Real Salt Lake: On the Sidelines

RSL Team Photo

This last week I had the opportunity to photo the Real Salt Lake (RSL) in their inaugural game in the new Rio Tinto stadium. What a cool experience to be a part of this amazing night. The stadium is beautiful and the game is so fun to watch from field level. If you’ve never had the opportunity to be on the sidelines of a college or pro sporting event, it is definitely something to experience.

The night started early with some early instruction by stadium officials of the do’s and don’ts, but otherwise we were free to roam within our designated areas of the field. We were allowed access to the team entering from the tunnel where I was able to photo the anthem vocalist and Utah Governor Huntsman.

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Dignitaries

Dignitaries

As the game got going, I was reminded of a few things I have learned from shooting sports from the sidelines:

  • I get lens/equipment envy really fast.  Those guys shooting with the Canon 400L 2.8 have a clear advantage and get the amazing shots clear across the field.  I buy my own equipment and sports is not what I do most of the time, so it just isn’t going to happen.  One of these days I want to rent that amazing lens and give it a try.
  • The faster the lens the better.  Being able to crank up your shutter speed because you have a fast lens makes all the difference in stopping the action.
  • When shooting sports you shoot a ton of photos you will end up throwing away.  I use the motor drive, so there are duplicates, but also a lot of photos that are ill timed or just don’t turn out.
  • I was out of practice so my timing was often off.  They key is to anticipate where and when a great shot is going to take place, then shoot in advance and throw that moment.  If you wait to hit the shutter at that great moment, you will always be taking a shot just after it happened.
Field Level Panoramic

Field Level Panoramic

Rather than post all the photos here on the blog, click on over to my flickr set from the game where I posted a few of my favorites.  You can also see a shot of me on the sidelines and with my photog buddies Kim Guanzon and Dave Terry.

Thanks to Kim for getting involved with Xango on a corporate photo shoot that led to access to this game. I’m always happy to make creative “payment” exchanges with trades like this.  My son, brother and nephew thank you as well as they enjoyed the game from the stands.