Keeping the Faith

The air was too thin. The quarterback wasn’t elite. The linebacker was past his prime. The opposition, too great to overcome.

No one gave the Ravens a chance……except the Ravens.

Last week when Ray Lewis walked out of the tunnel at M&T Bank stadium for the last time, I thought to myself. “OK, this is the emotional pinnacle of the year.”

Not so fast.

I’ve never photographed such an amazing roller coast of a football game in my life.

Needless to say with as much action went on, as fate would have it, I didn’t have a great shot at most of it. The first four touchdowns were either on the opposite side of the field, facing away from me or completely obstructed. It was pretty frustrating.

But in the moment I realized that the game was bigger than my ego and I was happy to be there to witness such a monumental game in Ravens history.

Luckily my focus during any given football game attempts to go beyond the action and delve into the intense emotions that surround these games.

After the game, the locker room was absolutely ecstatic. Hearing speeches from Coach Harbaugh and Ray Lewis you realize that there is something special going with this team, you can just feel it.

As the Ravens continue on their journey, their faith in each other and their faith in a power greater than themselves guides them along the way.

Next stop, Foxborough. See you there.

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21 responses

  1. Shawn – I love seeing your Raven’s work ;-0)

    January 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

  2. Awesome. I love the emotions behind the game.
    Questions? Is it hard to shoot in such cold temperatures? and How many shots do you take during a game to get 36 great shots?

    January 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  3. R. O'Brien

    You do a phenomenal job! :) I look forward to each of your new posts!

    January 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  4. Thank You!

    Matt, it wasn’t all that bad because I was prepared. Although at the end of the game, my right hand was completely numb so I couldn’t feel my fingers pushing buttons on the camera to change focus point and settings…that was challenging.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  5. Anonymous

    Just amazing work. You truly captured historical moments showing all the emotion and excitement with your expertise. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your talent with us!

    January 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm

  6. Carol V

    Amazing Photos!!! Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful photos not seen elsewhere!

    January 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  7. Anonymous

    Great job HUBBARD!

    January 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  8. Anonymous

    How did you follow Joe’s action, the ball to Jacoby and time, frame, focus, etc and shoot? That’s incredible.

    January 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    • Lots of practice, lots of failures and lots of concentration

      January 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  9. Matthew Edward

    Are you selling prints?

    January 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  10. Angela

    Absolutely great photos!!!

    January 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  11. Patrice

    I scroll through the photos and feel the rush of emotions I experienced watching the game from home- thank you for bringing them to the surface all over again- absolutely wonderful. You are: Leaving Your Mark

    January 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  12. Brenda

    Shawn, these images are amazing. You must have been frozen when the game finally ended. Your shots bring the game to life. Keep up the good work, am looking forward to seeing next weeks photos.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  13. Dave

    Best. Pictures. Ever. Your work is off the charts.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

  14. Kim

    Shawn, I love your shots. You may not have been positioned where some of the big action was happening, but the shots you took totally capture the essence of the team and the game. How do you feel about one of your pictures being used as a Facebook cover page? Credit would be given to you, of course, but I totally understand if you’d rather me not.

    January 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

  15. Stephanie Campbell

    Shawn – These are outstanding. They brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your work.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  16. Bronco fan here, your team played a hell of a game. HELL of a game! And these pictures are fabulous. Good luck to your team and whoop on the Patriots!

    January 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  17. Outstanding Shawn. Well said, well done.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  18. Joe Franco

    Pictures that fill me with such awe and wonder. These photos name me proud beyond all belief to be a Ravens fan. I love y’all to death.

    January 18, 2013 at 3:35 am

  19. Shawn, you are so gifted. Technically for sure, but your heart and mind lead the way to exquisite images and pure joy. Thank you.

    January 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

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