My wife is amazing. She teaches H.S. math at Liberty High School. I used to think that I might want to teach someday, but listening to her stories, I am pretty certain I would not survive. Anyway, last Friday night we went to see the football game. Now, I am not the world’s biggest football fan, I prefer baseball, but wanted to help support her team. I knew it would be a challenge to try and shoot photos, at night and from the stands. It was indeed a challenge, even with the very much improved low light capabilities of the camera and a pretty fast 18-200 f2.8 lens. As darkness fell, I kept pushing the ISO up higher and higher. By the end of the night, I was shooting at ISO 2500. The graininess was visible, but not excessive. Certainly it was far better than what I used to be able to get with the D300, which topped out at ISO 800 for usable images. Timing of the shots is extremely hard, even with the camera on 7 frames per second. I shot a whole sequence of the players running on to break through the banner and managed to get a tiny glimpse of shoulder pushing through and then the entire team.
Seeing the team pump themselves up for the kick off and the kickoff itself was fun. There were some good tackles right down in front of us, which helped. The half-time show was very enthusiastic and good. Unfortunately, at the end of the night the Eagles lost to Western Albemarle. We’ll get them next time. Maybe I can get my wife to get me a sideline pass.