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Event Photography: Football in the Gloom

I just returned from another Homecoming weekend at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. And, just as during my student days, I got to experience Ann Arbor’s weather in all its glory. In other words, if you like variety in your cloud cover, Ann Arbor is your kind of place.

It seemed as if the Michigan state bird was the construction crane. Take Burton Tower, for instance. This is the bell tower in the middle of the university’s central campus. I had to get down on the ground to get a view without the cranes in the background. And yes, there’s construction happening around the base of the tower…

Travel photography - Burton Tower, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Before the Michigan-Indiana football game, I attended the engineering alumni tailgate with my father, William Retallick, who earned his BS in engineering from the U-M. My U-M degree is in economics.

Dad and I enjoyed performance by the Friars, an a capella octet…

Event photography - Friars performing at tailgate party, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

You can’t play a football game without warming up…

Event photography - Warmup before Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Uh-oh, that gloomy weather’s really rolling in. Rain rolled in too. But that didn’t stop the festivities in the stands. Gotta keep those beach balls circulating around Michigan Stadium…

Event photography - Beach ball passing during Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Oh, did I mention that there was a game? And, that occasionally, the Wolverine faithful found something to cheer about?

Event photography - Cheers during Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

For three quarters, Michigan’s Wolverines did everything they could to ensure their own demise. Then they won by three points. My dad thought it was a good game…

Event photography - William Retallick cheers during Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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