I attended the Syracuse University Orange Men’s Big East Basketball game on Saturday night along with 34,615 other, mostly Syracuse, fans. The Orange went on to a 95-77 victory over the rival Villanova Wildcats from Philadelphia. SU called this a sold out game when ticket sales reached 34,616 because they would not sell a seat where a fan could not see the court. T-shirts were made proclaiming the game’s sold out status three weeks in advance of the game. The attendance number is the biggest ever to watch an NCAA basketball game on a college campus.
Knowing I was going to the game, I wanted to tell the game’s story photographically. However, this time, I only took the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle DX lens. I felt such a big game needed something that could handle it. Hope you agree.
Putting my new found knowledge of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to use, I attached a gorillapod to a railing to steady the camera. I took an HDR set of photos to create an HDR image showing most, about 90%, of the seated crowd in the Carrier Dome at the start of the second half of the SU-Villanova basketball game.