Well, Hawaii overcame Weber State, and myself, editor George F. Lee, and fellow staffer Mike Burley were there to capture it–in all its rain-soaked glory! Funny thing, our buddy Hugh who was shooting for AP tonight jokingly said “Oh it’s gonna rain today, because I’m NOT going to take my rain cover out there.”
Yeah uh-huh…By the second quarter we were drenched!! But not before I made several neat images of new Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin. I wanted to capture an image that represented him as a new era of this football program.
Most of the game was on and off action, with a particularly dry second quarter action wise, as the Hawaii offense simply could not turn it on. Being parked in the endzone with the 600mm, I fretted as play after play happened with no real telling imagery. There were a few good reception shots I managed to get, though. Here’s one:
This picture is one affectionately called “the fingertips” shot by most photogs. It was really quite challenging, as the past three years of covering all the Hawaii football games, I’ve been used to Colt Brennan throwing bombs down the field. With Inoke in the first half, and Graunke in the second, it kept myself, and the rest of the photogs, on their toes not knowing fully what to expect.
I “moved” 14 pictures at half time. “Moved” is the term photojournalists use to describe transmitting and sending via FTP (file transfer protocol) to the newsroom for layout. Fast forward to the second half, and I’m in my rain-soaked clothes fretting and getting antsy for the story telling image. Graunke was on fire, and I was waiting for the right moment of interaction between Coach McMackin and Graunke. There were several times when Coach McMackin would high-five Graunke, but it just didn’t carry the weight of the story–I was looking for emotion, feel, and character. I watched the sidelines like a hawk, then it finally happened in the fourth quarter after Graunke’s final touchdown drive:
One in the can, just waiting for the coach handshake at the end of the game, as this is McMackin’s first home appearance as head coach. So with the clock winding down, both television and still guys waiting to dash to midfield for the handshake “scrum.” Just for fun, here’s the rest of the still photogs on the prowl for jube at the end:
Well there you have it, the first game of 2008 at Aloha Stadium. Be sure to check out our slideshow of photos on our main website. Signing off for now! See you soon!