Friday Night Lights at Montgomery High School

There is a best-selling book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, about this uniquely American pastime that occurs in many towns and communities. There is also a movie ,Friday Night Lights, based on the book, and an NBC television show based on the movie. H.G. Bissinger must be getting some fat royalty cheques.

A few weeks ago I attend one of the Montgomery High School football "Friday Night" lights games. I don't remember who the opposing team was but I was not there to watch the game. My daughter is in the high school marching band. This is her second year in the marching band. The band performs in the fall during the halftime of each football game. My wife and I are not into football. It's just not our thing. We've attended only a few games. To support our daughter we attend as many home games as we can tolerate.

One thing I don't get about American sports is cheerleaders. I asked one of the band parents about this. I was told that they cheer for the team. Oh, ok. Then what are the people -- the fans -- in the stands doing?

I talked to my friend Frank Veronsky who suggested that I get out from behind the fence and get near the sidelines for some action shots. It was also a great way to field test the Fuji X-T2 and Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens I rented from Lensrentals. The Fuji X-T2 is a brand new and very popular mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC). I had read the reviews but wanted to experience the camera for myself.

I was amazed at how well the Fuji X-T2 performed in the lighting on the field. I fiddled with the controls to set the ISO to auto but I had only had only just received the camera from that afternoon. I did not have much time to learn the controls before coming to the game. At least I was able to set the frame rate to a high of 8 frames per second.

Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon XF16-55mm R LM WR @ 51.6mm , ISO 12800 , 1/400s , ƒ/5

Kiran usually hates it when I take photos of her. I have tried getting pictures of her with her bandmates but she often puts her hair across her face or covers the lens with her hands. This can be annoying for a parent who just wants a photo of the grand-daughter in her band uniform to share the grandparents. My efforts are usually thwarted.

Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon XF16-55mm R LM WR @ 53.3mm ,ISO 12800 ,1/500s , ƒ/5
Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon XF16-55mm R LM WR @ 55mm ,ISO 12800 ,1/500s , ƒ/5
Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon XF16-55mm R LM WR @ 55mm ,ISO 12800 ,1/500s , ƒ/5

Not this time! I stood on the sidelines and captured images of the band performing, and I got some great shots to share with my mom and dad. Mission accomplished.

Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon XF16-55mm R LM WR @ 55mm ,ISO 12800 ,1/1000s , ƒ/2.8
Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon XF16-55mm R LM WR @ 55mm ,ISO 12800 ,1/1000s , ƒ/2.8

Asian Orchid

Another year and so another 52 week photography project. I didn't get out to shoot much in the past week so I started to panic a little last night when I realised I may not have a photo to share. I left my camera bag in the car and didn't feel like venturing out in the cold to get it. I knew my iPhone wasn't useful for indoor low light photograph so I grabbed my wife's Sony Cybershot DSCW55 7.2MP Digital Camera.

She doesn't use it much anymore. Her iPhone is smaller and lighter and always with her. That has become her "compact camera". The quality of the photos are enough for her purposes and she doesn't have to fiddle with any controls. The iPhone is her point-n-shoot.

I searched around for a suitable subject and remembered I had meant to take photos of the blooms from my Asian Orchid. I bought this orchid two years ago at the Earth Day event at the Montgomery High School. The seller convinced and I had a long chat before I was convinced that I could get this to bloom. I had experience with South American Orchids but I had none with an Asian Orchid. It took me two years before I got this to bloom. I found out that I could "shock" the plant into producing flowers if I left it in a cold overnight. So that's just what I did.

The plant has three flowers on a very short stalk. I certainly hope I get more.