the Cup. This photo was made from the stands with a telephoto. Due to a back injury I didn't go on the floor during the celebration in 2012, so I had to be creative and find the best vantage point to capture the celebration. Another highlight of my career was getting picked up by Rochester after the folding of the Boston Blazers, just in time for the Hawks to win 2 straight championships! Definitely a dream come true working for such a great owner like Curt Styres and the staff for the Knighthawks. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
This is the Colorado Mammoth/Buffalo Bandits brawl from the 2013 NLL season. We all know how the increased roughness in box lacrosse can sometimes result in ugliness similar to situations in hockey. I was stuck working behind the glass in the far corner with an 85mm lens (instead of a telephoto), I worked the scene to my advantage during this line brawl as I was able to include 8 fighters in the 1 photo. You don't always have to be in the right location with the right gear to make a great photo, but you need to have the experience to understand your situation and make the most of it. I think I did that here. You can tell this photo happened in the final minute of the game. When have you seen so many empty seats at First Niagara Center? The Bandits were getting destroyed so it looks like Cobblestone was crowded a bit earlier then usual. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
On April 20 in Buffalo, the Knighthawks and Bandits both needed a win to clinch a playoff berth. The Knighthawks were winding down the clock on a close win when Stephen Keogh was able to land this behind the back shot on goal in the final minute all while being tackled by his foot by Buffalo's Kedoh Hill (No penalty called!!). I was shooting wide from the corner and was thrilled that I was able to follow the action to the turf in creating this photo. My vast experience working lacrosse games definitely helps me follow the fast-paced action in our game, especially players who hit the ground. This style of photo is a favorite of mine to create as I don't see many like them in the many websites and print magazines that I look at on a regular basis. It is satisfying as an artist to be able to create a style that not many others can replicate. The message behind the photo is, that as a photographer, the time to rest is when the game is over and the players are back in the dressing room. I think this is a perfect example why.
Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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