Xavier Gives Kansas a Bad Scare to Open Up the Stacey Clark Classic
My second game of the day Friday was the matchup between Xavier and Kansas. Kansas was ranked fourth in the country, and Xavier had ideas of taking them down. They nearly accomplished that feat. After winning sets two and three to take a 2-1 lead they had a nice lead in set four. Kansas was just too much though, and in the end prevailed. The match was great though as Xavier came to play, and really brought the emotion. They gave me some great photos as they willed themselves to win. At one point I was just focused on the emotion more than the gameplay. They were emoting so well that I would have been crazy to not sit on it. When I covered Illinois in Champaign I had a great time because the team seemed to be having fun. They gave me a lot to work with, and they just did more of the same during game two of the Stacey Clark Classic. You can view more images from the two days of the tournament here.
The Canon 300mm f/4
I had a little money from my birthday burning a hole in my pocket so I went to the Adorama website to see if they had any Canon 300mm f/4 lenses for a good price. I had the idea that it would be the perfect lens for volleyball and wrestling. A quick test at soccer Thursday night told me that it would work, but could it keep up with volleyball? The answer was yes. It really was quick and helped me make some great tight shots during the day. I think that it worked so well for me because I have a good camera behind it though. The Canon 1DX allows me to shoot at a fairly high ISO so that I could be at f/4. This was a bit of a gamble because I did not know if it would work for me or not. I was going to rent the lens, but if it worked I would just be buying it anyway. This was one gamble that really paid off. In a crowded gym I would rather be holding this reasonable lens than my large and heavy 400mm f/2.8. I am sure that I will be talking more about this lens as the week goes on.