What do you do when there's little-to-no game action and you're shooting poorly anyway? To be honest, I'm still not sure. I've shot subjects who hide in front of a camera and that's tough to work around. I've shot in situations where the environment, both background and lighting, isn't conducive to the look I'm trying to achieve and that's tough to work around. I've shot events and sports that I've known nothing about and that too, is tough to work around.
However, last night's OU football game at Central Michigan really put me out of my element. There weren't many interesting plays, and when there were, I missed them. I didn't have my head in the game, and neither did the players. There were several fumbles and some wide-open holes in the defense. I don't know if any of us really had it together last night.
But I can't help but think that this was a challenge given to me. I've had a pretty successful year with Athletics and my work has been looking pretty good. But last night's game gave me a new opportunity: try to make something from nothing. I'm not sure if I succeeded, but I truly believe that that is a part of being a student. At the student level right now, I have the ability to simply "try" things... which is not always an option when you're on the job on deadline.
At this game, I tried to really look for moments - moments of slight celebration, moments where a coach might have a dismayed look in his eye. I feel like I had to have this experience of poor shooting conditions to truly remember why I love this job - I don't do it just for me, I do it for the players, the fans, the coaches, and because I truly love the game.