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| p.1 #11 · Pac-12 Football: WA St. @ Utah |
Ben Amato wrote:
Russ: What I enjoy about your posts is that you tell a story. So many sports photogs (myself included) just take some action pics.
#1 Shows the emotion, excitement and tradition of the game
#2 Solid shot, great eyes
#3 Classic QB pose
#4 New Perspective, great stadium shot without being a stadium shot
#5 Special Teams love shot… plus big man athleticism
#6 Tough lighting but displays the emotion of the game
#7 Great action
#8 More to a football game than ugly linebackers
#9 Documentary Shot: Proof that holding doesn’t happen in high level college football
#10 Excellent action - busy background
I would say you had a great day at the stadium! I know one thing for sure I am packing my 15mm in my bag right now! Thanks Russ. When YOU decide to offer a course on sports photography at Utah, hold me a spot!
Hey, Ben, thanks man! I really appreciate your image-by-image feedback. Here's my take:
1. Such an obvious shot that it's damn hard to really nail it. I'll keep working on this one.
2. Yeah, the eyes do it for me as well. It's not popping like I wish it was, but I think it's unique, and while it's not obvious from the photo, he was just about to break this for a long touchdown run.
3. I guess this is considered a stock shot, but I'm still a sucker for having the kind of access that allows for it.
4. I shoot from the end zone a lot, but it's not often that the play is happening just a few feet away. This was a spontaneous decision and I was thinking Utah might come after the kick. Had to fumble into my bag on my butt to get the fish out of its pouch and swap lenses between 3rd and 4th downs. Glad I got the shot and it is different, but maybe a 24-70 could have done it better. Hard to say.
5. Washington State's unis are so flipping ugly, and to my eye that's the only thing that hurts this shot that I otherwise think is pretty cool.
6. Lots of shadow recovery to give this shot a chance, but as you say, emotion coming from everywhere.
7. This shot isn't very exciting, but it actually tells the complete story of the game, with Utah dominating, Washington State failing to put up much of a fight, and the Wazzou QB being harassed throughout.
8. As long as the cheerleaders keep showing up, I'll keep doing my best to capture some of their activities. I'm not crazy about this shot, but I do love what the 400 f/2.8 + 1.4x has done to the background.
9. I love this shot, and if not for the overall dulling effect of the sun (and those blasted Wazzou unis), it'd become the first thing anyone would see on my website. To my eye, the action is unique and the intensity is high.
10. This was a shot I was very happy to get, another breakaway touchdown jaunt.
Thanks again, Ben. And I'll let you know about that sports photography course.