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Manteca High School Football : Oakdale at Manteca

October 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Manteca High School Football!

Football season is upon us and like usual, our area is very big on Friday night Prep football. This week I got to cover Manteca High School  (varsity football) take on the visiting team, Oakdale High School who travelled roughly 22 miles west from their home town of Oakdale, Calif. for the Stockton Record.

Manteca High School Football fans standing on the bleachers during sunset as the lights come onPrep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – Manteca High School Football Fans watch as Oakdale visits Manteca for Friday nigh football at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)


Prep football as well as any football can become repetative but I always try to find something new to shoot. Some times it pays off but sometimes it does not. You also have to take in consideration risk vs. reward and I will talk about that a bit more in this blog post.

Since this was an assignment for a client, getting early can be a helpful factor especially with a deadline. Most football games that I shoot for the paper has a deadline of 9:30pm – 10:00pm with games “starting” at 7:00pm (which seem to never happen since a J.V. game seems to always go over) covering a full game can be near impossible since around 10 images are required so I am usually out of there by half time.

I got to Manteca High around 6:30pm. Luckily this school gives press special parking so I got a nice spot right behind the bleachers. As you can see, because of that I was able to get a nice shot of the sun setting and the lights turned on. For this image I used my Canon 1D Mark III with the 70 – 200mm on. So now since I was at the game nearly 30 min early I was able to grab a photo like this compared to walking up and rushing to the sidelines to start grabbing action shots. Risk here? None! Reward? Great! Now I could of gotten a lot more creative but I still needed to clean up my gear, get the lenses cleaned up and batteries put into the bodies. Image 1, Check! (now 10 images is what is wanted but having 8-9 solid images can be ok as some games…like this one can be hard to shoot for more than one reason).

Manteca High School Football Manteca Band during game actionPrep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – The Manteca band performs during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

Getting photos of “other stuff” can also be rewarding. Bands, fans, cheerleaders, warmups are all great filler images and gives another angle for fans that might want to read the story or just browse through some of the images. This field is known for bad lights for photographers to cover so taking a “risk” before the break is O.K. I took a bunch of images of the fans and band and even some of the cheerleaders but they didn’t show up very well so I ended up just scrapping them, but at least I got a couple images out of the way.

Manteca High School Football Manteca Band during game action against OakdalePrep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – The Manteca band performs during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

A few more images came out ok but I shared the cream of the crop with the paper. Images such as the team captains walking to the middle of the field, the coin toss, and just general images that didn’t come out great were just disregarded and tossed. When I work with clients such as papers, you dont want the “just O.K.” images to come through because that is what you are remembered for next time you shoot so quantity does not always equal quality which clients like The Record look for.

As I mentioned earlier in this blog post, the lighting at this field is just plain BAD so I had to bump up the ISO and slow down the shutter. The game started and went fast. The first quarter there was a lot of running the ball especially coming from Manteca. There was no big plays in the start and a lot of running down the middle making it very hard for photos of game action.

Manteca High School Football Manteca players during game action against Oakdale Prep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – Manteca High School Football players Billy Sharmoug (55), Sal Pena (32), and Roger Rhodes (22), get ready for the next play during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

The image with the players standing is something I have experimenting these days trying to show the fans and football players during the game. The depth of field that comes from the 400mm is great and gives a nice feel for what the game looks like from the sidelines and gives a decent image as a filler (3 images down). But at this point im pulling my hair not knowing what to do because 3 images is not going to do it.

I started to move around and trying to get some of the normal angles I get from the game to try and get some decent images. So now in the second quarter of the game I am struggling to find something. Luckily the game started to get a bit interesting. End of the second some big plays took place and the game got interesting fast. Check out some of the images I got in the remaining 5 min of the game.

Manteca High School Football Oakdale Manteca Game ActionPrep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – Manteca High School Football Football player Michael Gonzalez (28) during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

Manteca High School Football MantecaPrep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – Manteca High School Football player Michael Gonzalez (28) during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

 

Oct. 26, 2012 – Manteca High School Football player Joe Menzel (7) hands off the ball during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

 

Manteca High School Football MantecaPrep Football - Manteca, CA: Oakdale at Manteca

Oct. 26, 2012 – Manteca High School Football player Roger Rhodes (22), runs the ball during game action against Oakdale on Friday at Manteca High School in Manteca, Calif. (Konstandinos Goumenidis / The Record)

Overall I think the images came out fairly well considering the lights were so dim.

 


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