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Copa Aztex: Cruz Azul vs. Tigres

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Cruz Azul vs. Tigres at Mike A Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas

Finally getting around to updating again, and I have a few photos and some other bits to post about today.  I shot the Copa Aztex Cruz Azul vs. Tigres at Mike A Myers Stadium in Austin last night.  It was a blast, as there were a ton of people, good soccer and some decent shots to be had.  I’m not 100% accustomed to shooting soccer in decent lighting, so after the sun went down, it was a treat.  The stadium is also just north of downtown Austin, so me and another photographer made use of the great skyline to set the stage for a few photos.

Cruz Azul vs. Tigres

Above we have the Texas State Capitol making an appearance and below the Frost Bank Tower seems to loom over the players (just wish some better action would have taken place right there…).

Cruz Azul vs Tigres Copa Aztex Austin Texas

While the game was fun to watch and photograph, I didn’t really understand how it ended.  Official time ended with the score 1-1 and I thought they would go to penalty kicks to decide a winner, as one team had to take home the Copa Aztex trophy.  But instead they did a coin toss, which Cruz Azul won.  I was hoping to get some jubo/dejection shots from penalty kicks, but the Tigres had a plane to catch back to Mexico….I did manage to snap a photo after Cruz Azul tied the game 1-1…

Copa Aztex Cruz Azul vs Tigres Austin Texas

You should be able to view an entire gallery from the game over at TexasSports, so check them out if you want to see some game action shots…

I’ve also had a huge number of photos run all over the place, including these following snips…

ESPN.com - A friend alerted me that ESPN had picked up a number of my University of Texas photos from my stock site and had them online.

ESPN.com - A friend alerted me that ESPN had picked up a number of my University of Texas photos from my stock site and had them online.

NCAA.com - - They picked up a number of my photos of Boston College and Army from the Super Regional baseball tournament a few weeks ago...

NCAA.com - - They picked up a number of my photos of Boston College and Army from the Super Regional baseball tournament a few weeks ago...

I’ve also started to get back into the swing of shooting more film on my days off.  I picked up a Rolleicord TLR a few weeks ago and I am finally getting a roll of it developed as I type this.  I’ve been out with my Nikon F, Holga, Pentax Spotmatic, Diana and a number of other cameras shooting everything I can.  I had forgotten how expensive shooting film can be.  Now I just need a film scanner…On the same topic, I have also built a couple of a couple of pinhole cameras to play around with.  Through searching the internet, I found a couple of pretty cool techniques to make pinholes out of tin cans and matchboxes where you can use 35mm film…MatchBoxPinhole & AltoidPinHole.  Nothing new or groundbreaking, but something fun to do while I’m out exploring Austin.  I actually took a few shots of Mike A Myers Stadium last night with the matchbox camera.  Hopefully something will turn out.

A friend of mine, Dusty (who takes some wild photos and has a traveling studio) just posted a video of some bike riding.  Although it looks like it was filmed by an 8 year old with a $20 pocket camera at some points, there is some great riding in there.

photos by Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith http://www.meredith-photo.com
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Austin Aztex

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Austin's Miguel Gallardo warms up shortly before the start of the Aztex's exhibition match against New England on Saturday.

Austin's Miguel Gallardo warms up shortly before the start of the Aztex's exhibition match against New England on Saturday.

The Autin Aztex, a first division franchise of the United Soccer League, started off their 2009 season last night in Austin on the coldest, windiest night in recent memory. The temperatures were hovering in the 40’s, with a constant 20mph wind that gusted (according to the news) over 30mph the entire game. Despite the terrible weather, a ton of fans came out and the action was good.

New England Revolution's Kevin Alston gets airborne trying to defend Austin Aztex's AJ. Godbolt during an exhibition soccer match at Nelson Field on Saturday in Austin.

New England Revolution's Kevin Alston gets airborne trying to defend Austin Aztex's AJ. Godbolt during an exhibition soccer match at Nelson Field on Saturday in Austin.

One thing that is very cool for soccer fans is that they sit right on top of the action. Their new home stadium is Nelson Field, located right next to Reagan High School off of 290 and Cameron. The only thing that separates the fans from the players is a small track…As a matter of fact, I saw many people with digital cameras and 70-300mm lenses and I bet they could get right in on the action once it got mid field (but the lights at the stadium is another story…)

Austin Aztex's Eddie Johnson moves the ball down field.

Austin Aztex's Eddie Johnson moves the ball down field.

One of my favorite things about shooting these guys is how nice they are, especially the owner, Phil Rawlins. I had the pleasure of meeting him last season and tortured him into letting me take a portrait of him (how good it was is another story). I ran into Phil again after hitting a bump at the Will Call booth and he ironed out the problem as fast as I could walk through the gates.

The Austin Aztex huddle just before the start of an exhibition match against New England Revolution on Saturday at Nelson Field in Austin.

The Austin Aztex huddle just before the start of an exhibition match against New England Revolution on Saturday at Nelson Field in Austin.

If you’re looking for some good, local soccer action, this is a good place to start.
Photos by Austin Photographer Patrick Meredith www.meredith-photo.com

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March 2, 2009 at 12:17 am