That’s American Football for my international friends. I got the opportunity to photograph my local high school home game last Friday night. That’s right, it was a night game. Something I would not have been able to do in the past. Thanks to the high ISO capabilities of the Nikon D700 digital SLR camera , I could photograph past sunset for the first time and still get well exposed photos of the action. Not having to do any noise reduction in post is a real time saver.
While it was not much of a game, I got a feel for photographing on a football field’s sidelines for the first time. Being a rookie, I missed a few shots and need to get in better position for the action. The Nikon 70-200VR f/2.8 lens was a little short when the action occurred on the far side of the field but overall I was impressed with what I did get. The larger sensor of the Nikon D700 still allowed me to crop the photos with printable sized images.
As you can see, I was able to use action stopping shutter speeds as the light faded. Below though is a photo that blew me away. This was late in the game with only high school stadium lighting for illumination. The ISO is 10,000 with little noise because the exposure is correct.