It's not everyday that an NCAA Football Top 5 matchup happens in Abilene, TX. Sure, it wasn't near the magnitude of say, an Alabama vs. Clemson game, but with Division III #1 Mary Hardin-Baylor coming in to take on bitter rival #5 Hardin-Simmons, it was a matchup worth talking about.
Truth is, I've never shot a football game. It's a daunting task. Many of the epic photos you see on ESPN or in Sports Illustrated are shot by seasoned veterans using $4,000+ lenses – none of which are remotely applicable to my situation.
But I do love football, and an opportunity like this was too good to pass up. So I grabbed my camera bag, and on a cool October morning, I headed to my alma mater.
But my goal was to do more than just shoot the action on the field. I wanted to also capture the story that happens in between plays. I wanted to catch a glimpse of what happened on the sidelines and in the huddles – things you don't see in Sports Illustrated.
When the clock stuck 00:00, the Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders came out on top. However, with the final score of 17-7, it wasn't quite the epic shootout we were all hoping for. But for the first time ever shooting a football game, it was an epic experience.
Go try something new this weekend.
PS – Next time you want to shoot a football game on a Saturday afternoon, be sure to wear sunscreen.