I attended the 41st Annual Syracuse University Basketball Hardwood Club Dinner last night to celebrate the team’s season to this point, give a big send off to the senior members of the team and to raise money for college scholarship funds. The event gives fans a chance to chat with coaches and players, get their autographs, bid on a silent auction and pose for pictures.
The players were very personable and it was interesting to see them in a different venue than on the basketball court. They are young men who, like their peers, find ways to have fun doing mundane tasks like signing hundreds of posters and other memorabilia.
As you can see, the background for the autograph table was windows. To make sure I did not get flash back from them I bounced the flash off a very high ceiling with a small card to send some of the light to fill in the shadows in the face and put catchlights in the eyes. I also got down to each players level which got their attention and made a connection with me and my camera.
After dinner and speeches by the Senior players and guest speaker, many of the players hung around and posed with fans for pictures. My daughter and niece took advantage with me as their personal photographer.
A good time was had by all. Go ‘Cuse as they head to New York City and the Big East tournament.