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Game Day Photos: WHHS vs. Eastside

Wade Hampton Varsity Football vs. Eastside

What started out to be a sweltering hot day, turned into a wonderful warm evening at Eastside High School. As the sun started to set, both teams took the field, there was a stunning sunset at the west end of the field.

The Generals had quite the uphill battle to fight, but finished with dignity, and didn’t give the game away for nothing. I was shooting with my typical setup; a Nikon D750 with extended battery grip and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 on a monopod, and a second D750 with a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 slung on my side for close up action – which I was glad I did, cause I ended up using it several times.

Football under most stadium lights is difficult. The low light requires wide open aperture, but the action dictates high shutter speed, so the deciding factor in ISO – which thankfully the D750 handles fairly well. The photos turn out even better after post-processing in Adobe Lightroom, dialing the noise reduction up quite a bit. Noise in the picture is just something that will always be there in high school football unless you have a stadium that has stellar lighting.

Speaking of post-processing, it takes quite a while to process all the images. My wife Bonnie goes through the images first (usually 1500-ish) from the game, picking the best 200-400 images. Then, I go through them, and edit, and may reduce to the best of the best. All in, it takes about 4-5 hours to process all the game photos.

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WHHS vs. Eastside Gallery