Timothy Hale Photography: Blog https://www.timothyhale.com/blog en-us (C) 1980-2021 Timothy L. Hale unless otherwise noted. (Timothy Hale Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:40:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:40:00 GMT https://www.timothyhale.com/img/s/v-12/u882608933-o1016424657-50.jpg Timothy Hale Photography: Blog https://www.timothyhale.com/blog 97 120 Union Pines lacrosse defeats Jack Britt 5-4 for historic first win https://www.timothyhale.com/blog/2020/3/union-pines-lacrosse-defeats-jack-britt-5-4-for-historic-first-win Story and photos by Timothy L. Hale/Special to The Pilot
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CAMERON, N.C. – In what is sure to be remembered as a historic first season, the Union Pines women's lacrosse team defeated Jack Britt 5-4, March 12, earning their first varsity win in what may have been their final game of the season.

To a certain extent, it was fortuitous the win came at William Wilhoit Stadium in front of loyal UP lacrosse fans and supporters. Originally the game was scheduled at Jack Britt, but a change moved the game to Union Pines. Secondly, they played the game against the backdrop of uncertainty from the COVID-19 outbreak, and players, coaches, school administration, and fans were not sure if there would be any more games this season.

So the Lady Vikings knew what they needed to do, and the first half saw plenty of scoring for both teams.

Shania Jones scored first for the Lady Vikings, but that lead wouldn't hold as Jack Britt answered quickly, knotting the score at 1-all.

Jane Croser scored to increase the lead 2-1 for Union Pines, but again, Jack Britt answered twice, taking a 3-2 lead into halftime.

“We were down at the half and came back to win,” said head coach Tim Ripley. “I always tell my players that I am a coach that believes in the second-half comeback. Nothing is impossible – the team that wants it more finds a way to win.”

They found a way to win, but the second half started with Jack Britt grabbing an early goal, doubling their lead 4-2.

But nearly four minutes later, the Lady Vikings increased their defensive pressure, forced a turnover, and Azilee Moses raced up the field for a goal, cutting the lead to 4-3 with 17:37 remaining.

Jones scored her second goal for Union Pines with just under 5 minutes to play and knotting the score at 4-all.

Gabby Wood scored the go-ahead goal with 3:07 remaining, and a stout Union Pines defense held on securing the 5-4 win.

“I couldn't be more proud of this team,” Ripley said. “They played together, they won together, and hopefully started the momentum for a successful future Union Pines Lacrosse program. I am proud to have been a part of this momentous occasion.”

While the high school athletics season is unclear at the moment due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, if the Jack Britt game was the last for the Lady Vikings, at least they can say they ended their inaugural season with a win.

Team Stats:
Savannah Telemeco: 13 Saves
Shania Jones: 2 Goals, 6 Shots on Goal, 7 Ground Balls
Gabby Wood: 1 Goal, 3 Shots on Goal, 2 Draws, 2 Draw Possession, 10 Groundballs, 2 Forced Turnovers
Jane Croser: 1 Goal, 4 Shots on Goal, 7 Ground balls, 2 forced Turnovers
Azilee Moses: 1 Goal, 1 Shot on Goal, 9 Ground balls, 3 forced turnovers
River Britt: 2 Shots on Goal, 8 Draws, 3 Draw possessions, 4 ground balls, 1 forced Turnover
Elia McCullough: 3 Shots on Goal, 5 Ground Balls
Melody Ripley: 9 Ground Balls, 1 forced Turnover
Abby Anderson: 1 Ground Ball
Isabel Dumas: 1 shot on goal, 6 ground balls
Maddy Lennon: 1 Ground Ball
Jillian Manzo: 1 Shot on Goal, 4 ground balls, 1 forced Turnover
Rose Taylor: 5 ground balls, 1 forced Turnover

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It takes a village: Union Pines lacrosse takes the field thanks to community support https://www.timothyhale.com/blog/2020/3/it-takes-a-village-union-pines-lacrosse-takes-the-field-thanks-to-community-support Story and photos by Timothy L. Hale/Special to The Pilot
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CAMERON, N.C. – When the Union Pines women’s lacrosse team takes the field Mar. 4 at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C., they will be making history.

It will be the first varsity game for this new program at Union Pines, but they will not have arrived at this history-making juncture on their own.

Quite the contrary. The Lady Vikings arrived at this moment thanks to the dedication of community volunteers, the Union Pines administration, and even a cross-county rival.

One could almost apply the adage, “It takes a village…” to the new Union Pines lacrosse program.

Tim Ripley leads the Lady Vikings Lacrosse program along with assistant coaches Todd Telemeco and Tabitha Moses. However, they have not been alone in this endeavor. Thanks to additional support from Tabitha’s husband, Jamie, and Jason Friedman, this group of lacrosse supporters are working to ensure the Union Pines program has a solid foundation for the future.

“This program was started by a group of six young men and four young women who attended Union Pines but had aged out of the club sports programs in the area and had no program to play for in the spring. We lovingly refer to them as the plank-holders of UP Lacrosse,” said Ripley, a 17-year Army veteran and Green Beret senior noncommissioned officer who also played lacrosse during his middle and high school years in Virginia.

Ripley said the boys purchased a goal and gear, coordinated for a place to practice at the New Covenant Fellowship Church (where our men’s team still practices) across from New Century Middle School, and had Carlson Chow assisting them. Ripley said while Chow was new to the sport, he wanted to help these young men with their passion while balancing his military schedule.

“Their initial goal was to simply put together a team for the Duke Snowflake Tournament (6-on-6 modified rules),” Ripley said. “They had a couple of the Pinecrest players getting them started, but a few of them had played some lacrosse at various times when they were younger. Some for Elite Performance Lacrosse (The Reapers) run by Brad Thompsen, currently the assistant coach for Pinecrest men’s lacrosse, and some out of state.”

While the Union Pines program is new, the Lady Vikings do have players on the squad with lacrosse experience.

Melody Ripley, Azilee Moses, and Savannah Telemenco, daughters of the Lady Vikings coaches, all played with the Athletic Club of the Sandhills (ACS) Lacrosse program – a program run by Nikki Schwob at that time but now lead by Steve Olzark as the interim director.

“I call Nikki the mother of Moore County girls lacrosse because not only did she create a competitive travel girl’s lacrosse program, she also helped start the Pinecrest women’s team,” he said.

“I helped out coaching when we lived in Fayetteville for Fayetteville Parks and Recreation for a season when my daughter first started, and for a few seasons with ACS when my military schedule would allow,” Ripley said.

“Because of this, people seemed to think that I knew what I was doing, so I was approached by the parents, who invited me to one of their lacrosse meetings in a Union Pines classroom, after hours, to see if we could get this off the ground.”

It was after that meeting in 2017 that Ripley and some of the parents approached the Union Pines administration to see if there was any interest in starting a lacrosse program.

Ripley said three years ago; the school administration voiced some concerns on whether a lacrosse program would be sustainable and competitive. They also wondered what effect it would have on participation in other spring sports. There was also the looming Title IX requirement to have equal women’s and men’s opportunities to play, which carried a substantial start-up cost.

“So, in November (2017), our solution was to create the Sandhills Lacrosse Association (SLA), a 501(c)3 non-profit, and we attacked it like a full-scale military campaign,” Ripley said. “SLA has become a beast over the past three years and continues to grow. The original board of directors included Tabitha and Jamie (also active duty military); Jason (Friedman); Carlson (Chow); Tim VenJohn; Leslie Brians; the women’s head coach our first season; and Christina Simpson.”

And just like a military campaign, Ripley said they developed five lines of effort. First and second was establishing both men’s and women’s programs at Union Pines. Third was creating opportunities for area youth to learn the game through clinics, instruction, and education. Fourth was creating “connective tissue” between other lacrosse organizations to pool resources, coaching staffs, and networks. Finally, providing gear at no charge to “keep lacrosse affordable for everyone possible.”

Ripley said they are steadily working to address each of these efforts.

“We’ve checked off the Union Pines women’s team goal and are now focusing on the men’s program for 2021. We’ve been very fortunate to run two spring Club Teams for the women’s program before this varsity season, and this will be our third season for the men’s club team under the banner of the SLA Warriors.”

He added they have hosted guest players from Pinecrest and even local home-schooled athletes. They also received buy-in from area athletic directors at Pinecrest, Northwood, Cape Fear, Terry Sanford, and D.H. Conley; and support from other organizations to include U.S. Lacrosse, Elite Performance Lacrosse, ACS Lacrosse, N.C. State University Lacrosse. Finally, a Houston, Texas-based program called It Takes a Village Lacrosse.

From Ripley’s perspective, that adage does ring true in the case of Union Pines lacrosse.

“All of these organizations have given us opportunities to play or have donated a tremendous amount of gear that we have distributed,” he said.

“Through the hard work of dozens of people, we now have a budding lacrosse program, fully supported by Union Pines Principal Andy McCormick, Athletic Director Bobby Purvis, and the rest of the Union Pines administration. We can’t thank them enough for having faith in us,” Ripley said.

Fast forward from 2017 to this evening as Ripley, the Union Pines women’s lacrosse team, and volunteer coaching staff take the field against Northwood – a 4A classification and more experienced program. On Friday, they will host Pinecrest at William Wilhoit Stadium – also an experienced class 4A school. But Ripley said playing larger schools with established programs is a welcomed challenge.

“I want them (our Union Pines players) to think about what it is that makes those programs successful, how the experienced players have honed their skills, and how to get there themselves,” he said. 

“Lacrosse is a unique sport. It is such a small community. Most of the girls on our team know players from across the programs and are friends with them. I have coached many players that we will compete against this season, and love that lacrosse is like this. My philosophy is that any outcome is possible. The team that wants it more will find a way to win.”

When asked what he thought a good benchmark for success would be for a first-year program, Ripley had a simple answer.

“I don’t plan on putting a number on paper as success or failure,” Ripley said. “It sounds cliché, but if our ladies put it all out on the field, every game, encourage each other, and become a family, then we will have a successful first season.

“Now, do I feel like we may surprise some people? Yes, I do,” Ripley said. “We have some experienced players who have worked together before. I have also been blown away by the talent I have seen so far, and the dedication I have seen by our first-year players. It takes a lot of guts to come out to a new sport when you are close to graduation.”

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What makes the cut for a Year in Review? https://www.timothyhale.com/blog/2019/12/what-makes-the-cut-for-a-year-in-review 2019 YinR screenshot2019 YinR screenshot2019 YinR screenshot What goes into a Year in Review video?

Well, it is pretty hard to distil a year’s worth of images into a :60 second 2019 Year in Review video recap.

This year, with nearly 5,700 EDITED FRAMES from nearly 15,000 TOTAL FRAMES MADE from 64 assignments, it was really difficult to pick favorites.

So this year’s review was designed to showcase some FAVORITE MOMENTS that captured the essence of a particular event.

It was nice to go back and look through the year and remember the happy and sad moments. Ultimately, these were the “images that matter” to those depicted, their families, and friends.

I am humbled and honored to have been allowed into their lives and share their stories with you.

Here’s to an even better 2020!



Timothy L. Hale
Independent Photojournalist
Southern Pines, N.C. 28387

804-720-4558 (Cell)

Exclusively represented by ZUMA Press – http://www.zumapress.com
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Rugby "Sportstrait" Behind-the-Scenes_16 Feb 19 https://www.timothyhale.com/blog/2019/2/rugby-sportstrait-behind-the-scenes In 2017, I covered the Southern Pines women's, and then a month later, the men's rugby teams totally by chance for The Pilot Newspaper. I was intrigued by a sport that I had only seen on television a couple of times while stationed in England and Germany but never photographed. With that, I had to learn more.

Covering more matches and sharing some of the images with the team lead to signing on as a sponsor for the 2018 season. Part of that sponsorship is providing in-kind photo services of not only matches but player portraits.

PortraitShoot2018PortraitShoot2018 The 2017 player portrait set-up at the National Athletic Village. (Credit:  Robert Bortins/Southern Pines Rugby)

Last year was a pretty simple set-up:  a 5'x7' pop-up black background for the men, white for the women; plus a couple Elinchrom D-Lite 4X lights with a reflector in low and in front of the players. Within the first couple of frames, I quickly realized the limits of the set-up to include needing a much larger back-drop.

I vowed for 2019, I would up the "sportstrait" game but I wasn't quite sure how.

Developing a vision:
Nearly almost every event that I photograph involves some form of planning, preparation, and even research.

So that's where I started - researching other rugby teams - club, college, and professional. There is no one right way of making these images. It was just trying figure out the look and feel of the final image.

Ultimately, I realized that I wanted an iconic background image that anyone who either grew up here or has lived here for any length of time would easily recognize. So with that, I settled on an image of the train station in Southern Pines.

With that in mind, I set out to add to my existing gear. I added a 9' wide white paper seamless and a Manfrotto backdrop support system. The plan was to use a white background instead of black. The white would be easier to cut out or "path" around the players and drop them onto a background that I pre-built using a portrait from last year.

Impending severe weather the day of the shoot (16 Feb) a few hours before a rugby match, caused a change in venue from the National Athletic Village to Twin Fields Farm. This was a facility I had not been in so I did a little recon the day before to get a look at the room. All that was left was to find a paid photo assistant, set up the room, make the images, then edit and publish.

Michael Gozy, a student at Union Pines and a member of the UPHS Photography Club, answered the call for a photo assistant and was very helpful with set-up, keeping track of which players we were photographing, frame numbers, and any posing issues.

The room set-up for this year pictured below:


IMG_4841IMG_4841 This year's player portrait set-up at Twin Fields Farm. (Credit:  Robert Bortins/Southern Pines Rugby)

We photographed 32 players in about 1.5 hours as they trickled in to the farm to prepare for their match against the Greenville Griffons, later that day.

Nikon D300S

ISO:  200
F-stop:  f8
SS:  1/125
Lens: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
Tethered to MacBook Pro 13" via a Tether Tools USB-C cord.

Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 - Portalite Softbox on the main (camera right) and a Portalite Octobox on the fill (camera left). The main was set at 2.2 and the fill was set at 2.1.

Since I designed the final image background in December, moving the images from studio to composite was relatively quick and painless.

Using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC, I was able to "Select Subject" using the "Select and Mask" feature. Once the mask edges were cleaned up and the subject was isolated from the background, they were moved into the composite background, positioned, and the player name was updated accordingly.

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Bing, bang, boom! Done! Total post-production time for 32 images was about an hour. Having a plan and vision ahead of time is the key to short post-production times.

You can view the full gallery of player portraits HERE.
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I'm getting a divorce...from my old photo website https://www.timothyhale.com/blog/2019/1/im-getting-a-divorce-from-my-old-photo-website New-ImprovedNew-Improved

Now that I have your attention!

After nearly more than a decade with my old photography website host, I'm divorcing myself from them.

It wasn't until recently that I discovered, thanks to a few of you who I consider my loyal customers and followers, that you could not complete photo orders from a mobile device but only via a desktop computer.

Needless to say I was shocked but quickly realized I needed to change. Even though change is hard (I was with the old company since 2008) it was the right decision at the right time.

We live in a mobile world and so, to keep up with the times, I set out to find a new website photography host who offered secure and mobile purchase capabilities.

Effective today, I switched to Zenfolio hosting. The advantage to this new hosting platform is that offers more products to choose from especially if you have a student-athlete. You can now order not only traditional prints and digital downloads, but you can now order buttons, key chains, coffee mugs, even cellular phone cases for many of the popular models.

In the meantime, please excuse the dust as I move galleries from the old site to the new.

You can still find us at https://www.timothyhale.com/ but you may run into a few snags or broken links along the way until the conversion is complete.

As always, thank you for following us on social media and your kind words of support and encouragement.



Timothy L. Hale
Independent Photojournalist
Southern Pines, N.C. 28387

804-720-4558 (Cell)

Exclusively represented by ZUMA Press – http://www.zumapress.com
The world's largest independent press agency and wire service.



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