Magnetism

September 26th, 2011
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That’s apparently what happened during the UC Davis/Hawaii game this past Saturday!  After all these years of covering football, there are still some games where you just magically seem to have that rabbit’s foot in your pocket, and everything, and I mean EVERYTHING comes towards your end of the field!  Anyway, here’s some of the highlights from that game–some of which you may have seen in our print edition.

Magnetism!

Now if I could only have this kind of luck EVERY game….

Hawaii's Allen Sampson soars to haul in a touchdown pass ahead of UC Davis' Kevyn Lewis during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Corey Paclebar hauls in a pass in the endzone ahead of UC Davis' Charles Boyett during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The pass was ruled incomplete and no touchdown was awarded. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Sterling Jackson leaves UC Davis' Kevyn Lewis behind enroute to a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Tank Hopkins upends UC Davis' Josh Reese during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

UC Davis quarterback Randy Wright coughs up the ball after a hit from Hawaii's Art Laurel during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback David Graves soars for the endzone for a touchdown during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz eludes UC Davis defender Bobby Erskine during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

7 Responses to “Magnetism”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Can you tell us some technical information about the photos? Camera and lenses used? Shutter speed and ASA settings? How many megapixels? Etc.


  2. Schala:

    Great action shots! Love the Hopkins/Reese and Graves shots — catching the guys in midair like that must’ve taken some really lucky timing.


  3. jammaquino:

    Thanks both of you for checking out the blog!
    @Manoa_Fisherman, I’m not sure if you’ve seen previous posts of mine from Aloha Stadium and football, but my camera gear and settings haven’t changed. Here’s my gear breakdown for covering UH Football:

    1-Canon 1D MkiiN with a 400 2.8L IS
    1-Canon 1D Mkiii with a 70-200 2.8L IS
    1-Canon 1D Mkii with a 16-35 2.8L

    For night games, my setting on the camera with the 400 is 1/640 @ 2.8, ISO 1250, 4400K whitebalance.
    The Mark III is a dark camera, but holds up better in shadow so that’s why I use it for the 70-200 as the endzones have pockets of shadow and darkness. The setting for this camera is 1/800 @ 2.8, ISO 3200, 4400K whitebalance.
    The last camera with the wide angle is my “Oh crap, it’s coming right for me!” camera around my neck. That’s set to aperture priority (Av) at 3.5, ISO 1600.

    Images 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 were shot with the Mkiii and the 70-200. Images 4 and 5 were with the MkiiN and the 400.

    I hope this piques your interest as far as gear/settings. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for another post!


  4. jammaquino:

    @Schala, sorry I forgot to address your comment. Indeed a lot of it is luck, which is why I titled this post “Magnetism.” I just seemed to draw the lucky card that night in that everything went my way!

    But I must say, even with the great equipment I am using–cameras that have quick autofocus and fire at 10 frames a second, it’s still ALL ABOUT TIMING.

    Firing off a burst of 10-15 frames at a play coming your way certainly increases the chances of getting the shot, but ultimately you have to have a keen sense for the ball, the play, and the timing of the ball in the players’ hands.


  5. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Thank you for the technical data on your camera and the settings. Brings back memories of covering high school and UH games from the sidelines at the old Stadium for me. Back then, I had to push the Tri-X in D-76 or HC-110 to get any film speed above 1000 ASA.

    Talking about close ups, I got run over by a UH fullback, once. Lucky for me, those guys weren’t as big as the boys playing now. Also, there was a lot of area behind me, not like at Aloha Stadium.

    A 400mm f/2.8, that must be the size of a cannon. That must mean you are in very good shape and work out a lot to haul all that stuff around for three hours.


  6. Jordan:

    Pal, these are great images, especially Graves touchdown. You’re even more talented than the day we met way back in college.

    Great work.


  7. Passing Glance:

    Wow! Great action shots! Feels like I’m right in there in the game.


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