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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 1250 ISO, 16mm, 1/160, f4.5 — The Hardin Valley Academy student section bounces a beachball though the crowd as the sunsets and the second half of play begins against the West High School Rebels. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

Knoxville sports photography blog by Steven Bridges

 

In a previous blog post I mentioned that I would be getting out and photographing different events with my intern Emily. Since her first love is sports photography, we hit the field for a couple of football games. I have not photographed high school sports in many years. I had almost forgotten how much I loved it. To me there is something magical about high school athletics. There is so much energy and excitement that feels the air. From the fans to the players out there busting their tails for the chance of playing one more down.

Just the same as Emily, sports photography is one of the main reasons I decided to become a photographer. In high school I was on the football team. Like most kids in high school, it was purely for the love of the game. Two games into the season of my senior year I quit the team. Yes, you read that correctly. After all of those summer practices and the grind of two a days, I turned in my pads. Why would I do that? As much as I loved sports, I realized as a third string player, there was no future for me to be a career athlete. The best shot I had at staying around football and making it to the next level was through photography. My decision has allowed me to photograph everything from little league to professional sports and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from Hardin Vally Academy first two football games of the season.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 320 ISO, 85mm, 1/2500, f2.8 — West Rebels running back Devante Patrick (5) loses a shoe while spinning for extra yardage against Hardin Valley Academy on August 8, 2015. The Rebels went on to win the game 16-15. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 1250 ISO, 170mm, 1/1000, f2.8 — Hardin Valley Academy running back Thomas Clay (1) slips past the West Rebels’ defense during the first half of play at Hardin Valley Academy on August 20, 2015. The Hawks went on to lose the game 15-16. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 640 ISO, 200mm, 1/1000, f2.8 — Hardin Valley Academy quarterback Mihir Barot (17) passes the ball before getting hit by West High School’s Jake Whitfield (20) in the second quarter on August 20, 2015. Hardin Valley Academy lost their home opener to the Rebels 15-16. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5000 ISO, 200mm, 1/800, f2.8 — Hardin Valley Academy Aaron Dykes (3) runs past the West Rebel’s KJ Jefferson (3) and Tyler Jones (55) during the third quarter on August 20, 2015. Dykes finished with 89 yards on 10 carries in the Hawks’ 15-16 loss to the Rebels. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16mm, 200 ISO, 1/2500, f2.8 — A Hardin Valley Academy student practices waving a prep flag before kick off against Bearden High School at Hardin Valley Academy on Friday September 4, 2015 in Knoxville, TN. Hardin Valley won the matchup 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 1000 ISO, 200mm, 1/1000, f2.8 — Bearden High School’s Luis De La Cruz (33) pulls in a pass over Hardin Valley Academ’s Issiah Aguero (22) during the first half of the game at Hardin Valley Academy on Friday September 4, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5000 ISO, 200mm, 1/1000, f2.8 — Bearden High School’s Chase Berry (3) gives a stiff arms while trying to turn the corner against Hardin Valley Academy on Friday September 4, 2015 in Knoxville, TN. Hardin Valley Academy defeated Bearden 41-31 at home. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5000 ISO, 123mm, 1/1000, f2.8 — Hardin Valley Academy’s Thomas Clay (1) runs the ball over Bearden High School’s Hunter Henry (15) during the their 41-13 rout of the Bulldongs on Friday September 4, 2015 in Knoxville, TN. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5000 ISO, 16mm, 1/800, f2.8 — Hardin Valley Academy Thomas Clay (1) leads his team in a chant after beating Bearden High School 41-31 at home on Friday September 4, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bridges/knoxphotog.com

 

I hope you have enjoyed this Knoxville sports photography blog post by Steven Bridges.

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Knoxville photographer Steven Bridges is a freelance photographer in Knoxville, TN with over 15 years of professional experience that specializes in professional portraits and commercial photography.

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