So I decided that I have lots of cool photos from the past several years I have been shooting and since I didn’t have a blog back then most haven’t been seen by you guys. With that in mind I have decided to start posting short blogs highlighting random images from my archive. Along with the image I plan to include some background info on the image and how it was shot. Continue reading to here more about the photo.


I remember really wanting to shoot the 2006 Rose Bowl which was the National Championship matchup between USC and Texas.

I was still in the Navy at the time stationed in Seattle, WA but I took vacation at the beginning of the year and two days before the game I was lucky enough to secure a credential. In what still is one of the most amazing football games I have ever shot, Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young ran the winning touchdown into the end zone right towards me with 19 seconds remaining on the clock (below).


Nikon D2x, 80-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

After time expired ending the game the underdog Texas Longhorns were the National Champions and Vince Young jumped on the bench near the crowd and celebrated in a shower of confetti.

When I saw him climb up there to celebrate I got as close to him as I could and shot the celebration. The only problem was you couldn’t see his face because I was several feet beneath him.


Nikon D2x, 12-24mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/100th, Manual, SB80 Flash

By moving right in front of him I could now see his face but I was still too low.


Nikon D2x, 12-24mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/100th, Manual, SB80 Flash

My last attempt I moved further to the other side and held the camera over my head and began jumping up and down, each time I would jump I would fire a hail mary photo to try and have the camera aimed properly. Although I had numerous crappy images I ended up with the below frame that worked pretty well (excluding his fingertip being cut off.)


Nikon D2x, 12-24mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/100th, Manual, SB80 Flash

I hope to do small random photo blogs a few times a week. Let me know what you guys think of the idea and/or any suggestions you may have. Thanks.


Posted in California, Football, NCAA, Sports, Texas   | 10 Comments

10 responses to “Random Photo (1/4/06)-Vince Young leads Texas past USC to the Championship”

  1. ben says:

    Any time that we get to see more updates to the blog is fine by me mark. Great stuff

  2. Eric says:


    I really like this post. I also enjoy seeing the image in use on the CBS Sports site. Would love to see more of these incorporated into your posts as well. Please post as often as you like and I’ll be catching every one of them. Cheers!

  3. Great idea; look forward to seeing more from your archives and hearing about how your shooting has evolved over the years.

  4. I am definitely for the addition of more posts. This is one of the few blogs I get excited to read when there is a new post.

  5. Becky says:

    Hi Mark,

    WOW!!! Awesome shots of Vince Young. I have enjoyed all your blogs so far. Goooo Horns!!!!!!!

  6. Mark M says:

    I like it!
    The short blurb is nice for a quick read during a busy day.
    Really enjoy all you posts and love the details!

  7. Gary says:

    Yes please – always enjoy your work. Look forward to more from the past.
    All the best

  8. Moe says:

    Haha, the cut off finger seems not to matter. they cut his whole arm off 🙂

    nice stuff, greetz from hamburg

  9. Kristoff says:

    a good idea to start this kind of posts! interesting background story about the photo!
    greetings from germany

  10. Ted says:

    Great photos, I personally would like to see more photos from this game but happy with what is presented. And yes I would like to see your archival material. Interesting where the 3 key players from this game are in their career, Leinart (2nd string), Young (rarely plays) and Bush (starter)

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