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.
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.
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.
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