A Day at the Football Field!

You probably already know: I love Basketball! I like to play it, I like to watch the games and I like to shoot pictures at the games - usually with my favourite teams ofTB Erlangen ;-) But for basketball it is off-season so I was looking for a different challenge for my camera. As the calendar says, currently it is summer so this challenge should run outdoor and of course, sports or action is required! Well, one of the guys of our basketball team is playing American Football for the Erlangen Sharks. Oooh, this sounded really like action and would be outdoor, great!! ... It didn't take long time to answer the "What's my next challenge?" question ;-)
Last Saturday, I visited their game together with my son and his friend. Did you ever watch an American Football game live? I didn't do it before and it was completely new to me. It has been really a great atmosphere: it has been sunny (although it was raining short before the game), the mood was great and of course there was a barbecue! If you never attended such a game before: go for it and enjoy it!  Fortunately I got really great support by another photographer (Thanks a lot, Uwe!!) who explained to me what was happening on the field. This helped me a lot to understand :-)
From the photographers point of view, the field is much bigger than a basketball court and of course, you need different lenses - just because the distance to the action is so much longer! It would probably a very good use case for the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm, which gives you a range of 200-600mm focal length in terms of full frame cameras ...Well, I don't have this famous zoom, but I have something different: a 25+ year old Canon FDn 200 f/2.8!! My Lumix G2 is a microfourthirds camera and this class of devices has crop factor of 2 which gives a focal length of 400mm! Additionally I have a 2x-converter which doubles the focal length. In summary (and in terms of full-frame, just to compare it) I would get 800mm!!


So I took my Lumix, the Canon FD gear and my Finepix S100fs (with its long range zoom and beloved by my son) and put them into the bag together with a monopod and a tripod. But before I forget to tell the most important thing: the Erlangen Sharks have won the game with 30:7 points!! YES!! And here are some pictures we brought back home.
Before the game: both team get on the field. This panorama is stitched from 8 pictures taken with the Finepix S100fs. If you want too see a larger version just follow this link.
Looking along the complete field from one end to the other (Finepix S100fs).
Finepix S100fs, ISO200, 101.5mm, f5.3, 1/500s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/320s
Finepix S100fs, ISO200, 101.5mm, f5.3, 1/750s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/400s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/640s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, 2x converter, ISO 400, 1/400s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/1300s 
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/1000s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/1300s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/400s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/320s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/200s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/200s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/200s
Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/320s
Afther the game: both teams pay hommage to the flag of the winning team.
(Lumix G2, Canon FD 200m f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/640s)
After the match: get-together of the Sharks for a summary.
(Lumix GF2, Walimex 7.5mm/3.5, ISO 100, 1/500s)

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