Adrenaline. Excitement. Goosebumps. These are the factors that motivate me to drive eight-and-a-half hours to take pictures at one football game. It’s not just about capturing the moment but about translating the powerful emotions for someone who can’t make it to the game. To preserve a moment in such a way that 200 years from now one can feel the sound vibrating beneath the wooden seats of Historic Hayward Field’s grandstand long after its destruction.

Every sport has a mechanical side to it. I’ve spent hundreds of hours as an athlete, and on the sidelines behind the lens. Having first-hand experience in both perspectives of the game, I am more than just a spectator with a camera. I know where the play is going next, the raging emotions, and what to look for. Having shot 2 Softball Super Regionals, 2 National NCAA Track and Field Championships, 2 Sweet 16’s, 1 Bowl game, and hundreds of regular season and pre-season games, I have learned one thing: Sports photography isn’t just a job but rather a combination of my two greatest passions in life.

Photo by  Ben Ludeman

Photo by Ben Ludeman


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