Yes, I know where the space bar and shift key are on the keyboard. I just wanted to highlight a website that has escaped my notice until today: Here are a few highlights of the articles that I found in just a few minutes of looking around:


Top 25 vision (April 9, 2015)

One of the primary goals of the NC State strategic plan released in 2012 was to become a Top 25 program in the Division I Learfield Director’s Cup standings. In the most recent rankings on April 9, NC State stands in 23rd position with plenty to still accomplish in 2014-15. With seven teams already finishing in the Top 25 in their respective sports – six in the Top 20 – NC State could be poised for one of its highest point totals ever in the Director’s Cup.


From the Director’s Desk (March 4, 2015)

The NC State swimming and diving program won its first ACC Championship since 1992 … in four years Braden Holloway has transformed the program into a national contender and a Top 20 program for both the men and women….

Recently NC State announced contract extensions for both football coach Dave Doeren, and softball coach Shawn Rychcik through 2019. Doeren guided a young Wolfpack squad to an 8-5 record in 2014, winning four of five down the stretch, including a victory in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl… Rychcik has guided the Wolfpack to NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two years in Raleigh. In his first season with the program, he led the Pack to the 2013 ACC Tournament title…

NC State basketball continues to be in good hands with its coaching tandem of Mark Gottfried and Wes Moore.


Building Momentum (October 28,2014)

NC State student-athletes achieved an NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 81 percent in the most recent rankings, as well as a Federal Graduation Rate of 71 percent. The GSR was the second-highest mark in Wolfpack history (just shy of 82 a year ago), while the Federal Graduation Rate was the highest in school history, an eight-percent improvement over a year ago and a 17 percent improvement over just five years ago.

Year – GSR – FGR
2014 – 81 – 71*
2013 – 82* – 63
2012 – 77 – 60
2011 – 74 – 56
2010 – 73 – 57
2009 – 69 – 54
*Highest mark in school history


The articles are short but filled with outstanding photographs of the various sports, coaches, players, and big plays (BJ’s shot against LSU is one great example). The inclusion of such high-quality photos makes this website completely different from anything on the internet centered around NC State sports. You can join their FaceBook page or sign-up on the website for an e-mail when a new article is added.

Well worth the time to go through. Highly Recommended.

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    Yes, I know where the space bar and shift key are on the keyboard. I just wanted to highlight a website that has escaped my notice until today:…
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    That’s a really interesting site. Enjoying perusing around the different entries, and have already subscribed to future postings.

    Really great find, Va.


    I got interested in photography when I tried to take pictures of my kids playing sports. Little did I know at the time that sports (especially indoors) are among the hardest/expensive things to get good photos of. So the fabulous photos caught my interest and the entire site serves as a stark reminder of where State’s athletic dept stood just a few short years ago.


    Agreed. Their photos are what caught my eye first when I pulled the site up.

    And yeah, sports photos are challenging indeed. Those jerks never stop moving. Currently in the process of trying to ‘re-equip’ myself in fact, to try and become a little better at it.


    Best Buy had a closeout on a Nikon D7000 (one model older than current) for $629 (with a $500 lens) and I snapped one up. A week or so later Nikon announced the D7200, which made my “new” camera two models out-of-date…and I couldn’t possibly care less.

    The only problem is that my kids are in college and I don’t have any sports that need shooting….but I love the camera.


    Alpha has a D7000 I believe. Or maybe it was the d7100, been a while since it was mentioned, but was very impressed with some of the football pics he got with it.

    I had a Canon 450D back when they first came out, but my ex saw to it that it became non-operational.

    This go ’round (couple yrs ago) I decided to try one of the bridge longzooms, went with the Nikon p520, mostly because it can do a 5fps continuous shutter, but its limitations are many.

    Had recently been doing the comparative shopping thing for many months b/w the D7200, D7100, D5500 (also just out) and D5300. Decided I couldn’t justify shelling out for the D7200 right now. The D5500 is also pretty pricey just for the touchscreen, and was recently able to get a pretty good deal on the D5300 with several pretty good quality lenses tossed in.

    When I get to the point I’m bored with that, I’d love to up to something like the D810. But that will require re-lensing I think, so who knows? Probably not unless I hit the Powerball.


    I seriously doubt that I will ever go full-frame. Since I shot a lot of sports (and other stuff) with a 6mp D40, I’m not seeing the need. The D7000 came with the 18-140mm lens which will stay on >95% of the time (now that there is no need for soccer pics).

    Nikon guru, Thom Hogan, has said that a good number of camera owners have hit what he calls the “last camera syndrome”. Meaning that they are happy enough with their current camera that they are no longer interested in upgrading. They’ll only buy a new camera when their current one breaks. I hit that point with a very-old D40, because I could use it to take better pics than most people ever got and the 50mm/f1.8 took care of indoor sports.

    I wasn’t actively looking to buy, but the D7000 deal was too good to pass up. Which might be a adjunct to Thom’s last camera syndrome…ie I’ll upgrade when you give me a price that I can’t refuse.


    A very good point. Hopefully by the time I manage to break this one the next few yet to come “improvement” models will have come out and dropped down enough on the price tag I can justify the spend.

    Much like the D7200 and D5500 this time around, I can’t imagine I ever get to the point I can justify going the FX route considering the price tag for the body, and the replacement of lenses, unless someone decides to start paying for crappy amateur photos.


    Pretty much everyone that never takes photos expects to get them for free. After all, they didn’t cost you anything.

    I also can’t imagine ever buying the “current” model ever again. The previous model will most likely have everything that I will need and it’s unlikely that the newest model has something that I can’t live without.

    Alpha Wolf

    I do have a D7000. It’s a nice little camera, especially when its mounted with good lenses. It focuses pretty quickly, which is essential for sports shots. The frames per second is adequate for most purposes. The battery life is nice and I like the two ports for cards. Video is … okay … on it, as the camera tends to hunt focus too often and when I shoot video I generally move over to manual focus. All in all it is a very good consumer level camera.

    Alpha Wolf

    As with all DSLR’s, it’s the glass that matters. Don’t skimp too much, and my recommendation is to stick with Nikon brand glass, even though it is more expensive. They are tougher, have better specs (no matter what salespeople and brochures tell you) and retain value longer.

    My tip on buying them is to go to a good camera dealer and buy used lenses in excellent condition. Like a car, let someone else pay the depreciation. If you buy a decent lens used, and take good care of it, it should hold 70-80% of its value for several years.


    I have an older Pentax DSLR (bought a combo with 2 zoom lenses). I also have some Pentax 35mm SLR lenses that will work with in a somewhat limited fashion. The price was good and I checked out the reviews of the camera and lenses thoroughly through some pro and serious photobug sources. I agree with Alpha the first point is the glass. Getting to the point where upgrading is on the horizon for me. In my case is are the newer Pentax cameras enough of a step forward or is it time to switch brands. What I really need for my use is better low light capability.


    Go to and look at the reviews. I don’t know a lot about Pentax DSLRs, but dpreview rated their K-3 among the top’s in its class. They give the top cameras a “gold award” and those a step back a “silver”.

    If you are happy with your lenses, then you will probably be happy their latest offerings. But when I was picking a brand several years ago, the Pentax lens lineup was lacking. But as long as you have, or can get, the lenses you need for what you are interested in shooting, then it might not be worth jumping ship. But it all depends on your personal preferences and budget because there are some good deals available.

    For instance, Nikon’s low-end, two-lens kit with last year’s model is only $527 at B&H: (Sliver Award Winner)

    If you have questions, it looks like you can get at least two opinions on Nikon’s lineup. But I’m absolutely no help on Canon products.


    Cool – thanks for sharing.


    The K3 is one of the models I have spied. It does seem to get good reviews from many sites. Thanks for the link.

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