A New Era of Indiana State Football Begins

Yesterday I was back in Terre Haute to document the start of the Curt Mallory era at Indiana State. The first year coach had a beautiful day to kick things off for the season. It was fun to be back at Memorial Stadium watching the Sycamores once again. I am by far no expert, but I like what I have seen so far. I saw a camp in the spring, and now this start of fall camp. The new coaching staff really seems to get it, and the players are responding to them. I can’t wait until the end of the month when they start play under the new lights at Memorial Stadium.

Photographing Practice

Photographing practice is not my favorite thing to do. I actually do not know who enjoys photographing practices. What makes it fun for me is to just focus on catching moments. There are many things happening all over the field at once, and you can challenge yourself to try and capture some of those moments. The new staff and the excitement around that also helps. I had thought about attending the first Purdue practice, but cameras are not allowed so I will just keep doing my thing at Indiana State. Both teams I think have the same excitement around them, and I can’t wait until the season starts.

Right This Way

One thing that I try and do when I am getting my coach shots is to get them pointing. There are many ways that they demonstrate plays, but not all of them photograph well. When a coach grabs a player and points though you have a moment that everyone can relate to. These are the shots that are a great starting point to building a collection of shots of the new coaches.

Getting Personal

During the day I had plenty of chances to get up close and personal with the team. I purposely left my big 400 f/2.8 at home so that I could be a bit more mobile. I spent the day roaming around with my two newest lenses. The Canon 11-24mm lens really made me get up close and personal with the players. I was in there a few times to make my shots. I also had my Canon 100-400mm lens on me to give me a little reach. As you can see above the bokeh is not as pretty as with my f/2.8 lens, but I was able to get around much easier without the big dog all day.

Working On Things

The thing about photographing practice is that it gets me in shape for the season as well. When you have not photographed football for a while it is only natural to get a little rusty. Over the next few weeks I have a few practices on the calendar to get me ready for the first game under the lights. My second game of the season will be at Rocky Top so I want to be in mid season form early in the season.

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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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