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Volleyball – Lone Star Showdown

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I got to shoot my first volleyball game of the season tonight.  I got to witness the Longhorns advance to 10-0 for the season in a very close 3-0 win over Texas A&M.  For more images check out the Austin American Statesman.

Destinee Hooker (#21) and Ashley Engle (#10) celebrate a point against Texas A&M.

Destinee Hooker (#21) and Ashley Engle (#10) celebrate a point against Texas A&M.

I’ve shot a number of University of Texas volleyball matches, but this one was the best by far.  Over 4,000 people in attendance….Which I was told it was the fourth largest crowd in history.

A crowd of 4229 fans pack into Gregory Gymnasium in Austin to watch the Texas Longhorn volleyball team take on Texas A&M on Wednesday.

A crowd of 4229 fans pack into Gregory Gymnasium in Austin to watch the Texas Longhorn volleyball team take on Texas A&M on Wednesday.

There were so many people there even the swim team made an appearance.  Ha!  Every time  the Longhorns scored a point on Texas A&M, they would take off an article of clothing…Pretty funny stuff.

The University of Texas swim team celebrates on the court after the Longhorn volleyball team closes out the second set win over Texas A&M

The University of Texas swim team celebrates on the court after the Longhorn volleyball team closes out the second set win over Texas A&M

I snapped a bunch more, so look for the Thursday edition of the Austin American Statesman.

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Thursday Night Lights

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Lake Travis running back Andy Erickson carries the ball for a touchdown against Cedar Park

Lake Travis running back Andy Erickson carries the ball for a touchdown against Cedar Park

I had the opportunity to see Lake Travis extend their winning streak to 33 games (the longest in the state of Texas) as they rolled over Cedar Park in Leander last night at the renovated Bible Memorial Stadium in Leander.

The ‘new’ stadium is a really treat to us photographers on the sidelines…They installed new light banks, 8 total, (including 4 for JUST the end zones) and made a new press box complete with wifi.  Now the old lights weren’t terrible by any means (ISO 3200 @ 1/400th f2.8 for darker uniforms – according to my rolladex of Texas stadiums I keep), but the new lights were just as bright if not brighter than the ‘Palace’ in Round Rock.  I’m talking ISO 2000 @ 1/640th-800th f2.8…But maybe I’m crazy for caring about a few stops of light…

Lake Travis Head Coach Chad Morris reacts to a Cavalier touchdown during their game against Cedar park.

Lake Travis Head Coach Chad Morris reacts to a Cavalier touchdown during their game against Cedar park.

One of the only things that I don’t like about such bright lights are the big shadows they cast under players helmets and people wearing hats, like Lake Travis Head Coach Chad Morris above.  The trick is to get low enough on the ground, either by kneeling, sitting or laying down (AAS photographer Jay Janner’s time tested technique) so you are shooting up into the helmet/hat so you can see their face.  A lot of people try to correct for this by just dodging in post, but it always makes your subject look like…well, you dodged their face (above).

Cody Cloud (#31) breaks up a pass intended for Andy Erickson in the first quarter.

Cody Cloud (#31) breaks up a pass intended for Andy Erickson in the first quarter.

Anyhow, the action was good and it was nice seeing a good team of kids playing some football.  Heck, it is always a good time watching some football.

Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer throws for positive yardage

Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer throws for positive yardage

And speaking of watching some football, it was cool watching Michael Brewer, who replaced Garrett Gilbert at quarterback when he graduated and joined the Texas Longhorns, live up to all the hype I’ve heard and read about on the internet.

Speaking of the Longhorns, I also recently purchased an entire lot of Texas Longhorn photos and films from 1960-1973.  The gentleman was a photographer in Austin that shot and filmed a large number of Longhorn games…I’ve been meaning to give them to the university, but I haven’t had the time to get over there.  Here are a couple of photos from a game in 1960.  If you can find a roster from 1960, please let me know.  I can’t find anything online…

The band plays at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 1960.

The band plays at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 1960.

One thing that really got me is that I was told this was the view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium looking East, where I-35 looms today.  From what I found on the internet, I-35 was built through Austin in 1962.  I’m kind of jealous of everyone that got to see Austin then…

A Texas Longhorn battles for yardage against a defender during a game in 1960.

A Texas Longhorn battles for yardage against a defender during a game in 1960.

And try to imagine a Texas Longhorn football game with that many empty seats and NO ONE on the sidelines today!  Kind of crazy really…

Colt McCoy eyes up James Kirkendoll in the end zone during a game against Baylor last season.

Colt McCoy eyes up James Kirkendoll in the end zone during a game against Baylor last season.

Kind of amazing just what a few years can do….

Friday Night Lights tonight!  Hopefully the rain will stay away, as I lost my AquaTech Sport Shield at a game last week.  So if you see a blue rain cover made for a camera and a 300mm lens, please let me know! 🙂

Fan for a day….

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Michael Torres can't come up with the out on a pop up foul ball during the Longhorns 8-5 victory over Oklahoma in Austin on Sunday.

Michael Torres can't come up with the out on a pop up foul ball during the Longhorns 8-5 victory over Oklahoma in Austin on Sunday.

Amelia and I went to see the University of Texas Longhorns host Oklahoma at UFCU Disch-Falk Field here in Austin on Sunday and what a game!  It was so nice to kick back and enjoy some nachos while watching some good baseball….But of course I couldn’t pass on bringing in my small camera to snap a couple of photos from our seats.  I used a small Nikon zoom lens attached to a D1H from our seats in section 102.  I also managed to break out all my teeth on the biggest bag of kettle popcorn that I’ve ever bought.  Anyhow, here are some more photos from my newest two megapixel camera.

I’ll actually be shooting the game against Rice on Wednesday, so hopefully I can pull together some nicer photos 🙂

photos by Austin photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com