After spending part of the last year covering Wilmington football, I returned a few weeks ago on a freelance assignment writing and photographing.
If you’re not familiar with Wildcat football, it’s a whole different animal than most high school football environments. Things are taken pretty serious and the team is usually seriously good, so it works out in the end.
One thing I’ve been trying to do more at games is focus on the off-field stuff just as much as the action on the field. Wilmington football provides a good opportunity to do both.
Entering the field for warm-ups is a cheerleader and sophomore team tunnel. Entering from “The Woods” before kickoff is usually a 50-60-yard fan tunnel with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” blaring throughout the high school complex.
The first football game of the year always seems to be my worst photographically. I struggle with the already-dim lighting at these high school fields as it is (mainly with motion blur) and getting back in the groove of fast-paced action doesn’t help.
Football is a far cry from photographing baseball and even basketball.
With that said I had some decent shots, nothing I was overly proud of for the night but content to give the bosses some usable shots.
Next game will be better though, so that’s what matters.
If you want more photos of the game check, you can check out my website.
© 2010 Jerry Burnes