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Music City Bowl – (Re)action

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), Diary, Football, friends, Kernel, Music City Bowl, Nashville, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, sports, travel on January 6, 2008 by lenscapremoved


Just as they win and it’s over, we begin.

I’ve blogged about a big win before so I thought I would take a different angle this time.

Straight forward, things I learned or was reminded of:




  • When you’re in the front row of about 30 photographers, you have the best view of what’s going on but end up looking up people’s noses. So when you throw a hail-Mary up to get even with the subjects, don’t be surprised when everyone in the photo workroom is mad at you. But hey, I got my pics from it. Survival of the fittest.


  • Never, ever, ever forget about the Gatoraide bath. It’s going to happen. Don’t be one of the 29 photographers in the workroom without it while David Stephenson shows off his perfect shot.


  • Don’t waste time on the coach if you know you have your shot of him. I didn’t follow Brooks beyond the celebration of stage. If I had, I would have had 15 solid pictures of him, but none as good as the ones from him receiving the trophy.


  • Security and cops will most likely push you around. They’re just doing their job: protecting the coaches. You can see a fella yelling at me to get out of the way so Andre’ Woodson can get through. That’s going to happen. Get your shots, but be conscious that it’s not uncommon for people to get arrested at football games. A friend recalled hearing a cop say, “I can’t wait to topple some of these punks,” right before fans rushed the field. Journalist are not exempt.


  • There are show-boats amongst the players. You don’t have to shoot them. They’re just showing off for the media. Sometimes this is OK, sometimes it’s not. Generally I wont shoot it. find the real celebrations. The ones that they forget you’re watching.


  • Always, always, always be ready to run to the middle of the field at the end of the game. If the clock is out and no one else is going, who cares? Get out there and get your shot.


  • A big part of what we do is anticipation. Elliott is very good at this. It’s actually a big part of what he is better than you are. Anticipation separates the pros from the amateurs. While Elliott technically isn’t a professional, he still out shoots them at football games. Before the game he spent nearly an hour looking for Andre’ Woodson’s mom. All that just so that in four hours when the game was over, he would know where to be. He wanted a shot like the one above (he already has one that is better from earlier this season). You should check his blog to see if he got it.While we’re on anticipation, you should apply that to the action. What? You can’t anticipate action? I disagree. This is a whole other topic though. Just think about it.

I hope you like them and have enjoyed my Music City Bowl coverage. Please comment and make fun of my photos.


But as always with UKphotojournalism photos, you do not have permission to take these down from the site. They’re the property of the Kentuckian and myself. If you’re interested, email Also, while my opinions are the best ones, the Kentuckian would probably not step out to say that they are with me on basically anything I say. So don’t call them complaining because I made a subtle joke about Dicky Lyons Jr. being a showboat.


Music City Bowl – Light

Posted in Football, Music City Bowl, Nashville, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, sports, travel, University of Kentucky on January 5, 2008 by lenscapremoved

This is one of my favorite pics from the game for the light and body language of Andre’ Woodson. He looks focused and is an obvious leader. Even if you don’t know who he is, this photo tells you he is important.

Football stadiums do amazing things to light.

They bend, break, interrupt and mold it into beautiful pockets that create excellent photos. All you have to do is wait. We realized that the good light wasn’t going to last until gametime, so we all hit the field shooting warmups. We were lurking like ligers on the sidelines, prancing along the boundaries basically trying to piss off the photo marshals.

I ripped this idea from Keith and didn’t get the exact shot I wanted, which was more movement than the players just walking. The separation is still nice and it is different.

In an ideal situation you can get gameplay in these pockets of light. Since this game started later in the day there was no chance. Just think how nice it would be to have Dicky Lyons Jr. leaping into the air to catch a pass in that pocket where Andre’ is standing. Or what if you have Micah Johnson lifting up the FSU quarterback and slamming him, and the only thing in light is Johnson’s upper body and the QB.

This photo might be overtoned, but I wanted to emphasize what was going on. (And I’ve read that wordpress photos need to be overtoned to show up correctly…so let me know how it looks). Wesley Woodyard is pumping up his D-line.

I mostly focused on catching Rafeal Little, Keenan Burton, Wesley Woodyard, Steve Johnson, Jacob Tamme and Andre’ Woodson in these pockets. They’re the significant seniors. They’ve made this team who they are and they’re the story.

It had been questionable that Keenan Burton would play. I knew that and was watching for him. If he didn’t play, it may have been a part of a story. So if we needed a picture of him, what better one than this?

We’re story tellers. Catching Lone Seiber in the light doesn’t really say anything, except maybe, “Hey, this guy has a really white uniform because kickers rarely get tackled!” So once you find the light at the stadium, watch for the players you need to make the picture.

I hope these teases your brain a bit. Give me your side and help me learn too. I hope you enjoyed the frames.

But as always with UKphotojournalism photos, you do not have permission to take these down from the site. They’re the property of the Kentuckian and myself. If you’re interested, email Also, while my opinions are the best ones, the Kentuckian would probably not step out to say that they are with me on basically anything I say. So don’t call them complaining because I made fun of kickers.

Music City Bowl – Action

Posted in Music City Bowl, Nashville on January 4, 2008 by lenscapremoved

 The more and more I shoot sports, the less I care about action.

Action photos are a dime a dozen, and I believe it takes careful planning to make a unique one, or a fluke play. I know it’s debatable. It’s easy to claim that if you shoot certain moments repeatedly you’ll get the surprise. I know. I had one of those moments last year when Wesley Woodyard broke Michael Bush’s leg. I had the picture of his leg bending, and an official who was also evading a tackle got in the way and ruined the frame. Had I been more experienced, I would have known not to be standing in that position and that it was likely to get blocked there. I know that now.

There is an art to shooting sports. I just don’t care much for it anymore. Dave always told me the good pictures aren’t the action. It’s taken me a long time to fully appreciate that. Some never will. Even after the bowl game the Courier-Journal ran a full spread of photos, nearly all of which were action.

I’m comfortable that I can make the shots, even with a 70-200 without an extender. Most of the big plays are going to happen within 30 yards from the goal line. You can get the best pics without 3,000 dollar lenses, most of the time.

I have the reaction to come. I’m breaking up my photos into categories, so I can get balanced comments on the types. Tomorrow good light pictures will show up, and after that you’ll see the reaction.

Thanks for reading.

Fumble from Woodson.

Second hit on a sack.

Over celebrating a touchdown. Penalty enforced on the kickoff.

QB runs the ball. I like this one because it’s hard to get this kind of separation and have everything around the player working for you instead of against.





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