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Seattle Storm 2013 Season Statistics

Now that the Storm season is over I thought I’d take a minute to go back through all the images from the year and run some numbers. I’ve probably been hanging around with Kevin Pelton too much!

Overall Statistics

Total kept photos: 5,396
Web gallery candidates: 469 (8%)

I typically keep about 10% of the total shots taken at any given game so I fired the shutter somewhere north of 53,000 times this season. Now I know why my shutter finger hurt so much during the month of August (man that was a lot of games in a short span!)

Game with the most kept photos: Shock v Storm, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (366)
Game with the fewest kept photos: Shock v Storm, Friday, May 17, 2013. (70)

While it’s amusing that both games were against the Shock the numbers aren’t surprising. The top game was the same game as Tina’s retirement celebration. The game with the fewest photos was the one home pre-season game where I was still trying to remember how to shoot.

Non-game event with the most kept photos: Umpqua Bank, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (167)
Non-game event with the fewest kept photos: VIP Season Ticket Holder Party, Thursday, July 11, 2013. (16)

I was a little surprised at the top non-game event. I figured it would be Media Day, but it only had 136 keepers. I guess there was something really nice about being at Umpqua Bank!

Players & People

Top 5 photographed players (% of total player photos)

Tina Thompson: 395 (19%)
Tanisha Wright: 305 (15%)
Temeka Johnson: 247 (12%)
Camille Little: 217 (11%)
Alysha Clark: 145 (7%)

Least photographed player: Lauren Jackson (0)

No surprises here. This was Tina’s year, not only because she was retiring but because she had an all-star season. That’s reflected in the photo count. The Storm’s two regular point guards are in 2nd and 3rd place as they were easy to get photos of as they brought the ball down-court. It’s nice to see Alysha, one of the bench players, in the top 5. Part of that is because she kept photobombing me at non-game activities!

Photos of Eva: 76
Photos of Shellie: 76

I swear this is a happy accident. They aren’t both in each photo!

Technical Details

Shots by Camera

Canon EOS 5D Mk III: 5130
Canon EOS 5D Mk II: 164
Canon EOS-1D X: 102

No real surprise here. For the first half of the season the 5D Mk II was my backboard camera which has a low percentage hit rate for keepers. Then I sold it and bought another 5D Mk III.

The 1D X photos are from a single game where I borrowed the camera from Canon Professional Services for a test drive. It’s a great camera. I can’t afford it.

Top Three Lenses

Canon 24-70 f/2.8L: 2430
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II: 2060
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II: 856

The 24-70 at the top of the list is no real surprise as it is my workhorse lens for all non-game activities. Every sponsor event, fan shot, etc. gets taken with it. Normally the count would be even higher as I tend to use it for near-court action as well, however to try and handle some of the empty seats at the Key this year I put more emphasis on using the 70-200 for near-court action.

I’m a bit surprised at the high count for the 300mm. I only got it towards the end of the season and it’s a tough lens to get used to. Guess I had more keepers than I thought!