So against every instinct I have in regards to professional football, this weekend I attended the Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Blitz. And you know what? It ended up not being too bad.
Let me say this. I didn’t always used to be so anti-Steeler; in fact, I even used to have a Steeler shirt. I think it was something about former fullback Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala (yes, I 100% had to look up how to spell that). But somewhere, somehow, I grew to utterly despise a few current and former Steeler players, and it really has just snowballed since then. See, I am a Cowboys fan, and although we’ve had it rough the past couple years, this is the year we are turning it around. Just wait.
Both of today’s shot are different views of Heinz Field from last Saturday. One of the cool things about being down at the Fan Blitz was that you got to walk on the field. They had drills and events for the kids and field goal kicking for everyone else. I took the shot above right at the corner of the open end zone, looking towards the rest of the field. I know that it is a little crooked, but I liked that you could see a father and son posing by the goal post, and if I straightened it, then it would have cropped out half their legs. This is a five exposure handheld HDR that I processed with Photomatix. I masked in the bottom third of the shot to correct all the ghosts as a result of the people moving.
Today’s official shot is a different view of the field. I took this from the second level after one of the autograph sessions. Oh yeah, I completely forgot to mention that. While I was there, I took a 20×30 HDR of Heinz Field that I had shot last fall in for the former players to sign and ended up getting 13 autographs. Pretty cool. We also ate lunch with former linebacker Andy Russell, who said that in his first year in the league he made $12,000. And now the players and owners are fighting of $9 billion. Unreal. Anyways, this is a nine shot panorama, with each shot being made up of a five exposure HDR, something that I hadn’t done before, at least not on this magnitude. It ended up looking pretty much the way I wanted it, although try as I may I couldn’t get the bit of grey in the sky over the middle part of the stadium fixed. Still happy with it.
That’s all for today folks. See you tomorrow.