UFO Landing on Lodi Soccer Field

“It was a dark and misty winter night. Above the heads of unsuspecting high school girls a luminous object dropped from the firmament. They screamed … they ran … they kicked as if their lives depended on it.”

Well … not exactly. It was winter, dark and foggy. It was also very cold. The only thing out-of-place were girl’s in soccer uniforms and a photographer that desperately needed to warm his arthritic fingers.

The schools new high intensity field lights were impressive. One of the first things photographers consider at an unfamiliar venue is exposure and how it may change during the event. Along with other factors, it helps to determine what lenses they may use.

This evening I used a 300mm f/2.8 prime lens (a 70-200mm f/2.8 would have worked too). On my way out after the game I took a shot of the light fixtures. When I processed the pictures it became obvious that two of them belonged together. A little time in Photoshop produced the picture that launched my literary career.


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