The Hokies earned their 6th win of the season last Saturday, a 41-20 win over the Thundering Herd. The make-up game against Marshall felt like the worst spring game ever before kick off. It was foggy, cold, and the crowd that did manage to make it to Lane on a week's notice had big shoes to fill to make it a normal game day atmosphere.
Then the game actually kicked off and it was wonderful from the start.
Usually you get a few plays to get into the rhythm of things, but Ricky Walker had other ideas. Luckily you could see it develop from my side of the field, which allowed me to better focus where the action is going to happen.
Other things that went well for me, Bryce Watts deciding to celebrate his first quarter interception by running down the sideline right past me. With the gear that I have, I don't have as many opportunities to get that really stereotypical football shot with the extra-bokeh that makes sports photos really stand out. When the action comes to you, or sits inside the 20-yard-line for most of the game, it really helps me create that look.
Bokeh - /bōˈkā/ - noun - the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.
Hezekiah Grimsley's big catch and run also worked out for similar reasons. The catch happened 40+ yards away, but the run came within 10 yards and the celebration within 5 yards.
I especially like the layering in the second one.
Other views that felt like hitting blackjack include this shot of Ricky Walker almost crushing Marshall QB Isaiah Green before a pass.
Staying on the eyeball theme, Eric Kumah's long touchdown grab is probably my favorite photo of the game. It's extra sharp, the background is clean, and the faces are great.
From a pure action perspective, this run from Steven Peoples takes the cake. The run itself wasn't anything special, but little moments like this happen in every single play during a game, and most go unseen and unremembered. Here's a moment where Peoples almost looks like he's reverse-punching the poor Marshall player attempting the tackle into missing.
I'm going to be honest, I have no idea, but the Corps of Cadets remain one of my favorite subjects to photograph.
Here we have a bit of a rarity: the quarterback running alongside the running back as a blocker. This is one of those plays where you almost put your camera back down when the play appeared to be dead, but then 3 seconds later you have to quickly pull back up and reacquire focus because it turns out everyone more or less missed the tackle:
I'll end with this photo of Fuente and Doc Holliday shaking hands at midfield. I haven't shot with my 10-22mm as often as I normally like to this year, but because the game was well in hand by the end, I decided to switch a couple minutes early from the 17-40mm that normally lives on one of my two cameras during regular game action. The 10-22mm is easily my favorite lens of all time because it just can fit so much action into the frame while keeping everything tack sharp. You can get a sense of how close-in the coaches handshake feels when surrounded by the press scrum with only a hint of what's next to me with a lens this stupid-wide.
See you all in Cassell next!