Tag Archives: Chavez High

Out of the mouths of babes

When shooting a football game, we often look for more than what’s going on out on the field. Often during breaks in the action, I scan the bleachers for something out of the ordinary. During a recent game between the Chavez Titans and the Tracy Bulldogs at Franklin High School in Stockton (Chavez’s field is [...]

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Gettting a groove on

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600) Chavez High’s inaugural football season in 2006, was a dismal one, they lost all but one game (they only beat McNair High, another first year school). One shining spot during the games was the Chavez band. During my very first [...]

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Curse of the zebras

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600) Like many football fans, I sometimes hate the referees. Not for the reasons that they’re usually despised for, but because they can get in my way. One of the challenges of shooting football (as in many other sports) is that as play [...]

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You light up my life

Cesar Chavez band members Bryan Estay, left, and Charles Watkins practice their saxophones while waiting to play at the United Way Campaign Kick Off Luncheon backstage at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 150mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec @ f/2.8. ISO: 800) I recently shot the United [...]

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Twilight’s last gleaming

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec., @ f/5.6. ISO: 200) One good thing about showing up at the Chavez game too early was that I was able to take advantage of the late afternoon/early evening light. Although the sun went down completely before the start of the varsity game. I was able [...]

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A team, on and off the field

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec., @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600) At the start of the Chavez High varsity football game, Chavez players Feso Silako, left, and Justin Petersen trotted off the field and joined the school’s choir who had gathered to sing the National Anthem.  They lent their voices to [...]

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Am I ready for some football?

I’ve been under the weather the past few days (why is it when I get sick, the weather is nice and not a cold and rainy day?) but now I’m back, just a little worse for wear. The Chavez High varsity football team warms up before a game against Elk Grove High at Chavez High [...]

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Follow the light

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 130mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec., f/5 ISO: 200) “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”  ~ Aaron Rose Chavez High School wrestler Alicia Piona is ranked 4th statewide in the girls 98-lb weight class. My assignment was to take a simple mugshot of her for [...]

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Zoom zoom

Chavez High’s cheerleaders perform a cheer during a game against Franklin at Chavez in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/2.8@ 1/15, ISO 200) Here’s a little trick that can jazz up a photo. The effect in this picture comes from using a zoom lens during a slow shutter speed. During [...]

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Tempting fate

Chavez High’s Demareya Nelson takes on Franklin’s Jerome Mayfield during a game at Chavez High in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @ 1/250, ISO 1000) It’s been several years since I’ve been rained on while shooting a football game. On Friday night’s game at Chavez High in Stockton, my luck held [...]

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