Photo Gallery: Panoramic views from the Fiesta Bowl

Story posted January 1, 2018 in Sports by Waiss Aramesh

Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin accepts the Fiesta Bowl trophy after the Nittany Lions defeated the Washington Huskies 35-28 on December 30, 2017. Photo by Waiss Aramesh

Over the course of a bowl game photographers make tens of throusands of photos, hundreds of which are published online and in print. Finding a different view view is a huge challenge.

During the Fiesta Bowl I looked like most of the other photographers on the sidelines. I had a large telephoto lens to make tight pictures like a player tackling an opponent and I had a second camera and lens for working close to the players as they were hopefully going to be celebrating a big win.

I also brough a secret weapon.

On the day after Christmas when I flew to Arizona to photograph the 2017 Fiesta Bowl my carry-on item that got the greatest scrutiny from airport security was an 8K 360 3D camera from Insta360™. This camera allowed me to make ultra-high resolution 360-degree pictures. I was the only person on the sidelines equipped to do this.

The images in this gallery were created with the Insta360 and I'm sharing them with you here. My "regular" photos were published on DKPittsburghSports.

Penn State’s final offensive drive

Penn State football’s offense lines up to start its final offensive drive in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl. The Nittany Lions go on to pick up some crucial first downs to eat away at the clock before attempting a field goal that flew wide right. Despite the miss, Penn State defeated Washington 35-28.

James Franklin leads the Nittany Lions onto the field

Photographers crowd to capture photos of Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin holding his players back before the Nittany Lions run onto the University of Phoenix field. The Nittany Lions’ grand entrance into the Fiesta Bowl included smoke, a light show and thousands of cheers and jeers from all four corners of the stadium.

Nittany Lions take on Media Day

Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin, tight end Mike Gesicki and running back Saquon Barkley are among dozens of players and coaches who were crowded by reporters during Fiesta Bowl Media Day. Media Day took place in the Arizona Ballroom at the JW Marriot Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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