Photographing a Legendary Stadium
Last year I covered some pretty cool events. Most of those though occurred here at Purdue. Last fall I have expanded my reach a bit, and covered some things that I normally would not have done. One such stadium was Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Before shooting my first game there I had never been to this historic stadium before. I have wanted to go, but it just was never right. Having a courtside side seemed like the right time to go. I had initially planned to shoot the stadium a bit when I arrived early, but it was already pretty crowded. I either want a full stadium to shoot, or a completely empty one. I decided to wait until the next day when I would be shooting the women’s game to make my stadium shots. I arrived even earlier than the day before, and I found an empty stadium. As it turns out I did not have to get there that early, but you never know about these things. I really enjoyed shooting inside of the historic gym, and I hope that I can shoot in there again soon.
I thought that it would be a bit campy to have a photo taken of me measuring the hoop and free throw line like they did in the movie Hoosiers. Talking to the team that I shot for on Tuesday though it sounds as if they had some fun recreating some moments from that classic film. Why not? There are not a lot of stadiums like this left that still host basketball. Purdue and Michigan still have their old field houses on campus, but they have been repurposed to host other sports. This grand old palace while having just gone through a major facelift still has the old charm to it.
Processing the Photos
When I bought my new computer in September I did not reload the presets that I used to rely so heavily on back into my computer. Every photo is different, and I wanted to edit them that way. The preset was a good starting off point, but I thought that I relied too heavily on them. I did a few things with these photos to process them here. The main tool that I used for the image above and the first one below was to merge three photos together in Photomatix to get as much information in the file as I could. From there I sent the 32 bit file back into Lightroom 5 to work on it there. This seems to be the best method for a scene like this with a very high dynamic range. You can use one RAW file, but you are always compromising with it.
Some Bonus Photos of the Stadium
Here are a few other photos of this great stadium that I made while there over the course of a couple of days. It really has a lot of rich history inside of it, and it is a must see if you are a sports fan.