Carolina On My Mind.

by Michael Sakowicz November. 06, 2009 2549 views

James Taylor - Fire And Rain []

Yep, the trip was a success! It was nice a cool as soon as we left Florida and that was great. As for the game we went to see - the team I was rooting for was getting killed most of the game and somehow managed to come back in the second half and win 28-27. It would have been a very, very long 830 miles back to South Florida had they lost.

As for the shots you see, the weather was not great in Winston-Salem; it was overcast and really everywhere we went, it was less than favorable for photo-taking. I know, lame excuse. Anyway, I never took out my DSLR, instead I ended up with shots from my little P&S. I've edited them as much as I could to take away the depressing looking they had when I uploaded them to my puter. Cheers.

01. The Hut - When we arrived at BB and T stadium in Winston-Salem, the conditions were less than favorable. Very gloomy skies and a bit of a mist. This hut was the first structure I saw when I got out of the car.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/200“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'41.86”N, 80°15'6.80"W

02. Gate Five - We started to walk around after we parked to car, and I saw this huge sign.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/80“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'42.90”N, 80°15'6.86"W

03. Fire Tree - Driving to the stadium, my friend saw a bunch of these red leaved trees and asked me to shoot one - here it is.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/125“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'42.24”N, 80°14'34.04"W

04. Call Us - I looked up, saw this and thought it was pretty cool at the time. Now it's just free advertising for the school.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/80“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'42.90”N, 80°15'6.86"W

05. Keep Out - The parking lot which we utilized was not only gated, but had barbed wire. I do not know why, it was just a huge fairgrounds lot covered with grass and some small roads.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/320“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'42.89”N, 80°15'7.91"W

06. Calm Before The Storm - BB and T Stadium is an awesome venue I must admit. It only holds about 31,000 people, but it was very neat looking.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/500“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'43.43”N, 80°15'19.21"W

07. Abandoned - Yeah, while tailgating, we walked all around the open fairgrounds and saw this. How sad looking. I figure it was used for rodeo or something years ago.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/100“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'35.28”N, 80°15'7.18"W

08. Orange Blossoms - Walking around the inside of stadium, we saw how nice fall is in Winston-Salem. Nothing like SoFlo…
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/320“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'47.16”N, 80°15'13.60"W

09. And The Band Played On - I'm such a sucker for marching bands . These guys were great and they even played a rendition of the University of Miami fight song to pep up us away fans. Very classy.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/200“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'50.15”N, 80°15'13.52"W

10. Kickoff - All set to finally get the game going. This was the view from my seat. Not the best, but it is what the university provided to us.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/125“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'50.15”N, 80°15'13.52"W

11. Crowded - Ah yes, the Orange and Green. We were out in full force that night. Miami does have a big contingency of alumni living in the Carolina's apparently.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/500“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'50.15”N, 80°15'13.52"W

12. Hippies On The Lawn - This is one of the cooler things I saw. This is like festival lawn seating! I've heard of this before, but never seen it at a football game in person. Neato.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/160“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'50.15”N, 80°15'13.52"W

13. Motivation - This gentleman made the entire trip worthwhile. It is one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments, but I'll sum it up. While our team was loosing big in the first half, a lot of the fans were down and quiet - sitting in our seats, not cheering and just being quiet. Well this man was not going to have that! He got up, started making sarcastic remarks about us sitting down and became a cheer-leader for the night. It was awesome.
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/60“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'50.15”N, 80°15'13.52"W

14. Keep Off The Field - So yes that was the final score, but more interesting was the disclaimer to remind fans not to run onto the field. Seriously, everyone was so stunned and subdued, I don't think they needed a message like this.
Canon SD750 | f/4.9 | 1/160“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'50.15”N, 80°15'13.52"W

15. The Aftermath - This was only minutes after the game. Poeple were racing out of there as fast as possible it seemed. We did run into many Wake Forest fans, and they didn't seem too happy. Hey, it's just a game!
Canon SD750 | f/2.8 | 1/60“ | ISO 80 | 6mm // 36° 7'48.24”N, 80°15'12.94"W

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Lucie 11 years, 6 months ago

How lucky you are ! I just went once in the USA and I didn''t have the chance to see a match ... So thanks for sharing ! :)

11 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marek 11 years, 7 months ago

great post

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Alex Pankovich 11 years, 7 months ago

very interesting post!!! i like it!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Péter Somogyvári 11 years, 7 months ago

Interesting set!! I like #13, great atmosphere!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mitchell 11 years, 7 months ago

i really like 11 and 13 :D

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Jarvo J 11 years, 7 months ago

Neat set. Hope you enjoyed it.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Joel Chantra 11 years, 7 months ago

didn't know you were a U fan...they have a pretty good team this year...and it's about time...they're on the right track to take over the ACC...and Harris is a talented QB...

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Pandka 11 years, 7 months ago

I guess you had a great time!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Miclaud 11 years, 7 months ago

very interesting!!!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jennye 11 years, 7 months ago

Looks like I'm not the only one with Carolina on the mind!
Great shots Mike. I especially like #2,5, 12 and 13. Glad your team won!
great song too.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Dominique 11 years, 7 months ago

great post, really!!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heather 11 years, 7 months ago

Great shots...So I'm not the biggest sports fan, but I can enjoy the excitement. I like the picture of the gate and the barbed wire fence. Kudos for including your camera settings too... I'm working on remembering to do that.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Arie 11 years, 7 months ago

Nice set

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Ricardo 11 years, 7 months ago

they are perfect!
you did a great job giving them a more color! ;)
and I'm glad the trip was a success! :)
Hope it was a nice game!^_^

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sohrab Niazi 11 years, 7 months ago

perfect !!!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sohrab Niazi 11 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful blue color

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Thebronzebow 11 years, 7 months ago

Looks like a great game... and weather almost like being up here :P

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Azrin Abdullah 11 years, 7 months ago

Looks like you had an awesome trip!
I like #13. Timely.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Christa 11 years, 7 months ago

Considering the bad weather conditions, you took great pictures. This was some event!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 11 years, 7 months ago

Looks like a great time....and you brought back lots of fantastic shots to prove it! Hey, your team came through in the end....that's always nice. Thanks for showing us your trip!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Doris 11 years, 7 months ago

Very nice reportage!

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Eric J H Joyce 11 years, 7 months ago

Great shots.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 11 years, 7 months ago

[url=]instead a comment on the lame excuse[/url]
and I love 13 and congrats for your winning team

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sandyk 11 years, 7 months ago

great shots!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
David Swatton 11 years, 7 months ago

You drove 830 miles for a college football game...? Are you mad? I can understand wanting to get out more... but really! :-)

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sara G 11 years, 7 months ago

Great narrative..glad the man cheerleader was there to make your night better..and your team won!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jack Castelo Branco 11 years, 7 months ago


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Brian 11 years, 7 months ago

I like 13:) It does make for a better trip home with a win.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lynn 11 years, 7 months ago

EXCELLENT MIKE!!! I'm so glad your team won and as you said it made for a nice drive home. Love #2, 3, 5, 9, and 13 the most...and considering the bad weather you did an awesome job :))

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Smitha 11 years, 7 months ago

Interesting Post! Shots are great and I am sure you enjoyed this trip and game :)

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Huiching 11 years, 7 months ago

How delicate they all are!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 7 months ago

Interesting and nice post!!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 11 years, 7 months ago

cool!! great ambiance!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 11 years, 7 months ago

What an interesting introduction to US football and a good story, although I suspect you'd be a little more cheerful if the scores had been reversed...

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 11 years, 7 months ago

cool , love the set! Glad u had so much fun!

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