I get asked how I get to shoot the concerts I do all the time. Many times it’s about who you know. Never has that been more true than the story behind how I got to photograph the Poinsettia Bowl here in San Diego on December 21, 2011. The short and honest answer is that a friend hooked me up with the media credential. He went to one of the schools playing in the game and had the connections. I have not shot a lot of football in the past, and the football I have shot was not on this level or on this size playing field. I was nervous going in so I arrived early and made sure that I got a few shots in during the final practice.

Getting a few minutes in with the 400mm f/2.8 / D3 combo before kickoff really made a difference in my confidence. The 400mm f/2.8 lens is a great lens and the more I use it, the more I want to own one. It’s good to dream….

The game was a blast to shoot. The longer the game went on, the easier it became to get “The Moments” and not the “just missed the moment” shots.

I am hooked.

Photographing this game was a lot of fun… I can’t wait to do it again…