Jimmy Gekas, photographer
An 8th grade class trip to NYC and DC started my curiosity in photography, yet I did not really pick up a camera again until graduating from college at UCSD in La Jolla, CA. Sports photography was my first serious attempt at learning about the art of photography. Seeing the light and making it work for each photo was all so new to me. A few trips to Yosemite, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid 1990's helped start my love for landscape photography.
My introduction to the world of digital capture really evolved into a perfect match of photography and my new love for computers. I now had 100 per cent control of my art, from the digital capture, through processing and into printing. The workflow was perfect for me and I still enjoy it to this day.
Sports photography is still a big part of my life. I started a local youth sports photography business called Sideline Studios back in the fall of 2003 with a friend of mine, Jason Buscema. We now have two more photographers shooting for us and we can be found at almost every high school in the San Diego area. I also have been the official athletic team photographer for all of UCSD for the past three years.
In addition to the photography, I have been coaching youth volleyball since 1993 in the San Diego area. I currently coach at Coast Volleyball Club in San Diego and have been there for 13 years. It is volleyball first, photography second during the club season, then the other way around after the season is over. Fortunately, the season only runs from November until July, and I am free during the fall to shoot the awesome colors of autumn.
Landscape photography is a creative escape for me when volleyball life has me boxed in. I think the two work well together to keep me balanced, while the sports photography is a fun way to do both at once... catching the peak action, while creating a story and compositions.
Right now, I shoot both my landscapes and sports using the Canon EOS system. I currently shoot the landscape using a 5Dmk2, lots of Canon lenses and a few wonderful Zeiss lenses. I favor the Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripods, along with Acratech ballheads. Perhaps the day will come when I will own a large format or medium format digital back system for the landscape photography. Only time will tell.