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Nestled inside of the big-small mid-western city of Canton, Ohio stands a landmark revered by fans of American Football.
We are, of course, talking about the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This week I am diving camera first into its hallowed halls and exploring it through an absolutely amazing Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens on an R5 camera body. I am not going to lie and pretend that I am a huge football fan – I am not. I root for my hometown 49ers and know their QB’s last name: That’s about all I got. But, that doesn’t matter much because I love chasing light no matter where it falls – a forest, the city streets, a museum, or a hall of fame.
I will say, the Pro Football Hall of Fame was a really cool place to visit and all of the folks working there were delightful to interact with. This is my first outing with the 85mm F/1.2 and, wow, this thing is a beast. I doubt many people would suggest an 85mm for interior work, but the truth is this lens finds magic everywhere you point it and I really enjoyed using it here. I can see this lens easily becoming my go-to lens for a lot of future work.
If you’ve never visited the HoF before, I hope this gives you a small taste of what it has to offer. Being a photography video I won’t be going into any of the details or history of football or the NFL, but the HoF is filled to the rafters with exactly that sort of stuff if you’re wanting to learn more.
Canton, the city itself, has been on rough times over the last few decades and it’s the Hall of Fame that has been pulling its weight around here, trying to right-the-ship. They’ve spent millions (billions?) on development and show no signs of stopping. And with so much stuff happening now and around every August during “Hall Of Fame Week”, now is a great time to visit!
Feel free to watch the video here or on Youtube and some of the photos from this adventure are posted below.