As green and gold poured into the stadium I could tell it was going to be a stellar night. With the smell of popcorn and hotdogs, there was excitement in the air. The sun had set, but the day was far from over. The Ducks flew to their nest, the Utes to theirs. It was time to play ball. “Go Ducks!” the sidelines chanted.
I recently photographed the newly renovated Jane Sanders Stadium at the University of Oregon. The team at SRG Partnership took a softball field and made it a Stadium. They created a place where the opponents WILL not forget who they’re facing the green and gold. The stadium itself soars over the crowd as the main feature spreads its wings as if to take flight. The Ducks have a new nest, and it is right at home plate.
Practice makes perfect. Softball doesn’t just happen on the field. It takes a lot of time and effort WHEN not up to bat. That’s why the Ducks now have a state of the art training facility. With a large open space the Ducks have a transformable indoor field. Retractable netting allows the team to run batting cages and pitching drills simultaneously. To sharpen their strategies, they have a redesigned film room to better study their opponents. And their locker room is something even the majors may envy!
“Working with Lawrence on the Jane Sanders shoot was a dream! We battled with scheduling around weather and had a tight window to actually capture the stadium in action during a game. The shoot was a huge success – it was all due to the very precise planning that Lawrence puts into every exquisite detail of every single shot. He expertly juggled multiple setups throughout the shoot to ensure that every angle was captured in the best light. Lawrence worked in collaboration with the coaches, team, and staff at Jane Sanders Stadium to ensure we captured everything we wanted to capture, but most importantly, that we stayed out of their way during the process. What an amazing team – Go Ducks!” –Leslie Boll, SRG Partnership Brand Designer
I love shooting projects like this. I had a fairly packed stadium as it was one of the last home games for the year. THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING THIS SHOOT. Spring weather in Oregon is anything but predictable. And being at the end of the season for the stadium, I had one chance. I took it. The weather leading up to the shoot had wavered between brilliant sunshine to lots of clouds. IN THE END WE GOT both —those are natural, home grown, Oregon skies!
All in all, the Ducks took home a win, and so did I. It was truly a stellar night.