Pittsburgh, PA – Franco Harris (HDR)

Football season is now over and congrats to the New Orleans Saints on winning the Super Bowl!    A great game and a new champion in 2010!   They have taken the throne away from the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers.   If you ever travel into or out of Pittsburgh, PA via the airport, you will find this great replica of Franco Harris (of the Pittsburgh Steelers).  The statue is in honor of the Immaculate Reception.

Some info from the web:   The Immaculate Reception is the nickname given to one of the most famous plays in the history of American football. It occurred in the AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1972. Late in the game, after Frenchy Fuqua, a Pittsburgh half back, collided with Raiders Safety Jack Tatum as he tried to make a catch, Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris caught the deflected football just before it hit the ground, and ran in for a touchdown that won the game for the Steelers.  NFL Films has chosen it as the greatest play of all time, as well as the most controversial. The play was a turning point for the Steelers, who reversed four decades of futility with their first playoff win ever, and went on to win four Super Bowls by the end of the decade.

I will hopefully be back in the Burgh in the summer….see you then Franco!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 31.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix

Cleveland, OH – Browns Stadium (HDR)

Browns Stadium HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

We are almost halfway throught the NFL football season and as a Pittsburgh Steeler fan, the Cleveland Browns are not a favorite of mine as we are rivals.  But this year the Browns are very bad…so I feel sorry for them.  I was in Cleveland recently and the stadium is right near downtown.  About 2 blocks from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I went to shoot the R&R Hall of Fame and decided to walk over the stadium.  Here is a shot using my tripod and cable release…5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix.  I heard from a Browns fan this shot is near the famous “Dog Pound’.  I wish the Browns good luck this year…I’d say they need a coaching change and alot more to turn it around.  I’m hungry…maybe it time for some Brownies!!  =)

Pittsburgh, PA – Art Rooney (HDR)

Art Rooney HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Are you ready for some football??  The NFL season kicks off tonite with the Steelers vs. Titans from Pittsburgh, PA.  Here is some info on the great Art Rooney:  Rooney was a life-long resident of Pittsburgh and attended Duquesne University In 1933, Rooney paid the $2,500 franchise fee to start an NFL team. The NFL reportedly was looking to bring a team to Pittsburgh because of the city’s strong affiliation with the game. Rooney founded the Steelers in 1933 after Pennsylvania relaxed the state’s Blue Laws, which prohibited the exhibition of sporting events on Sundays. Under Rooney’s guidance, the Steelers became one of the league’s most storied franchises.

This HDR was completed using my standard method: 5 exposures, tripod, cable release and post processed in Photomatix.  The clouds addd a little flare to the shot.  Good luck tonite Steelers…hope we can defend our title!!

Austin, Texas – Friday Night Lights (HS Football)

LT HS Football Game

NIKON D300, Nikon 70-200 VR, Monopod

Here in Texas high school football is a very big deal.  Just like the television show called “Friday Night Lights”.  Our local team is Lake Travis High School.   After this game Friday night, we have won 32 consecutive games (2 straight state titles)….very impressive!

Here is some info from the web:  Michael Brewer (QB in the photo above) passed for 414 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Lake Travis to a 42-21 win over Westlake. Brewer, who threw for 379 yards in a season-opening victory over Westwood, is in his first year as the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback, a position held in the past four years by current University of Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing and Garrett Gilbert, now a backup at the University of Texas.

Quarterback’s for LT have been key to our winning tradition.  Todd Reesing is one of the top QB’s in the NCAA right now.   Garrett Gilbert is now a Freshman at UT and had his first action last nite late in the game and scored a touchdown!  Brewer looks to fit the mold!  Good luck Michael!

As for the photography…this was my first ever attempt at shooting football…at night is even more difficult.  I was lucky to be on the field for this opportunity.  I used the Nikon 70-200 VR…a good choice for its f/2.8.  I shot wide open the whole time.  My first shots were test photos….trying to find the right setting.  I shot shutter priority and set my ISO sensitivity to auto…that way the camera would automatically work what ever ISO I need to get the shot.  Most shots were at 3200.

LT HS  Football Game 2

I was lucky I shot with the D300 (crop sensor) as compared to a full sensor camera is give you more reach on the 70-200 lens.  So I played around with the shutter and found 1/500 was working well.  I basically shot with this setting the whole night.  I did ok shooting…60% of my shots were blurry.  Two cool shots are posted above. I have to learn to focus on the fly and I will get more usable shots.   A definite fun experience!!!  I felt like a sideline photographer.  With practice, my skills can grow fast!  Look out NFL and Sports Illustrated!   (I wish).  A wonderful learning experience I will never forget…and hope to try again!