N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

My first N.E.F.L. game, Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs. North Shore Generals went well, but the photography was only so-so under the stadium lighting with a short telephoto lens.

The N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls played the North Shore Generals at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Maine, tonight. The Bulls pulled out a win.

I experienced the frustration of shooting sports under outdoors lighting at night. I was using my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which is pretty fast and gives me good quality. But the lights just weren’t bright enough, even at ISO 1600. A monopod may have helped.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

The AI Servo was having trouble tracking the action with such a short telephoto. I really needed, like, a 300mm zoom. Something with image stablilization, too. I could have really used a couple extra f-stops.

N.E.F.L. Southern Maine Raging Bulls vs North Shore Generals

I got some fair photographs from the game tonight. I uploaded them to MaineToday.com at http://seen.mainetoday.com/album.html?alb=858. I think I could have done a lot more with some more light. Maybe earlier in the season, when the sun was up longer. Otherwise, I need a longer lens with image stabilization.

Author: Eric Holsinger

Eric Holsinger is a software professional and photography enthusiast in Southern Maine.

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