Since I began covering the Big Five colleges I have always wanted to shoot the Palestra and that opportunity came when Temple took on La Salle. The Palestra, often called the Cathedral of College Basketball, has seen more college men’s basketball games, more visiting teams, and more NCAA tournaments than any other stadium in the US. The old gymnasium built in 1927, had a pulse with close to 9000 fans split down the middle cramed into it, half in Cherry and half in Yellow. ESPN College GameDay also showed up to broadcast from the Palestra for the first time and with that made parking a nightmare. I, of course, had plans to get to the stadium early and grab a few shots of the historic building but wound up getting there late with the added traffic.
Besides parking, the game was one of the best I’ve had to shoot this year. Temple only dressed eight due to injuries and was forced to fight from behind all game. Despite their efforts, the Owls came up short against the Explorers 74-68.
The stadium has a skylight to help illuminate, but only one row of light’s on one side of the court. With the poor lighting I decided to use the light bank as a back light and let the skylight be my fill. It was a different look that you don’t always see so why not try? With all the history of the building I decided to convert all the photos to black and white. It just felt right.
With the skylights came small hot spots throughout out the arena that really was a pain in the ass for some fans.
No La Salle game would be complete with out a Southwest Philly Floater from Tyrone Garland, made famous from last year’s tournament run to the Sweet 16.
The La Salle fans celebrated their win…
While this guy had other plans, stay classy guy.