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|| News Item: Posted 2003-08-30

Laforet: Are you ready for some football?
By Vincent Laforet, The New York Times

"In very cold weather - gaffer tape hand-warmers to the bottom of your camera body with gaffer tape - this could mean getting an extra quarter from that battery at Lambeau Field in January!

Make a decision early - are you going to be very mobile and take two bodies, one with a 400mm and the other with a 70~200mm, with a 1.4 x extender, disks, and batteries in your side pocket? Or are you going to bring a third body w/ 50mm, a fanny pack w/ a wide-angle, 2x extender, and perhaps another long lens? Do one or the other... I like to go mobile most of the time - unless the sidelines are very crowded and then I camp out in the end zone with all the gear I can find... the first time I met Ron Taniwaki he had a little setup in the end zone at the Rose Bowl - complete with collapsible seat, crackers and If I remember right - paté!!!

Look through file photos / wires / agencies prior to the game - to see what angles might look best on the quarterback, and get some ideas on who the top players are from the visiting team...

If you don't know where to position yourself at the start of the game - either trust your gut feeling - or look at the light - think of where the light is now...and where it will be in 3 hours - that's of course if you're going to camp out in the same spot.

In case of rain - bring a very small backpack with nothing in it besides your rain pants, rain jacket w/ hood - and camera covers - that way you can stay mobile and have quick access to it... towels are sometimes best in light rain rather than cumbersome covers...

Either wear shorts or rain pants - jeans will always get ruined by the grass/sideline paint... and I hate running with knee pads.

Before each play - think of all the possible outcomes - so you're mentally ready for the touchdown run, pass, fumble, or interception."

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