Prequel to the Sequel

Illinois football game at Wrigley Field

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 11/30/2010

Last weekend I had the privilege to shoot the first football game in 40 years at Wrigley Field with Ned Mulka. Knowing that this was most likely a once in a lifetime opportunity, I rented a 400mm 2.8 lens for it, and it pretty much saved me because it gave me a ton of reach and could shoot plays that were happening on the other end of the field. Photographers were restricted to the south west corner of the field, and we pretty much could not move around and had to sit down the entire time. The restrictions were bitter sweet, I was getting the same photos as every other photographer, and every photo I shot had the same look to it essentially, but it allowed me to be lazy and not have to think as much on where I should be on the field, all of the plays were coming towards me because all offensive plays had to be driving towards the west end zone. Wrigley also didn’t feel like Wrigley, probably because it was a football game and the entire place was covered in purple (even the hallways leading up to the press box). It was still a blast to shoot, and will be an experience I will never forget. Also, apparently leaving the game 27 seconds before it is over when one team is up by a significant amount is faux pas and is worth being tattled over (I learn something new every day).

llinois alumnus Pat Black of Arlington Heights, right, cheers for a television camera outside of Wrigley Field before the Northwestern football game against Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.

Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase (2) yells as he steps onto the field during the game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

Illinois’ Michael Buchanan (99) recovers a fumble during the game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

Illinois’ Jason Ford (21) runs in a touchdown during the game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure (5) runs the ball down the field during the game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure (5) runs the ball down the field during the game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

Northwestern’s Mike Trumpy (29) scores a touchdown during the game against Illinois at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

Illinois’ Ian Thomas (38) intercepts the ball after Trulon Henry (9) deflected it in the air during the game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20 2010.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

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  1. Dean said, on 11/30/2010 at 7:00 PM

    Nice photos. “Come early and stay late” was always good advice for me. So no celebration pictures?


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