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gredan Oct 3, 2006 10:23 PM

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RP33 Oct 3, 2006 10:37 PM

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gredan Oct 4, 2006 5:22 PM

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gredan Oct 4, 2006 5:23 PM

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gredan Oct 4, 2006 5:24 PM

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gredan Oct 4, 2006 5:25 PM

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techaide2 Oct 4, 2006 6:53 PM

Very nice. I'm really jealous. These are the kind of photos I'd like to have. What lens did you use?


urbanaries Oct 4, 2006 7:44 PM

Wow #5 is so great!!!! :cool:

RP33 Oct 4, 2006 8:23 PM

I agree #5 is perfect timing.

Nice shots

gredan Oct 4, 2006 8:42 PM

I took these with an 85mm f1.8 lens, which I've only had a couple of weeks. I bought it specifically for indoor sports pictures and I'm pretty pleased so far. I still have plenty to learn. DOF is a real issue when shooting wide open, but if I shoot from a longer distance it's not so bad. Plus there are times when I wish I could zoom out (or in). Oh well, everything is a trade off.


JohnG Oct 5, 2006 7:19 AM

Yep - 5 is a definite winner. I love it!

Great timing and focus. Timing is good on some of your other shots, but the focus is off. Shooting with wide apertures definitely takes some practice - keep at it - before long you'll be getting more like #5. Your timing is there, and that's tough for volleyball. Now, you just need to refine your focus technique.

Good job!

gredan Oct 5, 2006 6:33 PM

Thanks for the comments, folks. I do struggle with focus with the lens wide open. I've tried several different techniques - single focus, continuous focus, and manually focusing on a spot on the net and waiting for the players to enter the zone. I would be grateful for any tips anyone may have to help me out. Let me know what works for you.



JohnG Oct 5, 2006 9:06 PM

gredan wrote:

I would be grateful for any tips anyone may have to help me out. Let me know what works for you.


Greg, first I would recommend stopping down to 2.0 - you can spare a little shutter speed and an extra inch gained in dof can make a difference.

I use Servo mode, center point only - but the key to success is getting the center point on the face of your subject before the action occurs so the camera can get a good focus lock. With such a shallow DOF, your target needs to be the face - that's what you want in focus.

Good luck and keep at it. you'll get there!

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