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November 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM

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Behind the net and the lens


A flurry of action happens right in front of the Real Salt Lake goal in the first half during an MLS playoff match at CenturyLink Field on Friday, November 2, 2012, in Seattle, Wash. The teams went on to tie 0-0.


Seattle Times photographer John Lok sets up a remote camera behind the Real Salt Lake goal at CenturyLink Field on Nov. 2, 2012.

I have always loved setting up remote cameras at sporting events, particularly at soccer matches.

Making a usable photo from somewhere other than the sidelines is a big challenge, but one I gladly take on.

This is the second year I've been placing a remote camera behind the goal of the opponent at Sounders FC matches.

The challenges are many: The radio triggers used to fire the camera don't always work due to the inconsistent transmission/reception of the frequencies, and getting the peak action in the right area of the frame is a total gamble.

Yet, I keep trying. It takes many attempts to get the hang of shooting with remotes, and I'm slowly feel like I'm getting some traction.

This frame was from Friday night's Sounders FC-Real Salt Lake playoff game at CenturyLink Field. It's not the shot of a ball coming toward the net like I had wanted, but I think it's still a decent frame that provides readers with a different perspective of the game. I'll have to keep trying and am confident "the shot" will happen!

TECHNICAL NOTES: CANON EOS-1D MKIII, 16-35/2.8L lens (set at 16mm), 1/640 sec, f/3.5, ISO 3200, triggered with a PocketWizard MultiMAX Transceiver unit that was fired from the hot shoe of one of my cameras in my hand.

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John, keep up the good work at attempts to capture "behind the net scenes." ... MORE