Monday, August 19, 2019

That Time Clowney Needed Landing Gear

Jadeveon Clowney launches after Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray during third-quarter action in Columbia, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

The interesting thing about this photograph is that Clowney is on his way down. 

His efforts helped the No. 6 Gamecocks embarrass the No. 5 Bulldogs 35-7.

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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"The 2010 win over Alabama was incredible. The 2018 Outback Bowl was the greatest comeback ever. But this game is the best I've ever seen the Gamecocks play."   -Travis Bell

Sports Photography Tips - The Canon 80D and 300mm F/4 Lens

The Perfect Setup for Daylight Sports
  by Travis Bell

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If you want better pictures of your subject on the field, check out the Canon 80D and 300mm F/4 lens.

The 300mm F/4 lens turns into a 500mm when it's mounted on the 80D. 

With a 500mm lens, you can pull the action in close and the 80D's 7 frames-per-second is plenty to shoot sports action. 

The 300mm is light compared to other telephoto lenses and can be hand-held or supported with a monopod. 

Pricing, including camera and lens: 

New from Amazon: $2,350.00

Used from $1,450.00 

Ideal for: Baseball, Golf, Swimming, Soccer, Rugby, Football, Track

This camera/lens setup is ideal for those who have been photographing sports for several years and want better photographs. If you haven't been photographing sports for very long, consider the Canon 70-200 F/4 which becomes a 110-320mm on the 80D. A great setup for daylight sports. 

Remember, if someone hands you Jordan Spieth's golf club, that doesn't mean you're going to instantly make great golf shots. It's the same with photography. It takes practice. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Those Tinted Face Mask Shields

Back before they were outlawed, the Gamecocks wore tinted, face mask shields. The NCAA later banned the shields but wow, that was a solid look they had in 1996 when they entered to 2001 before the East Carolina game. 

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

That Long-Haired Hero.....

Whether you were at church the next morning or having brunch, everywhere you turned on Sunday, Oct. 18, 1992, someone was talking about that long-haired, freshman quarterback who upset Mississippi State in Columbia the day before.

Steve Taneyhill, seen here during that game, was given his first start by head coach Sparky Woods in hopes of bringing life to a team that was on a 10-game losing streak. 

Taneyhill did just that, guiding the Gamecocks to a 14-0 halftime lead and helping South Carolina get their first-ever, SEC win with a 21-6 victory. 

The patch he's wearing celebrated 100 years of Gamecock football. 

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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"Every newspaper box was empty by early afternoon that Sunday. Everyone wanted to read about this game."         

-Travis Bell

Groucho's Deli of Forest Acres

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Changing of The Guard

Lou Holtz, left, Steve Spurrier and athletic director Mike McGee make their way to a team meeting around 8:30 a.m. inside the football offices at Williams-Brice stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004. 

The two coaches had just left Holtz' office to talk football and Spurrier's upcoming press conference, announcing him as the new head coach. (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gator Blockade

D.J. Swearinger celebrates one of his 244 career tackles after stopping Florida on a third-down play, forcing the Gators to attempt a field goal in Columbia on Nov. 12, 2011.

The stop helped the Gamecocks beat UF 17-12 and secured their 6th conference win for the first time ever since joining the league in 1992.

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PHOTO TIP:  The action isn't over when the whistle blows. Keep your camera up after the play is dead and look for reactions from the players. 

Join The Gamecock Club. Go Cocks! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Turning the Corner

He piled up 176 yards on 27 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per grab and scored a touchdown. 

Marcus Lattimore, who ranks first all time in rushing touchdowns, gets help from Kyle Nunn and Justice Cunningham on September 10, 2011 in Athens. 

The Gamecocks beat Georgia that day, 45-42. (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Keeping His Head Up

Lou Holtz has a word of encouragement for quarterback Dondrial Pinkins during the Gamecocks' visit to Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2, 2004.

South Carolina had lost seven times in Tuscaloosa over the years but that would change after this game. Syvelle Newton, who had been sharing time with Pinkins under center, came in to lead the Gamecocks to a 20-3 win.

USC intercepted four passes that night and Newton ran for two touchdowns.  (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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