Marcus Mariota

September 9th, 2013
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Howdy y'all!

Coming to you from a wet and gloomy Eugene, Oregon, where I photographed Oregon Ducks quarterback, and former St. Louis quarterback Marcus Mariota on Wednesday.  I didn't know what kind of access to expect, or how much time I'd get with him, since head coach Helfrich is adamant about having no media access to practices whatsoever!  I swear, the football complex is surrounded by thick, overlapping groves of cypress trees.  It's like Langley, Va!

A man watches between a thick grove of trees as the Oregon Ducks football team practices.

A man watches between a thick grove of trees as the Oregon Ducks football team practices.

Obscurity aside, the new Hatfield-Dowlin Athletic Complex is just breathtaking in size, execution, and grandeur.  A great backdrop to photograph this year's MVP at the Fiesta Bowl!

The great thing was, after practice and a shower, Marcus spent over an hour with myself and sports writer Ferd Lewis.

 University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota leaves practice on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Athletic Complex on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota leaves practice on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Athletic Complex on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

To our amusement, Marcus emerged from the locker room wearing his St. Louis Crusaders football t-shirt!  Since he had some time with us, I shot a variety of portraits of him.

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All in all, what a wonderful visit to U of O with a wonderful and talented young man from Hawaii.

On the equipment/technical side, since I'm traveling, I have to keep my lighting kit pretty minimal.  I used pocketwizards to fire 2 Canon 600Ex strobes, one into an umbrella on some shots.  I have smaller Bogen light stands that I check into my luggage along with the umbrella.

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