Impromptu Football Photography: How I ended up at Taco Shack Bowl again

2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas

2014 Taco Shack Bowl – Austin, Texas

File this under, “you never know when you’ll be shooting, so always have a camera with you.” It was Thursday night and I was going to my monthly Austin Photographic Society meeting. These meetings are lectures so I had no need for a camera but decided to bring one anyway. The Fuji X100S is small enough that it wouldn’t get in the way.

After the meeting, I was at dinner with a few of the folks when my wife called requesting me to pick my son. He was at the Taco Shack Bowl, the first High School Football game between rivals Anderson and McCallum. I was there last year with my family shooting with the Canon 6D.

2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas
2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas

A 35mm equivalent view is not what I call a typical football focal length. The photographers there were armed with long beefy f2.8 telephotos. But I got satisfactory images last year with a 40mm lens on my 6D. I like shooting documentary style more than as a sports photographer.

2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas
2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas
2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas

I shot on both sides of the field. The game was close and quite exciting, actually. While my son originally was expecting to go home at 10pm, the excitement kept us there until past 11pm. The game coupled with my love for photography made the hour pass in an instant.

2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas
2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas
2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas

I experimented with motion blur. Despite not having image stabilization, the X100S’s gentle leaf shutter allows me to handhold at 1/15 of a second. At times, I get some keepers even at 1/8.

2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas
2014 Taco Shack Bowl - Austin, Texas

Anderson won this year, reversing last year’s loss. Final score 33 to 23. I’m told throughout the bowl’s history the two schools are pretty much even. I’m glad I had a good camera with me, even though the X100S wouldn’t be the typical choice for football. Hey, maybe next year, I’ll figure out how to get on the field with a long lens.


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