Photo By Barnick
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Shooting West Virginia vs. Oklahoma Football
This game was a blast to shoot. It is my first game since my fiasco with the 400mm F4 DO version 2 lens in the TCU game (see my blog regarding heat waves and the 7d2). This game is the first time I’ve realized how different and awesome it is shooting with a Canon long white lens.
No dealing with heat waves in this game as it was overcast and rainy (sometimes heavy). So I definitely am glad I brought the rain gear to protect the camera and lens.
Finally, with WVU winning the game, especially in exciting fashion, it was great to shoot the celebration after the game.
Regarding the photos:
1. The first four photos feature a catch by Sam James. The images remind me of the David Tyree helmet catch. The second and forth images are the best in my opinion. They just have a better view of the football or the face. All four of these were shot with the Canon 400mm F4 DO ii lens using the R6. All were shot at 1/1600 F4. The second shot was at iso 25,600! Since the latest Lightroom upgrade, I replaced the original photos of this series with ones after using the AI denoise feature. It works really well.
2. The next set of images featuring defensive lineman Dante Stills (#55) were taken with the Sony A9 and 70-200mm version 2 lens. What I love most about these images is the eyes of Dante Stills following the Oklahoma RB. The second image in the sequence with only one of Stills’ eyes showing is my favorite of the bunch.
3. The dropped long pass/overthrow (can’t remember) by Bryce Ford-Wheaton was taken with the 400mm lens. I had to move very quickly to try to find the intended receiver and then shoot the image, and I got one usable image. The focusing was quick especially considering that this crop is at 3919×3079, not a small part of the frame. They were relatively close to me when the shot was taken. ISO is 12800 at 1/1600 and F4.
4. The last three shots on the website were the celebration. Dante Stills looking more relieved than anything else. Garrett Greene celebrating with a young fan (something he does a lot after a win – a few extra pics from previous games are included here). And Garrett Greene simply elated after the big win.