It's kind of weird, I always figured my first Gopher game I covered would be a Gopher hockey game, but it turns out that my first one was a Gopher basketball game. My knowledge of the game is very, very basic; I know the basic rules of the game but I couldn't tell you any of the strategies that go into the game like I could with hockey so last night was an interesting experience. I showed up a couple hours early like I usually do so I could sign in and find the media room, where I found some refreshments and some food served for all of the working media. Menu consisted of pulled pork, pasta salad, actual salad, and some cookies (which were delicious). After I sat down, I started pulling out some of my gear and then had an "Oh $(*&" moment. I realized I had forgotten my card reader at home. Luckily my laptop comes with a built in SD card reader so I was limited to using my one SD card the whole night.
A little bit about the shooting conditions at Williams Arena: Williams Arena is one of the few courts in America that feature a raised floor, so all of the tables are below the court level. Media are right along the side and had outlets along the length, enabling you to plug in your laptop, so I was able to shoot, edit, and transmit right there and didn't have to leave my seat at all. Only downside is that it's pretty cramped. Today's game wasn't a big draw so there was plenty of space however during bigger games I'm sure it's going to be packed.
Alright, onto actual photos:
I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving and for those that don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope your Thursday was wonderful. Next week I'll be back at Xcel when the Colorado Avalanche are in town to take on the Wild. See you then!
1D Mark IV
70-200 f/2.8 L
24-105 f/4 L