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Old Jan 31, 2005, 7:26 PM   #1
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Usually when I shoot basketball, I use one strobe mounted above my shoulder on a hand rail on the top row of the stands. A local photog wasnt shooting anything yesterday, and he let me use one of his strobes, a pocketwizard receiver and a super clamp, so I could shoot this game for him. They say two is always better than one, and I think thry are right! This was the final game in the tourny, and Chesapeake (purple) won by about 30 points.
Here is one, and you can see the others by going to www.thesmokinglens.com and clicking on "view photos" under the "movin' on up" text, then click the one from Jan 29.

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Old Jan 31, 2005, 9:42 PM   #2
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Nice shot - a little large but sweet!!!
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 9:45 PM   #3
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Thanks, ya, I couldn't get it be be as small as I would have liked, anybody care to help me?
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Old Feb 1, 2005, 4:45 AM   #4
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Cant get much better then that. Definately the ideal way to shoot a basketball game. I notice all the shots were close, what lens were you using.? And howdistracting was the strobe (flash)?
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Thanks!

Most, if not all of the shots were with a Nikon 80-200 f/2.8.

I was sitting right on the baseline, on the corner of the court.

The flashes wernt distracring at all, the flash duration was around 1/1500-1/2000 sec, so you could hardly notice them.

Wtih the strobes, I got around ISO 320, 1/250sec, f/4
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Old Feb 2, 2005, 4:08 PM   #6
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Very nice action shot!
If I had money to burn I'd look into strobes. As it is, I'll make do without.
Couple questions about the strobes:
1. Is it my imagination, or are those shadows (left leg of #32, side of #13's face)?
2. With strobes, are you able to lower the shutter speed needed to freeze action? Usually 1/250 is bare minimum for me to freeze action, I try for 1/320 or higher (not using any flash or strobes) in order to freeze the action.
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Old Feb 2, 2005, 10:34 PM   #7
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The shadows in the picture are a little distracting and there is a huge contrast between the foreground and background. The guy jumping in the air is very bright, almost a little two bright in my opinion. Nice shots though.
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