How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Oh wait, that's not right. How many Bobcats does it take to bring down a Dorado? Apparently, it's five. Five Cienega Bobcats to take down #27 running back, Griffin Ronstadt.
This is probably one of my favorite shots I took of the night. It was close enough to get a nice tight shot of the action. Perhaps a little too tight, but that's OK with me. Most of my shots during the night were blurry due to not getting the focus point where I wanted it in the split second for each shot. The ones that weren't blurry, either didn't have enough action for my tastes, were too far away, or had some other flaw.
I mentioned in the previous photo that I'd share what I ultimately settled on shooting at. I changed things up in the 4th quarter and decided to do manual settings. I know it sounds crazy. Manual mode for a night full of action?? It actually worked out, in my opinion. I ended up shooting at f2.8 and 250 shutter speed. The shots were underexposed a little, but the action was being stopped. The exposure could be fixed later since I'd be working with RAW files. I know I'd prefer to get it right in camera, but by the 4th quarter, I just wanted to come away with a couple of keeper shots. Still, after all this, the keeper shots I'm posting this week were from Aperture Priority at f2.8, since they were the shots with the best action in them. If I get another chance to shoot from the sidelines, I'll definitely start out in manual mode and see where it takes me. The ones I did capture in manual mode were fixable, but were lacking the needed action that makes a good football photo, in my opinion.