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I had the rare chance to get a sideline pass of a college football game (photo heavy)

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    Default I had the rare chance to get a sideline pass of a college football game (photo heavy)

    Just lucked up, someone I only met once, contacted me to see if I wanted an extra sideline pass to Tulane vs Duke University football game. I felt a little inadequate with my 70-200 2.8 while standing next to four photographers (one from AP, one from USA Today, one from Getty Images, & one from the local paper). All four of these guys shooting with 100-400 2.8 lenses, etc, top of the line cameras ($50,000 in equipment).

    It was MUCH harder than I imagined. With just a 70-200, I had to make sure I was in the right position, etc.

    Here are a few I have processed so far, MANY cropped way in, and major noise reduction.

    tul18 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul17 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul16 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul15 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul14 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul13 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul12 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul11 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr
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    tul10 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul9 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul8 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul7 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul6 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul5 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul4 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul3 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr
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    tul2 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr

    tul1 by Chris Campbell, on Flickr
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    what a great opportunity At!

    Nice varied set - My fave here is post 1 shot 4.

    By coincidence I just listened to a radio show talking about early college football.
    Apparently forward passing only became part of the game in 1907 or so - and it was the beauty of the spiral that gave this tough game an aire of elegance - and changed it forever - making it more appealing to more people. (maybe that's why the spiral shot is my fave).
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    Thanks Marko, but hate to tell you, that is a punt, not a pass. Technically that is my best image of the night. No cropping and very little PP.
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    I am jealous. What a great opportunity (and wonderful experience).

    I think most of those guys would have a wide aperture 400mm lens for that situation

    You have some nice shots there, and agree post1 shot 4. I also really like your shots of the crowd, cheerleaders and mascot
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    Very cool. Shooting sports can be lots of fun and very challenging.... looks like you did well.
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