Husky Game day! Such mixed emotions on Saturday remembering the horrific events of 9 years earlier and yet having fun attending the University of Washington football game. I took my camera, as usual, with my 50mm f/1.4 as the only lens. I have a 70-200mm f/2.8 I could have lugged along. I wanted to shoot just candids and not any great plays on the field or long shots. The Husky band brought out a giant flag (as usual) and unfurled it. At first it was at full mast and then the band members hold the flag marched to the middle of the field to “lower” the flag to half mast in honor of the victims of 9/11. After a moment of silence, I dried the tears from my eyes and swallowed the lump out of my throat and it was game time. I found myself capturing a touchdown and a point after and amazingly they turned out quite well. My goal was to crop in camera and to have perfect exposure. Did I succeed? For the most part yes, but I did crop one image –just a little and I am so tempted to crop the touchdown image just to include the touchdown. I would lose the story of the celebration going on around it. I did take the images into photoshop and run MCP Actions Crystal Clear Web Resizing action on it. I love how it sharpens the image and re-sizes it for the net all in one click of a key.
I am asking my entire family to sign model releases today. Just because it is the professional thing to do.