2016 Sports Shooter Academy - Photo of the Week / by Brian Rothmuller

The Sports Shooter Academy 13 in Costa Mesa, CA wrapped up over the weekend. On the last day of shooting we all shot the Fullerton College vs. Orange Coast College football game in Costa Mesa, CA.

Normally at football games, I have a list of players I need to shoot for stock purposes and I'm running up and down the sidelines to track the action throughout the game. Since that was not the purpose of this workshop and day, I decided to try some different techniques. I shot most of the game backlit and some of it above the press box playing with the player's shadows on the field, searching for that one great image.

The image came on a fourth and 10 play from the the thirty yard line, when Fullerton College caught a 30 yard pass in the end zone for a touchdown. I was about six feet behind the end zone on my stomach and got this great shot. The angle makes the whole shot as you wouldn't see the defenders face if I wasn't that low. It also tells the story of the game nicely with the scoreboard in the background.

It was very humbling to hear the comments of the instructors as they saw my image, including the praise of legendary sports photographer John Biever, who is one of four people to shoot every Super Bowl.

Below is the photo that won the "Photo of the Day" and "Photo of the Week". Thanks again to Nikon Professional Services for the Nikon D5500 for winning this award. I shot it with a Nikon d750 body and a 70-200mm 2.8 lens. 70mm, f4, 1/4000 sec at 400 ISO.

 11/4/16  --- Football --- Fullerton College running back Phillip Butler (6) catches a touchdown pass as Orange Coast College's Bryce Garcia (59) tries to defend him during a game at LeBard Stadium in Costa Mesa, CA.   Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Sports Shooter Academy

11/4/16 --- Football --- Fullerton College running back Phillip Butler (6) catches a touchdown pass as Orange Coast College's Bryce Garcia (59) tries to defend him during a game at LeBard Stadium in Costa Mesa, CA. Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Sports Shooter Academy