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I went to Wembley on Sunday to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Chicago Bears. I didn't want to travel with a set of lenses and I was in London to do a bit of the tourist thing too so I only went with my 100mm on the body.
Shots of the game were never going to be amazing – just memories for me really – but I thought it might be nice to see what sort of pictures I could take from my seat anyway. The usual snaps of stadium architecture and shots of flags and seats and people soon surfaced and then I started noticing the people around and in front of me using either point-and-clicks or phone cameras to take shots too; interestingly (for me) there was a noticeable swell in these cameras appearing with their backs lit up with whatever the snapper was looking at whenever the Tampa cheerleaders took to the field. It was quite amusing to see a mass of tiny LCD screens spring into life and hurriedly zoom in on the smiling blondes and happy brunettes in their rather nice (and skimpy) red uniforms. I decided to shoot the shooters.
This particular fan was two rows in front of me. I recall he'd picked out a particular blonde cheerleader of some interest to him and was steadying his camera at its maximum magnification, readying himself for that perfect moment. I was waiting too, locked onto his screen, acutely aware of how the dim conditions in our seats coupled with the brightness on the field and the light from his screen was playing havoc with my camera in its aperture priority mode but I just didn't have time to flip to manual; I knew I'd only have a second or two. I took a breath to give myself a little extra stillness (the 1/50th of a second shutter speed was already worrying me despite image stabilisation) and then pressed down… about one thousandth of a second after he'd done the same and his camera screen had blacked out to capture his image.
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