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Old Aug 26, 2007, 5:22 PM   #1
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OK, definitely a sport I'm not sure I'd shoot again. WAY too difficult to get many quality shots. The cage is a huge problem. And between the official and just general arms/legs in the way I really wasn't able to get many keepers at all. Of course this was also amature fighting as well so the people weren't as good. But, hey, nothing ventured nothing gained. I went to cover a local guy who was competing - he's currently a teacher at the highschool but was a former state wrestling champ, college and (1 year) pro football player. So I covered the event for the local paper. Took 3 hours to get to his fight and he won by TKO in 34 seconds of the first round :G

Anyway, not the best action but I'm all about sharing even so-so results of something different:









And now the 'hometown guy':

Getting ready:

Ready, with the 'game face' working:



at approximately 32 seconds into the match:







after the TKO:




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John, you are like me and are very fussy about your own work but these are great and would go well in any magazine. Which lens were you shooting with?

Cool work!!!
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Old Aug 26, 2007, 9:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Mark. It's just that I'm used to getting 100+ keepers out of a shoot and not just a dozen or so. And, it's frustrating because the action was there I just wasn't able to capture it. I used the sigma 70-200 2.8. I was at ISO 2000 and shooting in AV mode because the lights weren't constant so shutter speeds swung from 1/250 to 1/1000. At least lighting wasn't too poor (although I did get some awful color casts in some).

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Hi John

Great shots, wish i could get my pics as sharp with my 70-200, bet all the highschool kids that your guy teaches behave!!! he is a scary looking guy!:-)lol
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Old Aug 27, 2007, 6:49 AM   #5
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Thanks Colin.

You know I just met the guy before that fight. Really a nice guy - respectful, shook my hand, soft spoken. Made sure when the fight started he reached out and touched gloves (unlike boxing this is not required). He really showed a lot of character. But when it came time for business he was aggressive and relentless.

Still, I think you're right. I'm guessing his students don't give him any flack :G

As for getting sharp shots - it's a lot easier when the distances are this short. Soccer is completely different. It's tough to wait until they're close enough to fill the frame. I also have to admit the focus on the new camera is amazing and the colors are better as well.

Thanks again for looking and commenting!
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Trip to the US was good but my body is totally messed up now from busy days working and late nights socialising. I woke up today at about 2pm UK time so have to get up really early for work tomorrow which won't be fun!!!

Will be posting some shots soon from the trip however none were sports (well a little from the horse races but with the 5D and 24-105 I didn't get anything good) more sights of the city and different events.

Did get to play with the 1D MkIII while there and almost coughed up the $4500 for it as that is a lot less than over here but fortunately they didn't have one in stock phew!!!
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Good shots JohnG. What camera were you using? Did you shoot these shots thru the screen and if you did how did you get the screen part out? Sorry for the dumb question.

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Thanks Bob. These were shot with a Canon 1d Mk III camera using a sigma 70-200 2.8 lens.

The key to shooting through a fence is getting your lens right up against it. When you do that, you won't see the fence at all (same thing works if you want to shoot through a baseball backstop). The are some challenges though:

1. It needs to be close to a 90 degree angle to the fence. The more you deviate from that the better chance the fence will start to appear in the shot and the better chance it will mess up your autofocus.

2. If you don't line things up nicely your focus can get confused by the fence. I'm not entirely sure if this problem goes away with canon lenses that have a focus limiter switch or not. I don't shoot through fences much - for baseball I'm on the field so this is probably the first time in 3 years I've had to shoot through a fence and the lens I had did not have a focus limiter.


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Awesome shots John! Having shot through fences all summer long(baseball) I envy your 3 year hiatus. This mustve been very difficult since as you mentiond you have to have perfect alignment with the fence AND these guys move around quite a bit. I guess once they "settle" into the mat, it can be a bit more predictable. Just curious about the new camera...did you do any post processing and if so, what was it? Nicely done.
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Thanks DRGSin,

I did my typical PP: crop, sharpen (some color adjustment) and very slight noise reduction. I really am stoked with the processing in this camera - the color and lack of noise is asstounding. Shots at ISO 2000 have less noise than my 20D had at ISO 800 - and the 20D had awesome noise performance.
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