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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2011-08-31

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
“Like anything that you may photograph it helps to know something about the subject, event, team.”

By Carlos Gonzalez, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Photo by Carlos Gonzalez, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Photo by Carlos Gonzalez, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin (12) could not hang on to a Brett Favre pass in the end zone as he was defended by Vontae Davis (21). The play resulted in a Miami interception in the second quarter during the Sept. 19, 2010, game.
I choose this interception image from the Vikings first home game of the 2010 season because it almost sums up their season. The Vikings returned virtually their entire team including Brett Favre from the previous season. It was the team that went to the NFC Championship game and lost in OT to the Saints who went on to win the Super Bowl.

Fans had very high hopes for the team, but the season was plagued by a series of mishaps, injuries, underachieving players, and an off the field “texting” scandal. Not to mention the Metrodome roof collapse, and the team playing “home” games in Detroit and at the University of Minnesota. Also playing what should have been a Sunday night game on a Tuesday night in Philadelphia because of a blizzard.

On this play I noticed Percy Harvin line up in the slot on my side of the field and I just felt like the pass was coming to him so I was ready with my second body. Like anything that you may photograph it helps to know something about the subject, event, team, etc.

In this case it’s no secret the Percy Harvin was a favorite target of Brett Favre. Favre threw a pass to the sure handed Harvin for what should have been an easy touchdown, but it wasn’t. Harvin bobbled the ball and it floated up in the air for a Miami interception. The Vikings lost that game and finished with 6-10 record.

I like to use a 70-200mm lens on my second body when shooting football. I find it to be a useful focal range on plays near the end zone. I pre-focus on the goal line so when I grab the camera the focus is in the general range of where the play might be. I usually start shooting most plays with a 400mm lens and then change to another body when needed.

This was the first season of shooting football on my Canon Mark IV’s and I wanted to test their range so I shot at ISO 3200. My exposure was 1/2000sec @ F/2.8. The images held up very well at ISO 3200 so I shot the rest of the season at that setting for games at the Metrodome.


(Carlos Gonzalez is a staff photographer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. You can see his work on his Sports Shooter member page:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=3567 )


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