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Friday night football

Football season is in full swing. By game time these last few Friday nights, the temperature is hovering in the low 60s. I’m loving every minute of it.

This last weekend, one of our county schools, Knightstown, was facing their rival of Eastern Hancock. It was a blow-out in Knightstown’s favor. 41-6.

As the season goes on, the sun is setting earlier and earlier which means I continue to crank up the ISO. Cropping in from my 200mm starts to look pretty atrocious at 1600. Where is my 400mm f/2.8?

Here are a few of my favorites from the game.

Knightstown's Jordan Jessup runs through a tunnel of fans at the beginning of the Panthers' game agaisnt Eastern Hancock. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown's Jordan Jessup runs through a tunnel of fans at the beginning of the Panthers' game against Eastern Hancock. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown's Danny Ortman hurdles a teammate during a drive against the Eastern Hancock Royals. Ortman was one of two Knightstown rushers to earm more than 100 yards on the ground. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown's Danny Ortman hurdles a teammate during a drive against the Eastern Hancock Royals. Ortman was one of two Knightstown rushers to earn more than 100 yards on the ground. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown's Cory Cox brings down Eastern HancockÕs quarterback Steven Stunda. The Panthers won 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown's Cory Cox brings down Eastern Hancocks quarterback Steven Stunda. The Panthers won 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

If you’re going to utilize a secondary camera at any sport, football is the one for it. At a moments notice, a developing play can head towards the sidelines. Everyone has their own way of quickly switching cameras. For me, I keep my 1D with a 70-200 f/2.8 slung around my neck. My backup camera, a not-so-trusty D30 (yes, circa 1998) with a 24-70 f/2.8, hangs on my right shoulder. When needed, I can completely let go of my camera with long glass and quickly bring my backup to my eye.

I had a quarterback scramble for the sideline right at me during this game. I reached for my camera and started shooting at 24mm. Here is the sequence.

Knightstown defenders chase after Eastern Hancock quarterback Steven Stunda as he scrambles with the ball. Knightstown won the game 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh ©2010

Knightstown defenders chase after Eastern Hancock quarterback Steven Stunda as he scrambles with the ball. Knightstown won the game 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown defenders chase after Eastern Hancock quarterback Steven Stunda as he scrambles with the ball. Knightstown won the game 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh ©2010

Knightstown defenders chase after Eastern Hancock quarterback Steven Stunda as he scrambles with the ball. Knightstown won the game 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Knightstown defenders chase after Eastern Hancock quarterback Steven Stunda as he scrambles with the ball. Knightstown won the game 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh ©2010

Knightstown defenders chase after Eastern Hancock quarterback Steven Stunda as he scrambles with the ball. Knightstown won the game 41-6. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

That was a close one.

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4 Responses

  1. max: i am steven stundas uncle and would like a copy of the photos you have taken of him. How can i get copies? also, if you do a search on youtube for Steven Stunda Senior Tribute, i have made a vidoe of him using photos and video I have taken this past season…. I am proud of steven and, Like you, love to take photos and I am very intrigued by the ones you have taken.

    thanks
    Tim Stunda

    • Tim, thanks for your interest in these photos. Since these photos were shot for the New Castle newspaper, they own the rights to them and they would need to be purchased from them. Their costs are relatively cheap depending on what size print you would like. If you would like to buy some of them, you can call the office at (765) 529-1111 and we can get some ordered for you. Thanks again.

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