I shot the Cal Poly/San Jose State football game on Saturday. Cal Poly did really well, starting out with the first two scores and keeping it within 6 points into the 4th quarter, but eventually falling 34-13.
But the real story was the HEAT. Saturday was right in the middle of a multi-day heatwave and the temperature at the 4:30 kickoff was about 107. There was way more of a crowd than I expected and pretty good Cal Poly turnout. They gave everyone in the stands wet towels which was a really nice gesture, and let all the fans move to the shady side of the stadium, instead of keeping the visitors and the students in the sun.
I got some good stuff, using the same pair of old Canon 1-d mk III bodies and the new-to-me-but-actually-old 300/2.8 and 70-200/2.8. Lots of missed focus shots that make me want to upgrade to a 1-Dx, or at least re-read the camera manual on auto-focus settings.
I experimented with not using the monopod for the 300/2.8 body and instead just hung it off my BlackRapid strap and it worked out very well. I was concerned that it would be too heavy to manage effectively or cause too much fatigue but it did very well. Its probably worth doing it this way in the future to avoid the cumbersome monopod.
I've got a gallery here on this blog but you can see more on my flickr account.
The heat started to backoff during halftime