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Feb

What is it like to be down on the field for the biggest one day sporting event on the planet? An event nearly everyone you know is somewhere watching? A week ago I had no idea as I had never shot a Super Bowl from the field. On a cold weekend in Dallas… uh I mean “North Texas” I would find out.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to shoot my third Super Bowl this year but as I mentioned above, this time it would be my first shooting from on the field. Needless to say I was incredibly pumped up for this day.

Before I continue further I should say all the images in this blog are for editorial use only and appear in this blog for educational purposes. Photos are not available for sale!

Below, fans flock towards Cowboy Stadium for the Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5, 1/1600th, Manual

For the game I got to the stadium about four hours prior to the game. With plenty of time to kill I roamed around the field looking for celebrities to shoot.

Jennifer Aniston

Adam Sandler

Owen Wilson

Hugh Jackman

Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Christina Aguilera

Nikon D3s, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 3200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

Prior to the game I had my buddy Kevin Terrell take a photo of me on the sidelines of the Super Bowl to impress my father with…

Photo by Kevin Terrell

…. Not bad for a punk kid kicked out of photography class in high school!

Ok lets get to some game pics.

Below, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (top right) prepares to take the snap against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass in the first half during Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium, below.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Mixed martial artist Chuck Lidell during the first half of Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) hits Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) into the endzone to score a touchdown during the first half of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward looks up after a hit from Green Bay Packers safety Charlie Peprah (26) during the first half of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium, below.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Some cool rim lighting on the fans in the crowd prior to the start of the halftime show, below.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Manual

Below, the Black Eyed Peas perform during halftime of Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual

These dancer illuminated by lights on their clothes made for really cool pics.

Nikon D3s, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

The popular singer Usher made a surprise appearance which produced a few good pics.

Nikon D3s, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

Nikon D3s, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 4000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

Here are some shots from the second half.

Below, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gestures to one of his players prior to the start of the second half of Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f2,8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) dives after a loose ball with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the second half of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless in the second half, below.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium, below.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) scores a touchdown during the second half of Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Below, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (below) is seconds away from being the meat in a Pittsburgh Steelers sandwich.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

At the end of the game it was a quick run out to the middle of the field to shoot the Packers celebrating. Obviously the person you wanna shoot is the quarterback so I ran as fast as I could out to him, below.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

The post game scrum (mosh pit of media vying for their shots) was crazier than any scrum I have experienced in my career, and I have experienced a lot. It was fun to be in the middle of such an exciting atmosphere but I ended up learning a valuable lesson. That lesson is you wanna have a really wide angle lens on the camera. I went out there with my 24-70mm and I ended up being so close to Rodgers that I was way over lensed.

Below is a pretty cool photo by Erich Schlegel showing me on the left fighting for position with my good friend Kevin Cox as I “hail mary” the camera in the air trying to get the shot.

Photo by Erich Schlegel

And here is my way too close up shot of Rodgers celebrating with teammates before the rush of photographers arrived.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

For those of you who may have seen me getting shoved around on TV while that was all going on I quickly found myself pushed out of my good position in front of Rodgers, below is a pic of what the view looked like from the outside. Looking at the metadata and seeing the exact time the photos were taken I went from the outside….

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

…… back to the inside of the pack in just 17 seconds. Needless to say I pushed and shoved like a madman to get back into the scrum.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

A few minutes later was the trophy presentation so I headed around to the front of the podium to shoot the below frame of Clay Matthews (left) with Aaron Rodgers as confetti rained down around them.

Nikon D3s, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f3.5, 1/1250th, Manual

The below two frames a couple cool shots I liked of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual

Prior to walking off the field to pack up and head back to the hotel I had to squeeze out one more cheesy photo.

Photo by Tyler Kaufman

Next up is two weeks of NASCAR action in Daytona. Stay tuned!

Here are some clips from the game. Many more to come!


 
Posted in Sports   10 Comments

10 responses to “Green Bay sends the Steelers Packing”

  1. steve says:

    On a cold weekend in Dallas… uh I mean “North Texas”…I mean ARLINGTON!!!!
    Sorry the weather did not cooperate, as they say, you should have been here last weekend. Great post as always. Steve Ratcliff Arlington resident.

  2. Great job, dude! Can’t wait to see this year’s installment of cars flying through the air upside down.

  3. Koen Miseur says:

    Gratz with getting in Mark, u deserved it!
    Very cool photo’s, i like the one with the coach the most!
    To bad Linsday Lohan wasn’t there though! 😉

  4. Dan says:

    Great shots…as always!

    My question, in most of your posts you’ve been using the D700, I see you’ve used the D3s for the Super Bowl and a few of your recent posts. Do you think there is a dramatic difference between the two…other than price?!

    Thanks,
    Dan

  5. Shannon Frost says:

    You are a heck of a photographer. I enjoy your blog. It is nice you take the time to tell us how it really is.

    I notice many of your shots are featured in ESPN. Along the bottome are thumbnails of various other shots. Is the ESPN on th iPad or some other web site. It looks like an excellent site to view sports shots.

    Shannon

  6. DPC says:

    Mark – Awesome pics as always!!!

    I’ve always been curious about this… What do you do with your 400mm, other camera gear, etc.. when you’re running to center field to get the post game shots? Do you lug all that gear with you?

  7. I handed it off to an assistant in the closing seconds of the game. Being in the scrum following the game is tough enough with just the camera in my hand but to also have a long lens on my shoulder would make it nearly impossible to do a good job

  8. william says:

    nice shots! cant wait for your daytona post!!! i have no doubt youll make the most boring race in years look really interesting! and thank you for posting this and showing your settings and all that good stuff, I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and have learned more just from your blogs than I have from any research and “teachers”! Thank you for that!!

  9. Jim M says:

    Mark,
    I figured you were shooting that night. Congratulations! Great Shots.

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