Of course, as a boy, I was into sports growing up. When I was a teenager my favorite magazine was Sports Illustrated, not to read, but because I liked looking at the pictures. As a budding newspaper photographer I soon found that I enjoyed shooting sports assignments the most. I also found out that getting a sports photo worthy of the pages of Sports Illustrated, or even The Sporting News, or even the Oxnard Press Courier where I started my career, is not easy. One of the basic tenets of good sports photography is getting the peak moment, no matter what the sport.
When I saw this frame of Washington University's Kyle McMorrow, a Thousand Oaks HS grad, hitting a ball at the Ojai Tennis Tournament, taken at the split, split second the ball impacted his racquet, I couldn't help but think it doesn't get any "peak-er" than this.