It’s always nice when a photo works out the way you want it to work out. Especially when you have to wait 10 months.
I wanted to get a different feature photo from a prep football game, one I had never done before. So, last November I placed a GoPro camera on the 50 yard line, pointing straight up at the players and the official as they did the pre-game coin toss and handshakes. I set the camera to take one photo per second.
That attempt failed for lack of light. I (foolishly) tried the photo at our darkest football field. Though the resulting images were too dark and couldn’t be salvaged I saw the potential for the photo.
Fast forward to Sept. 3, the night of the first prep football game of this season. I figured my chances for a good photo were better because I was using a newer model of GoPro and there was still some ambient light at kickoff. Same setting of one photo a second.
I like the way the composition worked out with the players filling the frame and them reaching across so you’ve got multiple lines directing the viewer into the center of the photo.
I’ve got to give a special shout-out to head official Greg Leadon who was totally on-board with this photo. Besides allowing me to put the camera on the turf he made sure the players didn’t step on the camera (which is good since the camera belongs to the director of our interactive department).
So, yeah, I had to wait 10 months to make the photo but it was worth the wait.