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Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) leaps over Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) as he returns the opening kick of the second half for a touchdown.

Under much warmer temps than we all expected, Super Bowl 48 was played Sunday night near New York City between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. There are always many different opinions on the direction a game will go but I can assure you that nobody expected what we ended up getting. Continue on to see the game from my view on the field…

For the last several months leading up to the Super Bowl, all everyone was talking about was the potential for a snowy game. I hate cold weather but I was very hopeful for snow because it would be the first Super Bowl to be played in the snow. Well that didn’t end up happening. Hopefully we would get a super close competitive game…

On to the pics!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority A seagull flies over MetLife Stadium as the sun sets prior to the start of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Broncos and Seahawks.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
A seagull flies over MetLife Stadium as the sun sets prior to the start of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Broncos and Seahawks.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Aperture Priority With temps in the upper 40's at kickoff, there wouldn't be too much need for these giant coat check stations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Aperture Priority
With temps in the upper 40’s at kickoff, there wouldn’t be too much need for these giant coat check stations for the VIP’s and celebrities hanging out in the suites.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1250th, Manual One diehard Broncos fan faces off with a diehard Seahawks fan in the stands prior to the game.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.2, 1/1250th, Manual
One diehard Broncos fan faces off with a diehard Seahawks fan in the stands prior to the game.

For the game I would be assigned to the Seahawks sideline. If the Seahawks lost then my assignment was to shoot the two coaches shaking hands followed by dejection shots of players leaving the field.

If they won, my job would be to cover the celebration on the field. Thats always more fun than the dejection stuff.

Time for the game!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno recovers a fumble in the end zone for a safety against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter. The play would result in the quickest score in Super Bowl history at 12 seconds into the game!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno recovers a fumble in the end zone for a safety against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter. The play would result in the quickest score in Super Bowl history at 12 seconds into the game!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) celebrates with teammates after a safety in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) celebrates with teammates after a safety in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond signals safety as he heads back to the sidelines to celebrate.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond signals safety as he heads back to the sidelines to celebrate.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin runs towards the end zone after catching a pass. Sadly he went out of bounds  20 yards before the goal line. #almost

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin runs towards the end zone after catching a pass. Sadly he went out of bounds 20 yards before the goal line. #almost

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Denver Broncos outside linebacker Nate Irving (56) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) in the end zone in the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Nate Irving (56) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) in the end zone in the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass under pressure from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass under pressure from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.

He probably shouldn’t have made that throw as it would be intercepted.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) intercepts a pass intended for Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) in the first half.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) intercepts a pass intended for Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) in the first half.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Paris Lennon.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Paris Lennon.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual An unhappy looking Peyton Manning during a timeout.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
An unhappy looking Peyton Manning during a timeout in the first half.

One of the major plays of the game would occur with Malcolm Smith intercepting a Peyton Manning pass and returning it for a touchdown. I wasn’t in a good position to get the shot.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Time for the halftime show…

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Manual Bruno Mars performs during half time.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Manual
Bruno Mars performs during half time.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Manual Midway through the concert he would be joined on stage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Manual
Midway through the concert he would be joined on stage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Manual

With the Seahawks holding a massive 22 point lead, the Broncos would have to stop the Hawks and start scoring some touchdowns ASAP.

With the Seahawks receiving the kickoff to begin the second half, Percy Harvin decided to show why he’s such a dangerous player to defend by returning the kickoff for a touchdown.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) leaps over Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) as he returns the opening kick of the second half for a touchdown.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) leaps over Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84) as he returns the opening kick of the second half for a touchdown.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual There was no catching the speedy Harvin as he took it to the house to basically end anyones thoughts for a Denver comeback.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
There was no catching the speedy Harvin as he took it to the house to basically end anyones thoughts for a Denver comeback.

As he was celebrating walking back to the bench I got close up with my wide to shoot the below shot. Moments after this photo I would trip over a speaker and fall and halfway take fullback Derrick Coleman down with me…. good thing TV didn’t catch that!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) celebrates with fullback Derrick Coleman (40) after returning the kick for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) celebrates with fullback Derrick Coleman (40) after returning the kick for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos.

Now down 29-0, Peyton Manning really started forcing passes into some dangerous spots.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Peyton Manning throws a pass in the third quarter against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Peyton Manning throws a pass in the third quarter against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Time for another Broncos turnover.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) fumbles after being hit by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell (right) in the third quarter.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) fumbles after being hit by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell (right) in the third quarter.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams (20) in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams (20) in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas celebrates a fourth quarter tackle.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas celebrates a fourth quarter tackle.

Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman would suffer an injury in the fourth quarter and be taken off the field on a cart.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) is carted off the field after sustaining an injury in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) is carted off the field after sustaining an injury in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

With a final score of 43-8, there wasn’t near as much post game celebration as I’m used to. I followed Russell Wilson around and he was pretty calm for what he had just accomplished.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Manual Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) leads teammates in a prayer seconds after winning the Super Bowl XLVIII.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) leads teammates in a prayer seconds after winning the Super Bowl XLVIII.

As the confetti was falling it got the players into a more festive mood.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung raises a number one into the sky as he celebrates the Super Bowl victory with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and teammates.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung raises a number one into the sky as he celebrates the Super Bowl victory with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and teammates.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual Heres what it looked like when I aimed my camera up. It almost looks like the snow I was praying we'd get during the game...

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
Heres what it looked like when I aimed my camera up. It almost looks like the snow I was praying we’d get during the game…

Time for some trophy ceremony shots on the main stage.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates on the podium prior to being awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates on the podium prior to being awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Detailed view of the Vince Lobardi trophy in the hand of quarterback Russell Wilson as confetti reins down.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Detailed view of the Vince Lobardi trophy in the hand of quarterback Russell Wilson as confetti reins down.

Here’s your MVP, Malcolm Smith.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith holds the Vince Lombardi trophy on the stage after being announced as the games MVP.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith holds the Vince Lombardi trophy on the stage after being announced as the games MVP.

With the trophy ceremony complete it was time to run back to one of the media rooms to drop off all my gear and head to the Seahawks locker room to shoot inside.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual Here an inside view of one of the multiple still photographers editing rooms an hour after the conclusion of the game.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Here an inside view of one of the multiple still photographers editing rooms an hour after the conclusion of the game.

While waiting for the locker room to be opened to the media, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch came out wearing a sweat suit with his nickname of Beast Mode on it.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch looks at the field from the players tunnel as he looks for his mother in the grandstands.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch looks at the field from the players tunnel as he looks for his mother in the grandstands.

Time for some locker room fun.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/500th, Manual Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch dances around the locker room after plugging his iPod into the locker rooms speaker system.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/500th, Manual
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch dances around the locker room after plugging his iPod into the locker rooms speaker system.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/800th, Manual Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette kisses the Lombardi trophy in the Seattle locker room following the game.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/800th, Manual
Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette kisses the Lombardi trophy in the Seattle locker room following the game.

Being in there to witness a amped up speech by coach Pete Carroll was amazing.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/800th, Manual Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addresses the team in the locker room following the game.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/800th, Manual
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addresses the team in the locker room following the game.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/800th, Manual Following an awesome speech by coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks celebrate together with the shiny trophy!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f2.8 1/800th, Manual
Following an awesome speech by coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks celebrate together with the shiny trophy!

That wraps up Super Bowl number six for my career. Can’t wait for lucky number seven in Phoenix next year!

Here are a few of my favorite Instagram pics shot on my iPhone during the week in NYC.

(images from top left) MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Morning, Long cab stand line at Laguardia, Times Square human traffic jam, Howard Stern and wife Beth at his Birthday Party, Me with the Seahawks mascot mid game, Cab traffic in Times Square, Snowy tree branches on my departure day, Drake performing at the Revolt Party, View at the intersection outside my hotel room.

(images from top left) MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Morning, Long cab stand line at Laguardia, Times Square human traffic jam, Howard Stern and wife Beth at his Birthday Party, Me with the Seahawks mascot mid game, Cab traffic in Times Square, Snowy tree branches on my departure day, Drake performing at the Revolt Party, View at the intersection outside my hotel room.

Next up is the NHRA season opener in Pomona!


 
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