AFL: Arena Football League – Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz at Arizona Rattlers June 11, 2010

Arena football is a tough shoot! It’s dark in there and the lighting conditions are very challenging with lots of dark, light-sucking backgrounds and very limited shooting positions which can make covering an Arena Football game more difficult than covering a hockey game. At least with a hockey game you have lots of white surfaces for light to bounce off, whereas with this stuff it’s all green, black and other dark colors.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Yard Dawgz quarterback Tommy Grady (15) drops back to pass. Getting good on-field peak action shots is tough, but you work with what you got.

more images after the jump.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Sometimes everything just seems to be against you, with black helmets and white shirts, players who use those eye/face shields on their helmets and glare from overhead lights about all you can do is push up your ISO and try to get some interesting images.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

I know I can always count on the “Rattler Man” to be right there on the sidelines supporting his team.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

With the tough shooting conditions I don’t expect to get a lot of typical football images.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

If the action is at the other end of the arena I can always get a shot or two of the beautiful Sidewinders Dancers waiting on the sidelines.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

All of the ladies know how to play to the camera and are very good at keeping the fans entertained when there are breaks in the action.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

I’m always happy when at the end of the night I manage to grab a few decent frames of the quarterback in action or some good shots of key players.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

I always try to get good shots of the players on the sidelines, most guys don’t worry about shots like this, I like them and they fit my style of story telling with images. This shot of Tommy Grady (15) the quarterback for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz is a good example of the type of images I look for.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers John Booker (54) watches the replay screen from the sidelines.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila never stands still for a single second, he is always pacing back and forth on the sidelines so getting a shot of him is tough.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

If I can’t get good peak action shots, and the players won’t stand still on the sidelines I guess I’ll have to spend more time shooting the lovely Sidewinders Dancers, is it hot in here or what?

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Some games I end up with more good cheerleader shots, um I mean Sidewinder Dancers shots than anything else, but then again I am easily distracted by attractive ladies . . .      Hum, what was I saying . . .

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

The fans get excited when there is a touchdown and go crazy for the fast-action of this great sport.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Yard Dawgz quarterback Tommy Grady calls a play and looks over the defense.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

Tommy Grady drops back to pass from deep in Yard Dawgz territory with time running out.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

I’m always looking the great facial expressions on the players and the cheerleaders because I like how it can bring the intensity of the game home.

AFL: JUN 11 Yard Dawgz at Rattlers

I love the “flying hair” shots of cheerleaders and always look to get at least one during a game.

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