broncos + chiefs | one day + one game | espn the mag

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I don’t know how I drew the long straw on these series of gigs, but I’m happy I did.  This is my third One Day One Game for ESPN the Magazine and every time it’s a complete and total visual mosh pit I never want to leave.

Alongside a crew of seven photographers and editors from across the country, we all descended on Sports Authority Field in Denver for the night:  from one shooter with the horse all day to another up in a plane with parachuters coming into the stadium, the editors at ESPN really try to tackle (sorry bad pun) every angle of the story possible.  My job was a bit open ended with an all access pass to just go cover everything Denver from their sidelines.  Not too bad of a gig – especially when they win.  The matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs brought the top two teams in the NFL together in the middle of the season – a rarity.  Adding to that one team had the best offense, the other with the best defense.  Pretty big matchup.

I’m going to make the obligatory statement from someone who now lives in Florida and covers NFL games with cheerleaders who basically wear bikinis to every game.  It was freaking cold.  This coming from a Colorado native.  It was awesome to be home, but I always forget how much that dry cold gets right up into all your fun parts while trying to kneel on the ground for 4 hours.  I’m a big wuss, but it was all worth it of course because making pictures on big stages is always a blast – especially with an amazing crew of photographers alongside me to kick my butt.  The competition breeds creativity, passion, and drive.

The issue is on newsstands this week, so go check it out!

For more from our team covering the game check out the ESPN the Magazine gallery here: http://espn.go.com/espn/photos/gallery/_/id/10007030/image/1/family-split-one-day-many-images

For my looser take, check out Photoshelter here:  http://chiplitherland.photoshelter.com/gallery/Broncos-vs-Chiefs-for-ESPN/G0000kLhJb.bTCew

 

6 thoughts

  1. Such vibrant photographs! I will definitely need to get the magazine. I am a huge Peyton Manning fan – so glad you didn’t get assigned to follow the horse! Congratulations on landing an awesome assignment and doing beautiful work. – Stephanie Rice (Tivon’s sister-in-law)

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    • Stan –

      I prefer primes, they’re faster, lighter, and sharper…zooms are easier for sure, but for me I just get closer and force myself to get myself into situations and work layers and perspective more. Also, just mechanically primes usually last longer and have less moving pieces so they break down less frequently.

      Thanks!

      Chip

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