For the last few weeks, the world has been wrapped up in the summer games. Even long after they're over, athletes and sports fans will continue to play and watch the sports they love. There are endless stories enveloped in sports, like those of underdogs and upsets, that inspire others to never give up. This week we feature a group of sports photographers who work to bring you those stories through their imagery. See how they use fast cameras, sharp lenses and a trained eye to capture an athlete's passion and the decisive moment of action. Tag your own Sony photos on Instagram with #BeAlpha. We keep an eye on that hashtag for photos and photographers to feature on AlphaUniverse.com. Also, be sure to give @sonyalpha a follow for your daily dose of creative inspiration.
This week we feature a group of sports photographers using their Sony Alpha gear to capture the action and passion of athletes.
Jean Fruth - @jeanfruthimages
If you are a baseball fan, Sony Artisan Jean Fruth's Instagram account is the one to follow. You will find her documenting baseball around the world for La Vida Baseball. She has a brilliant eye for catching the moment of action that reflects her passion for the sport. Her images also often go beyond the field's action, capturing the multifaceted view of the culture of baseball.
Patrick Murphy-Racey - @murphyracey
Patrick Murphy-Racey is a photographer, videographer and Sony Artisan based in Knoxville, TN. While scrolling his feed, you will find portraits, wildlife, a touch of landscape, alongside action-packed photos of college athletes in the thick of a game. He captures their detection and focuses with precision resulting in images that put you right in the moment. He created this image with the Sony Alpha 1 and Sony 600mm f/4 G Master.
Nick Didlick - @asportspro
Nick Didlick is a Vancouver-based professional photographer and videographer. His images capture the grit, emotion and strength of athletes in the throws of the action as well as the humanity in the quiet moments on the sidelines. He covers everything from skiers, action on the football field and even the adventure and craziness of a bronco rider. Didlick has been in Tokyo for the past few weeks where he captured the image below with the Sony Alpha 1 and Sony 600mm f/4. G Master. For full emotion and action, give Nick's account a follow.
Gene Lower - @genelowerart
Gene Lower is a Sony Artisan with a focus on fast-action photography. His knack for capturing action and vivid landscapes makes the silhouette of a golfer against a bright orange sky, shown below, truly stand out. Photos like this one are intriguing as they stand out from the shots of a golfer on the green.
Steve Irby - @stevesweatpants
Not often do you find an Instagram account that is purely black and white photography. There is something very unique and engaging about Steve Irby's images as they contain a rawness that is rarely seen today. Irby is a member of the Alpha Collective and based in New York, where he documents the life within its streets. Scenes of basketball games, BMXers, boxers and skateboarders on the streets are regular features on his feed and there are more intimate sports moments, much like this portrait. It's the calm before the storm, a reflection on a moment passed, it's reliable and human.
Cameron Sanchez - @Cameron Sanchez
As one part of Tony Hawk's @900films, Cameron Sanchez's feed expresses his passion for documenting skateboarding. He's dedicated to getting the best footage to help show the story of skateboarding and its history, including the lives that have helped to shape the sport to what it is now. Learn more about the production company's upcoming film, Skate S.D., HERE and watch some behind-the-scenes in the video below.
Luis Licona – @liconaphoto
Luis Licona's account is full of adrenaline and action. From F1 to dramatic high impact shots from tennis matches and baseball games, his images will put you right in the moment so you feel like you're part of the action. If you are looking for some sports shots that will get your adrenaline going, give Licona a follow. He took the photo below with his Sony Alpha 9.
Darren Carroll - @dcarrollphoto
Darren Carroll is an Austin-based portrait, music, lifestyle and sports photographer. If you find yourself scrolling his feed lately, you will find a wonderful collection of images from the U.S. Senior Women's Open. And this series featured below shows his ability to capture the details and the personalities of the competitors. His tight frames with beautiful bokeh isolate the player to give an intimate feel that places you there with them.