Friday, October 2, 2009

University of Houston - Robertson Stadium

I was able to book a job with the University of Houston to take aerials of their game this last weekend, September 26th against Texas Tech. It was a sell out game, and a record crowd. Not only that, but there was a climatic game changing score and fun game.


This job presented many challenges for me. Not only was it night time, and my only source of light would be stadium lights, but I was also in a helicopter which would bring a lot of vibration and require a very fast shutter speed.

EVEN MORE! I'd be flying in restricted airspace over a NCAA open stadium with over 30,000 people. We had to go through all sorts of paper work with the FAA to get permission. It was great to learn how all that was done, and a wonderful event to cover.


I shot the first half from the helicopter and was on the ground for the second half. Here are some action shots and captions:

Texas Tech kicker Donnie Carona takes flight while kicking the ball deep to Univeristy of Houston's Tyron Carrier to start the second half Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

University of Houston's Bryce Beall (25) breaks though his offensive line against Texas Tech Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

University of Houston's wide reciever Tyron Carrier (35) catches a high pass against Texas Tech Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

Texas Tech Brett Dewhurst (30) tackles University of Houston's wide reciever Tyron Carrier (35) after a catch Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

Texas Tech running back Baron Batch (25) breaks tackles Saturday night, September 26th at Houston

Texas Tech Detron Lewis (17) makes an open field move after a catch on UH sophmore Marcus McGraw (55) Saturday night, Spetember 26 2009 at Houston.

Texas Tech's Aaron Charbonnet runs for a touchdown against UH Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.


Texas Tech's Aaron Charbonnet runs for a touchdown against UH Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

Texas Tech's Aaron Charbonnet runs for a touchdown against UH Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

University of Houston wide receiver James Cleveland (19) catches a pass against Texas Tech Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson stadium.

A University of Houston dancer cheers on a record breaking crowd at Robertson stadium Saturday night, September 26, 2009 against Texas Tech.

University of Houston Running Back Charles Sims (5) runs for a first down Saturday night, September 26, 2009 against Texas Tech.

University of Houston Running Back Charles Sims (5) runs for a first down Saturday night, September 26, 2009 against Texas Tech.

University of Houston Running Back Charles Sims (5) is brought down by Texas Tech Defensive Back LaRon Moore (28) Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston Running Back Charles Sims (5) is brought down by Texas Tech Defensive Back LaRon Moore (28) Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston Cornernack Brandon Brinkley forces an out of bounds fumble after a catch by Texas Tech Detron Lewis (17) Saturday night Spetember 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

A Texas Tech dancer cheers on a record breaking crowd at University of Houston's Robertson stadium Saturday night, September 26, 2009.

University of Houston middle line backer Marcus McGraw (55) brings down Texas Tech receiver Adam James (82) Saturday night, September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston Linebacker Matt Nicholson Saturday night against Texas Tech September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston holds Texas Tech Quarterback Taylor Potts short of the endzone to force a 4th down tunrover Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston wide receiver L.J castile (10) stiff arms Texas Tech Linebacker Brian Duncan (57) Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston Quarterback Case Keenum (7) pass leads to an interception by Texas Tech Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

Texas Tech safety Will Ford (7) intercepts a pass to University of Houston widereceiver Tim Monroe (24) Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium

Texas Tech safety Will Ford (7) celebreates an interception with teammate Cody Davis (16) against the University of Houton Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

Texas Tech DB Nathan Stone (40) and DS Austin Burns (50) celebreate a little too early on a road loss to the University of Houston Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.


University of Houston Quarterback Case Keenum (7) leads the cougars in their final drive against Texas Tech Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

A cute domestic Cougar gives University of Houston photographer Stephen Pinchback a wave Saturday night September 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

With less than a minute remaining, University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum drives one into the end zone to put the cougars up 29 to 28 against Texas Texas Saturday night, Septemeber 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium.

University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum celebrates with teammates a last minute touchdown to put the cougars up 29 to 28 against Texas Texas Saturday night, Septemeber 26, 2009 at Robertson Stadium. The Cougars would go one to win the game.

University of Houston students and fans rush the feild at Robertson stadium Saturday night, September 26, 2009 against Texas Tech after a last minute touchdown which would lead to a victory for the cougars in front of a record attendance of over 32,000 spectators.

4 comments:

phlezk said...

so this was a paid gig, I take it? Do tell more! =)

jonnydonut said...

you think I'd rent a helicopter, get FAA permission and drive to that sticky city otherwise? haha, jk. The ground shots were for me, but aerials for the university.

jms625 said...

The name of the stadium is Robertson Stadium, not Robinson Stadium.

jonnydonut said...

jms. thanks. fixed.