Last night, I attended the USA v. Haiti Gold Cup soccer match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA with the intention of trying my hand at sports photography. Unfortunately, I did not have a press pass and so I walked around the stadium trying to find different angles and perspectives than the photographers on the field. Sports Photography is ridiculously difficult and I have the utmost respect for these talented photographers. I played soccer from the age of 5 through into high school and so I have a distinct love for the game. My playing experience helped me anticipate much of the action, but it also made me realize how certain players stand out in a group of 22 on the field. The player that commanded my attention throughout the match was Clint Dempsey. There is such an explicit energy whenever he is around the ball because you know he is going to do something dramatic. Even him running off the field all alone (as seen above) is visually engaging to me.
The American Outlaws were in full effect. I’ve only seen them on TV and so seeing them live was such a tangible experience. Their presence was felt from across the stadium.
I had an amazing time attempting to be a sports photographer. Last night also humbled me quite a bit because photographing soccer (and all sports) is incredibly frustrating and challenging because you are perpetually tracking the action, your camera settings need to artistically portray the action and even if everything is perfect, you still need to be in the right place at the right time. In the future, I hope to gain more experience and shoot more sports!
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