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Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) scrambles towards the end zone against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Last week I shot my first shoot of 2014, the Fiesta Bowl between the Bayl0r Bears against the University of Central Florida Knights. This was the first time UCF had ever been in a BCS bowl game so you know they were hungry to defy the experts who had them as a double digit underdog. Check it out!

Before we jump to the photos I must admit that I wasn’t very excited about this game. I didn’t even know UCF was ranked until I found out they were in the game. However, during my pre-game research, I started reading more on UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and that NFL draft experts were saying he had potential to be the top overall pick.  That got me excited as I love getting shots of a player in college who goes on to be the first overall draft pick.

Some players who have gone #1 in the draft that I’ve shot before include Sam Bradford, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. Can Bortles become the next? Only time will tell.

On to the pics!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Check out the awesome reflective gold Baylor Bears helmets for the game. Awesome!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Check out the awesome reflective gold Baylor Bears helmets for the game. Awesome!

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles warms up on the field prior to the game against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles warms up on the field prior to the game against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears offensive lineman Cyril Richardson screams on the sidelines prior to the game against the UCF Knights.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears offensive lineman Cyril Richardson screams on the sidelines prior to the game against the UCF Knights.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles cheers on his players prior to the game against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles cheers on his players prior to the game against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/200th, Manual Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty gets hyped up in the tunnel prior to the game against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/200th, Manual
Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty gets hyped up in the tunnel prior to the game against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1250th, Manual Central Florida Knights wide receiver Breshad Perriman (11) attempts to make a diving catch under pressure from Baylor Bears cornerback Demetri Goodson. Sadly he was unable to catch the ball.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1250th, Manual
Central Florida Knights wide receiver Breshad Perriman (11) attempts to make a diving catch under pressure from Baylor Bears cornerback Demetri Goodson. Sadly he was unable to catch the ball.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights running back Storm Johnson (8) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights running back Storm Johnson (8) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears fans cheer in the grandstands against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears fans cheer in the grandstands against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears cornerback Demetri Goodson (right) is congratulated by teammate K.J. Morton after intercepting the ball in the first half against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears cornerback Demetri Goodson (right) is congratulated by teammate K.J. Morton after intercepting the ball in the first half against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws a pass in the second quarter against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws a pass in the second quarter against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears wide receiver Levi Norwood (42) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears wide receiver Levi Norwood (42) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman (1) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman (1) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty is upended as he flips into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Ugh, why couldn't this play have happened on my side?!?

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty is upended as he flips into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Ugh, why couldn’t this play have happened on my side?!?

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (right) is tackled by Baylor Bears safety Ahmad Dixon.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (right) is tackled by Baylor Bears safety Ahmad Dixon.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) scrambles towards the end zone against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) scrambles towards the end zone against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles runs into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baylor Bears.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles runs into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baylor Bears.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates after running for a second half touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates after running for a second half touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights head coach George O'Leary (right) celebrates with an assistant coach in the closing seconds of the game against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl. I was all set up waiting for the Gatorade dunk but sadly it never came...

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights head coach George O’Leary (right) celebrates with an assistant coach in the closing seconds of the game against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl. I was all set up waiting for the Gatorade dunk but sadly it never came…

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Central Florida Knights linebacker Troy Gray (left) and linebacker Terrance Plummer celebrate after defeating the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Central Florida Knights linebacker Troy Gray (left) and linebacker Terrance Plummer celebrate after defeating the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual A Central Florida Knights fan is arrested by police after attempting to celebrate on the field following the game. The moral of this story is don't be the only fan to enter the field. You will lose!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual
A Central Florida Knights fan is arrested by police after attempting to celebrate on the field following the game. The moral of this story is don’t be the only fan to enter the field. You will lose!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates on the podium after defeating the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 5000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates on the podium after defeating the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Pssst… Hey coach, I'm totally going pro…

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Pssst… Hey coach, I’m totally going pro…

That wraps up the Fiesta Bowl. Next up in my blog posts are some images from the AFC divisional game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers!


 
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