Hello hello. As you can tell by the date on the header image, this took place on Oct. 23rd (happy birthday, Grandma!) and I'm just now getting to this one. Christmas is coming up and my schedule is about to get busy again, at least for a little bit. So I hope you all have a good holiday and are able to enjoy it with the people you care about, even if you don't celebrate Christmas.
Anyway, onto soccer. I was given the chance to cover the US Women's team against visiting Switzerland at US Bank Stadium, the new stadium for the NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings. This is also the first time I got to shoot inside US Bank and after walking around, it's easy to see why it cost $1.13 billion dollars. Glad to see our tax payer money go to the stadium instead of things we actually need, but who cares about funding education these days. US Bank also has, by far, the worst media workroom I've ever seen too and I can't imagine how terrible it's going to be for the Super Bowl when it's here in 2018.
I've never covered soccer and I can honestly say I've never watched a full game until that day, so it was a learning experience. I knew the basics and most of the rules so it wasn't all that difficult to photograph. This was definitely a pick and choose where exactly I was going to be able to shoot without having to crop down my frame a lot, so I basically shot when teams were close to attacking the net for the majority of the game. You'll also notice there's barely any photos of Switzerland, that's because I shot the end USA was attacking for the 1st half and the 2nd half I was in the same spot and the US was all over Switzerland by that point, so lots of action opposite field.
That's all for me. Hockey, hockey, and more hockey for me on the horizon along with Big Ten play for Gopher men's basketball so I'll be back at Williams Arena at the end of the month. See you then!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1D Mark II