UHHHH…football

September 6th, 2010
By jammaquino

Hawaii's Greg Salas reaches for the endzone for what was ruled a touchdown but recalled two plays later during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Sorry, my finger was stuck on the H key…Just kidding.  Anyway, just a recap of last Thursday’s season opener versus USC.  Usually, it takes a game or two to get back into the groove of shooting football, but I’ve found that the time I waste away playing a video game called “Modern Warfare 2″ has helped my photography considerably.  Now before you laugh this off, humor me if you will.  Let me first give you a small background on this video game.

Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person shooter game, meaning your perspective is as if your eyes are actually seeing what’s going on.  You don’t see your character on screen, but instead see your hands and your weapon.  If you run, you bounce up and down accordingly to simulate the reality of being in first-person perspective.  When you raise your weapon to fire, you see the rifle, SMG, or handgun snap up to the center of the screen as you aim down its iron sight, or scope for a sniper rifle.

Now visualize this as in you’re running around and seeing your cameras in hand and viewing the world from that perspective–after all, the game and being a photographer have one thing in common–shooting!   The video game really makes your hand/eye coordination work for the better, and you concentrate more (with the addition of earplugs–a must when shooting at the Stadium).

In this game, there is a technique called “quickscoping,” which is using a sniper rifle, which has a very low rate of fire, but high damage (STAY WITH ME HERE, THIS IS STILL A PHOTO BLOG POST!), and quickly raising it up to aim and before you even set sight in the scope, pop off a shot, and boom, target down. Here’s a video demonstrating the technique on youtube:

Quickscoping

Anyway, with this in mind, I’m able to track players and passes much more quickly and the response time between tracking them with my eye and the camera/shutter is faster, albeit more accurate. But enough about video games, here’s some of my faves from the game. Enjoy!

FIRST HALF:

Another view of the Salas lunge. Touchdown or not?

USC's Rhett Ellison leaps to haul in a touchdown pass in front of Hawaii's George Daily-Lyles during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Nice light, look at that ball!  Too bad I was on the other side!

USC's David Ausberry celebrates a touchdown during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Greg Salas cuts between USC defenders Nickell Robey, back, and Michael Morgan during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

And on to the second half:

I like the composition of this:

Hawaii's Bryant Moniz is brought down by USC's Jurrell Casey during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

THANK YOU QUICKSCOPING!!

Hawaii's Rodney Bradley soars but can't come up with the pass in the endzone while being pursued by USC's Chris Galippo during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

After Moniz’s hit, he was out of the game and returned to the field in a sweatsuit and a towel over his head.  Rather than photograph him from the front, I thought a nice, clean shot of him with the towel over his head was a more telling image of what had happened:

Hawaii's Bryant Moniz walks with a towel over his head after leaving the game during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

There we have it, recap from the game.  Off to more Modern Warfare 2!

8 Responses to “UHHHH…football”

  1. Bobby H:

    Nice stuff. Maybe you should share the game with the rest of your staff members.


  2. angelo:

    Wow, great pics!


  3. sportsforfun:

    Your first picture shows that Salas’ elbow was down on the half yard line. The question is, did the ball break the plane before the elbow touched the ground? Great picture!!


  4. Kent:

    @Jamm, great shooting along side y’all again. as ususal, you have some kick ass stuff! especially the salas one! there was some awesome light during that game. hope it doesnt end!

    @Bobby H – staff members cover what they;re assigned.


  5. BobbyH:

    @Kent – I know staff members cover what they are assigned. My point is how they do their job and what they turn in.


  6. pakegolf:

    Awesome pix. Which camera/lens were you using? Do you use auto aperature? I like the one of Moniz being pulled down also. Thanks for sharing.


  7. pakegolf:

    Ooops, auto “aperture”.


  8. jammaquino:

    @pakegolf, thanks for your compliments! Sorry for the late response, but to answer the gear part of your questions, all of the endzone action, save for the USC touchdown with the ball in the nice light, were taken with a Canon 1D Mark III and an EF 70-200 2.8 L IS lens. All of the midfield action were taken with a Canon 1D Mark IIN and an EF 400 2.8L IS lens. Because of the time frame of the game, in the first half, with daylight still there, the exposures ranged from 320-640 ISO, daylight whitebalance, aperture@2.8, and shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000 to 1/2000. The second half, as from my previous football posts from the stadium, it’s at ISO 1250, 1/640 @ 2.8, 4200K whitebalance. To answer the second part of your question, I always shoot in Manual exposure. Always. Not only do you have total control over your exposure, but it also helps you to learn the light, and the situation. With the advent of digital cameras, it’s a LOT easier to master that now, because you’re not blowing money on film and waiting to see if it came out properly exposed or not. Trust me, there were countless times before when I thought I had nailed the shot, go back to the lab, process my film, and immediate heartbreak to see that it wasn’t a proper exposure.

    Auto aperture or aperture priority, is a good platform to learn from too, though, but take the risk and shoot manual! Good luck!


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