Super Time in Atlanta

What a great time it was shooting Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium here on our own turf. It was just two years ago the AJC Photo crew went to Houston for SBLI to cover the Falcons loss to the Patriots. This time around, from my perch high above the field with a Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM – we came up with some really interesting images. For starters let’s look at the Sports Cover of the AJC below followed by the AJC Front Page next. Avoiding the scrum and the trench perspective, our view from above worked quite well. Let’s scroll through some images – shall we?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sports Page - Super Bowl - John Spink Copyright Photo
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Front Page - Super Bowl - John Spink Copyright Photo

The sports action proved to be just as interesting. Clean backgrounds with an unobstructed view

John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets a stiff arm from Los Angeles 
Rams running back C.J. Anderson (35) in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets a stiff arm from Los Angeles
Rams
running back C.J. Anderson (35) in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15)(left) can't get to this pass as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22)(right) knocks the ball away during the 3rd quarter .
New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15)(left) can’t get to this pass as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22)(right) knocks the ball away during the 3rd quarter .
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83)(left) can't hold onto a pass as New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty (30) knocks it out of his hands during 2nd quarter action.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83)(left) can’t hold onto a pass as New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty (30) knocks it out of his hands during 2nd quarter action.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets an interception in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) gets an interception in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21)(left) and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24)(right) break up a pass to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) near the end zone during 4th quarter action
New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21)(left) and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24)(right) break up a pass to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) near the end zone during 4th quarter action
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) makes a catch in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) makes a catch in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass in the second quarter.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass in the second quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16)(left) releases a pass as New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) closes in while Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) during 3rd quarter play.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16)(left) releases a pass as New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) closes in while Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) during 3rd quarter play.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball away after pressure from New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53).
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams defensive end John Franklin-Myers (94) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks (95) pile on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (left) after he fumbles the ball while New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) dives on it (below) as Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) (right) moves in during 1st quarter action.
Los Angeles Rams defensive end John Franklin-Myers (94) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks (95) pile on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (left) after he fumbles the ball while New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) dives on it (below) as Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) (right) moves in during 1st quarter action.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) returns a punt in the first quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) returns a punt in the first quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs from the clutches of New England Patriots outside linebacker Elandon Roberts (52)(right) during 4th quarter play.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs from the clutches of New England Patriots outside linebacker Elandon Roberts (52)(right) during 4th quarter play.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) makes a catch over Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) in the second quarter.
New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) makes a catch over Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) in the second quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) scrambles for yardage in the fourth quarter.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) scrambles for yardage in the fourth quarter.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) (left) tried to negotiate New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) (right) during first quarter action.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds (83) (left) tried to negotiate New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) (right) during first quarter action.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) (left) passes by Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90)(center) as New England Patriots center David Andrews (60)(right) looks on during 3rd quarter play.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) (left) passes by Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90)(center) as New England Patriots center David Andrews (60)(right) looks on during 3rd quarter play.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets a first down in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets a first down in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes for a fourth quarter TD to take the lead and the win.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes for a fourth quarter TD to take the lead and the win.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) moves to join in a early celebration with teammates, New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27)(center) and New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54)(right) as the clock winds down.
New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) moves to join in a early celebration with teammates, New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27)(center) and New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54)(right) as the clock winds down.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Brady and Edelman celebrate as seconds are left on the clock on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Brady and Edelman celebrate as seconds are left on the clock on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Brady celebrates victory on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Brady celebrates victory on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 at the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (left) tries to make his way to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) in a shower of confetti.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (left) tries to make his way to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) in a shower of confetti.

Atlanta Shined as it hosted the two best football teams in the NFL

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It was great to be able to shoot the events and the game, but seeing old friends and collegues made the experience that much more. Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, John Filo was in town with CBS who presented the Big Game this year. John is now Vice President of CBS Photography. We met for lunch at Pasta Da Pulcinella in Midtown to catch up with each other. I was an AP stringer back in the day when John ran the AP Bureau in Kansas City. He was my mentor and teacher – and I still shoot sports with the Filo philosphy. So seeing John again really made my week.

John Filo (left) and yours truly (right) geting some more pointers from my mentor

The AJC Photo Crew

Left to Right – Hyosub Shin, Bita Honarvar, Alyssa Pointer, John Spink, Bob Andres, Curtis Compton and Ryon Horne together after Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes -Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Senior Visual Manager, Sandra Brown is not pictured here because she was busy putting together some of the most beautiful photo pages we’ve seen in a long time.

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