Being that the NFL (National Football League) is set to kick off its season of competitive play this week, it was the perfect time for this picture. I returned home from lunch and some grocery shopping over the weekend to find this small group of neighborhood boys playing football in the street. With their parent’s permission, I thought I’d snap a few shots. Certainly not an uncommon scene, but it just goes to show two things in particular.
First, American football is the preeminent sport in the U.S. right now…enough so to risk getting badly scraped up by playing ball on the pavement. Secondly, the summer here in the desert has melted minds enough to think this was a good idea in the first place to be outside playing a game in the middle of the afternoon…it’s still hovering around the 106f (41c) mark for crying out loud!!
Seeing this sure takes me back to my childhood, although where I grew up in Salt Lake, we had front yards consisting of grass which was a lot more forgiving than the asphalt…not to mention, we didn’t have to dodge cars either. It always makes me smile to think of the good times getting together with friends from around the neighborhood at that young age, doing the same thing…back before work and adult responsibilities got in the way. :) I’ve posted a couple of additional pictures in the WS just to show this youthful exuberance.
Thanks for taking a look.
*For any Moderators questioning a possible relationship to these kids; i.e. “friends” or “family,” I had no previous knowledge of who they were or even belonged to!? I couldn’t have picked them out of a police line up if necessary.
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jemaflor (74044) 2013-09-02 0:03
Good timing, taken at the good moment, nice effect with the light and the shadow, nice sharpness and dynamic effect.
wolf38 (29116) 2013-09-02 0:46
Hi Jason. Action, movement, dynamism - the ball game really is a beautiful thing. You've photographed in the ideal moment. In the Kompisition everything is at the best place.
ikeharel (43903) 2013-09-02 1:19
Caught the moment beautifully: the boy is on a pose suggesting a ball was just left his hands like a bullet lounched, and he is still in motion - only one foot on the ground.
Well done with clarity, colors and light, depth accomplished by the friend on far side waiting for the ball.
A nice one, cheers.
Sergiom (45308) 2013-09-02 4:42
Le début de la saison en fin de semaine prochaine. C'est le signal que l'automne est arrivé. J'aime beaucoup le point de vue qui nous montre parfaitement cette superbe spirale dans les airs ainsi que les ombres sur le sol.
Go Pats Go
serp2000 (33061) 2013-09-02 5:02
Let me add my compliments to your tip-box too! ;)
Well done. Amazing shadows, great timing shot. Good expression of the playing moment.
My son is a fan of the soccer, he is a hoolkeepr of their team.
I like your last words, this is very smart remark. ;)
Keep In Touch!
timecapturer (36978) 2013-09-02 5:52
having just returned from the quack here to get the results of an x-ray on my back, to be told that the pain is due to wear & tear, this image hit me where it hurts! They say youth is wasted on the young and when you cannot move and roll around like you did as a kid that hits home too! I use the gym every week but cannot play any ball sports competitively like I used to, so always say to youngsters enjoy it whilst you can, because you really miss it when you cannot any more. This is a great action shot and I think emphasises my point succinctly. Captured perfectly. Workshop shots excellent too!
Have a good week - Brian.
still warm here about 20C (half your temps) and the soccer season here is already 3 weeks old!
subhendu_bagchi (20976) 2013-09-02 7:57
interesting street photography here. In our town the lesser busy roads are used as playground for the little cricket players... Similar atmosphere in your composition. Like it a lot. Excellent show using a nice lower POV. Thanks for sharing it.
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-09-02 10:09
These are a great set of action shots, perfect timing to create the fine shadow and the airborne capture. Like you, a scene like this reminds me too of younger years, playing football (the soccery version) in the middle of roads in the housing estate, but also other games when we had no football such as bottle ball, kick the can and goodness knows what else. Sometimes I wish I could still go out and have that energy, but alas.
When you say that temperatures, I begin to melt a little inside. When I played, our biggest issue was trying to stay dry and warm, and if we got a few days or weeks with twenty degrees or more, we were happy kids. The forties is just incredible.
You got a cool sense of depth with this scene too, the road leads off perfectly into the distance, and the other kids put a gret scale to the distance. Great timing to catch this.
All the best
worldcitizen (5613) 2013-09-02 16:31
Nice piece of Americana, desert-style. :-) It's different to see these boys playing only on asphalt, with no grass around them, but that's the way it is in Arizona, right? ;-) They must REALLY love football to play in the temperatures you mentioned!! I'd definitely be inside next to the A/C. Here in NYC, we used to play on the sidewalks in front of our houses - not football though, since there were mostly girls. Still, whenever a ball was involved, my father would have to run across the street to retrieve it. There was too much traffic for children to get it themselves. Sometimes the balls went into the sewer and were lost forever! But I digress... :-) Nice job capturing the action in these photos.
ACL1978 (6497) 2013-09-02 18:44
Though it always makes me sad to see people refer to September and October - the most exciting months on the calendar for baseball fans - as football season, even I have to admit this is a well-timed and very well executed shot. Action shots are not really something we've seen much from you, but this one suggests you should try it more often - I can't think of a better possible pose for the boy in FG to have wound up in, right at the height of the throw with the ball spiraling away nicely, and the kids in BG racing to catch it. Really nicely done.
chrisvek (6995) 2013-09-02 19:05
Wow.Amazing timing.Great composition and awesome colors.Nice lightning usage and perfect atmosphere.Splendid depth and great POV.Well done.
All the best
mirosu (8046) 2013-09-02 19:45
First I wish thank you very much for your interesting comment to my Bratislava photo. It was taken in central, modern part of the city. Previously I've also posted photo from the old town. Actually Bratislava is a mixture of modern with old in relatively small scale if we compare it with Vienna or Paris.
I like your photo, nicely captured action in excellent light. The shadow of the ball throwing boy and the ball is excellent. Appropriate contribution to NFL season start. Greetings, Miro
macjake (45574) 2013-09-02 22:11
So are all these kids Lefties or what!! in the WS the kid is left handed as well!
Heck, they should be grabbing a baseball and learn how to pitch!! haha
and as for playing on the street? Well, in Arizona the front and backyards are not exactly well covered in grass anyways right? :)
yes, the NFL is set to kick off on Thursday, and just in case you didn't know - the NFL is huge here in Canada too. We're all waiting for it. and living here in Vancouver, we have adopted the Seattle Seahawks as our team. Many many people in Vancouver and its suburbs drive down to Seattle on Sundays to grab tickets. Oh, same thing applies to the Seattle Mariners in MLB too.
For me personally though....i'm not a Seahawk fan.
I'm a Tennessee Titan fan...always have been, was a fan when they where the Houston Oilers, then they were moved to Tennessee. They won't have a great team this year, i know that....be lucky if they go 8-8 on the season.
anyways...its an exciting time for sure.
Robert1969 (6650) 2013-09-02 22:27
As child we played every day football on the
street after making our homework from school.
Now they have there mobilephone and that's it.
Timimg and quality are great and I'am glad to
see that not everyone prefer the mobilephone
above something else.
limielski (2571) 2013-09-04 13:20
You upload your photos - one after the other quicker than I can translate your notes into polish :-)))
This is a very dynamic photo taken in the most appropriate moment of time. I like the shadow of the boy, too.
fabbs99 (11030) 2013-09-04 19:57
Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation.The shot is simple but having excellent sharpness and clarity.The colors are deep and the details are excellently expressed.TFS.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-09-05 11:46
This is a brilliant shot, Jason, with the boy and the ball in motion and the perfect hard shadow and the (incongruous?) suburban background. Everything about it works -- the colors of the sky and pavement, the line of trees, AND that the boy is southpaw!
Was this shot with that ultra-wide angle lens? I priced those this weekend -- and walked out empty-handed, :-/
All my best,
nikkitta (8885) 2013-09-05 12:13
Well taken shot at the right moment, when you also managed to capture the shadow of both ball and boy
So this is American Football quite popular in the States as you said in the note
But different from football, an sport which forbid to use the hands, difficult to play on cement
Friendly regards from Buenos Aires
rogerl (1156) 2013-09-06 15:36
Jason, you did a great job capturing this moment. I love the light, and the shadows; you chose a wonderful angle for the shot, letting us see all the way down the street. I also share Andrew's anguish at the too-early start of football season. We're just getting to the good part of the baseball season!
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-09-07 6:46
I´m just back my friend!As I see I have to catch up a little bit.
Superb scene!(even if most of the Europeans do not know what's going on in American Football:)
But the pose of this boy and his shadow make the scene really spectacular!Another thing is the combination of perfect timing and framing of the scene.Love this kind of shots(but unfortunately I do not have a good eye for it).
And in the end I have to mention the way you processed the image(HDR and Photomatix???)
Wish You a great weekend