|THE LUNAS TAKE THE FIELD FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR THE |
2012 FOOTBALL SEASON AT WONG STADIUM, HILO, HAWAII.
Thankfully , my prospects began to clear up. My work schedule the week of August 13th cleared up. I learned that August 17th is a holiday (Admissions Day) so I would actually be off from work that day. More importantly, my wife agreed to let me travel to the Big Island for the game! So even though I was going to miss the MIL opener against King Kekaulike, I would still be able to get game photos of their preseason game against Keaau.
|LUNAS WAITING TO BOARD THEIR FLIGHT TO HILO|
Upon landing, I had time to kill so I decided to try to find where Wong Stadium was located. Believe it or not, I had the hardest time finding it! I thought War Memorial was old, but this was REALLY old. The one good thing is that it is literally across from the hotel I was staying at, so real convenient.
I did make my way to Keaau High School to see what I was missing:
|EXTERIOR: KEAAU HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD|
|COACH GARRET TIHADA ADDRESSES THE TEAM PRIOR TO KICKOFF|
|CAPTAIN TYTUS LUCAS TAKING A MOMENT BEFORE KICKOFF.|
The Lunas won the game 35-14. The defense was dominant. Keaau rarely got positive yards. Their only scores came off a pick 6 from a pass by Kiko Fonohema. The other touchdown came after punter Sam Filiai mishandled the snap and was downed inside the Lunas' 20 yard line.
The offense looked good. Jared Rocha, Misi Filikitonga, and Christian Whitehead looked great. Aside from the pick, Kiko directed the offense well. On the plus side, our kicking game is no longer a weakness. With soccer player Chrisitan Cardenas booming kickoffs into the end zone and making extra points easily, things look bright. And if anything should happen, Jared Rocha and Reece Sinenci are accurate kickers as well.
|LUNAS DEFENSE SHOWING THE BIG ISLAND WHAT GANG-TACKLING IS ABOUT |
(L TO R: #23 Jared Rocha, #43 Misi Filikitonga, #54 Connor Mowat, #32 Tytus Lucas)
|#10 MARK ALAMON AND #44 BRONSON KAINA|
|KIKO FONOHEMA FAN CLUB (HILO CHAPTER)|
|#66 LOA PUTENI AND #43 MISI FILIKITONGA GIVING #2 KIKO FONOHEMA SOME TIME|
|L TO R: PAKINETI VAKA, CHRISTIAN WHITEHEAD, LOVAI HONG, BRONSON KAINA, BRANDON KAINA|
|THE TEAM PERFORMS THE ALMA MATER FOR THEIR FANS.|
The Nikon D3200 wireless function was a total waste. It did not sync up to the wireless of my cell phone during halftime and I was not able to transmit photos to the Maui News. Instead, I had to upload and send to Maui News from my hotel room.
The Sigma 120-300mm is a beast of a lens - made of metal and heavy! Still, I thought the pictures were kind of soft and not as sharp as I want them to be. The 120 minimum is too big for me. On my crop sensor D7000, that actually comes out to 180mm minimum. I may still stick with the Sigma 50-500 f/4.5-6.3 for daylight games and my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 at night. The other camera had my Nikon 24-70 on it. I found that I rarely had opportunity to use it except when the play was coming really close.
The RapidStrap has potential. I tried to strap it on over my windbreaker jacket but it kept slipping off. Difficult, if not impossible to use when wearing a jacket over it. Ended up not really using both cameras - stuck primarily with the D7000 shooting the 120-300.
The Nikon D3200 is a great camera, but maybe not ideally suited for sports. I had to learn real quickly how to change the settings (everything is on the menu, rather than on dials on the camera body). Frame rate is not as fast as the D7000.
This road trip was nice because I got to meet some of the Lahainaluna fans/parents like Jeff Ancog and Stanley and Maureen Naganuma. The flight home was nice too. Nothing like flying Hawaiian and having Keli'i Reichel singing our alma mater.
Won't be shooting the MIL opener against King Kekaulike because I'll be in San Diego on vacation with my wife. Thankfully, Sinenci Shots will be shooting photos in my place.
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For Maui News article, click here.