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Football: Jets-v-Eagles, Sep 2009 - 46
Made by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published in a Feb 3, 2011 blog titled Crowdsourcers Trounce ESPN Pundits on Fantasy Football Picks. ******************** I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that, until last night, I had never been to a professional football game in my life. Baseball, basketball, and tennis: yes, of course. High-school and college football games: sure, though that was a long time ago. Indeed, the last college football game I watched (in person) was in the mid-60s, when I was invited to the annual Harvard-Yale game by a Radcliffe student I had begun dating -- a development to which my MIT college roommate reacted, in shock, by howling, Radcliffe? You're dating a Cliffie? She must be a pig! After which he pulled out his flute, every time he thought she might be present when he returned to our off-campus apartment, and played Old McDonald Had a Farm until he collapsed in gales of laughter on the stairwell. Highly inaccurate, I hasten to note, and totally unfair. But I digress... Anyway, a freelance writer, Mitch Ligon (whose photo you can see in one of my Flickr sets), invited me to accompany him last night to the New York Jets - Philadelphia Eagles game out in the New Jersey Meadowlands -- another first-time experience. I was given a photographer's press pass, which gave me access to the locker rooms, press box, various other inner sanctum locations ... and, most important, the football field itself. I was given a red jersey to wear, told to stay outside the yellow dashed lines that ring the field, and turned loose for the evening. I felt somewhat inadequate, because I knew that the real professional photographers would be equipped with high-cameras and monstrous telephoto lenses beyond anything I had ever touched, or could possibly afford; and even though my Nikon D300 and 70-300mm zoom lens is fairly respectable in amateur circles, I had no idea if I would be able to take any decent photos at all... The other problem is that I know little or nothing about the nuances of football, beyond the obvious fact that the quarterback either passes the ball, or hands off to someone who attempts to run the ball downfield. Punts and field-goal kicks are also a familiar concept, but if you don't have a good anticipatory sense of who is about to do what to whom, it's easy to miss the moment when the perfect shot might be available. Also, I didn't really know anything about the players, aside from the respective star quarterbacks: Philadelphia's controversial Michael Vick, and New York's newly-named starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. I had looked at the team rosters on the Internet before the game, so at least I knew their jersey numbers (#6 for Sanchez, and #7 for Vick, as you'll see in the photos) -- but the action was often so far away (at the other end of the field) that I couldn't tell whether the starting quarterback, or one of the substitutes, was making the plays. Nevertheless, by the beginning of the second quarter I was feeling a little more comfortable -- if only because I found it easy to follow along behind the other professional photographers as they marched (or ran) from one end of the field to the other, in order to get their equipment set up for what they expected would be the next great shot. By the end of the game, I had taken 1,100+ photos, including several of Michael Vick in a post-game locker-room interview; and from the sound of the clickety-click-clack of my fellow photographers, I could tell that many of them had taken several thousand. I'll spare you the technical details of my feeble attempts to get some decent shots; I had picked up some good tips from the sports-photography chapter of Scott Kelby's Digital Photography, and I did my best within the limitations of my equipment and my lack of familiarity with the situation. What impressed me most about the whole experience was the scale of modern professional football -- the scale of everything. It's one thing to read that there are 80,000 people in a football stadium; it's another thing to actually be there and hear the simultaneous roar of those 80,000 people as a quarterback is sacked or a long pass is completed. It's one thing to read that a professional football player is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 350 pounds; it's another thing to stand next to several dozen such giants. Heck, I thought there were only 20 or 30 such giants on each team; I had no idea that there were 64 of them (a number which will be pared down as the pre-season comes to an end), or that there might be 20-30 different coaches. And then there are the hundreds of staff members scurrying around all over the place, carrying out their various duties and assignments; and there are the security guards and State Police, who spent most of the time scanning the stadium crowd rather than watching the players, presumably watching for scuffles or fights or ... well, who knows what. There are cheerleaders too, in this case bearing the official name of New York Jets Flight Crew; I had expected half a dozen, but there were two dozen perky, long-haired beauties, with permanently frozen smiles, who who danced and pranced before the crowd at every conceivable opportunity. All of this has resulted in the photos you'll see in this album. I had to delete roughly a hundred of my original images, because they were out of focus, or because a referee decided to walk in front of my camera at the wrong moment; and another 900 were okay, but not terribly exciting. I'm sure that none of them are as crisp, sharp, and well-composed as those taken by the Sports Illustrated photographer and the other professionals on the field; but I did end up with 72 keepers that I hope you'll enjoy... ... and, yes, I probably will attend another football game or two in the years ahead. Whether I'm lucky enough to get down on the field again is anyone's guess....
NY Jets vs. Buffalo, Oct 2009 - 10
Made by Ed Yourdon
Note: this photo was published as an illustration on an undated (Oct 2009) Boxxet blog titled New York Jets. ************************* In mid-October, I attended my second professional football game, with a photographer's press pass that let me get down on the field to photograph players, referees, cheerleaders, other photographers, fans in the stand, and anyone else who looked interesting. (My first such game was a pre-season contest between the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, which you can see by clicking .) I learned some lessons from photographing the Jets-Eagles game, and I showed up this time better prepared, and with some new equipment. It was great having the Nikon D700 with the capability of shooting at ISO 6400; but the 2X extender that turned my 70-300mm FX lens into a 140-600 lens seemed incapable of focusing automatically; I finally gave up and removed it. Overall, probably the best improvement came from the monopod that I dragged along on the trip; it greatly improved the stability of long shots with a telephoto. Ironically, it may also have created the illusion that I was a professional photographer, for the real professional photographers (who had studiously ignored me during the previous game) actually chatted with me a couple of times. I didn't have any of the bazooka-sized monster-telephoto lenses they had, but maybe they thought I wasn't a completely unprepared hobbyist... Anyway, I shot the first half of the game with the D700 and the 70-300mm zoom lens by itself; and I shot the second half of the game with my older D300, whose half-frame body turned the 70-300mm zoom into a 105-450mm zoom. The stadium was sufficiently well lit that I could shoot at a reasonably high speed (typically 1/640 second) without having to go above ISO 3200 most of the time. But technical details aside, this game was very much like the last one: I was down on the field, surrounded by 76,000 roaring fans who made conversation virtually impossible. I'm accustomed to watching most sports on television these days, with magical close-up shots provided by TV cameras like the very ones I saw strategically placed around tonight's football game; and when I'm befuddled by something complex or unexpected in whatever I'm watching, I know I can always depend on multiple instant replays (from various angles) and the incisive commentary from a TV sports anchor who knows far more about the players, the rules, and the details than I ever will. Down on the field, all I could do was try my best to follow the action, and shoot anything that looked interesting. It usually (though not always) started with a snap to the quarterback -- but it was sometimes on the other side of the field, or down at the other end of the field. Like the other photographers, I scurried back and forth from one end of the field to the other to be as close to the action as possible ... but in many cases, all I ended up with was a picture of a tangle of bodies, and no clear idea of what had just happened. After watching the Flickr statistics associated with my previous Jets-Eagles set, I was amused to see that the most popular photos were those of the cheerleaders ... so I included about 5 photos of the cheerleaders in this set. (And for whatever it's worth, I certainly did not envy them in their skimpy uniforms, while they did their best to cope with the 45-degree weather, and the chilly wind that whipped across the field.) I also found the fans interesting and occasionally picturesque, so you'll find about 10 fan-related pictures in this set. Since I was on the field through the generosity and permission of the New York Jets, I naturally rooted for them to win. But they played pretty sloppily, and their rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez, whose #6 jersey appears prominently in some of the photos) was intercepted five times. The regulation game finished in a 13-13 tie, so the game went into overtime ... and I'm such a dummy about football that I didn't even realize that it was a sudden death overtime. But when the Buffalo Bills kicked a three point field goal with 2:44 remaining in the overtime period, and all of the players immediately walked off the field, I quickly figured out what was happening... Anyway, I took a little over 1,200 images and whittled it down to 60 keepers that I think you'll enjoy looking at. Another 200 had to be deleted immediately because they were out of focus, or because a referee decided to run in front of my camera just as I was pushing the shutter button ... but I've still got roughly 940 images of jumbled piles of football players that will probably continue to sit on my computer until I run out of space on my hard disk. C'est la vie...
A Fitting Tribute - The John Henry Stakes
Made by Rock and Racehorses
A stakes races called The John Henry at the Meadowlands on Friday. Racing lost one of its greatest equine heroes today. John Henry was euthanized at the age of 32. Per Thoroughbred Daily News: Through eight seasons on the track, John Henry won 39 of 83 career starts, including 30 stakes--16 of which were at the Grade 1 level--and amassed $6,591,860 in earnings. During that time, he collected seven Eclipse Awards, including two Horse of the Year titles in 1981 and 1984. He equaled a world track record for 1 1/2 miles in 2:23 at Santa Anita and is the only horse to be crowned Horse of the Year in non-consecutive years, and the oldest horse ever to win that title--at age nine. John Henry was voted ‘Racehorse of the Decade’ for the 1980s, and was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 1990. Voted 7 Eclipse Awards Voted Horse of the Year 1981 and 1984 Won Horse of the Year more than once, but not in consecutive years Voted Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse 1981 Oldest horse to win Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year - at age 9 Oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race - at age 9 (tied) Voted Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse - 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 Won 30 stakes races Only horse to win the Arlington Million (G1) twice - 1981 & 1984 One of only two horses to win the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) twice - 1981 & 1982 Won more grade stakes than any other Thoroughbred - 25 Voted racehorse of the decade for the 1980's Still the richest gelding of any breed in history Retired as the world's richest thoroughbred - July 28, 1985 Inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1990 Ranked #23 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century
Made by wesbs
Aw hell, this one is the seventh pass at a crowd shot I took at the NY Giants Football game. I am very well aware that this needs to be viewed in the light box to experience appropriately and hope you choose to do view it that way, I am also aware that in thumbnail this photo looks a little bit like the Flickr produced unsafe mask they put on risque photos, I hope you click on it anyway! :-))) I am also well aware, because it happens to me, that staring at this photo might cause a headache but for reasons I cant explain, like a visual overload or something. I have tons of these crowd shots, and on this one I am posting my final processing pass. Now generally I usually progressively torture a photo through a number of processing turns, but often post one somewhere in the middle of the pixel destruction scale. But being this is Sliders Sunday and since I will not post in the group next week (will be away), I figured what the hell! Lastly, since the Giants have a big game today, a special shout out to my good flick friend and fellow Giant's fan , check his stream out (click his name) if you have not already he produces great images and in my opinion is one of the most intelligent people you will find out there in Flickland, you can tell when he favors us with a comment/observation on one of his posts. I know JD will be watching the game as I will, Go Giants!! JordyR (admin to Slider's Sunday) I have learned happens to be a fan of the Eagles, the team the Giants are playing today, Jordy, best of luck to you, but I really hope the Giants beat the hell out of the Eagles!
The Main Line
Made by jeffs4653
Hard to believe it from this photo, but this was once the Main Line of the Erie Railroad. The famous Jersey City to Chicago ERIE LIMITED once ran on these rails. The Main line was abandoned in 1963. When the Erie Railroad and Delaware Lackawanna & Western merged in the early 1960s this line was abandoned in favor of other parallel routes. The Erie Bergen County Line paralleled the main to the East, and the DL&W Boonton Line paralleled to the West. The DL&W Boonton Line became the new Main Line of the merged companies. This abandonment ran from Bergen Junction to Paterson. Once the Main was abandoned, this short 1 mile branch which starts at Bergen Jct. became known as the Carlton Hill Branch and saw limited passenger service until approximately 1966. The branch also serviced several industries and a chemical company until around 1990. The tracks have been dead since then. The rails have survived to this day, and currently belong to Norfolk Southern (NS), yet will never see service again. The Carlton Hill Station used to be at this location, and the remains of a concrete curb and platform can be seen on the right. Royce Chemical Company was on the left where the blue fence and homes are now. Directly behind me were another set of businesses that received freight service (see next photo). This view is looking East, towards Bergen Jct, where the Main Line and Bergen County Line split. Bergen Jct is about 3/4 mile East of this location. By May this area will be so overgrown that you will be unable to see the rails, nor walk through this area.
The New Meadowlands Stadium
Made by Jersey JJ
New Meadowlands Stadium is a stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States as part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. It is the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League and is adjacent to the site of the former Giants Stadium, which was home to the Giants from 1976 and the Jets from 1984. Like its predecessor, the new stadium is the only NFL stadium shared by two teams. However, unlike Giants Stadium in which the Jets were a junior partner, the new stadium is a 50/50 partnership between both NFL teams, and while the stadium is owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on paper, the two teams jointly built the stadium using private funds, and administer it jointly through New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation. At a construction cost of approximately $1.6 billion, it is the most expensive sports stadium ever built. -Wikipedia My take: Physically huge, much larger than Giants Stadium. Attractive from a distance. Most of the money looks to have been spent down low in glass boxes and limited access club areas. The concourse for the upper level is surprisingly narrow, and has dozens of mobile vendor carts to further clog the available space. It's a mess up there at half-time. Also -Can we get a real name already?
This Bimbo's Takin' Over
Made by jeffs4653
Grupo Bimbo, a Mexican food corporation, is the largest bakery in the world with brands in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Latin America, and Puerto Rico. It is also the biggest food company in Mexico. In December 2008, as part of a massive expansion, Grupo Bimbo became the largest bakery company in the USA and the only bakery in the USA with a national footprint. They own brands such as Arnold, Boboli, Brownberry, Entenmann's, Freihofer's, Stroehmann, and Thomas. The name Bimbo has no specific meaning in Spanish; thus, the name has not caused significant uproar in other countries as it would in the United States, where the word bimbo has a negative connotation. The official version has it that the name Bimbo, coined in 1945 when the company was rebranded from its previous name, Super Pan S.A., was chosen because the company thought it competed well with the existing Bambi and Dumbo brands in Mexico. In addition, the innocent, childlike name went well with the brand image they wanted to build. However, as this billboard indicates, it appears that there is a push to change the pronunciation in the US from Bimbo to Beembo.
Rammstein Concert in New York
Made by Anirudh Koul
Rammstein Concert with full fire power on May 5th at Izod Center near New York City (East Rutherford, New Jersey). Rammstein are finally touring North America including Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton), USA (New York, Chicago, Seattle, Oakland/San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas) and Mexico City. The show was a pyrotechnic spectacular, and I am not talking your regular stage flames and rockets. Imagine a new fire prop in every song. Full of suprises and drama.With the lyrics being in German, the band explains their use of these props...You have to understand that 99 percent of the people don't understand the lyrics, so you have to come up with something to keep the drama in the show. No wonder they sold out Madison Square garden in under 20 minutes. More photos here : Set list for Rammstein Concert Rammlied, B********, Waidmanns Heil, Keine Lust, Weisses Fleisch, Feuer frei!, Wiener Blut, Fruhling in Paris, Ich tu dir weh, Du riechst so gut, Benzin, Links 2 3 4, Du hast Pusy, Sonne, Haifisch, Ich will, Engel
The Main Line 2
Made by jeffs4653
This view is looking West on the old Erie Main Line towards Passaic, Clifton, and Paterson. The Passaic River is about 1/4 mile west of here, and the Main Line crossed the river on a steam powered swing bridge named BE Draw. The building is the remains of C.H. Frommer, probably the last building to receive freight service on what was left of the old Main Line (then called the Carlton Hill Branch) in the early 1990s. The two track ROW of the old main is where the pile of wood chips is. One spur track ran along side the building, but is no longer in existence. One track of the old Main Line still exists running West, but how far isn't known by me (it can't be very long). The sign on the top right corner of the building indicates the building is for sale, is 4 floors, 100,000 SqFt, and has a RR Siding If Needed. Good luck with that...
Made by Roman Skrada
I decided to finally try the star trails thing. This is a composite of 26 images, 30 seconds each, with about 5 seconds in between each shot. The five seconds is to let the camera buffer through the large image before it can take another one. Maybe one second would be enough; I didn't experiment. At first I was a little bummed out about the planes ruining the image but now I think they actually make this image interesting. At least now I know that getting clear star trails in the vicinity of four major airports is simply not possible. I was also very surprised to see that in only 14 minutes the star trails become this long. And if you look close enough you'll see gaps between the lines that represent the brief pauses between each shot. ODC: All lit up
Made by Scott Kasper Photography
Explored: #63 12/30/07 - Go Pats! Well, for those of you who saw the tags in my last posting, I decided not to wear my Pats jersey to the game last night....that's only because I was given am awesome Patriots Parka that I wore instead! I almost had trouble getting in...on the Meadowlands website it indicates that no professional grade cameras are allowed into the venue...I had my Quantaray 70-300 tele/zoom on the camera and was questioned about it....the guy turned out to be nice enough and he let me through. What a thrill to be in Giants' Stadium to watch the Pats go undeated during the regular 2007 football season!
Are You Ready For Some Football?
Made by Jeff_B.
The start of the 2010/11 NFL season kicks off tonight with the Vikings visiting the Saints and I like the Saints in this one. Pictured above is the New Meadowlands Stadium, home to the NY Jets and Giants. Here are my division predictions: AFC East: J - E - T - S JETS JETS JETS! AFC North: Ravens AFC South: Colts AFC West: Chargers NFC East: how bout them Cowboys! NFC North: Packers NFC South: Saints NFC West: Cardinals Most wins: Colts Most losses: The Bills and Rams will battle it out for this one, but I think Bills win it. Please
Hurricane Irene [Explored]
Made by Roman Skrada
Hurricane Irene is here and if you watch the news around here you'd think it will wipe out the entire population. They even suspended all public transportation which never happened before, and NJ is in state of emergency. Huge hoopla as usual and most likely nothing serious will happen. But who knows, strange things have been happening here lately, like an earth quake earlier on this week. For before and after processing check our my blog at roman-skrada.blogspot.com/
Gone But Not Forgotten
Made by dog ma
In honor of those who lost their lives on 911 and those left behind to remember. I haven't been on a plane since that day and don't know if I will ever be able to again. I live with in 30 miles of NYC and was greatly effected by what happened that day. I have been to the city since then and I must say that New Yorkers have gotten much more friendly in the last 10 years. It's almost like they all turned into one giant family.
Jets 29 – Minnesota 20
Made by Jeff_B.
At the Jets game last night, which featured torrential rain and lighting, 45 minutes of rain delay, 43 minutes of the Jets shutting out the Vikes, 5 field goals from Nick Folk, a Viking resurrection where they came within 2 points of tying the game, “Andy Reid” style of clock management by the Jets with 3 minutes to go and then a classic Farve pick six. Jets Win 29 to 20. It was a sweet victory!
Service members unfurl flag at NY Jets first home game in new stadium
Made by NYCMarines
Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Airmen and Soldiers unfurled an American Flag across the field during a pre-game ceremony before the New York Jets vs New York Giants game, Aug. 16, East Rutherford, N.J. The game was the first football game in New Meadowlands Stadium, the newly built home of both New York football teams. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED)
Oreo in his Yoda costume for Halloween
Made by SheepGuardingLlama
Here is our Boston Terrier Oreo dressed up as Yoda for Halloween, 2006. This picture was taken at Doggie Paradise where he attends day care. Oreo absolutely loves parties and actually had a really good time being in costume although he doesn't like the head piece very much. This custume turned out really cute and Oreo won the prestigious most original costume award this year.
Made by Roman Skrada
We found this abandoned building the other day so we decided to go back today to do some shooting. We got in through a hole in the garage door so it was private and that is important to me since I do not feel comfortable taking pictures in public... I'm quite pleased with it considering that this was my first portrait shoot.
X-Giants Stadium - A memory now (Gone)
Made by Jersey JJ
I live 15 minutes from Giants Stadium, and have been a fan since 1968. Shot inbound to Newark Liberty Airport. Update: June 2010, Sadly Giants Stadium is a small pile of rubble now. It's replacement, located right next door, is called (For now) The New Meadowlands Stadium. Seriously, can we get a real name already?
Made by Roman Skrada
I found this one hiding in my archives and I thought it deserved a place on Flickr. This was shot at an old abandoned factory and I wanted to go there again one of these days but it has been boarded up. I'm always on a lookout for places like this but I must admit that going in is quite creepy and a bit scary.
Nearest places of interest:
Hotel Homewood Suites by Hilton Edgewater-NYC Area
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
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