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  • Although I already posted my favorite shot from Monday Night’s big Bears win against the Packers, here’s a few more from the game, including a poster-print I made as a gift for my buddy Mike McCaskey of Devin Hester’s game-changing punt return for a touchdown.

    I shot Hester’s punt return with more of a wide composition (and my camera turned wide) and Mike went in nice and tight at 400mm with a tall orientation (I included one of Mike’s shots further below), and I think it’s really cool to see how two shooters set-up literally side-by-side, captured such different images of the same moment.

    Anyway, here’s a few more from the game:

    Above: This shot uses the Cinematic Wide screen cropping I talked about last week (link).

    Above: I know it looks like I “juiced” the colors or added more Vibrance in Lightroom, but I didn’t (I’m not above that on any level—if I thought they needed vibrance, I’d add some, but I just didn’t need to—the shots already looked so vibrant. These are all shot in JPEG format).

    Above: another colorful image. I checked to make sure I didn’t have the Vibrant Picture Style turned on but it was set to Normal.

    Above: I would have really liked this one, but the receiver is just a little soft. Had he been as sharp as Burnett, the Strong Safety in the foreground, I’d have been happy. Sadly, he’s not.

    Above: The Bears defense got it done. The addition of Julius Peppers rocked!

    Above: Here’s the print I made for Mike of Hester’s game-changing punt return. Once again I used my Cinematic Widescreen Cropping on this one (enter 2:39 to 1 in Lightroom’s Custom Crop dialog to get this aspect ratio for cropping). I added the border and text in Photoshop CS5.

    Above: Here’s Mike’s shot, taken just 1-foot away from me, but he went it a lot tighter, and composed the image with a vertical orientation to capture the exact moment Hester leaped over the punter to clear the way to the goal line. Mike caught the entire series, from tight-in shots of Green Bay’s punter through Devin’s entire return and leap into the stands. I actually missed a few steps toward the end because I fired so many continuous shots that my buffered filled.

    Above: Although I don’t always show them here, I always capture shots of the crowd, and especially really enthusiastic fans. I caught this one as I was heading in the tunnel to call it a night. This guy had such a great smile, and seemed so genuinely happy to have his Bears on top, that I stopped and caught this frame. I’m glad I did. It was that kind of night! :-)

    I don’t have any football shoots coming up next week, but I hope to be posting some landscape shots from my hands-on workshop in Moab, Utah with Landscape Legend Bill Fortney.

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