Scenes from McCallum vs. Anderson

McCallum Cheerleaders, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

McCallum Cheerleaders, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

Every year, my son’s elementary school gets invited to the season opener of the local high school football game. A rivalry of McCallum Knights vs. the Anderson Trojans at the Taco Shack bowl. Last year, I shot it with my Panasonic point and shoot — I was in the midst of testing what I could do with a modest camera. This year, I did the opposite. I brought my newest and biggest, the Canon 6D.

Kicking Practice, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Kicking Practice, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

A Knight and Cheerleaders, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

A Knight and Cheerleaders, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

Cooling Off, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Cooling Off, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

I didn’t go whole hog though. I opted not to use it with my 70 – 200mm zoom lens. There were a few of those and larger lenses on the field, attached to monopods, set up for sports photography. I, on the other hand, went for the smallest lens Canon makes for DSLRs, the new 40mm f2.8 pancake. My main purpose was to take snapshots of my younger son on the field during half time. The focal length also works great for some street style documentary photography.

Victory Flag, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Victory Flag, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

Synchronized, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Synchronized, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

So here a some assorted images from the high school football scene. I wasn’t really setup for capturing the action on the field. I almost regret not bringing at least my 24 – 105mm f4 but the 1 stop advantage of the 40mm helped in those dark places.

I didn’t get the brilliant sunset like last year. I was sitting on the wrong side for that anyway. It goes to show the opportunity trumps equipment. But the high ISO quality of the 6D works great for stopping action and I get a level of clarity not possible with a regular point and shoot. Part of the fun using different types of cameras is to take photographs geared to the strength of each device.

Anderson Cheerleaders, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Anderson Cheerleaders, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

Sideline, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Sideline, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas

Touchdown, McCallum vs. Anderson - Austin, Texas

Touchdown, McCallum vs. Anderson – Austin, Texas


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8 thoughts on “Scenes from McCallum vs. Anderson

  1. Hey thanks for showing these photos of the high school that I graduated from! McCallum, class of 1973…. It’s great to see football in action again. This weekend, I went to the football game from the college that I graduated from, and it was great to see the Longhorns run it up in the 2nd half of the game! (But I didn’t take a camera, and getting onto the sidelines is virtually impossible – unless you are lucky enough to win the weekly sweepstakes over at Precision Camera).

    1. That’s great. Glad I could give you a nostalgia boost. McCallum really dominated Anderson. The 38 – 22 final score is deceptive. It was something close to 38 – 0 until the last quarter. I wonder if McCallum had their 2nd or 3rd string players at the end.

  2. Nice to see some pics from that lens. Currently I only have the 50mm 1.8, and am debating whether or not it would be a valuable addition to my lens (the 35mm f2 is probably better for my needs)…..

    1. Laurent, I have the 50mm f1.4 and the 35mm f2. The 40mm is really good and really small. The 35mm f2 can be sharp but really noisy when it focuses, it is a really old design. It is also a lot more prone to flare. I was really pleased how flare resistant the 40mm seems to be.

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