Each year I have an invitation to visit Columbia, South Carolina. Being a big, die-hard college football fan (and they are too) I go during football season.

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South Carolina State University, located in Orangeburg, SC is a HBCU – Historically Black College and University. So even though it’s a football game, it’s really ALL ABOUT THE BAND!! When I was in high school a few years ago 😉 I played the Alto Saxophone. I enjoy music. Yes when you think of HBCU you automatically go to see the band and their dance moves. Yes I am one of those that want to see the band dance but I also want to “hear them play”. I always get excited for my trip to Columbia.

This weekend was homecoming weekend. The game was against Howard University. Alumni comes back home, the tailgate is super, and the day always starts out with a parade. This is the first time I have ever been to a homecoming game. It was great. Alumni band members were invited to march with the band during the parade and also participated in the field events. I must say the Alumni held their own.

Not having ground access to the field, I did the best that I could in taking photographs in the stands. My goal is to one day have permission to be on the field during the band halftime performance.  I did more than take photographs of the football game. I took photographs of the parade and the tailgate. Did I say the food was AWESOME?? And after the game (which SC lost) the food was AWESOME!

When you take your camera to a game where you have no control of where you can stand, sit, etc. here are some tips to remember:

  • Shoot as much as you can from your location and often.
  • Don’t judge your images from the back of your camera…not a good idea.
  • Wait until you upload to your computer/laptop before you start judging your work.
  • Remember your circumstance.
  • Feel good about what you had captured.
  • Have fun and enjoy the moment.

Here are some photographs I took during homecoming. Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, and 35mm f/ 2 R WR lens. In case you’re wondering why I used the 35mm when I had the 18-135mm…when I was carrying around the camera during the tailgate I wanted something lighter so I could focus on food… 🙂

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂

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