AFL: Arena Football League – Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers March 12, 2011

Opening night. The first game of the season for Arena Football League and the Arizona Rattlers!

I enjoy covering arena football, it’s challenging to photograph because of the lighting conditions, but a very exciting game and I hope more fans come out to support these great events.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Jacksonville Sharks Aaron Garcia (8) drops back to pass during Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix Arizona. The Rattlers defeated The Sharks 55-52.

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AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Last season the Rattlers had these pyrotechnic towers on the field and graciously allowed the media to photograph the team taking the field during player introductions, and for me some of my best images came from this part of the night. It seems both from a budget and safety standpoint things might be a little bit different this season. That’s too bad, but I will still try my best to capture the compelling images that will let viewers know that this is a show worth seeing.

In the above shot Arizona Rattlers Odie Armstrong (32) takes the field before Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

I like the rim-light effect with this shot of Arizona Rattlers Trandon Harvey (23) taking the field before Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Your 2011 Arizona Rattlers take the field. I liked the gold-colored helmets they had last season. Nothing wrong with the black ones, I just like the color splash of the gold, it would give good contrast and help make the images “pop.”

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila (10) drops back to pass during Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers at U.S. Airways Center.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

I loved the way the light fell in this images of Jacksonville Sharks Jeron Harvey (3) on the sidelines.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

It’s always tough to get good clear faces with arena football. I am going to try to work harder to capture better images like this one of Jacksonville Sharks Aaron Garcia (8) taking the snap.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers Vince Hill (6) is sporting some mean looking dreadlocks.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers Nick Davila (10) drops back to pass during Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix Arizona. The Rattlers defeated The Sharks 55-52.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Jacksonville Sharks Terrance Smith (18) on the sidelines during the game.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

The beautiful Arizona Rattlers Sidewinder Dancers are always there to keep the fans excited.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

With the lighting conditions in the arena it is often difficult to get good shots with the player’s eyes not completely shadowed, add the protective shield to the helmets and it’s near impossible. This shot of Arizona Rattlers Marcus Pittman (70) works for me considering the conditions.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

I know this shot of the Jacksonville Sharks in an offensive huddle is mostly backs and not many faces, but for some reason I liked it anyway.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers fans celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix Arizona. The Rattlers defeated The Sharks 55-52.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Arizona Rattlers Trandon Harvey (23) played well and I got some good sideline shots of him.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

This is the shot I was looking for. A shot like this can take the viewer right into the huddle with Jacksonville Sharks Aaron Garcia (center) as he calls the play.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Silence! I kill you!

Arizona Rattlers No. 1 Fan, “Rattlerman’s” charm during Arena Football League action between the Jacksonville Sharks and the Arizona Rattlers at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix Arizona. The Rattlers defeated The Sharks 55-52.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

I always love the flying-hair shots of the beautiful Arizona Rattlers Sidewinder Dancers so for this shot I slowed down my shutter speed to blur the movement and give this image a real sense of motion.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

On the sidelines Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila never stops moving, so when he stopped to talk with a reporter I grabbed a few frames.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Jacksonville Sharks Randy Degg (94) is one tough-looking player.

AFL: MAR 12 Jacksonville Sharks at Arizona Rattlers

Jacksonville Sharks Richard Washington (92) doesn’t look too pleased with the final score of the game.

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