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Old Jun 20, 2009, 7:56 AM   #1
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Did a shoot today at the A Grade Hockey Game at the stadium. Just thought I might post a few. Please comment.

#1 - 1/2000 sec at f4.5 @ 120mm ISO 1600


#2 - 1/6400 sec at f4.0 @ 90mm ISO 1600


#3 - 1/8000 sec at f4.5 @ 110mm ISO1600


#4 - 1/1600 sec at f5.6 @ 240mm ISO 1600


#5 - 1/100 sec at f5.0 @ 90mm ISO 1600


After looking at these photos time and time again they all appear to be very noisy. The only way I have edited them (except 5 which has only been cropped) is by adjusting the exposure time and sharpening up the images slightly. Is there anyway to stop this from happening?

Also photo 5 was taken at -2/3 Exposure time. This seems to be noisier then anything else... is this common? as it was dark and I was shooting under lights.
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Old Jun 20, 2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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I'd say that these shots are pretty clean. The artifical turf has a fine irregular texture than the image sensor can't capture, so there will be some natural variations in the image of that, but the colors in the uniforms appear to be consistant.

I don't think what we're seeing here is noise, but the act of reducing the image for posting here might have averaged out the noise anyway.

Can you post some 100% crops from large areas of color on a uniform or banner? I think something from #1 or #4 would be ideal. In fact, the banner in the background in #1 should be sufficiently outside the depth of field that noise would probably be more visible in a 100% crop of that than anything else.

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Old Jun 20, 2009, 4:37 PM   #3
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There does seem to be a lot of noise in these but as TCav says some 100% corps will really show this.

What settings were you shooting at as the exif is missing?

I know that you are looking at getting better at sports photography and this thread might help you with hockey and other field sports.

New to sports shooting and wonder if you can improve?!?!

I won't do individual photo C&C as I think everything I would say is in the above thread.

It's good to see someone else photography field hockey though!!
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 2:02 AM   #4
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Thanks guys...

Mark will take your tips into my next hockey shoot.
- Tighter frame (more direct zoom)
- Lower aperature
- Get low and GO GO GO

Ill be honest with you BTW Hockey is my favourite sport to shoot of all time other then beach volleyball.
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