Rugby: Jacksonville Axemen vs Rhode Island

Rugby is a fun sport to shoot. The Jacksonville Axemen took on the Rhode Island Rebellion for a spot in the finals competition.  I set out to shoot tight shots of the action to see the dirt, grimaces, and pain on the faces of the players.

GQ20130810-0046I shot the game with a Canon Mark 5D Mark 3 body and a Canon 400mm, f2.8 IS lens.  The sun was setting on the home side so I positioned myself facing the sinking sun.  This gave a nice rim light on the players for separation.

GQ20130810-0019The trick here is to expose for the player and let the background exposure fall where it may.  That’s why you will see most of the backgrounds a lighter exposure than the exposure on the player.

GQ20130810-0111 GQ20130810-0050A tackle “football” game with no pads or helmets is brutal and you can see it in the faces of the players.

GQ20130810-0057GQ20130810-0117 GQ20130810-0068Jacksonville completely out maned Rhode Island with superior size and speed.  The Axemen were able to break a few long runs in the process.

GQ20130810-0090 GQ20130810-0130 GQ20130810-0145Notice how large the ball is. Kicking can be erratic as best.

GQ20130810-0134 GQ20130810-0119 GQ20130810-0032 GQ20130810-0102I’m far from understanding all the nuances of this game but it is fun for a sports photographer to shoot.  I think I accomplished my goal of shooting tight shots of the up close action.  Hope you enjoy.  Gray

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