September 17th, 2015
Now that I've finally shaken the jet lag, here's a little recap of my amazing trip to Ohio State to document the Rainbow Warriors valiant effort against the defending national champion Buckeyes. Columbus is a great city, very different from any place I've visited before, and I had just come off of a cross country trip in April that took me from Savannah, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California. 3,618 miles on the road, to be exact. Perhaps I'll do a post on that another time. For now, let's recap some of the most memorable moments in Columbus.
The Shoe was just top notch. I've had the privilege of shooting inside the LA Coliseum, the Louisiana Superdome, and Reser Stadium, among others, and the press area of Ohio Stadium was just breath taking. I want to say it was about thirty stories high, just a birds' eye view of perhaps one of the richest stadiums in college football, in history, tradition and financially. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to partake of a media meal in the press box, as I had many tasks to accomplish before kick-off--tailgating festivities of both Hawaii and Ohio State contingencies, pep rallies, and overall color.
I actually set foot for the first time inside the Shoe on Thursday, the afternoon before the Rainbow Warriors arrived in Columbus.
Being in there when it was empty, versus 106,000 people in a sea of "scarlet and gray," were two different things. The sheer amount of people on game day was just overwhelming.
Our work area for photographers was actually the storage area underneath the bleachers which we shared with cheerleaders, stadium support staff, and security. There were a LOT of photographers, and I made friends with a bunch of local Ohio shooters who were all top notch gentlemen--very professional and friendly. We had wifi which was a godsend since 105,000 people were using cell bandwith.
The game wasn't the greatest action to photograph, evidenced by the score, but the late afternoon light provided some epic pictorials from the field, as seen above.
After the game was over, and I had transmitted the photos, I had to work on video, a first on the road for me. This took me deep into the night, and by the time Ferd, Stephen, and myself were leaving the Shoe, it was nearly 11:30pm. 5:30pm HST, no problem...we made deadline!
We proceeded to head over to the Tip Top, an eatery recommended by my new friends Adam and Kyle from the Columbus Dispatch, that came highly recommended as one of the best places to grab a bite. From my experiences, when photojournalists recommend a place to eat or drink, do everything you can to go! Believe me, we were HUNGRY!
Sorry, no food pics here. This is a photography blog, after all!
Overall, I had a wonderful time. A lot of weight on my shoulders to produce, but I was very happy with the content I was able to push out. Three videos, 24.4 gigs of still and video raws, and almost 12,000 miles in the air. I couldn't have done this without the undying support of our editors and our publisher, Dennis Francis. It was definitely a trip to remember, and while the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors didn't win, they did have their time in the national spotlight, and I was there to document it. I'll leave with a little silly photo of our crew being silly "unt" happy. Til the next one! Proust!