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Bears with the 300 2.8 (Chicago, that is!)

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by gnagel, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. I visited the Chicago Bears training camp in Bear-bonnais (Bourbonnais), Illinois yesterday and captured a few images. Access was very good considering that I was sitting in the stands with the rest of the crowd (no press pass or anything like that).

    The backlit scenes made the photography a bit of a challenge, but it seems that the D300 and 300 2.8 were up to the task!

    As always, comments are welcomed and appreciated:

    #1: It was a very hot and steamy afternoon...
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/3.2    1/1600s    ISO 200

    #2: Flying beads of sweat (Rex Grossman)
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 200

    #3: Rex Grossman
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 200

    #4: Offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf...
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/2000s    ISO 200

    #5: Helmets
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    ISO 200

    #6: Reception
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    ISO 200

    #7: Eye in the sky
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/5000s    ISO 200

    #8: Over the shoulder
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 200

    #9: Rookie hand-off
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 200

    #10: Kyle Orton
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    ISO 200

    #11: Center Olin Kreutz
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/1250s    ISO 200

    #12: Perennial Pro-Bowler Olin Kreutz
    NIKON D300    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/640s    ISO 200

    Thanks again for looking...
  2. Nice series, Glen! I have the Eagles training camp 40 miles from me and haven't been down yet.
  3. kiwi


    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    cracking shots Glenn
  4. Steve,

    Hopefully, the Eagles will be as accommodating to the fans as the Bears were. They had no problem letting me shoot with the D300 and 300mm throughout the session. Based upon some other threads about NFL training camps, I was concerned that they wouldn't let me shoot photographs.

  5. Thanks Darren...

    There were some heads cracking out there on the field yesterday, too! :biggrin:
  6. niknd501


    May 13, 2006
    Glenn - I sit here in awe of the quality of these images. I am going to have to seriously look at investing in a Nikon 300 2.8. The photos I see are simply amazing to me.

    Well done.
  7. :eek: 
    Thank you Rod...

    I must admit that it almost feels like cheating to shoot events with the 300 2.8. The focus is lightning fast--and I'm told it is even faster on the D3! :eek:  And, it's sharp wide open--all of these images are at f/2.8.

    I look for any excuse to use the lens since I purchased it a few months ago.

    Thanks again...
  8. Very nice Glenn, looks like Metcalf & Orton bagged you w/ that big lens...:wink:
  9. Thanks!

    I think Metcalf noticed the camera. But, Orton was actually calling a play and looking down the line of scrimmage. I happened to catch his glance with the lens. :smile:

    It was fun to shoot football for the first time.

  10. Glen...
    stellar images
    just fantastic
    nice of you to share them with us here
  11. Glenn these are awesome. Nice shooting.
  12. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Very nice Glenn!
  13. Snap96


    Jun 18, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Great shots.

    I was hoping to see my boy G. Wolfe (#25).
  14. teleconverter

    Great shots. Have you tried it out with a tele yet?
  15. Glen, these are fantastic! Did they let you use a monopod?
  16. Thanks Greg
  17. Thanks Dave

    Thank Tom
  18. Thanks...maybe I'll get back there for a few images of #25
  19. Thanks Ronnie...

    Yes. I've been very impressed with the image quality of the lens with my 1.4x tc attached.

  20. Thank you Mitchell...

    They did let me use a monopod. Some people even brough tripods to the workout.

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