Are you ready for some football? Football season is underway here in Denver. The Denver Broncos have been having training camp and last night was their home pre-season opener. A friend of mine offered me his tickets to the Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills pre-season NFL football game last night. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to the game. His seats are on the 50 yard line, but they are up on the 5th level near the top of the stadium. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was take a panorama of the stadium from near the top while the game was in progress so I took him up on the tickets. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to bring in my white Canon L lens into the game so I just went small and brought along my wide-angle lens. The gate attendant almost didn’t let me in the stadium with my small lens.
I was mostly enjoying being able to spend some time with my son catching up. We really haven’t spent much time together this summer. He’s had a full work schedule and I’ve been out capturing sunsets and sunflower fields lately so it was nice that some free time on our schedules synced up.
I captured some early shots of the stadium and was waiting for the sky to darken so I could capture the stadium with the lights on against the blue hour sky. What I wasn’t really expecting was a fabulous cloud display which was spectacular! I think I was the only one looking up at the sky trying to figure out the best way to frame a picture. I think people were looking at me strange. The Denver Broncos were moving down the field getting ready to score and I was taking pictures back over my shoulder of the evening sky!
Here’s the shot I captured. The Broncos just scored and when they score, Sports Authority Field at Mile High (used to be called Invesco Field at Mile High) sets off fireworks to celebrate and so I framed part of the field with the fireworks going off and the beautiful evening sky. I did capture a few panoramas of the stadium. I haven’t had a chance to process them yet. I’ll be curious how the come out from handheld shots.
Have a great week!
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens
- ISO: 800
- Focal Length: 16 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.
- Post Processing: Aperture – Apple® – Curves adjustment for the sky, sharpening, PhotoTune 3 to fine tune the image, onOne PhotoTools 2.6 to add some depth to the sky.