Yea, more football. With the expected rain the photo room at the stadium was all a buzz, would it rain? Would it rain enough to make mud? Or would it rain just enough to get our gear wet and be annoying? The question was not really IF it would rain, but WHEN it would rain and how much. This being Phoenix Arizona most of the photographers, including myself, don’t have rain gear, after all it doesn’t rain much here and rain gear is expensive.
You can see the rain in this first shot, not enough to make mud, but enough to get our gear wet AND be annoying. Before the game I broke out the plastic bags and tape for my two cameras and put the baggies taped to lens hoods in my pack just in case. It turns out they were helpful.
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This shot is very similar to the first shot, just less quarterback, more defender/receiver.
I spent a lot of time pointing my camera at the Missouri Tigers QB James Franklin (1) because he was scrambling out of the pocket and running the ball all night.
The fans were so fired up for this game and so loud that Mizzou quarterback James Franklin had to run up and down the line calling the play several times so the players could hear him. I thought it made for some nice frames.
Like I said, the ASU defense had his receivers covered all night forcing James Franklin out of the pocket scrambling or keeping the ball and trying to gain yardage by running it himself.
The Mizzou Tigers QB was trying everything, over the middle, denied, around the outside, that’s not working, this is going to be a long game for Mizzou.
There were a few key penalties in this game also, like this one where Missouri Tigers Luke Lambert (33) looks to the officials for a call.
The crowd was so loud that there were a few times when even Arizona State Sun Devils QB Brock Osweiler (17) had to motion to his receiver.
Meanwhile things were grinding away in the trenches.
I tried to grab a few nice sports-portraits during the game as well.
Another nice sports-portrait of a Mizzou player.
Sometimes it seems like all the key plays are taking place on the other side of the field from where you position yourself you have to remember to shoot-through-the-play so you can capture Arizona State Sun Devils Cameron Marshall (6) and Aaron Pflugrad (4) celebrating Pflugrad’s touchdown.
It was black-out night with the Arizona State Sun Devils in their all-black uniforms and even the student fans were dressed in all black, not the best for pictures, but you make it work.
This fan took the time to craft a really nice sign, and I rewarded them by cutting off their head in the shot. I’m harsh like that.
I can’t help but pay attention to the beautiful Arizona State Sun Devils Spirit Squad.
I’m a normal red-blooded American male, what can I say. Hey look, pretty girls . . .
I’m equal opportunity, I even pay attention to the Sun Devils majorette.
What, oh sorry, back to the football.
Oh yea, I can’t forget about the equally attractive Missouri Tigers ladies now can I?
OK, back to the football game, let’s get down to business.
Missouri Tigers quarter James Franklin (1) is back at work trying to move the ball against the Arizona State defense.
Maybe if we try some passing plays?
Missouri Tigers QB James Franklin (1) scrambles around looking for an open receiver.
In the end the Sun Devils would win the game in overtime and the win would clear the bench as the entire team runs onto the field to celebrate.
The “scrum” that takes place on the field after a big win is not a place for the faint-of-heart.
Arizona State Sun Devils Mike Willie gives me the perfect cover-shot, and I leave suitable space for the masthead at the top.
I tried to work my way into the “scrum” and get a nice shot of the winning quarterback, but I was still lugging around a 300 and using my 70-200 second body for this shot.
Overall I think I had a good night, I liked this frame of Arizona State Sun Devils winning quarterback Brock Osweiler applauding his teammates.