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Clarkson named Basketball Hall of Fame recipient

February 13, 2015

We want to honor our founder, Rich Clarkson, who was named the next recipient of the Basketball Hame of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award, alongside Woody Durham.

The prestigious award is presented to members of the print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

Congrats Rich and we wish him a great journey into his 60th Final Four!

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Coaching legend dies at age 83

February 9, 2015

Clarkson Creative founder, Rich Clarkson, has photographed thousands of legends in the sports industry. But none quite match up to that of coaching giant, Dean Smith — a college basketball player at University of Kansas and later coaching a dynasty at North Carolina.

For Clarkson, the introduction to Dean Smith goes back in time to the college days in Lawrence, Kansas. Rich was the up-and-coming sports photojournalist beginning to gain insider access into the Jayhawks basketball team led by the venerable Forrest “Phog” Allen and travelled with the team on the road. The team enjoyed having Rich there to document their story and he even stayed with the team, often rooming with the 12th player on the Kansas team: Dean Smith.

From there, Rich, Dean, and the rest of the team all grew with time towards the 1952 National Championship where Kansas defeated St. John’s 80-63 for the title. Dean Smith was a Junior that year.

Rich continued his success freelancing for Sports Illustrated with his success in covering Kansas athletics with the greats of Wilt Chamberlain, “Phog” Allen, and, yes, Mr. Smith. After graduating college, Dean stayed on as an assistant coach for Kansas before making his way to Air Force — but there, was a head coach for baseball and golf teams. He finally got a big break when in 1958, North Carolina basketball head coach, Frank McGuire, asked for him to come on board as an assistant coach.

And then after becoming head coach for the team in 1961, it took him seven trips to the Final Four before he would win the National Championship in 1982 with future NBA players of James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and #23 Michael Jordan. In fact, when Rich photographed the Tarheels that season for being No. 1 with a record of 32-2 to end out the season, you will see Mr. Smith working on a mocked whiteboard play with 4 players standing behind him. The fifth player was a Freshman and Dean refused for him to being in the photo shoot to follow strict team rules he set in place. That fifth player? You guessed it, Michael Jordan.

Clarkson and Smith re-united many times over the years running in the same sports circles and Rich continued his streak of photographing more Final Fours than anyone in history. (Currently, Rich will be photographing his 60th Final Four this April in Indianapolis, IN.) But in 1983, Rich photographed him once again cutting down the nets after a National Championship win over Michigan 77-71.

Dean Smith will be remembered forever in the industry as an elite coach that was one of the best teachers of the game and strong advocate for social justice. Rich and the Clarkson crew give our condolences to the family. In addition to wife Linnea, Smith is survived by daughters Sandy, Sharon, Kristen and Kelly; son Scott; seven grandchildren and one great-grandaughter.

To get a better look at Rich’s historic sports portfolio, take a look here.

 

The first time North Carolina coach Dean Smith appeared in the NCAA Final Four, it was as player and member of the 1952 Kansas University team that won the National Championship that year. Here, Smith chases a loose ball in the semi-final game with Santa Clara won by Kansas 74-55. Rich Clarkson

The first time North Carolina coach Dean Smith appeared in the NCAA Final Four, it was as player and member of the 1952 Kansas University team that won the National Championship that year. Here, Smith chases a loose ball in the semi-final game with Santa Clara won by Kansas 74-55. Rich Clarkson

26 APR 1952:  University of Kansas coach Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen gives his final instructions to his team before playing and winning the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four held in Seattle, WA at the Edmundson Pavilion. Kansas defeated St. John's 80-63 for the title. Future North Carloina coach Dean Smith (facing camera) was a junior at Kansas. Photo: © Rich Clarkson / NCAA Photos

26 APR 1952: University of Kansas coach Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen gives his final instructions to his team before playing and winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four held in Seattle, WA at the Edmundson Pavilion. Kansas defeated St. John’s 80-63 for the title. Future North Carloina coach Dean Smith (facing camera) was a junior at Kansas. Photo: © Rich Clarkson / NCAA Photos

5 APR 1993:  University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith cuts the last loop of the net after his team defeated Michigan 77-71 earning North Carolina the championship title at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Rich Clarkson/NCAA Photos

5 APR 1993: University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith cuts the last loop of the net after his team defeated Michigan 77-71 earning North Carolina the championship title at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Rich Clarkson/NCAA Photos

1952:  Dean Smith of Kansas in action Photo: © Rich Clarkson / NCAA Photos

1952: Dean Smith of Kansas in action
Photo: © Rich Clarkson / NCAA Photos

Date: 11/30/1981 Subject: Dean Smith, North Carolina Players Team: North Carolina Basketball Sport: Basketball Author: Curry Kirkpatrick, Jack Mccallum, Wolff, Kennedy, Jackson Volume: 55 Issue: 23 Year: 1981

Date: 11/30/1981
Subject: Dean Smith, North Carolina Players
Team: North Carolina Basketball
Sport: Basketball
Author: Curry Kirkpatrick, Jack Mccallum, Wolff, Kennedy, Jackson
Volume: 55
Issue: 23
Year: 1981

 

Super Bowl inspired Street Art

January 31, 2014

Throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII a 20-foot tall mural of Denver Broncos’ Quarterback Peyton Manning was painted. Using nothing but ladders and spray paint, muralist Gamma Acosta of Gamma Gallery, transformed a barren brick wall into one of the most popular sights in the Lower Highland neighborhood of Denver. Clarkson Creative had a unique vantage point of the three-day project.

Peyton Manning Mural Timelapse from Clarkson Creative on Vimeo.

Top 5 Videos from 2013

December 27, 2013

As we say goodbye to 2013 we have picked our favorite videos from the year. Here’s a brief description of each:

Path to the Festival: Mike Williams.

The Division II Winter Festival brings together student-athletes from many sports and all walks of life. And that couldn’t be more true for UNC-Pembroke Wrestler, Mike Williams. As the Defending Champion, he had a target on his back from the get go — but that pressure isn’t new for Mike. Coming from a hard childhood and background, his story shows the resilience and hard work present within him and many Division II student-athletes.

 

Operation One Voice

The NCAA and United States Special Forces collaborate to bring wounded soldiers a once in a lifetime experience.

 

COLORADICAL: Bop Skizzum Music Video

Watch as Bop Skizzum rock out in Colorado areas with the best break dancers in the state. Combined it makes for a fun and exciting video — aka Coloradical!

 

Donor Alliance Colorado

Donor Alliance employees, doctors, and donor recipients say thanks to the donor families and their loved ones who save lives every day through organ, eye, and tissue donation.

 

2013 DII Spring Festival: “It’s More Than About You”

To be a part of NCAA Division II Athletics, it’s the life and the balance of athletics, academics, and community engagement that makes it a unique destination. And the Championships Festival showcases that perfectly through the mingling of inter-athletics with a strong focus of giving back to the community.

 


 

 

 

Summit Workshops Holiday Special

November 30, 2013

Clarkson Creative is happy to announce a holiday discount for our 2014 workshops. From now until January 1, 2014, you will receive 10% off any Summit Series of Photography Workshop, and if you register between December 2nd and December 6th you will receive an additional 5% off. The workshops make excellent gifts during the holiday season!

The summit is the highest point of the mountain, and the Summit Series of Photography Workshop represent the pinnacle of continuing education in photography. We combine the best instruction in photography and latest digital technologies, with top-level creativity and the best career networking available anywhere. This has led to over 30 years of the Summit Workshops with a reputation for being the best of the best.

What makes the Summit, Adventure and Sports Workshops unique is faculties of eight or more of the best talent in the world: the best photographers, the best teachers, the top editors and users of photography. Throughout the week you will have the opportunity to get varying opinions and perspectives, unique career counseling and the ultimate networking that has jump-started many careers. Each workshop features new instruction, new teachers and the ability to demo the latest equipment in order to keep pace with the continually changing world of photography.

2013 Adventure Photography Workshop from Summit Series of Workshops on Vimeo.
 

 

Jim Colton of the NPPA talks with Sports Illustrated’s Brad Smith

November 27, 2013

Part of Clarkson Creative’s business is running instructional workshops year round. In addition to attracting some of the most talented aspiring photographers in the country, the Summit Series of Photography Workshops hosts a faculty comprised of the best in the business. One such instructor is Sports Illustrated’s Director of Photography, Brad Smith. In an article published earlier this week on NPPA’s website, Jim Colton talks with Brad about his career and how he’s ended up in his position at SI.

Photo By: Steve Nowland/Clarkson Creative

Personality for your camera

November 21, 2013

With new cameras coming out like the Nikon Df, photography companies have been going back to their roots when designing tools for making images.

Artisan Obscura is a Denver company who has taken advantage of this new market. Their goal is to let you increase the functionality of your camera while at the same time express your individuality.

As of now, they sell wooden soft shutter release buttons in ten types of wood ranging from Ebony to Chakte Viga and are working on releasing hot-shoe covers as well.

The Photo Brigade’s Neville Black reviewed Artisan Obscura’s releases while going in-depth on what exactly a soft shutter is.

 

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MILK

November 13, 2013

Lighting can either make or break a photo. The best light is at dawn or dusk because it offers different temperatures, angles, and interesting shadows. It forces photographers to wake up as the world is coming alive. However, great natural light is fleeting, which creates obstacles for shoots that do not fall within the golden hours. The solution is artificial light. Strobes, off camera flashes, and continuous light sources have helped evolve the way photographers use light in ways that few could have ever imagined.

One such visionary… is London based photographer, Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz. His website, Aurum Light, features particularly interesting galleries. Here Jaroslav uses high speed strobes to freeze milk and water to create amazing illustrations. Check out the video below to see how Jaroslav captures these images.

WARNING – A lot of the galleries contain nudity and graphic images. NSFW.

 

Lighting For Liquid Series – AurumLight from Aurum Light / Jaroslav on Vimeo.
 

 

Rivalry Saturday – Top Ranked Alabama hosts LSU

November 8, 2013

Alabama hosts LSU in one of the biggest rivalries in the nation tomorrow. Last year, Clarkson Creative produced a video for the NCAA at the BCS National Championship in New Orleans. The stop motion project contains over 1000 images that were shot over the course of the day.

Championship Moments from Clarkson Creative on Vimeo.
 

 

#NoShaveNovember Open House

November 5, 2013

It’s November and we all know what that means…NO SHAVING! For those of us that can actually grow unsightly facial hair (and not lose our jobs), we would like to OFFICIALLY invite you to our Open House. Of course beards and mustaches are not mandatory so please join us for light food and drinks as we show you our new digs!

 

Clarkson Creative Open House

Friday, November 15 from 3:30-7PM

1553 Platte St.

Suite 300

Denver, CO 80202