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    So this is going to be 2-4 posts from me that are nothing but bragging, self-serving and I guess though I don't feel like that is my usual MO I am going to play that role this morning, and I apologize in advance.

    Being on the sidelines last night was amazing, there are no words to properly describe it. Autzen brought it, the noise was deafening. It was easier not to cheer than I thought it would be, I was trying hard to get some good photos, and feel like I did.

    Pregame
    I got to Autzen about 3 hours before kickoff, after getting our stuff set up in the "photo pit" under the east end zone, we headed up to the press box to eat. On the way up, I totally cut Ivan Maisel off for the last spot in the elevator and he glared at me as the doors closed.


    Back down on the field I learned a quick lesson in photography. Right place, right time. I was charged with taking pictures of the recruits at the game for Oregon, while doing that I heard the students start chanting, I spun around and was 3 feet from Uncle Phil.


    Herbie is one good looking man in person, Babs knows what she is talking about.


    Pete is everywhere pregame, this seems to be the shot that everyone wanted of him, one of the AP photogs in the "pit" said as we were uploading before kickoff. "That is the money shot." Made me feel pretty good.


    Taylor Mays kept yelling to the Autzen fans "What now?" This guy is a giant, imposing presence, and seemed to be in on every defensive play USC made, also very photogenic.
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    Duck was in the Halloween spirit, rocking the Darkwing Duck costume.


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    Maybe next week, but with LaMike do we really want him back?


    Prophecy from the student section


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    Joe McKnight finds a crease early in the first half


    A USC friend of mine texted me upset that this wasn't called
    pass interference.


    TJ3 said nope, just incomplete.


    Masoli started off a theme for the night, Oregon rushing scores.
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    RoJo capitalizes on the lone Oregon mistake of the game. This was the only time I thought I might get taken down.


    Andre Crenshaw scores.


    I quack for Chip.


    Lavasier Tuinei


    Joe McKnight


    Eddie Pleasant got both sacks against Barkley.


    Allen Bradford


    The best freshman running back in the country, LaMichael James.


    Barkley had all day to throw, still struggled to find people. I am willing to concede that he is a frosh and I said all year that no way a frosh QB wins at Autzen, but he has a LONG ways to go. It looks like SC starts 4 Senior OL? Not super accurate with a young line could be trouble next year.


    IMO this was the best picture I got, and I think will probably be in the eDuck (who I was shooting for) magazine next issue.
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    Postgame
    More right place right time. I had just gone to switch my 400 lens for my 17-40, and walked right up on Lisa Salters



    I think he was still pissed about me cutting him to get on the elevator. I was never a fan anyway.


    "I wish I had followed Sanchez."


    I made silly mistake here. I had THE prime position for Chip's post game interview. I looked over and saw Salters' and her camera man looking around making faces and hand gestures like "Where is he?" So instead of holding my position, I ran over and said Chip is over there. I didn't get my space back for being such a helpful person.



    I have more, but I think this is more than most everyone is interested in, and I probably have come off like a serious roll of single ply TP already. Thanks for indulging me.
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    Awesome. I'm so jealous. I wish it had been that same intensity for the Utah game, because those fans were unreal during CGD and all game.

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    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.
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    Amazing stuff HFN. You got some great shots.

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    Nice! I am interested in more if you feel like posting them. Great stuff, HFN.

    Totally jealous.
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    Those are awesome pics. I didn't know you were a photog. I thought you were more of a hobbyist, but you can't tell by those pics. Those are the same quality as anything you would see on a sports website or mag. Very cool.

    Like this year, next year SC will continue to rebuild. 2011 will be the money year.

    Going into this season, there were 4 big road games on the calendar that everyone had circled...tOSU, Notre Dame, Kal, and Oregon. Barkley won 3 of the 4. I don't buy that Autzen beat him. SC didn't really lose the game because of Barkley. In fact, he had a decent game. His lone INT was the last play of the game (why was he in, btw?). SC lost because of the horrible defense played against a potent offense. For the first half of the game, SC was trading scores.

    SC lost last night not because of the noise (tOSU seats twice as many). The Trojans are prime examples....95K strong and no deafening crowd advantage of note. Yet almost unstoppable at home over the past 7 years. Talent wins the game. You can't win them all and Oregon was the better team on the field, by far. Had nothing to do with the noise (check all the false starts on Oregon...it wasn't noisy when they had the ball).

    Will you be able to turn this into a season-long gig? It would be cool if you could shoot the ducks at every home game. Or every game, period. Why not? Do you need an assistant for the Rose Bowl?

    PS That was a PI, btw.
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    Chris that I was shooting with last night just sent this one to me, so I guess the indulgence continues.


    I will put the rest of my pictures in a slide show and post a link after I get it put together. Thanks for the kind words everyone.
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    Wow! Seriously amazing pics. I'm not an Oregon fan and I can't stop looking at them. Keep em coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    I will put the rest of my pictures in a slide show and post a link after I get it put together. Thanks for the kind words everyone.
    So who were you taking photos for? Do you work for the Oregon Times or something?

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    I actually really like that shot of the stadium. The green seats give a really cool look to the place when it is empty. Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Chris that I was shooting with last night just sent this one to me, so I guess the indulgence continues.


    I will put the rest of my pictures in a slide show and post a link after I get it put together. Thanks for the kind words everyone.
    Dude, are those your cameras? No wonder the eDuck (or whatever its called) wanted you down there! Plus you took some awesome shots. Looks like it paid off for them (and you!). Great stuff. I'd love to see more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    So this is going to be 2-4 posts from me that are nothing but bragging, self-serving and I guess though I don't feel like that is my usual MO I am going to play that role this morning, and I apologize in advance.
    Stop apologizing and keep uploading. These are awesome.
    So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Dude, are those your cameras? No wonder the eDuck (or whatever its called) wanted you down there! Plus you took some awesome shots. Looks like it paid off for them (and you!). Great stuff. I'd love to see more.
    The 400mm lens (the really big one) belongs to my BIL, I just borrowed it for the occasion.
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    So that's why you were on the sidelines.

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    Terrific photos, HFW. Post more game shots, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    "I wish I had followed Sanchez."
    Now I realize that you're pals with Surfah, Hot Lunch and DDD, but do you have any more pissy, angry, or funny USC photos? We all know that you zoomed in on their sideline looking for some.

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    I was looking for you during the game.

    I saw someone who looked like you on the Oregon sideline but he didn't have a camera so I assume it wasn't you.

    My 2 year old really loved the false starts. He would start rolling his hands with the officials.

    I saw the guy with the Cookie Monster costume on TV. Is that a popular costume out there? It looked better on you.

    Great pics. I'm really jealous.

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    Great stuff. Post as many pics as you want and then some more.

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    ESPN's next big thing, Jen Brown.


    Sadly the only pic I got of Havili. Cougswin works with his brother and I was hoping to get one that he could give to him.


    Umm...


    This was the only person that could have passed for a celeb on the SC sideline, except I have no idea who he is. Probably just a family member or something.


    Dennis Dixon was there and rocking his Steelers SBXLIV ring


    RoJo in warm ups


    I missed the shot, but T3 is my favorite Duck of the last few years. He had a look on his face that just killed me for him. This team is going to go to the Rose Bowl and he played 1 play (opening kickoff against Cal) of P10 action.


    There is something very cool about being among the first people in the stadium, in a way almost creepy.


    I walked by Trevor Matich and said "We needed some luck last week in Provo. That was brutal." He shrugged his shoulders and said "Ehh." He has to be pushing 4 bills, the dude is massive.


    Another good shot of Uncle Phil
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    I don't really know why but this picture cracked me up.


    Ken Norton leading the guys in warm ups, he was yelling and cursing and spitting (figuratively), but it didn't translate as well as a still picture.


    CJ Gable in warm ups


    Trojans getting off the line. I wish I would have framed this better, but I got the effect I was hoping for.


    More Ken Norton, that would have been better as a video.


    The guy from the Daily Emerald (school paper) saw me take this and said "Great idea." He took at least 100 photos of the song girls the rest of the game. Every time I saw him he had his lens pointed at them.


    Taylor Mays helmet. I know it says #10 on the back, but I give you my word he picked it up and put it on seconds after I snapped the picture.
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    These are awesome.

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    Everson Griffen heading to the locker room before the end of the first half.


    Brian Baucham back up CB


    Joe McKnight leaving the field.


    Most yards gained on USC since 1946. worst loss since 1997. The thought I had driving home last night was that every college football team has one of those nights, and they get over it by saying "Hey it happens to everyone." The truth is this doesn't happen to USC. Often wins dim with time, for myself I think this one will only grow.


    Christian Tupou, at least has LDS roots, his brother Fenuki Tupou played on the 2007 Duck team that beat USC in Autzen and was once my friend on myspace.


    Barkley behind center, 1st half.


    Brandon Carswell


    Joe McKnight


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    HFN do you have a link to the entire album? I'd like to see all of them if you are down for that. These are really nice pics.

    I know I said it before, but i guess I had no clue that you were into photography, let alone enough to have some serious equipment and skills. The pics are high quality stuff. I wasn't kidding when I said you should try to parlay this into a more regular gig with the Ducks......offer to shoot them on the road, even if you have to pay your own travel expenses. Fun excuse to travel to games.
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    Kenjon "The Burner" Barner, yes I thought up that very clever nickname. Returning USC's first kick off deep into Oregon territory.


    The Burner, after a cutback on the same kick return.


    Samoan Tim Teebow


    Robbie Boyer after a nice special teams play.


    TJ Ward tackling Joe McKnight


    DJ Davis


    Joe McKnight again with the almost shot...


    Last one, the man of the night. I am not holding my breath that he will be invited to NYC, but find me someone playing better in college football right now than Jeremiah Masoli...


    Thanks again for all the kind words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    HFN do you have a link to the entire album? I'd like to see all of them if you are down for that. These are really nice pics.

    I know I said it before, but i guess I had no clue that you were into photography, let alone enough to have some serious equipment and skills. The pics are high quality stuff. I wasn't kidding when I said you should try to parlay this into a more regular gig with the Ducks......offer to shoot them on the road, even if you have to pay your own travel expenses. Fun excuse to travel to games.
    I have not uploaded them all anywhere, I took about 1300 pics. Many are throw away out of focus, guys feet, etc. I will upload more to my photobucket which is open to all, HuskyFreeNorthwest.

    The main photog Chris emailed me today and told me that for a first timer I was fantastic. He said I could most likely do some of the Thursday basketball games if I wanted since they often don't send someone to those, and that he felt like I could be around for a football game next year. I wouldn't want to do it every game. I enjoy being a fan, sitting with ldc, taking my boys. But I would love to do it once or twice a year, especially if it could be road games.

    Edit: DDD do you know who the dude in the red glasses is?
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    Wow. You're a real artist HFN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    I have not uploaded them all anywhere, I took about 1300 pics. Many are throw away out of focus, guys feet, etc. I will upload more to my photobucket which is open to all, HuskyFreeNorthwest.
    I couldn't resist. I went and checked out your photobucket page. Then I found this:



    What kind of sick crap are you into?!

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