Is there any better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than roaming the sidelines of a college football game photographing it? If there is I can’t think of it at the moment. There is nothing more than I love than being on that field trying to capture that moment in one epic photo. Being a sports photographer definitely has it’s perks.
Famed sports photographer, Peter Read Miller, mentioned something in an episode of The Grid that really made me think. He said that instead of using a shutter burst to capture the moment, just try to capture the moment with one shutter click. That stood out to me because often when I would use the high speed shutter burst I would get photos but not the one I wanted. So this season I’m going to try my best to get the one shot and not just a burst of shots hoping to nail it.
Like most games, I arrived at the stadium hours before the kickoff to get a feel for the conditions and get my camera settings dialed in. Plus I love how quiet the stadium can be before the fans pour in. It’s just a nice calm before the storm. During this time I’m taking test shots during warm-ups and I’m reviewing the roster sheets for both teams to see who I should keep my eye on.
I didn’t expect this game to be close at all and it really wasn’t. I was able to put myself in position to get the best angle to capture the action. There was one play where an interception happened right in front of me and when the defender landed, I heard a pop and he was on the ground in front of me in pain grabbing his knee. Other than that, the action wasn’t too exciting.
The highlight of the game for me was watching and listening to the famed FAMU Marching Band. They were better than advertised. I felt bad for the Hurricanes marching band as the FAMU band was just 100 times better. If you ever get a chance to see the FAMU marching band, please do. You won’t be disappointed.
Here are some photos from this past weekend’s game of the Miami Hurricanes vs. the FAMU Rattlers.