Photo Gallery: Hokies vs. Duke in a Rainstorm

A soggy photo recap of the Hokies over Duke from last week in Lane.

Terrell Edmunds just wanted to get on with the slip-and-slide portion of the evening during the game. [Mark Umansky]

Hello! Up front, I will let all of you know that my camera gear survived the crazy rainstorm during the 24-3 Virginia Tech win over Duke. My personal rain gear, though, did not hold up to task. I probably was carrying 20 pounds of water in my clothes when I got home. To the photos!

Night games always provide an opportunity to get a slightly different kind of Skipper photo, and on Saturday night my timing was better than most days. You can't really do a long exposure shot inside Lane to try and cheat to get the flames, even at night, because the stadium lights are still bright enough to wash things out, so it still remains a timing game.

One of my favorite go-to shots is this kind of view of the coin toss. It provides such a cliché photo lesson (people in the photo literally looking at the main subject of the frame), but I can't help but try to capture it most games.

The Hokies defense certainly came to play last Saturday. Here's poor Duke quarterback Daniel Jones getting a helmet full of Trevon Hill in the spine. The amount of Maroon in this frame was a recurring theme in the Duke backfield all night.

Keeping our focus on the defense, I'm going to focus a little bit on the Mook-to-Trevon forced fumble and recovery early in the game in a little more detail. First, you can see Mook here providing the perfect eyeballs-to-football action right after he poked the ball away from Duke's T.J. Rahming.

Right away, Trevon Hill got after the football, as Frank Beamer would have said, by somehow levitating over T.J. Rahming.

Finally, we can see just how much football really is a game of inches in this shot. This frame is probably my favorite of the whole series, even with Flyin' Trevon above, just because the fingertip grab provides a certain level of tension in the scene, especially with Duke QB Daniel Jones falling in from above a half second later.

Finally, the rain. I had to switch to a single camera mode of operation as keeping two cameras bagged and dry is basically a nightmare, especially with the amount of rain we got. So from the second half on, with no wide shots were in the picture (heh), only rolled with the telephoto.

It started pretty normally at first, nothing too crazy here as Travon McMillian sets up Parker Osterloh as a lead blocker on a screen pass and run.

However, it got bad pretty quick, which is easier to see on this slightly wider view of a Duke punt...

...and in this shot of a cadet and his turkey leg

...and when I bravely pointed my lens slightly upwards.

By the end of the night, even with the lens hood, enough rain had bounced on the bottom side of the hood and up onto the front lens element that my photo quality was quickly deteriorating to the point of useless (and I had no dry anything to wipe it off with). There were several photographers who taped on an extra-long hood with a simple plastic sheet to prevent that from happening, so 10 years into doing this sports photography thing, I learned something new.

Finally, going to end on my favorite frame of the night, Josh Jackson falling into the end zone on a 4th-down play to really seal the game up. The combination of the body angle working perfectly with the crop, the very visible face and ball, and the rain coming down easily put this into my top 5-ish for the season for me.

You can see the entire photo gallery here and the rest of the season's galleries at Enjoy!


Awesome photos. Thanks for braving the deluge for us.

Excellent photos!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Amazing pictures as always! Thanks for braving the weather!

You are damn good at this. Great job! Love the last one especially.

I like the rain drops. I think they really help you feel like you are there.

Great work as always! I love this photo of an o-lineman clearly holding Tim Settle. It's rare when you can see a holding call along with the subsequent penalty flag being thrown in the same shot.

Tim is the beast! He's now getting double and triple teamed (or held) on a regular basis. That's respect!

Very Noice!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

How much would I need to pay to get a digital copy (or even a printed copy) of one of these photos without the watermark? I like thekeyplay, and the logo, but I love that shot of skipper.

Anywhere between $9-64 dollars. Click on the full gallery and shop around a bit. There are some good ones.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Or join the KEY PLAYERS GROUP and they are free I belief.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

I can't figure out how to purchase them from the gallery links. I've been browsing around, there are tons of great photos! As for TKP Player's club, I'm currently in law school. I'll graduate in May. When I have a real job, TKP subscription is one of my first luxury purchases. For now, I don't want to drop $84 at once.

I'm in TKPC and no idea how to get the pictures without the watermark.

Great photos, I do a lot of photography and Saturday Night was Not a Photographers night for sure. Amazed your camera equipment held up. All the pictures were very Good. Thank you

Jack R.

Here's poor Duke quarterback Daniel Jones getting a helmet full of Trevon Hill in the spine. The amount of Maroon in this frame was a recurring theme in the Duke backfield all night.

By the end of the night, poor 'ol Jones looked like English Bob after Little Bill got done with him.

"Thats: Duke"

"Duck I sez".

Great photos!

I have a Sony A6000 (mirrorless) that can do a lot more than I use it for. Any websites you would recommend for tips & tricks to get the most out of your camera?

If you're just starting out, I highly recommend the book "Understanding Exposure", there's a few editions out and it's been sold for years, so you can probably pick up a copy cheap these days. Easy read, good examples, practical tips.