Sports is in my blood, just like photography. In my previous career, I was a professional sports writer for 11 years in the newspaper business. Along the way I covered everything from Texas high school football to the NBA and the NFL, including Brett Favre's amazing 2009 season with the Minnesota Vikings. Living here in Tampa, there are a handful of baseball teams that come to this area for spring training. I took my son to the opening game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays. (Unfortunately, my favorite team, the Dodgers, no longer come to Florida for spring training.) I wanted to enjoy the sunshine and the atmosphere that day, so I took only a few shots from the stands. Here are a couple.
I love shooting football! There's so much action and intensity. I made these shots at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 13 at Raymond James Stadium. I shot these from the stands, but I think they turned out pretty well. This is just the second NFL game I've ever shot. Please let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite?
The next photo is a wider crop of the first one. I'm not sure which version I like better.
Texans QB Matt Schaub inside the huddle.
Some of my other favorites from the game:
I wish the punter was in focus but I'll include it here because of the timing involved with the ball on his foot.
Here are more of my pictures from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game against the Miami Dolphins last month. To see the other pictures I already posted from this game, click here. As always, I'd greatly appreciate your feedback on these shots.
I was lucky to shoot pictures at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game last month against the Miami Dolphins. Thanks to my friend Steve at work for letting me have his tickets! I wasn't sure whether to take my camera because I had no idea if I would be close enough to the field to get good shots. But after I arrived, I was excited that the seats were fantastic. I was so glad I brought my camera and my 70-200 f/2.8 with a 1.4x teleconverter. I had so much fun shooting the game, which the Bucs won. It was even better because I took my 8-year-old son Evin with me. It was his first NFL game! Here are some of my favorite shots from that night. UPDATE 9-28-11: For more pictures from the game, click here.