It has become something of a tradition over the last four years to start the year with a trip to cover the BCS National Championship game. This year it is Miami. I now have a nice collection of luggage courtesy of the BCS, kind of a grand slam of luggage. It all started four years ago on the west coast with the Rose Bowl, moved to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl, then to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl and now in Miami for the Orange Bowl.
To compensate for all the glamor and glitz, the BCS folks stack your day with press conferences which are a tad repetitive. I was joking around today saying we could just past new faces on old photos and have about the same thing. Hard to make a unique photo from a press conference. Today was only round one, maybe round two if you count the arrival at the airport press conference.
The schedules are pretty well managed but everything takes a long time. Want to go to shoot practice? Nice, it takes 30 0r 40 minutes to get there, you wait around for 45 minutes or an hour, shoot for 15 minutes and then ride the bus again for 30 or 40 minutes. I had 15 free minutes today and managed to cram down a sandwich. Did I mention the scenery wasn’t bad. I pounded that sandwich from the back deck of the media hotel overlooking the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
I know what to expect now but I had forgotten all about the stress. I had to make a run to Walgreen’s for ibuprophen to handle the headache/neck ache/back ache combo. I know my colleagues back in Decatur think I am on vacation. It is only a vacation in the sense that I am not in Decatur. In every other sense it is a jam packed, non-stop, never ending press event that finally culminates in a game. Is it game day yet?
Oh yeah, the fan features haven’t started yet. Most of them will be arriving Friday and Saturday so then we will add fan events to the schedule. Lots of fun but nothing will be worse than New Orleans last year. I am pretty sure part of me is still down there trying to chase assignments down in the French Quarter. To this point, I have worked for two days down here, shot four assignments and moved over a hundred pictures. Each assignment gets its own photo gallery and each photo gallery goes on two different web sites; although, I have had a little help with the web galleries. Each set of photos gets uploaded to three different ftp sites and all that takes time. Below is a sample of some of the work I have moved. If you want to see all the galleries you may visit decaturdaily.com.
Now you have a tiny look behind the scenes from the photo point of view. I know some of y’all are already thinking you would gladly trade places. Nahhh, I will struggle through since it is 80 degrees here and about half that back home so don’t cry for me, I will probably survive. Now where is my drink with the little umbrella in it?