So Jen and I get into New York City just in time for the Super Bowl. I figure what could be better than seeing the Super Bowl in New York with the New York Giants in the game. What a great game - but I wouldn’t be reporting on it if I didn’t have something to show everyone out in blogoland. We ended up at the Brass Monkey bar just down the street from our hotel in the Meatpacking District. In between beers and cheering for the Giants, I did some candid street style photography of the fans watching the game on tv.
New York was the underdog and was behind for most of the game. There were a lot of worried looks for most of the evening.
Then the Giants scored their first touchdown and briefly took the lead. They were back in the game and the bar went wild!
Late in the second half, the Giants were down four points. They missed a pass and things were looking really bad. If they didn’t make a first down on the next play, they were pretty much out of the game. Talk about a nerve-wrecking game. I think everyone in the city gave up on breathing for about five minutes.
And then, the miracle play that will go down in history! The Giants nailed a 30 yard pass after a near sack. The Giants were still in the game!
Seconds later, they scored with barely a minute on the clock. Victory was New York’s!
Great game! Great crowd! Great experience! What can I say? I do love New York.
ps: On a technical note, these images were shot with the Canon 5D and a Canon 50mm f1.2 lens at 3200 iso. Due to the near absence of available light, most of the exposures were shot at f1.2 at 1/10th of a second. For comparison, take a look at the shots where the window is in the background - outside it looks like daylight. In reality, it was 9:00 at night and not even much streetlight was out there. Still, it was far more light than what was in the bar and thus it appears much brighter.
To illustrate how dark it actually was outside, here’s a shot I took across the street from the bar as I walked home after the game. It was shot at f 2.0 at 1/20 of a sec at 500 iso. You can see that the person walking in the foreground is about properly exposed. If I used this same exposure in the bar, the scene would have been mostly black.
The blur you see in the bar shots resulted from subject movement during the extremely slow shutter speeds. Also, because I wanted candid reactions from the subjects, I aimed the camera at them without looking through the viewfinder.