This Labor Day weekend was a great one! Well, sort of... This weekend Eileen and I, as well as our friends Valerie and Theresa were able to go to Dallas and take in the premier college football game of the week: The University of Michigan versus the University of Alabama. The teams were ranked #8 and #2 respectively. Plus, my excellent sister Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jack of some 12 - 13 years (at least.. sorry if I'm off a little Elizabeth ;-)) came out from their home in Florida to catch the game! You see, they are both Michigan alums and go to as many games per year as they can. They were able to get tickets and asked if we wanted to tag along. Heck yeah! Elizabeth made all of the arrangements and everything! She did a great job!
We all spent the whole weekend in Dallas, went to the game, visited and in general had an awesome time! We even met some new friends! The bad part was that Michigan got their @$$3$ handed to them in a 41-14 loss. It was awful. I was a little nervous for my boys in blue leading up to this game and unfortunately my fears came true. I guess that's part of the rebuilding process. They are still trying to get over the terrible "Rich Rod" years; the head coach that took the "Michigan" out of Michigan football. Now that Brady Hoke is the head coach as of last year, he's slowly getting them back to prominence. However, Alabama is pretty tough and it would be hard for anyone to beat them this year, as it looks. Oh well, like I said, it was a fun weekend anyway, especially since we were able to visit with family and friends.
This it a shot I took a few minutes before gametime as the University of Michigan Marching Band was on the field. I took this with my new fisheye lens as you can see. It's pretty fun to play with! It's nice to get a whole panorama interior shot of a sports stadium without having to take 7-8 separate shots and try to blend them together. I did notice that there is a little bit of purple fringing around some of the lights so I guess I'll need to be conscious of that in the future. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the shot and thanks for dropping by.
Update: I decided to try and remove the bad purple fringing around the lights on the opposite side of the field. I think I got most of it. If you have the right software, it can really be easy to do. I opened it up with Nik's Viveza, put a control point on the offending color, desaturated it and then brushed it in. Super easy! I love that Viveza! You can now see the result! I must say, it's not real obvious here, but if you roll your mouse over the picture, you will see the purple fringing on the lights that are across the field. Believe me, it was originally pretty bad. I just had to clean it up!