You Think Playing Football in the Snow Is Hard? Try Shooting It

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I don't know how many of you got to see the NFL game this past weekend in Phillidelphia where the snow was just absolutely dumping on the field – it was incredibly entertaining sitting at home watching the snow and the players dealing with the snow – all from the comfort of my warm house of course.

When I saw these photos from Kyle Grantham and his version of the story of shooting in this mess, I knew I had to share it with you so I asked Kyle if it was ok and he said yes.

Just look at this! There are a bunch more photos in Kyle's story.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford gives instructions to his lineman as snow falls in the second quarter of the Eagles game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2013.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford gives instructions to his lineman as snow falls in the second quarter of the Eagles game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2013.


Covering the hardest football game ever

From Kyle Grantham:

While shooting football in the snow makes for fantastic photos, it’s also the most challenging scenario a modern photojournalist can find themselves in. Cameras today rely so heavily on autofocus for sports that snow renders them functionally useless. Imagine trying to photograph someone standing behind a waterfall. Even if you can see them clearly, no matter what you do your camera focuses only the water. The same went for every thick snowflake between me and the players on the field, and when you consider there were thousands falling every second the challenge was daunting.

Some photographers coped by abandoning their long glass and switching to a 70-200. While plays in the middle of the field would be hard to capture, you could document features on the sidelines and hope the storm let up soon enough to bring the long glass back.

I went a different route.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy hurdles over Lions safety Louis Delmas in the fourth quarter of the Eagles 34-20 win over the Lions in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2013.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy hurdles over Lions safety Louis Delmas in the fourth quarter of the Eagles 34-20 win over the Lions in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2013.

To read how the incredible shots were taken, visit Kyle Grantham's blog article: “Lions and Eagles and Snow, Oh My!

Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before

(cover photo credit: snap from Kyle Grantham's shots)


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