UNM Red Rally September 2017

Burning the Aggie at the UNM Red Rally 2017 - Nikon D750 with Nikkor 50mm @ f/2 1/60th ISO 1000

University of New Mexico and New Mexico State have a rivalry called the Rio Grande Rivalry.  To prepare for that big in-state collegiate football matchup, UNM holds the Red Rally where a towering NMS Aggie mascot gets burned, and burned for a long time!

The band getting UNM students hyped up at the Red Rally before the Aggie gets lit up! - Nikon D750 Nikkor 50mm @ f/2 1/60th ISO 4000

One of the benefits of Jessica being a UNM PhD candidate is I get to go to college campus events like this one again!  It has been a long time since I graduated from University of South Florida and we did not even have a football team until my final years of grad school so no rivalries to be had.

UNM students look on illuminated by fire at the Red Rally 2017 - Nikon D750 with Nikkor 50mm @ f/2 1/60th ISO 1250

There was a large student body turnout surrounding the Aggie watching it burn, and burn, and burn.  I thought it would burn for a minute then die down, but somehow it continued for 5+ minutes to the point where glowing ash was falling on clothes and even worse almost my new Nikon D750!

Taking in the Red Rally 2017 on the UNM campus - Nikon D750 with Nikkor 50mm @ f/2 1/160th ISO 400

Walking a way I switched to manual focus to try and create a more abstract shot of the pep really.  Looking to frame people in the fire as silhouettes took a few attempts until I got the image I wanted.  Contrasting the centered figure in the fire in the background with the figure in the right foreground was a lucky composition plus for adding depth and story to the image.