Before anyone freaks out at me for the lack of camera setting info, it will be back soon! I have just been struggling to figure out this new blog setup. Im getting close.
I would get to the stadium nearly three hours before the game which gave me plenty of time to relax as well as shoot some pre game images.
A few minutes later it was time to head out on the field to shoot some more warm up action.
There were several bad things about shooting in the cold weather I hated, but there was one thing I LOVED. With each breath the players took it would make a steam cloud in front of them. For someone who usually only shoots football indoors, it was quite the treat.
Everything was going great and I was getting plenty of photos I liked.
Then the first of many bad things would begin to occur.
About 20 minutes before I had planned to head to the field I got a prompt from Apple to do a software update. I had never had issues as the result of an Apple update so I thought nothing of it.
After the update completed and I restarted the computer I went back to editing a few more pics before hitting the field.
Only one problem. Evidently the apple suggested system update messed with my Photoshop permissions because no matter what I did it was impossible to save an image. Not exactly what you want to have happen before a major sporting event where deadlines are within minutes of the photos.
What I ended up having to do was caption the photos and FTP the uncropped/uncompressed 36 megapixel images to the USA TODAY Sports photo desk where two of their editors had to deal with downloading the giant files and editing them for me.
After finally giving up on getting my photoshop to work I ran out to the field and caught the very end of Broncos team intros, luckily I got the one person I wanted to get.
Enough pre game stuff, lets get to some action.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around I had a couple problems.
First up, I could not feel my fingers at all. The expensive Under Armour gloves I bought did little to combat a few hours in the nearly below zero windchill adjusted temperature.
In addition to that problem, I was scheduled to fly home right after the game. I had allotted myself what I felt was a few hours from when game would end till I had to be at the airport.
I forgot how many more TV timeouts an NFL playoff game has so as the second half went on I really started to worry about missing my flight.
The score of the game went back and forth. It was an awesome game to witness…. even if the night wasn’t going my way.
The game would go into not only overtime but DOUBLE overtime. I accepted the fact I would not be making my flight home.
A few minutes into the second overtime period the game would come to an end courtesy of a kickers foot.
As soon as the kick went through the uprights ending the Ravens shocking win I would run as fast as I possibly could out to Ray Lewis. I was nearly to the center of the field when I noticed him just to my left. I would make a sharp turn at speed and sadly my shoes didn’t have enough traction and I crashed HARD!
The pain of nailing the ground with my knee nailing my 400mm lens on the ground it was such a sharp pain I initially debated just laying on the ground in pain. Luckily my photographer instinct took over and I went to work.
After the quick congratulations, Manning hastily left the field. His amazing season at a premature conclusion.
That wraps up the fourth longest game in NFL HISTORY.
Needless to say I missed my flight.
Oh, and the fall damaged one of my cameras and will result in a couple thousand worth of repairs.
The crazy thing is the game was so good that it was worth all the drama!
Now time to go pack for tomorrows trip to New Orleans to cover the Super Bowl!
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