Photo By Barnick
The Story Behind the Shots
Shooting Cincinnati vs Tulane Football
This is my first time shooting for the University of Cincinnati. It was a lot of fun. Their stadium is super cool…another photographer called it the “Wrigley Field of College Football”. The fans are right up against the field and the atmosphere was great, even though Cincy lost. I didn’t know how good Tulane really was until they ended up beating USC later in their bowl game.
The Canon 400 F4 DO ii with the R6 was again a great combo. Even when the action got closer, I still wound up reaching for this combo more than the Sony A9 with the 70-200mm F2.8 ii. At the time of this blog, 23 of the 33 shots were with the 400mm lens.
Regarding the images:
1. To start off with, I’m going to discuss how I’ve edited the photos once I had more time to spend on each individual photo (and after Lightroom added their enhanced masking ability). The contrast again was crazy during this game. It was really hard to edit these shots and at times impossible to get good lighting for the faces without blowing out the backgrounds. The masking features with Lightroom have helped solve this issue significantly. Here I’m going to show a selection of photos, the first in the pair will be edited without masking, and the second will be with masking.
For example, I love the action of this photo of University of Cincinnati RB Ryan Montgomery. However, the background in the image I sent to the client is really overexposed. I had to do that in order to get detail in Ryan Montgomery’s face, etc.
Here is the same photo, but after editing using masking in Lightroom (which I believe started in version 11).
Another example is a couple of images of Tulane University RB Tyjae Spears. I love the eyes in these photos. In the masked images, I was able to get the white of his uniform brighter, and his eyes to have more pop, all without altering the background. He’s an amazing running back as demonstrated more fully in his bowl game against USC. His run in these photos resulted in a touchdown.
2. The jumping sequence by RB Ryan Montgomery is one of my favorite sequences ever shot. That’s why I spent so much time trying to further edit some of these images as mentioned in #1 above.
3. The three images captured below is one sequence which involved a tip by the Cincinnati wide receiver Jadon Thompson to an interception by Tulane linebacker Dorian Williams. There were more images captured than just these three but I think these tell the story well enough.
4. There’s something special about the look of the red Cincinnati jerseys against the background of fans. Here are some examples.
5. Finally, here is a shot of University of Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickel in his final game coaching Cincinnati.