So long Pro Bowl, so long football!!

February 12th, 2009
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HI EVERYONE!!  Sorry for the delay in updating, but there’s been A LOT going on here at our paper, and I want to give you folks quality updates, not quantity.  That will change though:)  

 

I have had the privilege of shooting my fair share of the NFL’s Pro Bowl as a staffer here at the Star-Bulletin, but the gravity of the fact that it won’t be returning here was evident from ONE picture that I took from among the few hundred frames I shot of the pre-game, game, and post-game events.  Here it is, and as I always stress whenever I talk about photojournalism–Tell the story.

 

The San Francisco 49ers mascot holds up a sign during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The San Francisco 49ers mascot holds up a sign during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 16-35 2.8L at 16 mm, Manual exposure, ISO 200, 1/2000 @ f 5.0, daylight whitebalance.

To me, that held more tangible information to our readers than say, any of the action shots during the game.  I was also thrilled to hear a dazzling National Anthem rendition by American Idol boy David Archuleta.

But, I’m not going to stop there!! Oh no, not me!!  I also managed to get the game-winning touchdown by the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, who was also the MVP, as all of you already knew.

 

The NFC'a Larry Fitzgerald leaps to haul in a touchdown over the AFC's Cortland Finnegan during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF70-200 f2.8 IS at 120mm, Manual Exposure, ISO 200, 1/3200 sec @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance

The NFC's Larry Fitzgerald leaps to haul in a touchdown over the AFC's Cortland Finnegan during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF70-200 f2.8 IS at 120mm, Manual Exposure, ISO 200, 1/3200 sec @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance

Snagging the game winning touchdown gives such an exhilarating feeling inside, but it’s such a gamble, such a roll of the dice.  I had a hunch that Eli Manning was going to go to Fitzgerald again, especially after his first-half touchdown, so I went with that side of the endzone and struck it lucky.  

But, man oh man, was it HOT out there!!!  Between halves, I felt like blacking out while editing in the dugout with my comrades.  We didn’t have the usual locker room to edit from.  Here’s our work station:

 

From top, Reuters' Hugh Gentry, AP shooters Marco Garcia, and Ronen Zilberman file their images in the dugout.  I had to take my red vest off, at right, just because it was just sooo hot.

From top, Reuters' Hugh Gentry, AP shooters Marco Garcia, and Ronen Zilberman file their images in the dugout. I had to take my red vest off, at right, just because it was just sooo hot.

Here’s some other action shots from the Pro Bowl.  The athleticism with which these athletes play is unbelievable, and a pleasure to photograph.  Enjoy!

 

The NFC's Brandon Marshall eludes the tackle of the AFC's Antoine Winfield during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L IS, Manual Exposure, ISO 160, 1/3200 @ f2.8, Daylight whitebalance

The AFC's Brandon Marshall eludes the tackle of the NFC's Antoine Winfield during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L IS, Manual Exposure, ISO 160, 1/3200 @ f2.8, Daylight whitebalance

 

The NFC's Jon Beason, middle, and Patrick Willis, left, break up a pass intended for the AFC's Tony Gonzales during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L IS, Manual Exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @ f2.8, Daylight whitebalance

The NFC's Jon Beason, middle, and Patrick Willis, left, break up a pass intended for the AFC's Tony Gonzales during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L IS, Manual Exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @ f2.8, Daylight whitebalance

 

The AFC's Marshawn Lynch cuts through the defense on a rush during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 2.8L IS, Manual exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance.

The AFC's Marshawn Lynch cuts through the defense on a rush during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 2.8L IS, Manual exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance.

 

The AFC's Peyton Manning looks for an open receiver during first-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS at 200mm, Manual exposure, ISO 200, 1/4000 @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance, shot at ground level while on my stomach.

The AFC's Peyton Manning looks for an open receiver during first-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS at 200mm, Manual exposure, ISO 200, 1/4000 @ f2.8, daylight whitebalance, shot at ground level while on my stomach.

The NFC's Anquan Boldin eludes the tackle of the AFC's Darrelle Revis during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L IS, Manual Exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @ 2.8, daylight whitebalance.

The NFC's Anquan Boldin eludes the tackle of the AFC's Darrelle Revis during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L IS, Manual Exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @ 2.8, daylight whitebalance.

 

 

The NFC's Larry Fitzgerald, left, celebrates with team mate Adrian Peterson after Fitzgerald's third quarter touchdown during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8L IS, manual exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @f2.8, daylight whitebalance.

The NFC's Larry Fitzgerald, left, celebrates with team mate Adrian Peterson after Fitzgerald's third quarter touchdown during second-half action of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8L IS, manual exposure, ISO 160, 1/4000 @f2.8, daylight whitebalance.

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One Response to “So long Pro Bowl, so long football!!”

  1. james nachtwey:

    the larry fitzgerald image was the TD of the game.


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