It was in the works for a few weeks to rental one of the biggest badest lens sports photographers use in the business. I called up Samy’s Camera and spoke with the rental department about getting a Canon 300mm 2.8 with Image Stabilizer. I was told no problem and pick it up at 3pm on Friday, November 11th for the weekend. I get a call the Thursday before my rental from Samy’s Camera. A pervious customer brought the lens in with damage and they could not fill my order. Past forward a bit in the story, we worked it out where I would be able to use the Canon 400mm 2.8 with IS instead at the same price as the 300mm. The 400mm is the cream of the crop and most pro photographer use one on the sidelines. The lens is a beast and joy. Its fast and sharp.
All the pictures from the Beverly Hills Culver City game were all shot with the 400mm as where all most all of my photos from the weekend. With the 400mm attached to the camera I was able to capture photos I never would of been able to get with my 70-200 lens: lineman, linebackers and the kickers. There is a steep learning curve with the lens and I am no where close to mastering it. I had a blast shooting with it and will use it again.
The rivalry match up between Beverly Hills and Culver City had more than just bragging rights on the line this year. This year the winner got a berth into the playoffs. The game started off with three touchdowns in the first five plays from scrimmage. The crowd was in for a good high scoring game. The pace slowed down a bit on the scoring but not by much. Culver City started to pull away from Beverly and won 49 to 34 and earning the right to continue their season into the playoffs.
One of the many highlights from the game was kicker Ret Tilman of Culver City kicking a 53 yard field to end the first half of the game. The ball bounced off the crossbar and over for three points. The 53 yard kick is a new school record.
Too see more photos from the game please visit my flickr page.
Kicker Ret Tilman of Culver City celebrates after breaking the school record with a 53 yard kick to end the half against Beverly Hills High School.
Running Crae Taylor of Culver breaks loose against Beverly Hills defense.
Running Crae Taylor rushes for 56 yards on 10 carriers for Culver City.
Chris Brown Incepts the ball and seals the victory and playoff berth for Culver City.