Purdue Wins the Boiler Box Challenge

This past weekend I photographed the Boiler Box Challenge for the second year in a row. This is a very unique tournament that starts off with four matches in Holloway Gymnasium on Friday, and then plays the final two matches inside of Mackey Arena. For the second year in a row I covered the tournament for Notre Dame. They have been great to me over the course of the last two seasons. I also covered the event for South Dakota. Both teams gave me some great photos with their play over the course of the two days.

New Lights in Mackey Arena

The first thing that I noticed when I walked into Mackey Arena was the new lights that had been put up. I really liked the old lights that they had. It was the best lighting that I shot basketball in last season, and that is saying a lot. The new lights looked even brighter so I was very excited to see what they would do for me. They are basically TV lights so it makes sense that the players looked better from the upper bowl of Mackey when I was shooting. I thought that from up high the new lights gave a very nice look. Every now and then I would get a shadow of an arm from the lights which is something I do not like. It is the reason why I stay away from strobing events. Down on the court the new lights act a little like the lights at Hinkle Fieldhouse. It is a very hot light from directly overhead that is not the most flattering to the players. I was shooting from the side though so I decided to get as close to the baseline where I will shoot basketball as I could to see how it was there. From the few test shots I made I think that the lights will be just fine. My settings that are programmed into my camera are now garbage for Mackey, but that is a good thing as I think the new lights will help me make the same pictures with a lower ISO. I have a couple of clients booked for some early season games so I will get a better test then.

Pack Mackey Photo Gallery

Here are some bonus photos that I liked from the night. It was a long few days of shooting sports, but in the end I was able to make some photos that I really loved. I have updated my Exposure page from the event with the last two matches. You can find that page here. I tried some new things in Mackey that I can’t do in Holloway, and I think that I came away with some interesting shots. Here they are.









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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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