Go towards the light

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon, Sr.


The interior of the Stockton Arena set up for the Lightning Arena2 football. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/4 sec., @ f/2.8. ISO: 800)

The lights at the Stockton Arena is the best in the county. Even though we use strobe lights that are mounted in the arena’s rafters to get even better exposures at lower ISOs, the game lights are pretty good themselves. The light is even and there’s a decent amount of it, that is, when they’re working.


The Stockton Lightning Arena2 football team practices at Oak Park in Stockton because of a lighting failure at the arena. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/13. ISO: 200)

I recently went to cover a Stockton Lightning Arena2 football practice at the Stockton Arena, only thing was there was no one there. I entered the arena and it was a darkened cavern. All the lights were off and the only illumination came from a loading dock door and a few corridors that had access to outside windows. I called the reporter who said something had happened to the lights rendering them temporarily inoperable and the team moved the practice to Oak Park in Stockton.


Stockton Lightning offensive lineman and former Tokay High standout Bryan Deemer goes through a drill during a practice at Oak Park in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 190mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/4. ISO: 200)


The Stockton Lightning Arena2 football team practices at Oak Park in Stockton because of a lighting failure at the arena. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/16. ISO: 200)

At the park the sun shone down on the players. There was far more of it than in the arena, even counting the strobes. And they didn’t have to worry about it not working.

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