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Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual  Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Well guys as the end of the year approaches it is time for my yearly installment of my “Best of” blogs separated into several categories. First up are my best reaction shots of 2013. Enjoy!

Here are my favorite reaction shots as athletes wear their emotions on their sleeves in the quest for greatness. This years gallery is mostly happy moments but also have a few sad moments mixed in.

Nikon D4, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/200th, Manual Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sobs on the field after upsetting the Denver Broncos in Denver.

Nikon D4, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/200th, Manual
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sobs on the field after upsetting the Denver Broncos in Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant bites his jersey in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter in a loss to the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant bites his jersey in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter in a loss to the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates by Kaepernicking after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates by Kaepernicking after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Confetti falls as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Confetti falls as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis gets a pat on the head from quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis gets a pat on the head from quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual  Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards celebrates with a backflip after winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards celebrates with a backflip after winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Fans wave Mexico flags as the Mexico players celebrate following the game against USA during the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field. Mexico defeated USA 5-2.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Fans wave Mexico flags as the Mexico players celebrate following the game against USA during the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field. Mexico defeated USA 5-2.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Canada catcher Chris Robinson reacts after being hit in the groin in the fourth inning against Mexico during the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Canada catcher Chris Robinson reacts after being hit in the groin in the fourth inning against Mexico during the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon is silhouetted as he climbs from his Toyota Camry after winning the Spring Nationals in Baytown, TX.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon is silhouetted as he climbs from his Toyota Camry after winning the Spring Nationals in Baytown, TX.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrates in winners circle after winning finally winning the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan celebrates in winners circle after winning finally winning the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual Milk drips from Tony Kanaan as he celebrates the biggest victory of his career, the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
Milk drips from Tony Kanaan as he celebrates the biggest victory of his career, the Indianapolis 500.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr runs to celebrate with friend, pro stock driver Vincent Nobile after both drivers won their respective classes.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr runs to celebrate with friend, pro stock driver Vincent Nobile after both drivers won their respective classes.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr celebrates with champagne in the winners circle at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr celebrates with champagne in the winners circle at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual Arizona Diamondbacks batter Paul Goldschmidt (44) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual
Arizona Diamondbacks batter Paul Goldschmidt (44) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk off home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual Arizona senator John McCain (left) reacts in the grandstands to an umpires call during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Baltimore Orioles at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Arizona senator John McCain (left) reacts in the grandstands to an umpires call during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Baltimore Orioles at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm with 1.4 converter (560mm), 6400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra (left) dumps a bucket of bubble gum on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt after hitting a walk off home run in the 11th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm with 1.4 converter (560mm), 6400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra (left) dumps a bucket of bubble gum on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt after hitting a walk off home run in the 11th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Didi Gregorius drops dirt on the head of infielder Willie Bloomquist as they celebrate his walk off single in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Didi Gregorius drops dirt on the head of infielder Willie Bloomquist as they celebrate his walk off single in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Chase Field.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown douses crew member Matt Sackman with Mello Yello as they celebrate after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown douses crew member Matt Sackman with Mello Yello as they celebrate after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Rickie Jones Jr is overwhelmed with emotions as he celebrates the first career win at the top end of the Pomona race course.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Rickie Jones Jr is overwhelmed with emotions as he celebrates the first career win at the top end of the Pomona race course.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Kyle Busch pretends to cry as he taunts booing fans after winning the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Kyle Busch pretends to cry as he taunts booing fans after winning the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NASCAR Nationwide Series team owner Richard Childress (right) embraces grandson Austin Dillon after clinching the 2013 championship.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NASCAR Nationwide Series team owner Richard Childress (right) embraces grandson Austin Dillon after clinching the 2013 championship.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon (top) celebrates after clinching the 2013 championship following the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon (top) celebrates after clinching the 2013 championship following the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson sprays champagne as he celebrates after winning his sixth NASCAR championship following the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson sprays champagne as he celebrates after winning his sixth NASCAR championship following the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich reacts in the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich reacts in the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (right) is consoled by defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (right) is consoled by defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey (left) and quarterback B.J. Denker celebrate as the clock hits zero after defeating the Oregon Ducks at Arizona Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual
Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey (left) and quarterback B.J. Denker celebrate as the clock hits zero after defeating the Oregon Ducks at Arizona Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) is congratulated by Larry Fitzgerald (11) after a first down in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) is congratulated by Larry Fitzgerald (11) after a first down in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Jaelen Strong (21) celebrates his touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of the 87th annual Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Jaelen Strong (21) celebrates his touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of the 87th annual Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium.

Next up in my Best of 2013 series are my best Baseball Photos of the year.


 
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