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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · SNOWPOCALYPS - USMNT vs Costa Rica WC Qualifier |
Ok. I have lived in Alaska for a total of 18 years, and up there as a photographer for 9 years. Since moving to Colorado in July of last year I have shot my first football game in a snow storm and covered the high school state soccer championships in a blizzard. But in all my years in Alaska shooting the Iditarod and skiing, I have never had a harder shoot than I had Friday night covering the World Cup qualifier between the US Men's National Team vs Costa Rica.
I got to the stadium and it was barely spitting a few snow flakes, but a cold wind was blowing. I had my Iditarod boots on, long underwear, wool socks, my Iditarod gloves, sock cap...plenty of clothes, but I can honestly say, it took me by surprise. When I came out on the field to shoot the game, they were plowing the field. The couple hours I was in the media room, a blizzard hit, and the amount of snow falling combined with the wind was horrible. I would take about 10 shots before I had to dump the snow out of my lens hood and clean my filter. I had trouble finding the shutter button because my fingers were numb. It was horrible......got to be my worst shoot ever. I really came away with nothing...had a killer bicycle kick right in front of me and focused on snow flakes instead of the play.
Here are some shots from the game....