The team photo above was taken immediately after this team won their championship game. In these situations, you generally don't have a lot of time to arrange a suitable location for this type of photo. This photo is a good example of a distracting background getting in the way of what could have been a decent team shot. This was shot with Nikon's 24-120 f/4.0 VR AF-S lens attached to my Nikon D700. The lens was set at a 48mm focal length; at aperture f/9; and 1/320 second shutter speed. If I got an opportunity for a "do-over," I'd try taking this photo at a larger aperture setting (maybe f/5.6 using aperture priority) hoping that the larger aperture would blur some of the distant background (the pole, blue railing, bench seats, and wall).