How low can you go?

November 1st, 2010
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Hawaii's Bryant Moniz is pursued by Idaho defender and former Leilehua player Robert Siavii, right, and Quin Ashley enroute to a touchdown during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii beat Idaho 45-10 and secured a berth in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl this December. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Howdy!  Last night I photographed Hawaii’s win over WAC opponent Idaho at Aloha Stadium.  This morning, I woke up with a stiff back and sore knees and thought to myself, “Wow, I’m getting old, man!”  Then it dawned on me that the majority of my take from last night’s game were of shots taken near the endzone, and that means lowwwwwww.  I almost always shoot football on my knees.  It gives a perspective that makes the players look larger than they already are (especially when they’re filling your frame headed straight for you!).  But last night, I took it further as I experimented with going down as low as I can to the ground to shoot endzone action.  This required a bit of yoga contortion as I leaned forward with one knee down and the other foot down in a sort of half squat.  What was more challenging was NOT putting your elbows to the ground as your leaning in looking through the camera.  I actually own an angle-finder C from Canon that allows you to put the camera at ground level, but the threat of rain last night caused me to leave it in the bag.

This is how I got the shot above as well as the following images.  The result, though subtle, is a more pronounced depth of field, with the ground seemingly inches away from you.  Also, if you’re not too tight on the players, you can get some of the crowd reaction in the background.

Hawaii's Dustin Blount eludes Idaho's Gary Walker enroute to a touchdown during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii beat Idaho 45-10 and secured a berth in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl this December. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Royce Pollard pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Idaho's Tracy Carter during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Greg Salas cuts between Idaho's Tre Shawn Robinson (51) and Kenneth Patten (2) during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Kealoha Pilares powers ahead of Idaho's Tre Shawn Robinson for a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

All of these images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 2.8L IS, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/800 at f2.8, 3200 ISO, 4600K whitebalance.

I’ll leave you with a couple of my other faves from last night’s game.  Thanks for stopping by!

Bryant Moniz, chased by Idaho defenders, lines up to resemble the service reception bars of a cellphone! Neat-o!

Haven’t had one of these in a while, I wish he’d made the catch!

Hawaii's Greg Salas lunges for a pass but comes up short while pressured by Idaho's Thaad Thompson during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

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3 Responses to “How low can you go?”

  1. alex:

    wow! great shots!


  2. pakegolf:

    Great framing of the images. I really like how you balance the image. Do you have to crop any sides or is it just the experience that enables you to do this? Thanks for sharing the pics.


  3. jammaquino:

    Thanks pakegolf!
    Generally I always try and shoot to fill the frame in my viewfinder. Obviously that’s not always possible. I tell people that the best zoom in the world are your two feet! When shooting football, I am constantly moving up or down with the team who has possession so I can shoot as tight as possible without a crop later.


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