Hey Colts fans, it's Matt Bowen your Colts Team Photographer. I will be posting my "Tuesday's Top 10" photo gallery linked to this blog on colts.com! The photo galleries will always have a theme, ranging from game action to creative images around the Colts Complex!
Today let's talk about the coin toss! The coin toss is always a very exciting and interesting event for anyone that has the chance to experience it! It is an opportunity to feel what it's like to stand on the 50 yard line in the middle of an NFL stadium packed with 70,000 fans. The fans that are chosen to participate in the coin toss vary from game to game, but the one constant you find at every Colts home and away games are the players…and yours truly! My goal during the coin toss is capture cool images of our players and give our fans a game day perspective not seen by many people. My favorite angle to shoot during the coin toss is with my camera on the ground at the feet of the opposing team shooting up at our players with the massive stadium in the background. The only drawback to this approach is that sometimes I end up with the other teams photographer in my shot and vice versa. Another approach is to shoot directly above the coin toss getting a bird's eye view of both teams. To get my camera that high in the air, I mount it on an 8ft. monopod and hold it directly over the player's heads (scary thought, I know). I use a wireless remote to trigger my camera and hope and pray that I end up with something in focus! Both angles provide a dramatic look into a part of an NFL game that usually only the players experience.
If you have a great theme idea for a "Tuesday's Top 10" photo gallery, please let me know!