It’s been a pretty busy fall (now winter) and I haven’t had much time to blog. This past fall, I spent a lot of time photographing the Downers Grove South Mustang football team. The first game was at the end of August and since the team made the playoffs, the season went through November.
The DGS Mustangs played mostly on Friday nights, which made for a long day. Not only would I shoot the varsity game, but I would try to get there early enough to cover some of the sophomore game as well. I would typically get to the stadium around 5:30 and by the time the varsity game was over, it was usually after 10pm. The day was not over yet, though…
Most of the time I was covering the game for the Woodridge Patch.com site (http://woodridge.patch.com) and they needed to have photos posted that night. So, once I got home, I would have to start going through the photos right away. On average I would have about 300+ photos to sort through and needed to find the 20-30 photos that were going to be posted to the patch site. Once that was done, there was still more work to be done. I needed to get my Flickr.com site updated with a wider range of photos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikefb2764/) and get links posted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JMGStudios), Twitter (http://twitter.com/mikefb2764) and several other places. By the time all of this was done, it was well after midnight.
The Mustangs had a great season, with only one regular season loss and made it to the Illinois State 8A quarterfinals. For me personally, while it was a lot of work and long nights, I had a great time covering the team. Shooting these game is always a challenge, but it a great experience and certainly can help hone your skills. I hope to put together an article about shooting night high school football games and get it posted to the blog.
Here are some links to photos that I shot over the course of the season: