|Notice the sky. The sun is setting. |
The second half, I'm shooting in available
darkness. That's Lily Messina in the
Corky hated low light photography. He called it shooting in "available darkness."
His solution was a good strong flash, one that would light up an area of 75 to 100 feet. His flash was plugged into a battery pack that was about half the size of a car battery and hung over his shoulder by a big strap. My own flash wasn't nearly as effective as Corky's. It operated on four AA batteries and had a reach of maybe 30 feet. These days no serious sports photographer uses a flash. Instead they have $10,000 lenses with huge glass that can inhale lots of available light. My lens cost $500 and just inhales darkness.
I suspect you visit my blog out of an interest in football, not photography. I won't bore you further with technical issues involved in shooting under low-light conditions. Rather, I thought you might enjoy the artistic work of a not-very-artistic photographer dealing with available darkness. The photos that follow were shot in the second half of the Houston game. By the second half the sun is setting. The stadium lights come on. My camera with my lame little $500 lens becomes useless at shooting action on the field. So I start looking for any subject, any image, that will capture some of the fun of football.
And the result? Pieces of art?
|This is Bobby James. The photo is shot about halfway through|
the third quarter. I think I was shooting the sky and Bobby
just got in my way. You can see I'm not an artist. The
composition isn't quite right. But I still like the shot.
|Another sky photo in the third quarter.|
Bobby getting in the way again. And a
lot of other people in the way, too.
|Notice the sky is totally dark now. This is a fourth quarter photo. Players are taking a knee, which |
suggests there is an injury on the field.
|I don't know if this is connected to the photo above. This|
is Rubi Reyna telling the team trainer her elbow is fine, just a
little tender, and she's ready for play. Trainer says "No."
Later x-rays reveal a fracture. Rubi is tough.
|Stephanie Marshall, normally a defensive back|
but now carrying a clip board as she recovers
from a knee injury.
|Does this one qualify as art?|
|Expressions of players behind in the score and |
running out of time.
|Coach and player talking strategy. I always wonder just|
what he is telling her. Or is she telling him?
Cookie Rivas visiting with Vero Narvaez during a break late in the game. My candid shots sometimes catch hidden stories. Note Vero is holding a candy bar. Note Cookie is licking her lips. Vero's expression is saying Nope, you aren't getting my candy bar.