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NMSU Pajama Party

I attended my first men’s basketball game on Wednesday, March 2 (the first in a very long time), for the Aggie’s big game against the Utah State Aggies. The game was moved back to a 9:00 PM start to accommodate the ESPN2 broadcast of the event, and declared a “Pajama Party.”

A new student group, “The PanAmmuntion,” dedicated to get student interest in to what it was back in the early ’90s, did a successful job in getting the students out to the game; both sections behind the baskets were packed with rowdy students. My favorite part of the night was when Pistol Pete crowd surfed from the floor to the top of the lower level and back on the hands of the students–I never saw that in the ’90s!

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NMSU women’s basketball senior night

I showed up at the last Aggie women’s basketball game of the season game at the half and enjoyed myself shooting/watching the game. My goal was to get some shots of the post-game senior presentations.

While everyone was watching the cool presentation put together for the seniors, I tried to sneak some pictures of the Aggie bench enjoying the show.

Looking at the gallery below, you can see I was caught a few times by the players. I guess it’s hard to miss an ugly, old guy dragging himself onto the court with a huge SLR camera, but in my mind, I was a ninja!

As far as the  lighting situation, the house lights were completely off for the video presentation, so I shot wide open with a slow shutter speed. With such a narrow depth of field, I was lucky to get more that 2-3 players in focus.

For the presentation to the players, there were two spotlights on; one to my right in front of the subjects, and second one to my left, behind the subjects. The spotlight behind the subjects (in front of me) did create some difficult exposure settings, unnatural shadows and lens flares.

While a few other photogs declared the backlighting situation a complete disaster and stopped shooting, I used my hand to block the light and found an even better, although temporary solution. During part of the presentation, NMSU A.D. McKinley Boston was set quite far apart from the group, to my left, and right in the way of the light. I had to a little crawling to find his shadow, but once I did, I had an easy shot.

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