I like to shoot tight when I photograph the Charger Girls. Why? Is it a personal preference? Well…yes…I do like a nice close up because I like to see the expression on a girl’s face. But a more practical reason for doing so is to get a nice, clean, uncluttered photograph and that is very hard to do at a Charger game. In a stark contrast to an Arizona Cardinals game, at a Charger game there are a lot of people and equipment along the sidelines interfering with your line of sight.
At the last home game, there were four red shirted security guards, three blue shirted security guards attending to a camera truck with four personnel (camera man, driver, two cable pullers), one SDPD officer, three SDFD officers, the parabolic mic guy, game officials, two brown vested “television” people (a CBS cameraman and his cable puller), three yellow vested team photographers, two lime green vested NFL media photographers, and numerous red vested newspaper photographers. And I almost forgot the video board cameraman and his cable puller. All this between the goal line to the 20 yard line.
So, why do I shoot tight? This is should give you an idea why.
If I didn’t shoot tight, I wouldn’t get the shot. Yes, I get it that some people like to see the boots and indulge in their boot fetish. I like boots too, especially on a pretty cheerleader. And with all that has been going on with the new camera policy, I am doing my best to get more of those shots as well.
But, sometimes you have to take what the situation offers, especially if the Cardinals can’t get the ball out of their end of the field and keep all these people in front of me. So, that’s why I tend to take close up shots…there’s just too many people on the sidelines at each game to get a clean, full body shot. Remember, I am taking these photos from my seat…I can’t move around like the credentialed photographers…and I can’t move the obstructions in front of me…so you take what you can get.
Well, enough of that. Here are some additional photos from the Cardinals game two weeks ago.