Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S shooting Friday Night High School Football

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 10000, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

Gallery of images from the game

My daughter’s high school had their first football pre-season game tonight. Roswell High School played cross town rival Johns Creek high school.

In the first photo Roswell High School’s #1 full back Sheldon Evans runs for touchdown while being pursued by John’s Creek #3 defensive back Jack Somers and #36 defensive back Bryce McCain.

This was shot at 8:03 pm or about 20 minutes before sunset. The Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S with the Sigma TC-2001 2x attached was locking in on focus quickly and holding steady with the Nikon D4.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 3600, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

This was shot at 7:43 pm with the sun dipping behind trees so indirect sunlight is hitting the players from the open sky.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 7200, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

As you can see having the Sigma TC-2001 2X converter was helping me reach down field. This gave me a 600mm, which was working really well for the high school game. You can get so much closer to the sidelines than you can in college or pro games.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 6400, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

Here I am in the end zone and the player is crossing the 50 yard line. I am not zoomed in all the way at all. I am at 410mm.

I love shooting from the end zones because I am more likely as you are seeing in the photos to see the faces of the players because this is the direction the offense is going. If I am cover the defense then I would be on the opposite end zone and getting the defensive players faces.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

You can see the expressions on the faces of the players and show the ball and the defense at the same time. Here I captured a moment that I am sure the coaches will be talking to the offense about protecting that ball more than they are doing here.

Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000

I love these type of photos where you see the defense doing all they can to stop the offense and also showing the athleticism of the players.

One of the photographers showed up tonight with the new Sigma 150-600mm contemporary lens. I would love to see what she got and even more which I could have tested it out. With todays cameras high ISOs I think shooting Friday Night Lights in small community football fields is possible.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM | S, and Sigma TC-2001 2x combination. I did use the new 1.4X converter as well, but preferred the 2X to get down field.