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Springfield Gladiators enter playoffs

manual exposure, 400mm ISO 400 f/5.6 at 1/1000, Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G AF-S VR with TC20EII teleconverter

manual exposure, 400mm ISO 400 f/5.6 at 1/1000, Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G AF-S VR with TC20EII teleconverter

Okay, so Sports Illustrated isn’t exactly beating down my door to sign a contract with me, but that’s okay because this shot of Myles as he caught the ball and began what was to become a touchdown run (with Coach Bruno, his father and several teammates including my son all behind him, cheering him on) is one of my favorites for reasons that have nothing to do with photography: I’m a mom.

These boys are my team, the coaches and parents have become friends and it’s not really about the photographs, or the plays, or the scores of each game, or our record this season; it’s about the kids, the volunteers, the experience, the learning and the fun.

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  • Christine - Thank you! I’ve been thinking about this, and have determined at least two things that separate SI photographers from mothers:

    Moms prefer to stand on the sidelines with all of the other parents and fans. This shot was taken from the end-zone, the only time I separated myself from the other fans to shoot, and it gave me the angle I needed to show their faces; and

    SI photographers use a pod (usually a monopod) and that gives them extra stability which would open up some exposure options and eliminate camera blur. I’m awkward with monopods and tripods in general and I’ve always resisted using one, but I think next year I’m going to make that my personal project, learning to use it as an extension of my lens. (No doubt my left wrist will thank me after the games.)ReplyCancel

  • Paul - Well, I must say this is the best “mom” football shot on the face of this earth!!ReplyCancel

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