You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Baking A Clafoutis, 2015.09.13

Time to diverge from the usual boxing. It is 7;30 am on a Sunday morning, with a late night flight looming, I decide to leave my children (young adults really) with a treat. So I decide to bake a clafoutis. For those not familiar; per wiki!

Clafoutis (French pronunciation: ​[klafuti]Occitanclafotís [klafuˈtis] or [kʎafuˈtiː]), sometimes in Anglophonic countries spelled clafouti, is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries,[1] arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. The clafoutis is dusted with powdered sugar and served lukewarm, sometimes with cream.

I start by playing some music, music just given to me by a friend the night before. Sadly she won't benefit from the results. But perhaps next time - when I have returned.

Next I drain 2 cans of cherries (dark & sweet) and place them in a buttered pie dish.

I mix the ingredients that will make the custard. Eggs, butter, milk, sugar & flour.

Pour the mixture over the cherries.

Put the dish in a preheated oven at 400 degrees.

Set the timer for 40 minutes,

And do the dishes!

After 40 minutes the baked custard is a rich dark golden brown.

Aren't my kids lucky!!!

As always all images and text are copyright Peter Politanoff and may not be used without explicit consent. Thanks Reiko for the music!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Morales, Martinez And Redkach at Azteca Boxing Gym, 2015.08.21

Last Friday I stopped by Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, CA.  Mario 'Yuka' Morales was there with two of his fighter, Welterweight Asesino(Aron) Martinez (19-4-1) and Lightweight Ivan Redkach (18-1-0). It was the first time I had met Martinez and was happy to see Redkach reunited with his former trainer.
With both fighter having contests coming up in the next month I though I would take the opportunity to grab some shots of their training.

Here are some images from that training session:

One of my favorite trainers Mario 'Yuka' Morales watching his fighters spar,

Head gear off and a quick photo. 

Mario tends to Redkach after the sparring session,

Two of Redkach on the heavy bag,

and one of him on the speed bag!

I catch up with Martinez on double ended bag,

small heavy bag,

and finally I catch a shot of Martinez working under the watchful eye of his trainer.

Many thanks to Azteca Boxing Gym for always welcoming me, and to Asesino Martinez, Ivan Redkach, and Yuka for letting me shoot the session.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and may not be reproduced without explicit consent.

All images except one (Redkack throwing right to the body) were shot with Leica M/M typ246 monochrome camera and 50mm Summicron lens.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Shooting Boxing in Tokyo With Leica M Monochrom (typ 246)

I picked up my Leica M Mono typ246 from Samys Camera in Los Angelelas the day before my flight to Tokyo. I packed my M typ240 and M/M typ246, but left my Canons behind. I wasn't planning on shooting any boxing, at least not any fight cards and I wanted to travel light. This trip was purely pleasure and street photography, with maybe a little time in the gyms. A new friend, actually a FB friend, talked me into shooting a 13 bout fight card at Korakuen Hall. Korakuen Hall is apparently the busiest boxing venue in the world with several events a week.
I managed to get a ringside position, I paired my M/Mono 246 with my 50mm Summicron (this would be my main camera) and my M240 with my 90mm Elmarit (rarely time to change cameras, but just in case).
I shot over 90% of the bouts with the M/M 246 and here are some of the images. Keep in mind I follow focus (no preset on focus), only the shutter speed and aperture are preset.

13 bouts, one image from each contest.





Aoki/*Hanawa (yes even female fighters)









Manny thanks to Hiro Watanabe for talking me into this, and the staff at Korakuen Hall for being som accommodating!

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage, and may not be reproduced without explicit consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this site.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's Time To Walk

Years of training, 6-8 weeks of camp & intense preparation to time the athlete's performance so he will peak for this moment in his career. Then, it's a 2 hour wait. Check in time is 2 hours before his scheduled fight time.

After the urine test and quick exam by the Commission Physician, the referee Tom Taylor gives the fighter instructions.

The ring announcer stops by checking for proper pronunciation, and a little small talk.

Then the wait starts, fellow fighters stop by for support. Some times the fighter has a scheduled fight time, usually when the fights are telecast. Other times it is as quickly as the previous bouts end.

Tonight boxing great Bernard Hopkins stopped in to encourage the fighter. 

This evening Super Middleweight Jason Quigley 6-0-0 had a scheduled fight time.

About 35 minutes before the bout Coach & Trainer Manuel Robles starts to wrap Jason's hands. The process which ensures that the fighters hands are well padded and protected for the punishment they are going to be inflicting on the opponent.

Jason's all set!

All aspects of the fighters preparations are carefully monitored by State Athletic Commission officials. Once the hands are wrapped an official signs and marks the wrapping to ensure the integrity of the fight.

Once wrapped the fighter is turned over to the conditioning coach. The fighter up first warmed up and then stretched 

Then the final prep begins, the fighter dresses. First the protective cup then his trunks.

Next come the gloves, again under the watchful eye of the officials. Laced by the coach and tapped by the official. Everything done by the book.

The final warm up, on the mitts, while coaches and manager look on. Just enough for the fighter to be sharp when he enters the ring.

The official announces   " It is time to walk " ,  in that last moment - the complete trust of the fighter with his coach.

All of that for this result. Jason Quigley improves to 7-0-0 in a second round KO of his opponent. In 7 bouts Jason has only fought for 12 rounds, all of his 7 victories coming by way of KO.

All images except the last 2 were shot with Leica M (240) ISO 2000 w/ 35mm Summicron lens.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and may not be reproduced without explicit consent.

Special thanks to  Sheer Sports Management, Team Quigley, Jason Quigley, Ken Sheer, Rachel Charles, Manuel Robles and GoldenBoy Promotions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bradley vs Vargas : Top Rank Boxing 2015.06.27

Last Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson CA,  Top Rank had Timothy Bradley matched up with Jesse Vargas. Bradley came in with a record of 31-1-1 w/ 12KOs, while undefeated Vargas's record was 26 wins w/ 9KOs. At stake was the interim WBO World Welterweight title. Bradley clearly dominated the fight for all 12 rounds. The 12th round however proved to be controversial, Vargas tagged Bradley with 15 seconds to go, they then tied up on the ropes, referee Pat Russell separated the 2 fighters and then mistakenly called then end of the fight with 7 seconds still to go in the round. Vargas thought that the fight had been called because Bradley couldn't continue. That however was not the case. Russell had mistaken the 10 second warning for the bell.

Bradley was awarded the victory by UD. Here are some of my shots from that contest;

Here is where referee Pat Russell makes his mistake. The fighters are tied up against the ropes, Pat separates them. We could clearly hear the 10 warning up in the booth and then suddenly he calls it with about 7 to go. 

As always all images are copyright  Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage  and may not be reproduced without explicit consent. You are more then welcome however to link to this site.