Friday, September 29, 2017

Pitt for Life: Pitt Football

If you read our blog about Integrity in Photography, you would have seen some photographs from the Syracuse at Pittsburgh football game in November of 2016.  This all came about because of an opportunity that I had earlier in the football season that I’m going to talk about here.

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Pitt v. Marshall scoreboard animation, October 2016
When I was a senior in college, I was president of the University of Pittsburgh Photography Club.  Whilst there, my vice-president asked me to sponsor her friend as a homecoming queen candidate.  After signing all of the paperwork, I helped her marketing campaign by taking her photographs for flyers.

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Ari- Homecoming queen finalist, September 2016.
Since I had done all of this, I told her that I would also attempt to be able to finish the job during the homecoming celebration at the upcoming Pitt vs. Georgia Tech football game.  In order to do this, I worked with Pitt Athletics to get the field credential, and they generously allowed me to go a game earlier to learn proper policies and procedures and see what the shooting conditions would be like.

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Heinz Field post game, October 2016
October 1st, 2016- Pitt vs. Marshall- an evening at Heinz Field.
The day of my first game on Heinz Field was here.  I was super excited to be able to get close to the action and to be able to expand my portfolio and skill set with the football images.

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From the south end zone of Heinz Field, October 2016
The day started off with the Panther Prowl on Art Rooney Avenue.  The band was playing loudly, the cheerleaders were cheering, and the Pitt team marched into the stadium.

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The Pitt team enters the stadium, October 2016
I then went on to watch part of the band pregame concert, but I’ll talk about that in a later blog post dedicated to Pitt Band.  I then continued onto the field to watch warm ups and wait for pregame to being.

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Pitt team warming up before the game, October 2016
Throughout the entire game, I continued to serve as a Panther Pitt member, clapping and celebrating with the rest of the students in the stands.  I purposely stayed on the Pitt side of the stadium right in front of the Panther Pitt and the Pitt Band.

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One of my first shots on the field- from the area of the Panther Pitt, October 2016
There was a lot of action that came right where I was, so I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking from here:

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Pitt lined up, ready to snap the ball, October 2016.

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Running the ball for a touch down, October 2016

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Pitt Dance Team performs during a media timeout, October 2016

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Celebration after a touchdown, October 2016

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Running through the defense for a touchdown, October 2016

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Pitt Cheer entertains the crowd during pregame activities, October 2016.
And, I guess we can’t leave out photos of Marshall offense, too.

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Running the ball, October 2016

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Another run, but he was quickly tackled, October 2016
As always when talking about this game, I’d like to give a shout out to the four girls that had field passes for the game who allowed me to celebrate with them throughout the game and sing Sweet Caroline with them so I wasn’t the weirdo doing it alone!
And, of course, Pitt won!

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James Conner celebrating with his teammates after the Panther’s victory, October 2016.
~AMH

All images shot on a Canon Rebel t5 with either an Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II or a Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens.
All images copyright 2016 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions

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